Pennsylvania Gaming Control: 10 Years in Review

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

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Continuing Legal Education

Pennsylvania Gaming Control: 10 Years in Review

Following enactment of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act in 2004, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board undertook the task of licensing and regulating 12 casinos in Pennsylvania. While the task spawned significant litigation, it also provided more than $21 billion total slot gaming revenue and more than $11 billion in taxes and fees for the commonwealth to date, along with more 18,000 permanent jobs. 

Employees and providers of goods and services to casinos experience a vetting by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unlike traditional businesses, leading to legal uncertainties. Likewise, casino patrons might experience incidents triggering criminal law involvement, problem and compulsive gambling concerns, or removal from a gambling location. 

This continuing legal education program explores the history of ten years of gaming in Pennsylvania by highlighting legal precedent and discussing various areas of legal concern to casinos, employees, and patrons.    


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R. Douglas Sherman
Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Doug Sherman was appointed chief counsel by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in October 2009 after serving in an acting capacity in that position since May 2008. As chief counsel, he oversees a staff of attorneys in the provision of all legal advice and services to the board, the executive director and various administrative bureaus and units of the agency. Prior to his promotion, Sherman served as the deputy chief counsel for litigation for the Gaming Control Board beginning in April 2006. Among his duties in that role was to establish the board’s hearing procedures for the issuance of slot machine licenses in Pennsylvania as well as for post-licensing proceedings. 

He has also overseen litigation involving the Gaming Control Board, including appeals of the board’s licensing decisions, and participated in the drafting and development of board regulations, policies and procedures.

Prior to his position with the Gaming Control Board, Sherman held various positions with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Civil Litigation Section over nearly a 20-year period, ending as a senior deputy attorney general. He represented state agencies and employees in state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings. His practice was concentrated in civil defense related to actions for civil rights violations, employment discrimination and discharge, intentional torts, and statutory and regulatory challenges throughout all commonwealth agencies. Sherman is a 1987 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law.


Gregory C. Fajt, L'84
Former Commissioner
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

In 2009, Gregory C. Fajt was appointed as chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by Governor Edward G. Rendell.  When that term expired in 2011, Fajt was appointed by Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, then reappointed for additional two-year terms by Senator Costa in both January 2013 and January 2015. He completed his service to the board in 2017.

Prior to his position with the board, Fajt served as chief of staff to Governor Rendell from 2007 to 2009.  Fajt was initially appointed as secretary of revenue by Governor Rendell from 2003 to 2007 when he moved into the Governor’s Office.              

Fajt served as state representative for the 42nd District in Allegheny County from 1991 to 1996. During his tenure in the Pennsylvania Legislature, he focused on tax policy and economic development issues and served on the Finance, Judiciary, Professional Licensure and Tourism Committees.  Prior to joining the Rendell Administration, Fajt was a partner with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo and Lampl, LLC of Pittsburgh concentrating primarily in the areas of estate planning and administration as well as corporate law.  

Fajt earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 1984, where the major emphasis of his studies was taxation. He graduated cum laude from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1977. Fajt is a licensed attorney within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also a certified public accountant (CPA).

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This course is approved for three hours of substantive credit. It is being offered live and as a live webcast. 


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