Delaware Bench and Bar® Conference

May 3 - 4, 2018
Hotel DuPont
Wilmington, Delaware
May 3 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM EST and May 4 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

The Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the Federal Circuit Bar Association present a two-day program that will include several plenary sessions of interest to all practitioners. There will also be smaller, specialized sessions relevant to bankruptcy, criminal, employment, and intellectual property practitioners.

The first day of the progam will culminate in a dinner, social event, and tour at Longwood Gardens.

The program will provide CLE credits where applicable. More details in agenda below.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:30 - 9:15 am  Registration and Light Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 am  Welcome Remarks

9:30 - 11:00am  Plenary Session 1: Perspectives from In-House Counsel: Hot Topics and Challenges for In-House Legal Departments

1.5 credits

Moderator:   Douglas E. McCann (Fish & Richardson P.C.)

Paul Grewal (Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation; Facebook)

Andrew J. Trask (Litigation Counsel; Google)

Henry Hadad (Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel; Bristol-Myers Squibb)

Andrea Hutchison (Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation; Gilead Sciences)

Steven Purdy (Senior Counsel, IP Enforcement; IBM)

11:00 - 11:30 am  Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:45 pm  Break-Out Session 1

1.25 credits

Option 1: Supreme Court Year in Review

Moderator:   Circuit Judge Kent A. Jordan (3rd Circuit)

Marcia Coyle (The National Law Journal)

Deanne E. Maynard (Morrison & Foerster LLP)

Option 2: Visual Advocacy: A Discussion About Design and the Law

Moderator:   Kate S. Razavi (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP)

District Judge Richard G. Andrews (D. Del.)

Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider (D.N.J.)

Chad Drown (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP)

Cathy Testa (Corporate Counsel, Litigation & Employment; W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.)

Option 3: Young Attorney Focus: Advancing Your Career and the Value of Mentors

Moderator:   U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss (D. Del.)

Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon (D. Del.)

Magistrate Judge Lynne A. Sitarski (E.D. Pa.)

Sarah Kalemeris (Corporate Counsel, Patents; T-Mobile)

1:00 - 2:15 pm  Lunch  Legal Blog Roundtable

1.0 credit

Moderator:  Ralph Begleiter (Fouding Director, Center for Political Communication; University of Delaware)

David Lat (Editor at Large & Founding Editor; Above the Law)

Howard J. Bashman (How Appealing)

Anne Urda (Editor In Chief; Law360)

2:30 - 3:30 pm  Break-Out Session 2

1.0 credit

Option 1:   Intellectual Property: TC Heartland: The Makings of a Supreme Court Case and a Look at the Future of the Venue

Moderator:   Clyde M. Siebman (Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith LLP)

Chief District Judge Leonard P. Stark (D. Del.)

Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke (D. Del.)

James W. Dabney (Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP)

John D. Luken (Dinsmore & Shohl LLP)

Option 2:   Bankruptcy/Employment: Intersection of Bankruptcy and Employment: Hot Issues

Moderator:   Lauren Helen Leyden (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP)

Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.)

Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross (D. Del.)

Joel I. Krasnow (Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP)

Joy M. Napier-Joyce (Jackson Lewis P.C.)

Jon Chatalian (Deputy Assistant General Counsel; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.)

Option 3:   Criminal: The First Cyberstalking Resulting in a Death Conviction: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Matusiewicz Trial

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie M. McCall (D. Del)

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Weede (D. Del.)

Edward J. McAndrew (Ballard Spahr LLP)

Jeremy H.G. Ibrahim (Law Office of Jeremy H.G. Ibrahim)

5:30 - 7:00 pm  Tours at Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

7:00 - 10:00 pm  Dinner and Social Event - Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

(Transporation Provided)


Friday, May 4, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 am  Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am  Remarks from U.S. Senator Christopher Coons

0.25 credits

8:45 - 10:00 am  Plenary Session 2: A Discussion Among Chief District and Circuit Judges

1.25 credits

Moderator:   Chief District Judge Leonard P. Stark (D. Del.)

Chief Circuit Judge Sharon Prost (Federal Circuit)

Chief Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith (Third Circuit)

Chief District Judge Joy Flowers Conti (W.D. Pennsylvania)

Chief District Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap (E.D. Texas)

Chief District Judge Jose L. Linares (D.N.J.)

10:00 - 10:15 am  Networking Break

 10:15 - 11:15 am  Break-Out Session 3

1.0 credit

Bankruptcy: DIP Financing Trends

Criminal: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce

Employment: Medical Marijuana

Intellectual Property: Hot Topics in IP Litigation: Perspectives from Multiple Jurisdictions

11:15 - 11:30 am  Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Break-Out Session 4

1.0 credit

Bankruptcy: Best Practices in Bankruptcy Courts

Criminal: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce

Intellectual Property: Jury Trial Demanded: The Role of Juries in Patent Cases

12:30 - 2:00 pm  Closing Session: Discussion with Delaware Federal Judges

1.0 credit, including .5 ethics credits

Benefits of Membership

Sharpen your practice skills and develop meaningful professional connections while making a difference in the Federal Circuit. Enjoy rewarding and substantial preferential member pricing.



