About the Event

The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree can be daunting. To help support journalists who cover the courts, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Klein College of Media and Communication have developed a one-day intensive program on the court system geared toward journalists and others in the media who have little experience covering the courts or who want to be sure they are on top of all the current issues.

Presenters include Maida Milone (President & CEO, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts); Judge C. Darnell Jones II (United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania); Jules Epstein (Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs, Temple University Beasley School of Law); Mary E. Levy (Practice Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law), Eli Segal (partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP) and Jim Neff (Deputy Managing Editor, Philadelphia Media Network). Professor Scott Burris, Director of the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Silvana Mazzella, Associate Executive Director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, will participate in a panel discussion over lunch. Additional panelists may join the discussion as well.


Time Description Speakers
9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction D. Boardman
M. Milone
G. Mandel
9:15 AM The Structure of State and Federal Court Systems M. Milone
9:30 AM The Dynamics of a Trial J. Epstein
10:00 AM The Appellate Process M. Levy
10:20 AM Break
10:30 AM Journalists and Judges: The Tension Between a Fair Trial and an Informed Public

  • Legal Underpinnings
  • Procedural Requirements
  • Substantive Requirements
  • Analyzing the Competing Interests in Civil and Criminal Cases
Hon. C. Darnell Jones
Hon. Jeffrey Minehart
Jim Neff
Eli Segal
12:00 PM Lunch Panel – The Opioid Crisis and the Courts Scott Burris
Silvana Mazzella






About Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

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.