Course Description

A panel discussion of updates and changes to criminal law and procedures in Butler County, PA.  Topics include:

  • Jury selection during COVID-19
  • ARD for DUI after Commonwealth v. Chichkin
  • Bulk court scheduling during COVID-19
  • Treatment and Mental Health Courts

This course includes video recorded from a Zoom presentation for the Butler County Bar Association's 2020 Bench Bar.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Butler County  Criminal Law Panel

    Butler County Criminal Law Panel

    Thomas J. Doerr, President Judge
    (P.J. – 50th District), born in 1955, in Butler, son of the late J. Paul and Alice Doerr; University of Pittsburgh, (B.A.), 1978; Capital University Law School, (J.D.), 1981; former Assistant Public, Butler County; District Justice; District Court, 50-1-01; elected judge, Court of Common Pleas 1991, retained 2001, retained 2011, President Judge August 2000; married, 4 children.

    William R. Shaffer, Administrative Judge
    Born in 1953, in Butler, son of J. Richard and Sara S. Shaffer, Butler Area Sr. H.S., 1971; Allegheny College (B.A.), 1975; University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.), 1979; General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, April 2000; Former Assistant District Attorney, Butler County; Member PA/Butler County Bar Associations & PA Conference of State Trial Judges; elected judge, Court of Common Pleas 1999, retained 2009; Administrative Judge 2018; retained 2019; married; 3 children.

    Timothy F. McCune, Judge
    Timothy F. McCune has served as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County, Pennsylvania since January of 2006. Judge McCune handles primarily criminal cases and presides over Butler County’s Veterans Treatment Court and Behavioral Health Court. Governor Tom Corbett appointed him to serve on Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline in 2011 and he served as President Judge of that Court from February of 2015 until his term expired in August of 2015. Judge McCune was the District Attorney of Butler County from 1996 to 2005, served on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and/or the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute from 1999-2004 and served as President of the Association in 2003-2004. He was partner in the Butler Pennsylvania law Firm of Marshall, McNamee, MacFarlane, McCune and Rauschenberger from 1984 to 1995, during which time he served as Butler County Juvenile Court Master, Solicitor to the Butler County Clerk of Courts and Assistant Solicitor to the Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Association. Judge McCune served as an Assistant District Attorney in Butler County from 1982 to 1984. He is a 1978 graduate of Grove City College and a 1981 graduate of the University Of Akron School Of Law. Judge McCune has served as a Presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, National Business Institute, Pennsylvania Attorney General and for the National District Attorneys Association at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia South Carolina. He was also a Consultant for American University providing technical assistance to Veteran’s Courts in several states. Judge McCune is married to Patricia V. McCune and their son Matthew T. McCune Esq. is a graduate of Seton Hill University and the Duquesne University School of Law. He is an attorney with the Butler Pa. firm, Conlon-Tarker.

    Rich Goldinger, District Attorney
    Mr. Goldinger graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and from The University of Akron School of Law in 1995 with a Juris Doctorate. He was in private practice in Butler from 1995-2007, with a focus on criminal defense, family law, civil law, and the general practice of law. He was elected District Attorney of Butler County in 2007 and has served in that position from 2008 to the present. He is a former chairman for the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, a former chairman of the Butler County Commissioner’s Council on Drugs and Alcohol, a past president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, and the current president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute.

    Joseph Kecskemethy, Esq.
    Mr. Kecskemethy received his Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Master's Degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He was admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania courts, and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, in 1989. Mr. Kecskemethy has served individuals and families throughout Western Pennsylvania, based primarily in Butler and Northern Allegheny County. Mr. Kecskemethy's practice focuses on litigation in the areas of family law, criminal defense and probate contests; providing experienced counsel to individuals in these most personal and difficult disputes. In divorce, child custody, child support and probate matters, Mr. Kecskemethy seeks to avoid destructive argument in court whenever possible, through skilled negotiation toward compromise. In the area of criminal defense and in family matters, when the intervention of the courts is needed, Mr. Kecskemethy's extensive courtroom experience informs his aggressive trial strategy. Mr. Kecskemethy is a member of the Butler and Allegheny County, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and has lectured regulary for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in the area of family law, particularly in Western Pennsylvania. He was also a founding member of the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Butler County Criminal Law Update 2020
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Criminal Law Panel Materials
    • Criminal Law Panel Part One
    • Criminal Law Panel Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)