CLE: Full Day

Dec/18 08:45 am -
Dec/18 04:15 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 8:45am to 4:15pm

Gratz College Reading Room

MORNING PROGRAM: 8:45 - 12:15
Protection From Abuse and Representing Jewish Clients: Community Advocate Training

Shana Weiner, Esq., Founder/Executive Director of Dinah, Inc.

This program will provide an overview of the Protection from Abuse Act, a discussion of domestic violence in the Jewish Community and tips on how to best represent a Jewish clientele.

One (1) ethics & two (2) substantive credits
Kosher continental breakfast included. Doors open at 8:15 am.

Attorneys: $135
Auditors: $36



Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Fraud

Susan Schneider Thomas, Esq., Berger-Montague
Rabbi Elisha Friedman, Congregational Rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation

This program will focus primarily on the False Claims Act, but also incorporate other statutes designed to encourage people to report suspected fraud and various regulatory and legislative initiatives to protect them.  We will explore the reasons people come forward and the legal and practical issues that whistleblowers encounter.  The Jewish perspective and overall ethical considerations of reporting suspected wrongdoing will also be explored, including Judaism’s general opposition to negative speech about others as well as the principles surrounding the well-known exception for a situation where that speech will benefit society.  We will discuss how this debate deals with whistleblowers who may have a personal animus toward the individuals (or company) they are reporting and who will be in a position to benefit if the litigation is successful. 

One (1) ethics & two (2) substantive credits
Kosher lunch included (beginning at 12:15 pm)

Attorneys: $135
Auditors: $36


Attorneys: $250
Auditors: $54



Rabbi Elisha Friedman is the rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Harrisburg, PA, where he lives with his family. He was ordained at Yeshiva University’s affiliate rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is currently working towards a doctorate in Modern Jewish Philosophy at its affiliated graduate school, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Susan Schneider Thomas is a practicing attorney with over 20 years of experience representing whistleblowers under the False Claims Act.  She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Temple University School of Law.  She has spoken on topics relating to the False Claims Act in a number of different settings, including a symposium at the School of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota about issues concerning prescription drugs, and at a local chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.  She recently published an article concerning issues relating to whistleblowers, Misguided Meanders:  The “Trail of Fraud” under the Public Disclosure Bar of the False Claims Act, 43 U. Dayton L. Rev. 161 (Spring 2018).

Shana Weiner is an attorney in Philadelphia, originally from Annapolis, Maryland. With a background in family and criminal law, as well as strong connection to her faith and community, Shana is thrilled to combine her two passions to better meet a critical need in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia. Shana received her B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 and her Juris Doctorate from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2013. Shana is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.