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Remote Court Proceedings & Public Access - CLE & CJE Webinar

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This CLE & CJE program will explore the public's right to access court proceedings and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In this program, our panelists will discuss the public’s right to access court proceedings and explore the experience of courts in Pennsylvania and around the country as they conducted remote proceedings and grappled with questions about providing public access during the pandemic. The panel will feature two judges who worked on Pennsylvania’s Task Force for Remote Proceedings, a lawyer who litigated the public’s right to access proceedings in Pennsylvania during the pandemic and who tracked access issues nationally over the past few years, and a lawyer from Minneapolis who represented a coalition of media in assuring that the Derek Chauvin trial was televised and accessible to the public.


  • Michael Berry, Esq., Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia (Moderator)
  • Robert Friedman, Esq., Gupta Wessler PLLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Judge Barbara McDermott, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
  • Judge Terrence R. Nealon, Court of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County
  • Leita Walker, Esq., Ballard Spahr LLP, Minneapolis

CLE / CJE Credit

This program will provide attendees with 1 substantive CLE or CJE credit in PA.


There is a $15 registration fee for those requesting CLE credit. There is no fee for those requesting CJE credit. You are also welcome to attend the program at no cost if you do not need credit and are simply interested in learning about the topic.

This program is co-sponsored by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair and impartial judges. PMC seeks to improve and strengthen the justice system in Pennsylvania through its three main program areas: civic education and engagement, equal access to justice for all, and judicial modernization and reform. 

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