2023 Solicitors Spring Seminar - 4/24/23

This seminar will cover a wide variety of emerging and important trends and issues vital to the practice of every municipal solicitor. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts and network with your peers from around the state.

Qualifies for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits



9:00 AM          Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:25 AM          Welcome and Introduction
Scott E. Coburn, Esquire
                        Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

9:30 AM          Municipal Labor & Employment Review
Adam L. Santucci, Esquire,
                        McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Get caught up on the latest developments in the world of municipal employment and how they impact the workplace, employee benefits and discipline, and more.

 10:30 AM         You Can’t Say That!

                          Michael McAuliffe Miller, Esquire, and Morgan Madden, Esquire,
                          Eckert Seamans

These days what you say can get you in trouble. Using best practices, the Eckert Seamans team will explain what municipal employers can say in the workplace, which conversations can and will get employers in legal trouble across the spectrum from hiring to termination and everything in between, and how municipal solicitors can help their clients avoid these issues. 

 11:30 AM          Break

11:40 AM         Is Hyperconnectivity Helping or Harming the Legal Professional?

                        Brian S. Quinn, Esquire, Education and Outreach Coordinator 
                        Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 

If we stop to think about what we look at most during the day, the answer would probably not be our family or friends, nor our clients or colleagues. It is likely our smartphones, which are now our companions for work, social, leisure and even family life. We find ourselves simultaneously connected and alone. Workers today are ‘never turned off.” Like our mobile phones, we only go on standby at the end of the day as we crawl into bed, exhausted. 

Gradual, incremental increases in responsibilities, duties, pressures and demands upon lawyers, at home and at work, combined with long workdays and weeks, has placed our profession at risk. At some point work may dominate our lives and keep us at a chronically high level of distress; yet we are often unaware that we have lost balance in our lives. Since it doesn’t appear that the “always-on” culture will be switching off any time soon, we need to develop key strategies that can help safeguard our personal life.

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction, and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

And Technology? What role does it play? In this session, we will discuss early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, anxiety and trauma, including the mental health impact of technology in the post-COVID-19 world, wellness strategies that can be used by legal professionals and their families, and the ethical challenges created by the imposed isolation of the pandemic, including the role technology plays, and its possible long-lasting effect on the legal profession.                       


12:40 PM          Lunch

1:20 PM           Paper Streets & Right-of-Way Conundrums

                        Mark Shaw, Esquire, and Lydia Caparosa, Esquire,
                        MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP

This presentation will explore the challenges presented by paper streets and the issues raised by adjacent property owners regarding their usage and who is responsible for maintenance. It will also explore the use of rights-of-way by adjacent property owners and others and the scope of a municipality's authority to regulate the use of rights-of-ways


2:20 PM            Break


2:30 PM            Ethics for Lawyers – How Not to Become a Headline

                        Charles A. Rausch, Amanda Sundquist, and Matthew N. Korenoski, Esquires,
                        Unruh Turner Burke & Frees

This presentation will highlight the latest Federal and Pennsylvania ethics cases and advise attendees on how to avoid ending up in the news by committing similar violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

3:30 PM            Adjournment

                          April 24, 2023

Class Time:      9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm

                          Hotel Hershey
                          Garden Terrace East
                          100 Hotel Road
                          Hershey, PA  17033

Registration Fee:  
     $ 175.00** - Member
     $ 225.00** - Non-member

     ** 5 CLE credits are included

             *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).


Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

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