Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure CLE

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

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Duquesne University School of Law, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, is pleased to present a special event marking the 40th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure: Appreciating the Past and Anticipating the Future offers a total of five hours of continuing legal education and includes speakers from the bench, bar, and academia discussing the history and the future of the rules and appellate practice both in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. 

Luncheon Speech

The program will be held during the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s planned session in Pittsburgh, and a number of justices and appellate judges are expected to attend.

The luncheon speaker, Bryan A. Garner, will address the future of appellate practice. Garner is the author of more than 20 books on legal writing and language in general. He is editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, now in its tenth edition, author of Garner's Modern American Usage, and co-author with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.

Panel Discussions & Presenters

Panel topics include:

  • History of the appellate rules of Pennsylvania
  • Comparison of Pennsylvania and federal appellate rules
  • Dialog about effective appellate advocacy
  • Responses to Bryan Garner’s presentation
  • Audience questions 

Speakers and moderators include the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, Justice J. Michael Eakin, Justice Max Baer, and Justice
Debra McCloskey Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; the Honorable Maureen Lally-Green, former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge and current Duquesne Law adjunct professor; the Honorable Renée Cohn Jubelirer of Commonwealth Court; Ken Gormley, constitutional law scholar and dean of Duquesne Law; Jane Campbell Moriarty, Carol Los Mansmann chair in faculty scholarship at Duquesne Law; Attorneys Charles L. Becker, Kristen W. Brown, Robert L. Byer, David R. Fine, Frederick Frank, D. Alicia Hickok, and Carl A. Solano; and Duquesne Law Professors Steven Baicker-McKee and Tracey McCants Lewis. 

The event runs 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided.


The program offers a total of five CLE hours (four hours substantive, one hour ethics). Costs are as follows: 

  • $175 CLE Program, Breakfast and Luncheon Presentation
  • $ 95 CLE Program, Breakfast and Luncheon for Public Interest Attorneys
  • $ 75 CLE Program, Breakfast and Luncheon for Judicial Clerks
  • $ 25 Program, Breakfast and Luncheon for Judges
  • $ 0 No fee, students and scholarship recipients
  • For more information on scholarships, please contact the CLE administrator,

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Special conference-rate hotel rooms are available at Cambria Suites and the Marriott Pittsburgh City Centre adjacent to campus.


Public parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Garage. View the Duquesne University campus map


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