Course Description

A wide ranging discussion with President Judge Thomas Doerr of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, including civility in the legal practice, practice pointers, local elections, changes in the practice of law, and how he approaches the role of a judge.

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

  • President Judge Thomas Doerr and Daniel Lynch, Esq.

    President Judge Thomas Doerr and Daniel Lynch, Esq.

    President Judge Thomas Doerr (P.J. – 50th District), was 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.

    Daniel P. Lynch, Founder and Managing Partner of The Lynch Law Group, has been a practicing attorney for more than 28 years. His areas of strength and experience include securities litigation; commercial litigation; employment law counseling and litigation; business succession planning; mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactions. Dan is a success-driven leader with superior organization and communication skills. He has practical business experience, a solid work ethic and brings an entrepreneurial approach to his practice of law. Dan is the author of Building a Million Dollar Book of Business, Principles and Behaviors For a Successful Law Practice. He is also a frequent speaker on the topic of business development for practicing attorneys and professional service providers.

    Before starting his own law firm, Dan was Vice President and General Counsel for Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc., a middle-market logistics company. In this role, Dan was responsible for managing a full range of legal services and solutions in all areas of the business. He provided legal advice on general corporate, commercial and employment matters. He also performed dispute resolution and negotiation; drafted, reviewed and negotiated contracts, licenses and other contracting devices; and managed outside counsel who were assisting with litigation, corporate actions, employment issues, and intellectual property matters. Dan reported to the CEO and was on the executive committee; however, he was more than a lawyer for the company. The Human Resources and Facilities Departments reported up through Dan, and he was the Chair of the Security and Innovation Committees for the company. He also spent time leading the business development department of one of the company’s divisions.

    Dan currently serves as president of the Butler County Bar Association. He is also appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a board member for the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Fort McIntosh Club in Beaver County. In addition, Dan is chairman of the North Catholic High School Parent Communication Committee. He has volunteered as a coach for the Cranberry Township Athletic Association and for Saint Kilian Parish School in Cranberry Township, where he also served as director of the school’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Dan and his family reside in Fombell, Pennsylvania. He enjoys traveling, competing in triathlons, playing soccer and golf, hiking and other outdoor activities, reading, cooking and spending time with his wife and four children.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    A View from the Bench (37 Years)
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • View from the Bench Materials
    • A View from the Bench Part One
    • A View from the Bench Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)