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CLE Programs

Fall 2019

Women's Energy Network Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Inaugural Educational Conference in Partnership with Duquesne University School of Law 
September 27, 9:00-4:30 with cocktail reception to follow 

There is nothing conventional about Appalachian operations.

Drilling has occurred in Western Pennsylvania for 160 years, but during the last decade the region has experienced unprecedented growth and development. This is due in part to the region's position atop the mineral rich Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. While the processes by which oil and gas are identified, extracted and transported are uniform, the costs associated with them and compliance with the ever changing regulations varies from company to company.

This daylong conference will feature presentations by women working within the industry discussing their experiences in environmental permitting and regulation, asset purchasing and leasing, asset development and title issues and midstream and pipelines. These women are all leaders in their field of expertise and will provide attendees with a glimpse into operations in the Appalachian region. Keynote speaker Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Appalachia, LLC, Chevron North America Exploration and Production will share her experiences and insights about opportunities and challenges in the industry.

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October 26th, 9:00-11:15 Two Homecoming Special Programs!

The Bonehead Play - Presented by Professor Mark Yochum

Without emotion, ethics compliance and professionalism will be at best weakly formal. Inspiration for a higher level of ethical performances can come from the rest of life. In this talk, Professor Yochum will explore the ethics of sportsmanship as a model for professional practice. The title refers to the mistake Fred Merkle made in a storied baseball event of 1908, wherein the failure to attend to a simple rule leads to professional disaster and even death.

Personal Contact - Presented by Professor Mark Yochum

The last broad restriction on solicitation of clients by lawyers is the restriction on personal contact. This session will explore the continuing viability of this rule in an era when limitations on lawyers' commercial speech are tested for their efficacy in remediating a real harm. The personal contact rule has little historical validity and its value, if any, is shrouded in mythology. Are lawyers, like Dracula, skilled in the art of evil persuasion?