Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills

2017-2018 Schedule

Meetings of the Inn are typically held at Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King Of Prussia, 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Each program has an assigned advisor, team leader, and member from the local judiciary who help develop program material and present it to the Inn. 

Applicable CLE credit may be attained for each program. Programs are typically worth 1.0 hours of CLE credit (substantive or ethics, depending on the program content). 


Working with High Conflict Families: When Children Resist Contact 
Presentation by Heather Green, Ph.D. and Kasey Shienvold, Psy.D., M.B.A.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This presentation will provide a broad overview of custody evaluations with a focus on identifying and understanding the different reasons children resist contact with a parent. Discussions will consider how and when to involve other professionals in an integrated treatment approach, including individual therapists, family therapists, and co-parent counselors. The goal of this presentation is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the nuances related to the spectrum of alienation and how to appropriately identify such factors in high conflict families. 


Unique Issues Applicable to Military Service Members/Spouses
Going Through a Divorce
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This program will cover several issues that arise more frequently than not when you have a client or opposing party who is active or retired military. Relevant issues include service of military members, assets commonly associated with military spouses, and military misconduct. This program will discuss the recent United States Supreme Court case (Howell v. Howell) on military pensions and its impact on Pennsylvania jurisprudence.


Ethical Considerations in Protection from Abuse Cases
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This program will cover ethical issues that arise when representing a party in a Protection From Abuse (PFA) case. Due to the quasi-criminal nature of PFA cases and the potential impact of PFA cases on divorce and/or custody matters, there are various ethical considerations the family law practitioner should be aware of when representing their PFA clients. This program will discuss those ethical issues, including: candor with the Court and opposing party/counsel, treatment of witnesses, collection and presentation of evidence, and immigration issues.


Recognizing and Respecting Disability Rights in Family Law Cases
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Have you ever had a client who is paralyzed or blind? Have you ever had a client with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, hoarding disorder, or alcoholism? This program will cover the broad range of physical and mental health impairments that exist and how they may or may not impact your client's divorce, support, and/or custody matters. This program will address family law issues and their intersection with disability rights. From the new ABA resolution on parents with disabilities to the receipt of Social Security disability retirement benefits, this program is meant to assist the family law practitioner become more comfortable fighting for their clients who have a disability.


Grandparent Rights in the 21st Century 
Presentation by Dana Prescott, J.D., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Joint Meeting with Philadelphia Inn of Court
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Fireman's Memorial Hall
36 W. Elm Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428


Business Valuations: Methods Utilized and Factors Considered
When Valuing a Business
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This program will cover business valuations in equitable distribution matters. This program will address the three fundamental business valuation methods, including: the income-based approach, the asset-based approach, and the market-based approach. This program will discuss the recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case (Carney v. Carney) on business valuation methods and the deductibility of sales expenses and tax ramifications in business valuations.


Annual DJF American Inn of Court Award Dinner
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Maggiano's Little Italy
205 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406