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About the Presenters (listed in order of appearance/sessions)

The Honorable Richard K. Renn earned his B.A. in political science from Susquehanna University in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1976.  After serving as an associate in a York law firm Judge Renn established his own office in York, Pennsylvania in 1979.  In 1983, he formed a law partnership with York attorney Gary L. Snyder, which lasted until Judge Renn ascended to the bench in 1998.

While an attorney, Judge Renn had a general practice before he began to concentrate on the representation of individuals accused of crimes in state and federal courts.  He served two terms on the boards of directors of the York County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He was a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a member of the York County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Judge Renn has lectured frequently for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in criminal, family law and civil litigation matters, for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation section on civil trial matters, for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and for the York County Bar Association.  He has testified before state House and Senate committees on proposed legislation. He has also lectured several times on family law and evidence issues for the Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges.

Judge Renn served as the Administrative Judge in York County for family law cases from 2002 through 2006.  In January 2006, Judge Renn assumed the office of President Judge for the Court of Common Pleas of York County.  In addition to his administrative duties, he heard civil motions and presided over civil trials.  Since concluding his term as President Judge, he resumed the duties of civil trial judge, and more recently presides over criminal cases.

Bernard Ilkhanoff, Esq. earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Frostburg State University, double majoring in Political Science and Spanish.  Before entering law school, Mr. Ilkhanoff worked for a major Washington, DC law firm as a Legal Assistant concentrating in corporate-based Immigration Law. While at Temple University School of Law, Mr. Ilkhanoff participated in Temple's nationally renowned Trial Advocacy Program, and served as Associate Editor on the Temple University International & Comparative Law Journal, where one of his articles was accepted for publication.

Mr. Ilkhanoff completed summer internships as a law clerk with the Honorable Herbert F. Murray, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland and as a summer associate with Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Law Department.

Immediately upon graduating law school, Mr. Ilkhanoff was appointed as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Baltimore's Law Department. One of about 65 attorneys, Mr. Ilkhanoff was assigned to represent the Baltimore Police Department and its Police Commissioner involving a myriad of legal matters including advice and counsel, defense litigation and administrative prosecutions to name a few. Mr. Ilkhanoff appeared in both state and federal trial and appellate courts where he established a winning record.

Mr. Ilkhanoff won the Rising Star award in litigation through Super Lawyers, and won the 2011 Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award.  He also was selected as a Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyer for 2014 and 2015 in the field of Criminal Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Maryland Association of Justice.

Mr. Ilkhanoff has served in various leadership roles in the York County Bar Association, and volunteers his time with various local non-profit agencies. Mr. Ilkhanoff is married to his law partner, Paula Silverstein, and has four children.

Jan Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you. Her information could help you to “read” your customers, your family, your students, your associates, in fact, everyone around you. Author of Let Me See Your Body Talk, Freeway of Love, Judge The Jury and Strictly Business Body Language, this popular speaker, distinguished educator, talk-show guest of The Lifetime Channel, Fox News, The Maury Povich Show, The Montel Williams Show, Great Day Houston, E-Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show, describes for you all “hidden messages” you use in your everyday life and shows you how to stop the lies and uncover the truth—in any conversation or situation.

Working with thousands in the field of personal growth and self-expression through seminars and workshops for the past 10 years, Ms. Hargrave continues to inspire many of today’s leading corporations, such as Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, Rockwell, ESPN, Sun Life Financial Distributors, Exxon, Chase Manhattan Bank, NASA, El Paso Energy, Bank of America, and at the USA MWR Training and Development Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Her expertise concerning nonverbal communication in the courtroom and witness preparation, plus her membership in the American College of Forensic Examiners, proved to be the topics of interest in her presentations to the Honolulu Police Department, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, and various legal Bench and Bar Associations across the country.

The Cajun French Ms. Hargrave was born to French-Acadian parents in the unique “Joie de Vivre” (Joy of Life) culture of southwest Louisiana and as a result, sprinkles her captivating presentations with entertaining Ragin’ Cajun folkloric tales. Jan received her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Specialist degree in Business/Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is presently CEO of Jan Hargrave & Associates, a Houston-based consulting firm, and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston for eight years.

Nonverbal communication—“Body Language”—often communicates a different message from the spoken word. Jan proves with her contagious warmth, wit, and humor that there is a method, and a style, to success. Bring your body, your curiosity, your sense of humor and learn what your body—and the body of others—is communicating to the world.


Joseph A. Curcillo, III, Esq. is the Managing Attorney at Curcillo Law in Harrisburg & Chambersburg. His main area of practice is Criminal Defense. As do many attorneys who present CLEs, he has a long tedious list of bar admissions, titles and service to the bar. If you really want to know the details, keep reading.  Otherwise stop reading and use your time to hug your spouse, child or pet; go relax. You need it. He currently serves …Blah Blah Blah… He is also a member and Past President of the Psychic Entertainers Association, and performs and speaks at corporate and organization events. Joseph was named the 2014 Milbourne Christopher Foundation’s Mentalism Award on July 4, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The awards ceremony drew 1,400 amateur and professional magicians and mentalists from every corner of the world.

