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The Bench & Bar Conference

2018 Bench and Bar Conference

The 2018 Bench and Bar Conference will be held on May 3-4, 2018, at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, this year, we are excited to host our Thursday evening dinner and social event at Longwood Gardens. This two-day program will include several plenary sessions of interest to all practitioners as well as smaller sessions specific to bankruptcy, criminal, employment, and intellectual property practitioners. We hope you can join us!

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Starts on Thursday, May 3 at 8:30AM
Ends on Friday, May 4 at 2:00PM

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The Agenda

May 3, 2018

8:30AM - 9:15AM

Registration and Light Breakfast

9:15AM - 9:30AM

Welcome Remarks

9:30AM - 11:00AM

PLENARY SESSION 1
(1.5 credits, including .5 ethics credits)

Perspectives from In-House Counsel: Hot Topics and Challenges for In-House Legal Departments

11:00AM - 11:30AM

Networking Break

11:30AM - 12:45PM

BREAK-OUT SESSION 1
(1.25 credits)

  • OPTION 1: Supreme Court Year in Review
  • OPTION 2: Visual Advocacy: A Discussion About Design and the Law
  • OPTION 3: Young Attorney Focus: Advancing Your Career and the Value of Mentors

1:00PM - 2:15PM

LUNCH
(1.0 credit)

Legal Blog Roundtable

2:30PM - 3:30PM

BREAK-OUT SESSION 2
(1.0 credit)

  • BANKRUPTCY/EMPLOYMENT: Intersection of Bankruptcy and Employment: Hot Issues
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: TC Heartland: The Makings of a Supreme Court Case and a Look at the Future of Venue
  • CRIMINAL: The First Cyberstalking Resulting in a Death Conviction: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Matusiewicz Trial

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Tours at Longwood Gardens
(1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

7:00PM - 10:30PM

Dinner and Social Event – Longwood Gardens

May 4, 2018

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Registration and Light Breakfast

8:45AM - 10:00AM

PLENARY SESSION 2
(1.25 credits)

A discussion among Chief District and Circuit Judges

10:00AM - 10:15AM

Networking Break

10:15AM - 11:15AM

BREAK-OUT SESSION 3
(1.0 credit)

  • BANKRUPTCY: DIP Financing Trends
  • CRIMINAL: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce
  • EMPLOYMENT: Medical Marijuana
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Hot Topics in IP Litigation: Perspectives from Multiple Jurisdictions

11:15AM - 11:30AM

Networking Break

11:30AM - 12:30PM

BREAK-OUT SESSION 4
(1.0 credit)

  • BANKRUPTCY: Best Practices in Bankruptcy Court
  • CRIMINAL: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Jury Trial Demanded: The Role of Juries in Patent Cases

12:30PM - 2:00PM

CLOSING SESSION
(1.0 credit, including .5 ethics credits)

Discussion with Delaware Federal Judges