Bench & Bar 2023 – SCHEDULE:
DSBA 100 YEARS: Looking Back, Moving Forward
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Charles J. Durante, Esq.
Connolly Gallagher LLP
State of the Judiciary
Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Jr.
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the State of Delaware
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
CLE- Plenary Session
Reform and Rigor: How Delaware’s Bar Admission Reform Efforts Can Be a Model for the Nation
Aaron N. Taylor,
Senior Vice President, Executive Director at AccessLex Institute Center for Legal Education Excellence
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break & Vendor Visit
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This includes the passing of the gavel from Chuck Durante to Kate Harmon, the report of the Nominating Committee for the 2023-2024 Executive Committee, and presentation of the First State Distinguished Service Award to William E. Manning of Saul Ewing.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon CLE Breakout Sessions
(Go to one of these 4 topical discussions:)
A. The LINK: Domestic Violence, Animal Abuse, and Child Welfare
Panel will present on the links between various forms of abuse and how we can use that knowledge to better protect and support victims. In addition, the panel will discuss the importance of family relationships (especially those of children) with their pets with a focus on how uncertainty in divorce proceedings relates to the future of their pets.
Panelists: Chief Judge Michael Newell, Judge Jennifer Ranji, Kara Swasey, Esq., Tania Culley, Esq., Jenna Milecki, Esq. & Janine Howard O’Rangers, Esq.
B. LEAVE IT TO THE MEDIATOR
According to the most recent statistics from The American Bar Association, approximately 90% of civil cases resolve short of trial. This panel of experienced mediators will provide their perspectives on how best to prepare for mediation, present your case during mediation, and avoid some common pitfalls throughout the process. The panel will also address some of the ethical obligations that can arise while engaged in the alternative dispute resolution process.
Panelists: Vice-Chancellor Joseph R. Slights, III (Ret.), David A. White, Esq., Yvonne Takvorian Saville, Esq., Bernard Conaway, Esq., & Kathi A. Karsnitz, Esq.
C. WHO’S CRIME IS IT ANYWAY?
This panel will discuss an update to Brady obligations and the new proposed change to Criminal Rule 16. It will also touch upon a criminal best practices and update on any recent new Supreme Court decisions in the field.
Panelists: Abigail Rodgers, Esq., Sonia Augusthy, Esq., & Hon. Danielle Brennan
D. REAL WORLD CHANCERY
This will look at the Court of Chancery’s Greatest Hits 2022-2023.
Members of the Court of Chancery will discuss hot topics on the court’s docket in the past year, including SPACs, advance notice bylaws, and Caremark liability.
Panelists: Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick,, Vice-Chancellor Nathan A. Cook, Vice-Chancellor Lori W. Will, Benjamin M. Potts, Esq. & Mae Oberste, Esq.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Raise a glass and toast to the 100th Anniversary of DSBA and have Desserts.