University of Pittsburgh
September 13, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 14 -- The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring the Third Annual Supreme Court Year-in-Review on Friday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2 Mellon Bank Center in the Union Trust Building.

Panels of expert law professors and practitioners will review the year's Supreme Court developments and implications for future litigation. This full day continuing legal education program aims to combine a high level of intellectual interest with a practical focus relevant to practicing lawyers, both civil and criminal.

A two hour general overview of the year will be presented by Marcia Coyle, attorney and National Law Journal Washington bureau chief ; Chris Hansen, senior staff counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union; and Theodore Olson, a specialist in constitutional and appellate litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in

Washington, DC.

Following the overview session, Hansen and Olson will join two prominent litigators, W. Thomas McGough of Reed, Smith, Shaw, and McClay and H. Woodruff Turner of Kitzpatrick and Lockart, to discuss "The Ethics and Strategy of Seeking (and Avoiding) Supreme Court Review." Among the issues highlighted will be the problems presented when a review by the Supreme Court might have a different impact on a lawyer's immediate client, as compared to the long-term development of the law as it affects that attorney's practice. The ethics panel will be chaired by Supreme Court scholar Arthur Hellman, a Pitt professor of law.

During the afternoon, Pitt Law Professor Peter M. Shane, primary organizer of the event, will offer an hour long review of recent professional developments that affect whether litigants can receive judicial review of their challenges to federal administrative decisions. Professor Shane's lecture, entitled "Complicating the Obstacle Course: Standing, Ripeness, and Other Barriers to Judicial Review of Federal Administrative Decision Making," will steer the audience through a maze of recent Supreme Court Decisions on who can seek federal review and when.

Martha Chamallas, professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh and currently visiting professor of law at Ohio State University College of Law, will then review the recent term's four opinions on sexual harassment liability in a session called "The Supreme Court and Sexual Harassment Litigation." These decisions have brought greater clarity and additional questions to a doctrinal area that has become of paramount importance to lawyers representing either employers or employees.

The program's concluding panel will feature criminal lawyer Paul Boas, assistant U. S. Attorney Paul Brysh, and federal public defender Shelly Stark in a review of the Supreme Court's criminal law developments. Among the cases they will discuss is Gray v. Maryland, which may substantially affect state court prosecutions of multiple defendants.

Participants of the Year-in-Review may enroll for as few as one or as many as six CLE credits. You can obtain additional information and a registration form by contacting the Pitt CLE office at 412-648-1305 or

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