Webcast attendance (and CLE in applicable states) is complimentary with all FCBA memberships. Membership also gives reduced rate registration to our conferences (e.g. Bench & Bar®) as well as partner affiliated regional events.

  • Bench & Bar® Conference - Annual in-depth program exploring the spectrum of Circuit practice and justice considerations, gathering national leaders of the Bench and the Bar.
  • Horizons Seminar Series - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions.
  • Regional Programs - Programs for local audiences, involving leading corporate and litigation counsel and many levels of the Federal Bench. Examples include the Advanced Complex Litigation Series, Litigation Skills Training Series, MSPB Appeals Summit, and Federal Practice Summit.
  • Global Series - Launched in November 2010, the Global Series explores the search for best practices in legal systems around the world.  In the on-going dialogue, sessions already include:  Berlin and Munich, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; London, United Kingdom; Toronto, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; Geneva, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China.

FCBA Source - Publications

  • Journal - Published quarterly in collaboration with George Washington University Law School, the journal includes scholarly articles and recent case summaries, keeping you informed of developments and trends in the law in Circuit community. All past journals are available to members through the website. 
  • Circuit Case Digest - A monthly publication that provides a summary of all precedential opinions of the Federal Circuit issued the preceding month. All digests are available to members through the website.
  • Pro Bono Digest - This Digest provides useful pro bono information to the Circuit community.
  • Reviewed Adjudicators Digest - A monthly update on decisions of the tribunals reviewed by the Federal Circuit.  It covers the following matters of interest:
    • Merit Systems Protection Board
    • Patent Trial and Appeal Board
    • International Trade Commission
    • Court of Federal Claims
    • Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
    • Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
    • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Newsletter - The newsletter contains timely information including rules changes, personnel changes, hearing dates, and upcoming meetings and events of the Association.  All newsletters are available to members through the website.
  • Webcasts - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions such as In Re Bilski. More than a dozen webcasts are available yearly, and are searchable by subject matter.


Participation and Leadership Opportunities in all Circuit Community Practice Areas

Active Committees represent Circuit subject matter and practice areas, with input into Association programming and initiatives.  Multi-committee coalitions address topics such as rules, amicus, and other matters crossing subject areas.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Robust opportunities exist to participate in screening and representational roles for both veterans and government personnel pro se parties, as well as PTO.

Collaborations with other Bar Associations and Universities

The FCBA enjoys active relationships with a variety of other interested associations and academic institutions.


Learn more about member benefits and apply to be a member today!

Leaders Circle

Join the 2018 Leaders Circle

Federal Circuit Bar Association Leaders Circle sponsors benefit from and help guide the Association’s premier national outreach. Leaders Circle participants, both firms and corporations, stand among the most skilled in the profession. With their acumen, Leaders Circle sponsors engage core developments significant to the Federal Circuit justice community through over 20 committees (ranging from Amicus to Patent Litigation, International Trade, Government Contract, Patent and Trademark Office).

Leaders Circle sponsors “Make a Difference.” Moreover, while doing so, they provide unique interactive professional opportunities and recognition for the members of their organizations and for their designees. Levels tailored to a variety of circumstances are available.


Sponsorship Benefits

  • Annual Benefits Bundling (Webcasts, Regional Programs, Summits, Conferences, Annual Dinner)
  • Premier Quality (Substantive and policy engagement, planning, and participation opportunities (including, e.g., the annual Bench & Bar® Conference)
  • Publications
    • The Federal Circuit Court Case Digest, The Federal Circuit Court Journal, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association Newsletter
  • Sessions
    • Skills Excellence (broad spectrum of professional webcasts, telecasts, and sessions)
  • Session Planning Participation
  • Watch List - The weekly Watch List includes selected items of subject matter interest - policy, judicial, national, regional, and international.
  • Reviewed Adjudicators Digest - Track key decisions first. This digest highlights selected decisions of tribunals reviewed by the Circuit. Tribunals already include PTAB, COFC, CAVC, ITC, MSPB, CBCA.
  • Pro Bono Digest - Participate in the Association’s several active pro bono outreaches - general, government personnel, veterans, and PTO patent prosecution.


Leaders Circle Benefits

National Leaders


Six Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Six registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Ten webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Six one-year new memberships

One reserved table (eight seats)
at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events

Sustaining Leaders


Four Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Four registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Eight webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Four one-year new memberships

Four reserved seats at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events

Supporting Leaders


Two Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Two registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Four webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Two one-year new memberships

Two reserved seats at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events


Join the 2018 Leaders Circle!

Please contact Tori Wright to learn more about Leaders Circle benefits at or call (202) 536-4160.


2018 Leaders Circle Sponsors

Register Now for the Delaware Bench & Bar® Conference

Registration Rates

Full Attendance Private Sector $750
Full Attendance Private Sector: FCBA Member $500
Full Attendance Public Sector $300
Full Attendance Public Sector: FCBA Member $200
Criminal Track Only $50
Guest for Thursday Dinner $150

For registrants who join FCBA, the registration fee will be appropriately discounted.

For more information, please contact:


Kelly Farnan at or 302-651-7705

Andrew Mayo at or 302-504-3735

Jeremy Tigan at or 302-351-9106

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