Thursday, October 11, 2007

PA AG's Office to Present at Goldberg Lecture

Three Chief Deputies of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, together with the Dauphin County District Attorney, will make presentations at the Seventh Annual "Goldberg Lecture Series in the Law", to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 3-5 p.m., at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.

Those presenting include:

Each of the PA AG Chief Deputies will discuss the role & functions of their particular practice section within the PA AG's Office. Each will identify Section activities of particular interest or importance to professionals and the public. Then each will offer then practical tips for counsel who interact with their section in the course of investigations or reviews involving their clients.

District Attorney Ed Marsico will comment on the interactions of a local law enforcement office -- the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office, which he heads -- with officials of the PA AG's Office. Often these offices act jointly, and sometimes they act separately, where both have jurisdiction.

This presentation will be the second consecutive Goldberg Lecture in which Ed offered his insight into the local legal system.

Those lawyers having an interest in charitable trust & organization matters, consumer protection enforcement, or criminal law, should find this free session valuable.

Thomas E. Brenner, Esq., current President of the Dauphin County Bar Association, will moderate the presentations.

Neil E. Hendershot, Esq. planned the seminar.

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; the role of an independent judiciary; and practical dispute resolution. As to last year's presentation, see: PA EE&F Law Blog, "Practical Dispute Resolution" Seminar on "National Conflict Resolution Day" (10/14/06).

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.

Attorneys may attend by making advance reservations to the Dauphin County Bar Association by mail (213 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101), by fax (717-234-4582), or by email (to

Reservations are requested no later than Friday, October 19, 2007.

Update: 10/26/07:

The session was attended by approximately 140 lawyers, and was well-received by all. Thanks go to Don, Joyce, & Bridgette, of the Dauphin County Bar Association, for administering the session so smoothly.

Unfortunately, due to the convening of a statewide grand jury, Frank Fina could not attend. However, E. Christopher Abruzzo, the head of the Drug Strike Force, of the PA AG's Criminal Law Division, took his place, speaking with great authority & experience.

The oral presentations were supplemented by handouts or displays from the award-winning website of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, which is expansive, detailed, & current.

Frances S. Goldberg, widow of Arthur L. Goldberg, presented inscribed marble boxes to participants in honor of their efforts towards education of bar association members.