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2021 BALC Bench Bar Conference

September 24 @ 3:30 pm - September 26 @ 12:00 pm


Historic Skytop Lodge

September 24-26, 2021

Attention All Golfers!!!

Limited Number of Tee Times are on hold for our group on Saturday, 9/25 from 1-2pm. Call Skytop now to reserve your time at 1-855-345-7759 Option #6 then #2. Make sure you tell them you are with the Bar Association of Lehigh County! This is an optional event and you are responsible for the cost.

$209 Hotel Room Rate Per Night (Single or Double, Friday and Saturday Nights, plus tax and fee.  Ask Resort about rates for extending your stay)

CUT OFF DATE: Monday, August 23rd.  Any reservations after that maybe subject to regular room pricing.

Contact hotel at 1-855-345-7759 and use code 532023 to make reservations

Conference Cost (you will be billed from BALC Directly, more detailed information to follow)

$269 Conference Registration Fee (Attorneys only)

$125 Spouse/Guest Fee

$55 Children 12-16 years of age

$35 Children under 12 years of age (No registration fee for kids under 2)

$99 Young Lawyer Registration Fee (Must meet current BALC Age/Restrictions of less than 38 years old or less than 5 years in law)

$99 Young Lawyer Spouse/Guest Fee

*Conference fee includes All Food and Designated Complimentary Drink Selections at Friday night reception, Saturday Breakfast, Sunday Coffee & Light Breakfast, Sunday Brunch, CLE Credits, Conference Materials*

Conference Schedule:


4:30 PM-BALC Board Meeting-BALC Board Only

5:30 PM-Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:45 PM- After Reception Show Featuring National Talent Denny Corby & a special guest performer! As seen on Penn & Teller Fool Us, NBC & the CW, Denny has performed his mesmerizing act for clubs and companies all over the county, bringing the audience to the edge of their seats and then to tears of laughter.


9:00 AM-CLE-Effective Communication with Compromised Participants in the Legal System

This program acknowledges that many people in our legal system suffer from issues that create barriers to effective communication. These issues include mental health issues, autism, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, medical issues, trauma, and grief. A panel of three experts who work with a variety of people in our system will describe methods to maximize effective communication with compromised participants.

Presented By: Jennifer Sell, Caseworker Supervisor, Children & Youth-Lehigh County, Drew Taylor, Director of Forensic Services-Lehigh County, & Jeani Garcia, Director-Mother to Mother Grief Program

Moderated By: Gavin Holihan, ESQ

10:15 AM-CLE -Police Use of Force; Three Sides of the Story

This program will explore issues surrounding the use of force, including deadly force, by law enforcement from different perspectives including the prosecutorial investigation and decision-making process, the issues raised in defending officers charged with crimes, and the role of the judiciary when charges are filed.

Presented By: Hon. Kelly Banach, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, James Martin, ESQ, Lehigh County District Attorney, & Gavin Holihan, ESQ

Moderated By: Karolyn Blume, ESQ

8:00 PM Hospitality Camp Fire with S’mores!


9:00 AM-CLE (Title & Topic to be Announced Soon)

10:30 AM-Champagne Brunch

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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September 24, 2021 3:30 pm
September 26, 2021 12:00 pm