Spring 2019 Symposium

Widener Commonwealth Law Review Symposium

Search, Seizure and Smartphones: A View of the Fourth Amendment Through Today’s Lens

April 5, 2019


Jirard 4th Am Utah v (pdf)
McNeil Presentation – 1 (pdf)
McNeil Presentation – 2 (pdf)
McNeil Presentation – 3 (pdf)
Rule 3.6 Trial Publicity (pdf)
Widener Symposium Birchfield Talk (pdf)
Joshua Yohe Presentation (pdf)


8:15-8:45 am – Registration

8:45 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Christian Johnson, Dean and Professor of Law, Widener Law Commonwealth

Ryan Sypniewski, Editor-in-Chief, Widener Commonwealth Law Review

Erin Alleman and Allen Fiechuk, Pennsylvania Law & Symposium Editors, Widener Commonwealth Law Review

9:00-9:30 am – Introduction to Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure


Hon. Martin Carlson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of PA

9:30-11:00 am – Evolution of Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment Protections


Joshua Yohe, Cumberland County Assistant Public Defender

Consequences of PA Supreme Court decision in Comm. v. Wilmer (2017)

Jerrold Sulcove, Criminal Defense Counsel, B&D Law Group

Effects of US Supreme Court decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota (2016)

Moderator: Michael Dimino, Professor of Law, Widener Law Commonwealth

11:00 am -12:00 pm – Searches Incident to Arrest


Stephanie Jirard, Professor of Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University

Utah v. Strieff (2016), searches incident to arrest, and the exclusionary rule

Brian McNeil, York County Assistant Public Defender

Stops and frisks, a comparison between cities

Moderator: Randy Lee, Professor of Law, Widener Law Commonwealth

12:00-12:30 pm – Lunch

12:30-2:00 pm – Search & Seizure in PA and Technology


Francis Chardo, Dauphin County District Attorney

Effects of technology on search warrants

David J. Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Effects of technology on search warrants

José Anderson, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

Evolution of 4th Amendment due to advancing surveillance technology

Moderator: Christopher Robinette, Professor of Law, Widener Law Commonwealth

2:00-3:00 pm – Ethics and the Media


Erik Anderson, Esq., Associate at Myers Brier & Kelly LLP

Bill Costopoulos, Esq., Attorney at Costopoulos Foster & Field

Moderator: Robert Davis, Adjunct Professor of Law, Widener Law Commonwealth

3:00 pm – Closing Remarks