MagicSteve (a/k/a Steven G. Leventhal, Esq.) is a senior litigator with the Philadelphia powerhouse defense law firm of Reger Rizzo & Darnall, LLP. With nearly 35 partners in his Philadelphia-based office alone, MagicSteve has dozens of captive people upon which to unleash his new walk around & close-up material gleaned from over 65 countries of personal travel.   Best anyone can figure,MagicSteve is the only lawyer-magician crazy enough to actually throw his Vegas quality performance skills into closing arguments before frequently amazed jurors and equally pissed-off plaintiffs’ counsel. MagicSteve recently got a sitting ovation from one Philadelphia jury that actually resulted in a few wedding and birthday party side-jobs! Google: “Philadelphia; Magician and Lawyer” and read how the AP reported upon his legal antics during a VERY SLOW news cycle in 2009. MagicSteve is an award winning adjunct professor teaching a Sports Law & Ethics masters’ degree class at Temple University every spring. The Dean is still trying to ascertain how he achieves nearly 110% attendance levels in his weekly lecture series in which he always starts and finished with a head scratching close-up effect.


The Honorable Stephen P. Linebaugh serves the 19th Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of York County.  Judge Linebaugh was first elected to the bench in November 1997 and was retained in 2007 for a second ten-year term.  Judge Linebaugh has served in Family Law Division, the Criminal Law Division and the Civil Law Division.  He was elected President Judge for a five year term in 2010 by his fellow judges. Prior to being elected Judge, he practiced law in York from 1972 until 1998.  Judge Linebaugh received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1972.  Judge Linebaugh has appeared as a guest speaker and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Database Convention, the National Business Institute and the York County Bar Association.  In 2015 the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Judge Linebaugh the Chief Justice Ronald D. Castile Judge’s Award for his support of legal aid in York County and in September 2006 the PBA honored Judge Linebaugh with its “Everyday Leader Award” for his work with the Adult Treatment Courts in York County. He was born and raised in York County.  His ancestors settled in Dover Township, York County, in the 1760's.  He continues to reside in Dover Township.  Judge Linebaugh and his wife have been married for 47 years.  They have two daughters and three granddaughters. 


Alan C. Green, Esq. focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation with a passion for dispute resolution. Utilizing a combination of cutting-edge technological resources and a deep appreciation for the individual concerns of each client, he works tirelessly to resolve any crisis. Regardless of whether the matter requires complex litigation or sharply targeted action, Alan is committed to achieving the best results for his clients when the worst happens.

Alan has successfully litigated cases for businesses and individuals at trial and on appeal, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. He has successfully tried cases involving shareholder and employment disputes, commercial real estate transactions, construction claims, Uniform Commercial Code claims, eminent domain proceedings and tax assessment appeals. Additionally, Alan has developed a unique proficiency with electronic discovery and information acquisition methods which have helped his clients protect their intellectual property efficiently and, on many occasions, without the need for litigation.

He received his Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Articles Editor for the Penn State Law Review. Alan received his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Clark University. He also received a Master’s degree in philosophy from American University.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Alan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Harry M. Ness in the Court of Common Pleas of York County, Pennsylvania. During his clerkship, he handled matters involving civil litigation, family law and dependency.

Alan is an active member of the York County Bar Association, where he serves on the Publications Board and the Ad Hoc Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Young Lawyer’s Division.

Alan is a proud resident of Manchester Township where he lives with his wife and young son.


The Honorable Harold F. Woelfel Jr.







Laurie J. Besden, Esq. is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (“LCL”). Since 2011, she has served as LCL’s Deputy Executive Director overseeing LCL’s Helpline operations and serving as the primary contact for intervention requests, expanding LCL’s law school outreach, and increasing LCL’s presence within the organized Bench and Bar. As the newly appointed Executive Director, Ms. Besden is now responsible for LCL’s administrative and financial operations as well as Judges Concerned for Judges (judges’ assistance program).

Ms. Besden is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1999). She practiced law from 1999 through 2001 and 2009-2011 in several capacities including:
•    Attorney-at-law (general civil and criminal practice), East Norriton, PA
•    Law Clerk (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Philadelphia, PA
•    Law Clerk (Philadelphia Municipal Court), Philadelphia, PA

She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995) and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (1999).

Ms. Besden was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession.

Arnold T. Sheinvold, PhD, is the founding partner of Riegler, Shienvold and Associates. He holds Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. He specialized in child clinical psychology and completed his internship at the Ohio State University Hospital.

