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Tom Waffenschmide, Jessica Engel and Bob Cronin at the CCBL Seminar in State College.LLA Officers Attend Bar Leaders Conference

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's annual Conference of County Bar Leaders took place Feb. 27 - March 1, at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College. The event is a "must" for current and incoming leadership of any county bar association.

This year, LLA President Tom Waffenschmidt, President Elect Bob Cronin and Executive Director Jessica Engel attended the session. Despite the fact that they appear (in the photo on the left) to be only having fun, the conference is actually an intense combination of practical seminars, networking opportunities and presentations that fill almost 2 days.

Jessica started with a Pennsylvania Association of Bar Executives meeting on Thursday evening. That was followed by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Reception, which Bob, Tom and Jessica all attended at the Law School. The final event of the evening was the Welcome Social at the Nittany Lion Inn, where all had the opportunity to socialize with other county and PBA leaders.

The Friday morning sessions attended were as follows: Tom - Leadership Kick-off, Avoidance of Legal Malpractice, and Recruiting Cheerleaders for Civic Education; Bob - Leadership Kick-off, Most Likely to Succeed (Your Bar Foundation), and History of Your Bar Association; Jessica - Most Likely to Succeed (Your Bar Foundation) and Recruiting Cheerleaders for Civic Education. Corey Mowrey drove up to attend the YLD Business Meeting held that morning.

All three attended the Friday Luncheon, which featured speaker was Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne Law School, who spoke on his book, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation, about the Nixon/Watergate era. According to Jessica, "It was mesmerizing."

The afternoon sessions attended were as follows: Tom - LCL: Hope and Help for the Distressed Attorney; Will You Be My Friend? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media, and Hot Topics, Cold Drinks; Bob - LCL: Hope and Help for the Distressed Attorney; Your Year(s) in Bar Leadership/on the Homecoming Court, and Hot Topics, Cold Drinks; Jessica - LCL: Hope and Help for the Distressed Attorney; Will You Be My Friend? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media.

Friday concluded with a formal dinner and social later in the evening.

On Saturday, everyone attended both sessions: Protect Your Board and Yourself: Fraud and Embezzlement Avoidance, and Are You Covered: Nonprofit Insurance Options.

As always, the CCBL was a stimulating and enlightening event, guaranteed to improve the operation of the Lycoming Law Association and its support for its members.