Program Schedule


Thursday, April 11

5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Registration


5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Opening Reception


7:30 pm

Dine Around (Optional)
Signup information will be available soon.


Friday, April 12

7:30 am–3:00 pm

Registration


7:30 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast


7:45 am–8:45 am

New Fellow Orientation


8:50 am–9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

Matthew H. Lembke, AAAL President
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, Alabama


9:00 am–10:15 am

Judicial Decision-Making on Appeal
This program focuses on how appellate judges decide cases—in particular, the working principles that judges apply when analyzing legal issues and the methods by which judges exercise their decision-making authority. The loose inspiration for this panel is the 60-year anniversary of Herbert Wechsler’s 1959 Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecture at Harvard Law School, published as Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law, 73 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1959).

Panelists

The Hon. David F. Hamilton
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Bloomington, Indiana

The Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Cheryl A. Krause
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Richard G. Taranto
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Washington, D.C.


Moderators

Robert L. Byer, AAAL Fellow
Duane Morris LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James C. Martin, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


10:15 am–10:30 am

Break


10:30 am–11:45 am

Women in the Appellate Courts
For decades, women have been graduating from law school in roughly equal numbers to men. Yet women remain significantly underrepresented in the courtroom—both as judges and in lead counsel roles. This program will bring together appellate justices and judges to discuss whether and how that matters, as well the reasons for the disparity and what can be done to advance women to the bench and bar.

Panelists

The Hon. Susan Gantman
President Judge Emeritus, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Renee Cohn Jubelirer
Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
State College, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Mary Hannah Leavitt
President Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Marjorie Rendell
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Debra Todd
Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Moderator

Kim M. Watterson, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


11:45 am–12:15 pm

Stakeholder Forum


12:15 pm–1:30 pm

Luncheon
An informal conversation with Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on issues affecting the federal judiciary.

Speakers

The Hon. D. Brooks Smith
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Duncansville, Pennsylvania

Charles L. Becker, AAAL Fellow
Kline & Specter, P.C.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


1:30 pm–1:45 pm

Break


1:45 pm–3:00 pm

Criminal Justice Reform at the Appellate Level
In the face of historically high levels of incarceration and persistent patterns of racial inequity, yet falling crime rates, “criminal justice reform” is an oft-mentioned public policy issue. What roles can or should appellate lawyers and appellate courts play in responding, either at a systemic or a case-specific level?

Panelists

The Hon. Theodore McKee
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Hon. Stephanos Bibas
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robert A. Zauzmer
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prof. David Rudovsky
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Moderator

Nancy Winkelman, AAAL Fellow
Supervisor of the Law Division, Philadelphia District
Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Free Time
View suggested things to do in Philadelphia.


4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Tour and History of Philadelphia City Hall
Meet at the City Hall Visitor Center, Room 121, in the East Portal.
Philadelphia City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(Optional event, 0.4-mile walk from the hotel)


5:00 pm–5:30 pm

Induction Ceremony
The Induction Ceremony will be held in the Courtroom of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in City Hall, Room 453, immediately following the tour. Justice Kevin Dougherty of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will provide welcome remarks.

For those who do not attend the tour, please enter City Hall through the Visitor Entrance at the northeast corner of the building (across from the Residence Inn by Marriott). Please bring identification for security purposes.

Welcome Remarks

The Hon. Kevin Dougherty
Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Reception
The reception will be held at The Logan Philadelphia.
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103


7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dinner
The dinner will be held at The Logan Philadelphia.
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Saturday, April 13

8:00 am–Noon

Registration


8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast


9:00 am–10:30 am

The Business of Appellate Law
This panel of practitioners will offer tips on developing, maintaining, and expanding your practice, as well as guidance on positioning yourself within your firm for recognition and compensation for your efforts.

Panelists

Douglas W. Alexander, AAAL Fellow
Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Austin, Texas

Laurie Webb Daniel, AAAL Fellow
Holland & Knight LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

Mark C. Fleming, AAAL Fellow
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Boston, Massachusetts

Susan Ford Robertson, AAAL Fellow
The Robertson Law Group LLC
Kansas City, Missouri


Moderator

Teresa F. Sachs, AAAL Fellow
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


10:30 am–10:45 am

Break


10:45 am–Noon

Your Case Is in the Headlines
Constitutional and statutory challenges to controversial government actions…high stakes business and regulatory disputes…well known politicians and entertainment figures embroiled in criminal and civil litigation. When your appeal is in the headlines, what involvement should lawyers have in any public relations response? What are our ethical responsibilities when clients are subject to adverse publicity? Does public opinion matter to the outcome of appeals? A panel experienced in high-profile appeals and a public relations professional will discuss these difficult issues.

Panelists

Charles L. Becker, AAAL Fellow
Kline & Specter, P.C.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Paul D. Clement, AAAL Fellow
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Washington, D.C.

Peter Goldberger, AAAL Fellow
Law Offices of Peter Goldberger
Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Mark I. Harrison, AAAL Fellow
Osborn Maledon, P.A.
Phoenix, Arizona

Jamie Moss
newsPRos
Washington, D.C.


Moderator

John J. Hare, AAAL Fellow
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2:00 pm

Tour of the Barnes Foundation (Optional Tour)
Meet at The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(0.4-mile walk from the hotel)

The Barnes Foundation is home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings. The collection also includes many other paintings by leading European and American artists as well as African art; antiquities from China, Egypt, and Greece; and Native American art. For decades, the collection was difficult to see because of its location and limitations on visitors. The foundation recently moved to a new gallery located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of Philadelphia, so the collection is now broadly available to the public.

The Academy has arranged for a docent-led tour of the Barnes Foundation beginning at 2:00 pm. The cost will be $50 per person. The foundation can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests at one time for a docent-led tour. Therefore, we must cap registration at 60 people on a first-come, first served basis.