Dean John J. Sciullo Continuing Legal Education Series
Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation*
This CLE includes a review of the amendments to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation law and their anticipated effect on claimants and employers, a discussion of recent Commonwealth Court cases, as well as practice pointers with respect to representing clients before the Referees and Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.
The Unsettled Nature of Late-Term Contracting*
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently stated that the traditional chronology of contract formation has become "unsettled" due to considerable case law concerning the effect of "later terms." Terms that are delivered with goods or after their delivery have been treated differently by different courts. Where terms appear for the first time after the goods are delivered, some courts view such terms as totally unenforceable since the contract has already been formed. Other courts may treat such terms as parts of "confirmations" that are to be treated as parts of the contract between merchants unless they materially alter the terms of the buyer's offer. The most radical departure is sometimes called the "rolling" or "layered" contract theory under which no contract is formed by the original purchase and sale of the goods where the terms appear inside the box containing the product. Such terms may indicate that, unless the buyer objects, the terms will be binding unless the buyer objects within the time stated in the document. Thus, the buyer's silence will constitute an acceptance of the terms and form the contract for the first time. Some courts follow that theory while others reject it. These and related concerns about "terms later" contracting will be analyzed in this CLE presentation.
The Honorable Lawyer: the 1911 Bar Exam Revisited**
What does it mean to be an honorable lawyer? This seminar will explore the changing nature of our perception as a profession of what is required to be the best of lawyers. We will review the Pennsylvania Bar Examination of 1911 to reveal the mutation over the last century of the Bar's attitude toward the social, educational, moral and philosophical background thought necessary for the successful and elevated practice of law. While no test is fun, you will be able to test yourself (with no downside risk) to see if you could pass the 1911 exam. (Bluebooks will be provided!) We will look at law, literature, logarithms and Latin. Good luck (because we do not think you will pass!)
Advanced Legal Writing CLE Presentations*
Advanced Legal Writing students, working under the guidance of Professor Tara Willke , Visiting Professor Sherri Adelkoff and Adjunct Professor April Milburn-Knizner, will present on the following topics:
1.) Act 13: The Impact on Municipal Zoning Ordinances
2.)The Age of Technology: When Social Media and Family Law Collide
3.) Obesity: Given New "Weight" under the ADAAA
4.) Generation Rx -- The Debate over Generic Drugs
5.) United States v. Windsor: Will DOMA Survive Supreme Court Review?
6.) Breathless: An Analysis of Commonwealth v. Schildt, its Ramifications, and the Future of Breathalyzer Testing in Pennsylvania
Bankruptcy: The Short Course***
Bankruptcy: The Short Course
Bankruptcy: A Lesson in Conflicts and Sex with Clients
The State of Property Tax Exemptions in Pennsylvania after Mesivta Eitz Chaim of Bobov, Inc. v Pike County*
This presentation will deal with the history of property tax exemptions in Pennsylvania, the HUP case, Act 55, and the definition of "purely public charity." It will also examine the cases leading up to and including Mesivta Eitz Chaim of Bobov, Inc. Pike County and its progeny. Finally, the presentation will deal with some local property tax exemption issues and payments in lieu of taxes (pilots).
Saturday morning programs in the Sciullo Series are held in Room 203 at the Duquesne University School of Law from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
*These courses have been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive CLE credit
**This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of ethics CLE credit.
***This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for two (2) hours of substantive CLE credit
****This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one (1) hour of ethics credit.
For Continuing Legal Education credit outside Pennsylvania, Duquesne University School of Law will provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance. Participants may use this form to obtain credit outside of Pennsylvania.