Saturday, October 14, 2006

"Practical Dispute Resolution" Seminar on "National Conflict Resolution Day"

"Practical Dispute Resolution" will be the topic of discussion at the Sixth Annual "Arthur L. & Harry B. Goldberg Lecture Series in Law" to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel, located at One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA.

The scheduled speakers include:
  • Edward M. Marsico, Jr., the District Attorney of Dauphin County, PA, on the topic "Criminal Law Negotiations"
  • Jeannine Turgeon, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, PA, on the topic "Domestic & Juvenile Conciliations"
  • G. Thomas Miller, attorney & civil litigation mediator, of Miller & Miller (Camp Hill, PA), on the topic "Civil Litigation ADR"
  • James A. Rosenstein, attorney, published author, & commercial mediator, of Rosenstein Associates (Philadelphia, PA) on the topic "Business Mediation"
Thomas E. Brenner, Esq., President-Elect of the Dauphin County Bar Association, will moderate the four initial presentations, and the subsequent panel discussions focusing on four "E" concerns arising for lawyers when considering effective dispute resolultion: Expert Testimony; Expense of the Process; Evidentiary effects; and Ethical Considerations.

Neil E. Hendershot, Esq. assisted in the planning of the seminar, and also obtained, from the Allegheny County Bar Association, a copy of the September, 2006, issue of ACBA's magazine "Today's Attorney" to be distributed to each attendee as part of the seminar materials. That entire issue was devoted to the topic "Alternative Dispute Resolution Gains Popularity"; and it will be a valuable resource.

This presentation will be held on the third Thursday in October --
October 19, 2006 -- which is also the day of the second annual "National Conflict Resolution Day". The designation of the third Thursday in October annually as "Conflict Resolution Day" was begun in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution. Now that date also is recognized by the World Mediation Forum in its activities worldwide.

In 2005, in order to increase public awareness about conflict resolution and its many benefits, ACR’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution designating October 20, 2005 as Conflict Resolution Day. ACR coordinated its efforts with other conflict resolution organizations and reached out to local, state and international groups to build interest in holding local celebrations in conjunction with Conflict Resolution Day. Events were held in Canada, Portugal, and 22 U.S. states. Also in the United States, a number of counties, cities and states adopted proclamations designating day- or week-long conflict resolution celebrations. For a list of 2005 [last year's] events, click here.

The Goldberg Lecture Series in Law was established in 2000 in memory of Harrisburg lawyers Arthur L. Goldberg and Harry B. Goldberg. The annual presentation is sponsored by the Dauphin County Bar Foundation, with the assistance of the Dauphin County Bar Association, 213 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. The law firm Goldberg Katzman, P.C. also supports the Goldberg Lecture Series.

Past annual presentations have featured topics of: effective trial court advocacy; wrongful imprisonment; presentation of the complex civil case; the Patriot Act; and the role of an independent judiciary.

Pursuant to
Pennsylvania's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Rules for Lawyers, this program will provide two hours of substantive credit for all participants who attend the entire session. There will be no fee for this CLE session.

Update on 10/20/06:

The seminar was a tremendous success. It began with a presentation by Herbert Nurick, Esq., Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee",
of a Public Proclamation adopted by the Dauphin County Commissioners, to the current President of the Dauphin County Bar Association (Tom Gacki, Esq.) in recognition of "Conflict Resolution Day". The four eloquent presenters then conveyed practical information & pointers under the coordination of a smooth moderator to over 180 attendees equipped with extensive handout material (including original issues of "Today's Attorney" on the topic of ADR, as donated & shipped by the Allegheny County Bar Association), with portions periodically displayed on-screen by a good tech guy (me). "Mr. Arthur" & "Mr. Harry" would be proud.