Civil Litigation

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34th Annual National CLE Conference®

Civil Litigation Program Agenda


Program Chair:

Jennifer (Ginger) Busby, Burr & Forman LLP, Birmingham, AL


Co-sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


  • Polish  Your Litigation Skills and Techniques,  Including Your Technology Skills, in a Unique Educational Environment  
  • Interact and Hear Experts Address Insurance and Intellectual Property Issues Litigators Should Know, Class Action and Employment Law Hot Topics,  Brain Injury Litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, Recent Developments in Talc Litigation, and Deposition Preparation
  • Gain Insights on Juror Selection and How to Persuade the 21st Century Juror


Wednesday, January 4, 2017


3:00-7:00 p.m.



4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Civil Litigator’s Guide to Insurance

Andrea L. DeField, Hunton & Williams LLP, Miami, FL, and Michael Levine, Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA and New York, NY



5:30-6:30 p.m.
Intellectual Property  for Litigators
Michael Chiappetta, Senior Legal Editor, Intellectual Property & Technology, Practical Law, New York, NY


Thursday, January 5, 2017

7:00-9:00 a.m.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Jennifer “Ginger” Busby, Burr & Forman LLP, Birmingham, AL, and John R. Tarpley, Lewis Thomason, Nashville, TN


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session
Cyberliability: Understanding and Preparing for the Risk
A Panel Presentation By:

Erica Gann Kitaev, JD, CIPP/US, Managing Editor, Privacy & Data Security,  Practical Law,  Thomson Reuters
Paul Karlsgodt, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO
Samantha Levine, Assistant Vice President, Aon Risk Services, Denver, CO


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Plenary Session – 1 Ethics Credit
An Ethical Hour at the Movies

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


6:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Reception

Sponsored by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP


Friday, January 6, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.

Hot Topics in Class Actions: 2017 and Beyond
Laurence Z. (Larry) Shiekman, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA



8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Hot Topics in Employment Law

  1. Randall (Randy) Patterson, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Jackson, MS


3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Optional Bonus Plenary Session (In Civil Litigation Track Room)

Managing eDiscovery Needs in a Big Data World 

David Greetham, CFE, Vice President of Sales and eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Forensics, Houston, TX

With ever increasing volumes of business data, this session will provide an overview of emerging data sources, including the Internet of Things and social media.  We will look at how best to handle these sources from an eDiscovery perspective. Also addressed will be the use of Cloud technology for eDiscovery and the implications that this brings


4:30-5:30 p.m.
Technology Tips: Discovery, Mediation and Trial (Learn Skills to Better Gather, Organize, and Persuade the Judge and Jury)
Justin S. Kahn, Kahn Law Firm LLP, Charleston, SC


5:30-6:30 p.m.

Brain Injury Litigation: The Newest News in the Neurosciences

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


Saturday, January 7, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.

Persuading the 21st Century Jury: Understanding Demographic Change and Its Impact on Your Trial
Michael S. Beaver, Holland & Hart LLP, Greenwood Village, CO
Elizabeth J. (Lisa) Bondurant, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, Atlanta, GA
Daniel Wolfe, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, DecisionQuest, Chicago, IL


8:00-9:00 a.m.

The Freedom of Information Act at 50: Prying Information out of the Federal, State and Local Governments — Without FOIA, Would We Know About….?

Madeline J. Meacham, Halpern Meacham, LLC, Boulder, CO


4:30-5:30 p.m.
Update on the Talc Litigation

Michael W. Drumke, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Deposition Preparation of Your Client: The Do’s and the Don’ts

Stephan C. Kremer, Reminger, Attorneys at Law, Akron and Cleveland, OH


Sunday, January 8, 2017


7:00–8:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Evidence, Judicial Holds, and Social Media: How to Advise Your Clients About Their Social Media Use

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Data Security and Your Ethical Responsibilities: Client Data, Discovery Requests, and Wifi … What Are You Responsible for With Your Data?

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


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