Dr. Shienvold has specialized in dealing with high conflict families since he began his practice. He is recognized locally and nationally as an expert in the areas of custody evaluations and family mediation. In addition to his direct clinical practice in those areas, Dr. Shienvold has consulted to public and private agencies, taught and lectured at a multitude of professional conferences and schools and published papers on these topics. Dr. Shienvold continues to see individuals and couples in therapy and he has an active forensic practice. Additionally, Dr. Shienvold has served as a professional facilitator for group meetings.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association where he also serves on the custody evaluation work group; past president of the Academy of Family Mediators; past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution; Serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Caren Silverman (@carensilverman) is a Client Relations Specialist for LexisNexis. In her role, Caren not only monitors the legal industry to identify trends and potential future developments but also consults with law firms and corporations across the country to discuss their challenges and needs. In her eighteen years with LexisNexis, Caren has conducted over 600 presentations.

Caren received her B.A. from Penn State University and her J.D. (cum laude) from Temple University, Beasley School of Law. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Caren was a litigator for over three years with Goldfein & Joseph in Philadelphia, PA.

Jacob Gurwitz, Esq. received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he attended on a full scholarship and was elected student body president. He later received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, PA, and also received the James J. Manderino Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy as the top trial advocate in his class. During law school, he headed the pro bono Unemployment Compensation Project, training fellow law students to be effective advocates on behalf of individuals seeking their unemployment benefits.

Mr. Gurwitz has successfully represented clients in numerous jury trials and other hearings, ranging from disorderly conduct allegations to attempted murder charges.


The Honorable Andrea Marceca Strong was elected to the bench in 2011. Judge Marceca Strong's assignments are in the family division of the court and include custody, support, dependency, delinquency, termination of parental rights, protection from abuse and divorce matters. Prior to taking the bench, she concentrated her private general practice in family and adoption law. In addition to her private practice, she previously served as staff attorney for the York County Domestic Relations Section where she assisted plaintiffs in pursuing adequate support for children and prosecuted individuals who failed to comply with court orders.

Judge Marceca Strong is active in her community as well as the Pennsylvania and York County Bar Associations. She previously served as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children's Rights Committee, co-chair of the PBA Task Force on the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, and currently serves as Master in the Herbert B. Cohen chapter of the American Inns of Court, member of Pennsylvania Bar Association Women in the Profession, AOPC Legal Representation Workgroup, National Association of Women Judges and board member of York County Legal Record, as well as several community and non-profit boards. She formerly served as chair of the York County Bar Association Family Law Section, Bench/Bar Committee and Women in the Law Committee, and has served on various committees and sections in the York County and Pennsylvania Bar associations since beginning her practice in 1994. Judge Marceca Strong has achieved personal and professional satisfaction by mastering her legal skills, achieving her goals and remaining involved in the community.

William G. Baughman, Esq. graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1980. He clerked for the Hon. Dale F. Shughart in the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County and the Hon. Glenn E. Mencer of the Commonwealth Court before entering into private practice in York. He has an extensive background in administrative law, real estate, and commercial transactions. He became a divorce hearing master and the director of the York County Divorce Masters Office in January of 1997.

Lauren B. Kearney, Esq. focuses her practice on the area of family law, including divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse, and adoption.  Lauren is dedicated to helping individuals through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

Lauren is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wheaton College located in Norton, Massachusetts where she received a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. While attending Widener, Lauren was an Articles Editor for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. She was also selected for an externship with the Honorable Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court. Upon graduating from law school, Lauren worked as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Calvin L. Scott, Jr. of the Delaware Superior Court.

Prior to establishing Kearney Galloway, LLC, Lauren worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of FrancePaskey (formerly, Kagen, MacDonald and France, P.C.). At the law firm of FrancePaskey, Lauren focused primarily in the areas of family law and civil litigation.

Lauren is an active participant in the York County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Family Law Section, Women in the Law Committee, Law Day Committee, and Membership Committee. She is also the Past-Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the York County Bar Association.  Lauren lives in York Township with her husband and two children.

Lauren is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Middle District of Pennsylvania.


Ann Marie M. McElwee, Esq. is employed as a full-time attorney for ACCESS - Victim Assistance Center at the York YWCA.  She assists victims of domestic violence with Protection from Abuse hearings, divorce, custody and support.  Ann Marie is a dedicated and passionate advocate for individuals experiencing the trauma resulting from domestic violence.

Ann Marie is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.  Prior to and while attending Widener Law School, Ann Marie was employed as a paralegal for the law offices of Donald B. Swope.  Upon graduating from Widener Law School, Ann Marie was in private practice for several years, focusing in the areas of family law and elder law.  She also served as the family law attorney for Mid Penn Legal Services.

