Northeast PA Pro Bono Seminar Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome: Dave Trevaskis
9:05 - 10:35 a.m. The Protection from Abuse Act
The PFA Statute: An In Depth Overview - Sharon R. Lopez, Esq., senior staff attorney, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (9:05 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.) Special considerations in representing domestic violence victims - Tina P. Gartley, Esq., senior attorney, Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, A Project of the Women's Resource Center (10:25 A.M. - 10:35 A.M.)
10:35 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Representing Tenants in Residential Evictions
A Practical Guide to Defending Residential Evictions - Geoffrey M. Biringer, Esq., supervising attorney, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic
Defending Tenants in District Justice Court - District Justice Alyce H. Farrell
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon:
Keynote Speaker: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. The Changing Face of Pro Bono in Northeastern Pennsylvania
This panel will share its experience in creating organized pro bono programs and also will review recent developments in organized pro bono in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Debra Albert-Heiss, Esq., chair, Wyoming/Sullivan County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee John P. Bogdanovicz, Esq., regional director, North Penn Legal Services, Inc.
Robert T. Gownley, Jr., Esq., co-founder, Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.
Jill H. Miller, Esq., co-founder, Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Nuts and Bolts of Pro Bono Programs
Panel members will provide practical suggestions for recruiting and retaining pro bono attorneys, matching clients to pro bono attorneys and other issues relating to operating pro bono programs. Kelly Carrubba, Esq., Wyoming/Sullivan Bar Association Pro Bono Committee
Carlene R. Gallo, Esq., co-founder and president, Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.
Sylvia H. Hahn, Esq., executive director, Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.