PSATS Solicitors Fall Seminar - 10/17/23 - Chester County

Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/17/2023 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

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. Topics include zoning anomalies, property maintenance and zoning tips and tricks, and recent decisions.

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           Zoning Anomalies

                       Marc D. Jonas, Esquire, and Zachary A. Sivertsen, Esquire, Eastburn & Gray

This session will focus on a number of zoning anomalies created by everyday encounters in both zoning and subdivision/land development matters. These include the interplay between the MPC with the Sunshine Act and such issues as the role of the public, notice requirements, what constitutes a land use decision, and more.

10:30              Review of Recent Court Decisions and Legislation

                        Kristin Camp, Esquire, & Kimberly Venzie, Buckley Brion McGuire & Morris LLP

This session will get you caught up on all the recent activity in the Pennsylvania and federal courts that you need to know. We will also discuss new laws and legislative efforts that impact you as a solicitor.

11:30 AM         Break                 

11:40 AM         TBD                       

12:40 PM          Lunch                       

1:20 PM           Zoning and Property Maintenance Enforcement Tips and Tricks … with Tales of Quick Fixes and Never-Ending Stories

                        Michael G. Crotty, Esquire, & Eric Brown, Esquire, Siana Law 

Ordinance enforcement can be a bear! Neighbors complain that things aren’t happening fast enough. Violators claim that they are being unfairly targeted. Technical requirements can cause snags. And enforcement costs give municipal budgets heartburn. Michael Crotty will walk through the basic rules of the road for enforcement and lead a discussion on ways to better our approach. More importantly though, he will go through his tips and strategies for making your enforcement process as efficient and effective as possible…with examples that range from surprising stories complicated/extensive violations with quick compliance to a decade-plus long saga of pursuing a property for unambiguous violations.   

2:20 PM           Break

2:30 PM           Ethical Issues Arising from Attorneys’ Use of Social Media 

                        Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, PSATS  

This session will focus on a variety of issues that relate to attorneys' use of social media, including communications with clients and potential clients, advertising, and more. 

3:30 PM           Adjournment

Date:               October 17, 2023      

Class Time:      9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm

                          Chester County
                          Hilton Garden Inn Exton
                          720 Eagleview Blvd.
                          Exton, PA 19341

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; 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.