Spring 2016 Symposium

2016 Symposium

Ruling the Courts:

The Future of Local Rules of Civil Procedure in Pennsylvania


Monday, February 22, 2016

Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Administrative Building , Room A180

3737 Vartan Way

Harrisburg, PA 17106


Last Updated: January 27, 2016

The Widener Law Journal (WLJ) will host its annual symposium on February 22, 2016 in the Moot Court Room (A180) of Widener University Commonwealth Law School. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and use hashtag #WLJSymposium.

Please join us for a symposium on the development and future of the local rules of civil procedure used in Pennsylvania’s counties and federal courts. The program seeks to understand the history of the local rules, their current role in Pennsylvania’s unified judicial system, and to question whether local rules should remain a prominent feature. This symposium is approved for 4.5 CLE credits.

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Agenda, Presenters, and Registration

  • 8:15 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
  • 9-10:30 Panel 1: Origin and Application
  • 10:30-10:40 Break
  • 10:40-12:10 Panel 2: Pros and Cons
  • 12:10-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-2:15 Panel 3: Call for Reform or Revision

Panels and Presenters:

Panel 1 (Origin and Application):  Professor Susan Raeker-Jordan, Moderator

Panel 2 (Pros and Cons): Professor Palmer Lockard, Moderator

Panel 3 (What’s Next?): Alexandra Makosky, Esquire, Moderator

  • Bret Keisling, Esq., The Keisling Law Offices, P.C.
  • Dale G. Larrimore, Esq., Senior Partner, Larrimore & Farnish, LLP; Adjunct Professor, Villanova University School of Law
  • Matthew Lyon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University


  • Early: $85 (ends February 9th)
  • Regular: $100
  • Discounted: $75 (alumni, government attorneys, and academics)

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For more information or special needs requests, contact:
CLEcwlaw@widener.edu or 717-541-3965

Widener Law Commonwealth
3800 Vartan Way, P.O. Box 69380
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9380


Previous Widener Law Journal Symposia


Halt and Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines (2015)

Bankruptcy and Beyond: Solving the Problem of Municipal Financial Distress (2014)

Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation (2013)