JAMS added retired Judge Patricia McInerney to its panel.

McInerney joins JAMS after a 23-year career on the bench, where she presided over numerous high-profile cases and served as supervising judge of the Commerce Court in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, which is a specialized civil program that handles business-to-business disputes.

Based in the JAMS Philadelphia Resolution Center, McInerney will serve as mediator, arbitrator, special master and discovery referee in a variety of disputes, including business/commercial, class action/mass torts, construction, construction defect, employment, environmental, government/public agency, insurance, intellectual property, personal injury/torts, professional liability, real property and securities.

She managed an individual docket of cases involving all types of commercial disputes, including shareholder derivative actions, mergers and dissolutions, commercial insurance policies, unfair competition, trade secrets, commercial real estate transactions and nonconsumer class actions.

Before taking the bench, she worked as a public defender and then as a civil litigator, handling employment, civil rights, premises liability and other general liability disputes.


Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Dena Lefkowitz are set to host the workshop “How to Increase Confidence and Become a Star Networker” at 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at The Pyramid Club.

The half-day workshop offers four CLE and one ethics credit and breakfast.

The interactive multimedia presentation will explore and address:

• What confidence is.

• What may be holding a participant back from putting their best self forward.

• Common confidence derailers and how to overcome them.

• Why men network more strategically and successfully.

• How to shift that paradigm to ensure better salaries, opportunities and more seats at the table for women.

• Strategies to help participants be more confident and be their own PR team and concrete action steps they can take to immediately improve self confidence.

Participants will also be coaxed out of their comfort zone (and seat) to engage with others in the room for interactive confidence building and networking exercises.


Attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams are participating in several sessions of the annual “Exceptional Children Conference” hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and scheduled to be held Oct. 8 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

Mark Cheramie Walz is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion titled “Making Schools Inclusive via Website Accessibility: Are You in Compliance?”

Andrew E. Faust is set to conduct the annual “Year in Review” session with attorney Caryl Oberman in a roundup of legislative and case law developments.

Karl A. Romberger Jr., is set to co-present “Settlements,” discussing how to analyze a case and drive it towards an agreeable resolution.

Thomas C. Warner returns for his third year as co-planner of the event, overseeing all course development and logistics.


McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys Jon Andrews and Jamie Strong are set to present “Agritourism, Short-Term Rentals, and More: Is Your Township Prepared for New and Trending Land Uses?” at the PSATS’ regional fall forum at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center by Wyndham in State College on Tuesday.

Andrews and Strong’s session will focus on trending topics such as agritourism, wineries, breweries and short-term rentals.

It will provide guidance to avoid ordinance enforcement issues associated with these trending uses and prepare attendees to spot issues in advance to avoid attacks on their ordinances or a rush to accommodate new uses.