Ann Marie is an active participant with the York County Bar Association and serves in many leadership roles, including former chair of the Family Law Section. Ann Marie won the 2011 Outstanding Member Award, as well as the 2007 Pro Bono Award for organizing and managing the Custody Workshops and the 2014 Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Community Service.   


Seth E. Springer, Esq.



Lark Eshleman, PhD, is an international expert in the field of child trauma and attachment, and is the author of Becoming a Family: Promoting healthy attachments with your adopted child, a well-received book on adoption. She designed and teaches a program for helping children heal from community violence, and also the STAT™ (Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy) treatment model, and created and ran a multi-modal, integrative  mental health clinic. She regularly  gives keynote addresses, and offers workshops and trainings for parents and professionals, returning with new insights from presenting in Singapore, India, and to other international teaching audiences. Currently she is executive director of About Child Trauma, an educational non-profit. She writes for Fostering Families Magazine, among other magazines and journals. Visit her at    

The Honorable Joseph C. Adams is the President Judge of Pennsylvania's 19th Judicial District - York County.  He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and the University of Dayton School of Law.  After his graduation from law school, Judge Adams served as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in the York County District Attorney office's Child Abuse Unit and subsequently a Partner/Shareholder with CGA Law Firm practicing in the firm's Civil and Domestic Litigation sections.  He has also served as solicitor for the York County Clerk's Office, court appointed mediator and Juvenile Delinquency Master.  He is a past president of the Herbert B. Cohen Inn of Court and the York County Bar Association.  Judge Adams was elected to the York County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania in 2005 and retained in 2015.  He is an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys running, biking and traveling. In addition, he enjoys finding ways technology can aid in the practice of law, especially trial presentation. Judge Adams is married with three children.


Evan J. Kline, Esq. has been a personal injury litigator with Katherman, Briggs, and Greenberg since 2001. He is also an unabashed geek and Apple fanboy, who uses his technology expertise to get better results for his clients. He speaks on legal technology topics at seminars and conferences, including the last two years at the national MacTrack Legal (formerly Macs in Law Offices) conference in Orlando. He also has written about technology at since 2009.

Evan is a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University and a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law. He has achieved an AV-Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is reserved for attorneys who have obtained civil verdicts or settlements in excess of one million dollars. 

Evan is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is active in the York County Bar Association, where is a member of the Bench-Bar Committee and co-chair of the Local Rules Committee (Civil).

Evan and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the Wrightsville area with their daughter.


Edward A. Paskey, Esq. received a B.A. degree in International Politics, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Bar of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ed is a member of the Pennsylvania and York County Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Herbert B. Cohen American Inn of Court. He previously served as chair of the Criminal Law Practice Committee of the York County Bar Association. He also served as the First Deputy District Attorney for the York County District Attorney’s Office and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota.

His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense (state and federal, and DUI) and real estate.

Ed serves as Solicitor for the York County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #73, Hanover Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #69 and the White Rose (York City) Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15. He is past president of the Penn State Alumni Association – York County Chapter.

He is an active member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club, York Suburban All Sports Boosters Club and St. Joseph Church.

Ed resides in Springettsbury Township with his wife and two sons.


William C. Gierasch, Esq., Of Counsel with Stock and Leader, practices in the areas of injury law and general litigation. He has represented individuals and their families in cases involving wrongful death, auto accidents, defective products, industrial and construction accidents, and injuries resulting from falls. He has developed knowledge and expertise concerning insurance issues that are commonly involved with accident cases. Mr. Gierasch has won settlements, awards and verdicts for clients ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to one million dollars.  Mr. Gierasch is a trained mediator and has received numerous appointments by both state and federal judges to mediate cases involving many areas of law.


Rees Griffiths, Esq. Rees, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm, has over 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and also resolving conflict through mediation and arbitration. In his legal practice, he concentrates on resolving business and commercial disputes of closely-held businesses. As a litigator and certified mediator, his experience includes matters involving business tort, breach of contracts, construction claims, Uniform Commercial Code, creditors' rights and professional negligence actions involving non-medical professionals.



Charles A. Rausch, Esq. a partner with Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP, is an American Arbitration Association® trained mediator and is able to assist parties in resolving their dispute or conflict through the mediation process. As a mediator, Attorney Rausch acts as a neutral third party to assist the parties in opening communication to facilitate negotiations.  As a mediator, Attorney Rausch facilitates the parties’ negotiations by helping to analyze the issues and proposals, by assisting the parties in assessing the costs and benefits of either continuing or resolving the dispute, and by exploring creative options to end the conflict.



Barbara Sardella, Esq. Of Counsel with CGA Law Firm, has almost 20 years' experience as a contract negotiator and dispute resolver in the construction industry. She has participated in the mediation of many construction-related disputes and claims.

In 1998, she assisted Bob Kinsley in creating Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit organization that developed the museum and visitor center in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park. She currently serves as the interim President of the Gettysburg Foundation.

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