Course Description

This course reviews changes to criminal law local procedures for Washington County for 2022 and relevant issues for criminal law practitioners.  Topics include:

  • Updated Criminal Judicial Assignments and Motions Court Practice in Washington County
  • Senate Bill 14 and the potential impact on Probation Revocations
  • The ethical implications and legality of criminal defense attorneys speaking to alleged victims of crimes
  • Q and A with Criminal Law Judges


This course includes video recorded from a combined live/Zoom presentation from the Washington County Bar Association Bench Bar in the spring of 2022.


Course Deadline Notice:

Axom Education will no longer be offering online CLE courses after the December 31st, 2022 compliance deadline.  Any courses purchased from October 15th, 2022 through December 31st, 2022 must be completed by January 10th, 2023 to receive CLE credit.


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

  • Criminal Law Update 2021 Panel

    Criminal Law Update 2021 Panel

    The Honorable Valarie S. Costanzo is a judge for the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. She was elected to the bench on November 5th, 2013. At the time of her election, she was presiding as a judge for the Washington County Magisterial District Court, a position to which she was appointed by former Governor Tom Ridge in 1998. During her tenure on the District Court, Judge Costanzo adjudicated more than fifty thousand cases. Prior to joining the judiciary, she worked as a private practice attorney for eighteen years, where her practice focused on a variety of civil matters. Before that, she was a former District Attorney with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. In that position she was credited with developing and implementing a Fast Track Program in Washington County, which sought to expedite criminal cases from the preliminary hearing to a final plea before the Court of Common Pleas.

    The Honorable Brandon P. Neuman was sworn in to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas in January of 2018, primarily hearing Family Court matters. He previously served as a Representative for the 48th Legislative District of the PA House of Representatives since 2010. He served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the PA Commission on Sentencing. He sponsored a youth jobs forum in November 2011, the first of its kind om Pennsylvania. Judge Neuman, while in the PA House, was the primary sponsor of HB 272, requiring (among other things) that sexual assault testing kits be processed in a timely manner. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, B.A., Criminal Justice, received a Master's Degree and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

    Pete Marcoline, III, Esq. is a trial attorney with Blackwell and Associates in Washington County. He is a 2002 graduate of the Dickenson School of Law. After serving as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, he began practicing law with Blackwell and Associates. Mr. Marcoline is considered among the finest young attorneys in Washington County with a case load and record to prove it.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Presentation Outline (Printing Optional)
    • Senate Bill 14 (Printing Optional)
    • Ethical Obligations of Speaking to Alleged Victims (Printing Optional)
    • Washington County Criminal Law Update 2021 Part One
    • Washington County Criminal Law Update 2021 Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)