Welcome to the Overall Program Schedule for the AAJ 2021 Winter Convention. Please click on the event name for event description and information on who is eligible to attend.

NOTE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Please note: All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm Election Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Election Committee Meeting

11:00am - 12:00pm General SessionSpecial Event

General Session

11:30am - 12:30pm AAJ PAC Board of Trustees MeetingCommittee Meeting

AAJ PAC Board of Trustees meeting is open to AAJ PAC Trustees and AAJ PAC Task Force committee members

12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking Roundtables by RemoNetworking Event

Meet with other trial lawyers in roundtable discussions by topic, geography and specialty areas of interest.

1:00pm - 2:00pm Public Education Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

The Public Education Committee will discuss ongoing projects and new ideas.

1:00pm - 2:00pm State Delegates Business MeetingBusiness Meeting

AAJ State Delegates

1:00pm - 5:00pm Advocacy Track: Making an Impact - The Principles of Persuasion CLE ProgramCLE Program
How to Capture and Hold the Jury's Attention During Opening
The COVID-19 Jury Project: How the Pandemic Has Affected Juror Perception and Decision-Making
Adjusting Your Case Theming and Storytelling in the Wake of the Pandemic
Lisa Blue, Lisa Blue
Empowering Witnesses to Tell Their Stories Through Virtual Witness Preparation
1:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibit HallExhibits

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services.

Exhibit Hall hours:
Tuesday, February 9 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 10 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 11 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

1:00pm - 5:00pm Litigation at Sunrise CLE ProgramCLE Program
1:00pm - 5:00pm Specialized Track: Tools You Need - Technology to Enhance Your Practice CLE ProgramCLE Program
Technology to Use for Virtual Depositions, Meditations, Hearings, and More
Cybersecurity Panel: Best Practices to Keep Client Information Safe
Hadley L Matarazzo, Faraci Lange, LLP
Software and Apps to Increase Efficiency While Working Remotely
Ethical Duties: Your Server Was Hacked - Now What?
2:00pm - 3:00pm Compliance Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Compliance Committee Meeting

2:00pm - 3:00pm National Finance Council MeetingCommittee Meeting

The NFC leads all fundraising campaigns in order to provide necessary resources AAJ needs to sustain a prosperous and viable association.

3:00pm - 4:30pm Council of Presidents Business Meeting (Sponsored by ThompsonFlanagan)Business Meeting

President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of State Trial Lawyer Association and their Executive Directors are welcome. This business meeting is sponsored by ThompsonFlanagan

3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Mental Health BreakSpecial Event

Take time for a little meditation and bring a sense of calm, peace and balance to your over all well-being.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm General SessionSpecial Event

General Session

11:00am - 12:00pm Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus Business MeetingBusiness Meeting

Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus Business Meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking Roundtables by RemoNetworking Event

Meet with other trial lawyers in roundtable discussions by topic, geography and specialty areas of interest.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Public Affairs Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Public Affairs Committee Business Meeting

1:00pm - 2:30pm Legal Affairs Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Legal Affairs Committee Meeting

1:00pm - 5:00pm Advocacy Track: Online Focus Groups and Big Data CLE ProgramCLE Program
Conducting an Online Focus Group
Phillip H. Miller, Miller Law Offices
The Importance of Starting Early: Using Focus Group Results to Form a Discovery Plan
Artemis Malekpour, Malekpour & Ball Consulting
How Information from Focus Groups Can Shape Your Damages
Aaron Watson, The Watson Firm
Using Voter Information and Other Accessible Data to Select a Jury
Christopher Nace, Paulson & Nace, PLLC
Ethical Considerations for the Use of Social Media by Clients and for Jury Research
Jennifer Moore, Moore Law Group, PLLC
1:00pm - 5:00pm Advocacy Track: The Power of Visual Advocacy - Using Demonstrative Aids CLE ProgramCLE Program
Options for Creating Cost-Effective Demonstratives
Enhancing Expert Testimony Through Visual Aids
How to Use Demonstratives in a Virtual Setting
Edward Ciarimboli, Fellerman & Ciarimboli
Maximize Visual Imagery Online: PowerPoints, Video Depositions, and More
1:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibit HallExhibits

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services.

Exhibit Hall hours:
Tuesday, February 9 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 10 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 11 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

1:00pm - 5:00pm Specialized Track: The Latest Tools and Techniques for Pursuing the Medical Negligence Case CLE ProgramCLE Program
Getting Your Client’s Electronic Health Records Post-Ciox
Matthew Wessler, Gupta Wessler, PLLC
Federal and State COVID Immunity Bills
Deposing Defense Medical Experts
Emily Thomas, Olsman MacKenzie Peacock & Wallace, PC
Telehealth: Identifying Liability Issues
Brian McKeen, McKeen & Associates, P.C.
How to Handle Damages in Opening Statement
Bruce L. Braley, Leventhal Puga Braley PC
Defining the Standard of Care in a Medical Negligence Trial
1:30pm - 2:30pm AAJ PAC Task Force / PAC Development Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

The AAJ PAC Task Force / PAC Development committee (PDC) meeting is open to all Task Force / PDC committee members and AAJ PAC Trustees.

2:00pm - 3:00pm Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

The Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee will meet to discuss new and old business.

3:00pm - 4:00pm Diversity & Inclusion Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

AAJ's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is committed to promoting and cultivating diversity among the trial lawyer community and its membership.

3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Mental Health BreakSpecial Event

Take time for a little meditation and bring a sense of calm, peace and balance to your over all well-being.

Thursday, February 11, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm Dedicated Exhibit HourExhibits

A dedicated hour to visit with the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services.

11:00am - 12:00pm Robert L Habush Endowment Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Robert L Habush Endowment Committee Meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking Roundtables by RemoNetworking Event

Meet with other trial lawyers in roundtable discussions by topic, geography and specialty areas of interest.

1:00pm - 2:00pm Organization Review Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Organization Review Committee Meeting

1:00pm - 5:00pm Advocacy Track: Get the Information You Need - Electronic Records, Audit Trails, and More CLE ProgramCLE Program
Daubert Update
Obtaining Audit Trails in Discovery
Remote Deposition Techniques in Today’s Virtual World
Sara Williams, Alexander Shunnarah Injury Attorneys, P.C.
Presenting Audit Data Visually at Trial
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
1:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibit HallExhibits

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services.

Exhibit Hall hours:
Tuesday, February 9 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 10 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 11 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

1:00pm - 5:00pm Specialized Track: The Latest on Adjusting Your Practice - COVID-19 and Impacts on the Legal Fields CLE ProgramCLE Program
The New Normal: Remote Hearings and How to Make Your Best Presentation
The Landscape for Jury Trials
Overcoming Obstruction by the Defense to Conducting Remote Discovery
Running Your Office During and After the Pandemic
Gwen-Marie Davis, GDH Law
3:00pm - 4:00pm Committee on the Judiciary MeetingCommittee Meeting

Committee on the Judiciary Business Meeting

3:00pm - 4:00pm Trial Lawyers Care Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Open to AAJ members who want to help people through community service and good deeds that demonstrate how trial lawyers care.

3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Mental Health BreakSpecial Event

Take time for a little meditation and bring a sense of calm, peace and balance to your over all well-being.

Friday, February 12, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm Executive Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Meeting of the AAJ Executive Committee

On-Demand Programs
Social Events

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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