Are several of the state Supreme Court justices currently pontificating in the Caribbean?

A friend of the blog directed us to an online flyer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association's mid-year meeting, taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The event, which began yesterday and runs through Sunday, lists Justices Baer, Castille and Eakin among its panelists. (Eakin is listed on one entitled "Hot Topics in Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts" - such as reapportionment decisions?)

"In keeping with the educational tradition of the meeting, we will offer lawyers the opportunity to earn nine hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits on substantive trends and developments in the law, ethics, and the annual dialogue with the Pennsylvania judiciary," reads the flyer.

The pow-wow among state lawyers (and some legislators - session for Saturday is described as a "dialogue" betwen the courts and the Legislature) will be held at the Caribe Hilton, "a historic waterfront resort and one of the most luxurious properties in Puerto Rico."

With lawmakers, candidates and political observers back in Harrisburg still baffled by yesterday's sparsely worded court order, here's hoping they finished their opinion-drafting homework before boarding those planes.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. - The three justices in question are attending the conference, which they had committed to well in advance and was not scheduled by the court system, confirms Art Heinz, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. He added that techonlogy means the jurists can work from almost anywhere, and that they are hoping to complete their opinion and make it public as soon as possible.

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