Earn a Year’s Worth of CLE IN JUST FOUR DAYS!

Designed by plaintiff lawyers, for plaintiff lawyers, AAJ’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are an unmatched resource for staying ahead of the curve and enhancing your practice. AAJ Education programs feature nationally renowned faculty, updates in a wide range of practice areas, and the latest in trial advocacy topics.

While attending the 2020 Winter Convention in New Orleans, be sure not to miss:

  • The cutting-edge CLE programs offered over four days;
  • The newest litigation strategies from AAJ’s Sections and Litigation Groups;
  • A wealth of outstanding reference materials prepared by AAJ faculty for additional learning;

AAJ’s Winter Convention CLE programs offer something for everyone. Make the most of your convention experience and customize your CLE schedule to maximize your learning potential.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
 9:00am-12:30pm
Advocacy Track: Are There Secret Ingredients? The Latest Persuasion Techniques CLE Program sponsored by medQuest

Room: Grand Ballroom A-C, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:50am Persuasion in Mediation and Negotiation
Jeanmarie Whalen, Domnick Cunningham & Whalen
9:50am-10:30am Art of Persuasion
Russ Herman, Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC
10:30am-11:10am Get the Ball Rolling: Effective Opening Statements
Deborah Chang, Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP
11:10am-11:50am Connecting with Conservative Jurors
Lisa Blue, Lisa Blue
11:50am-12:30pm Keeping Jurors Engaged: Overcoming Short Attention Spans
Roxanne Barton Conlin, Roxanne Conlin & Associates
Saturday, February 8, 2020
 9:00am-12:10pm
Medical Negligence: Analyzing the Case and Maximizing Damages CLE Program sponsored by Digital Law Marketing

Room: Jefferson Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:55am Evaluating a Medical Negligence Case
Kenneth Watkins, Sommers Schwartz, PC
9:55am-10:40am Uncovering What Happened Using Electronic Medical Records
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
10:40am-11:25am Finding Damages Through Every Witness
11:25am-12:10pm Objective Eyes: How Focus Groups Can Help You Prepare
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Offices
Sunday, February 9, 2020
 7:00am-8:00am
Early Morning Program: Distracted Driving: Legal, Professional, and Personal Considerations

Room: Grand Ballroom D, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Joel D. Feldman, Anapol Weiss

Sunday, February 9, 2020
 9:00am-12:25pm
Advocacy Track: Connect the Dots: Theming and Presenting Your Client's Story CLE Program sponsored by medQuest

Room: Grand Ballroom A-C, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:55am Preparing Your Client to Tell His or Her Story and Avoiding Unexpected Testimony
9:55am-10:40am Logical Progression: How to Sequence the Story
Kathleen L. Nastri, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
10:40am-11:25am More Than Words: Using Exhibits and Demonstratives Effectively
Steven Brady, Brady Law Group
11:25am-12:25pm Case Framing and Theming
Sunday, February 9, 2020
 9:00am-11:55am
Paving the Road Ahead: Using Technology to Build a Crash Case CLE Program sponsored by Digital Law Marketing

Room: Jefferson Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:45am The Latest in Crash Reconstruction Technology
Marion Munley, Munley Law
9:45am-10:20am Opening Up the Black Box: Investigating Vehicle Data
Karonnie R. Truzy, Crumley Roberts, LLP
10:20am-10:55am Making Smart Use of Watches and Phones: Looking at Passenger Technology Data
Michael Gras, Law Office of Christopher Cueto, LTD.
11:30am-12:05pm Driverless Vehicle Update
Daniel Hinkle, American Association for Justice
Monday, February 10, 2020
 6:30am-8:10am
Litigation at Sunrise Program

Room: Grand Ballroom D, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


6:40am-6:50am Creatively Simple Visual Aids
Geoff Hamby, Bailey & Oliver Law Firm
6:50am-7:00am Stroke Litigation
7:00am-7:10am A Better Format for Opening Statement
7:10am-7:20am September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Wendell Y. Tong, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C.
7:20am-7:30am Maternal Mortality
Kay L. Van Wey, Van Wey Presby & Williams, PLLC
7:30am-7:40am JUUL Litigation
Sarah London, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
7:40am-7:50am Blockchain Technology and the Trail Left Behind
7:50am-8:00am Soulfulness and Connecting with a Jury
Eric Fong, Metier Law Firm
8:00am-8:10am PFAS Contamination: Chemicals in Firefighting Foam
Kevin S Hannon, The Hannon Law Firm, LLC
Monday, February 10, 2020
 9:00am-12:30pm
Advocacy Track: Uncovering Critical Information Through Discovery and Depositions CLE Program sponsored by medQuest

Room: Grand Ballroom A-C, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:45am Using Information from Discovery and Depositions During Negotiation
Carl L. Solomon, The Solomon Law Group
9:45am-10:20am Digging Up Information: E-Discovery and Audit Trails
Isobel Thomas, Thomas Keel & Laird
10:20am-10:55am How to Use Rhetorical Questions During Depositions
Robyn L. Wishart, Wishart Brain and Spine Law
10:55am-11:30am Tried and True Deposition Techniques: Boxing-in, Exhaustion, and Summarization
JD Hays, J.D. Hays Law, PLLC
11:30am-12:30pm Deposition Obstruction: Deploying the Rules to Remove Barriers
Monday, February 10, 2020
 9:00am-12:30pm
Traumatic Brain Injury: Proving the Invisible and Other Unique Challenges CLE Program sponsored by Digital Law Marketing

Room: Jefferson Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:40am Maximizing Recovery in mTBI Case
Edward K Le, Edward K. Le, PLLC
9:40am-10:10am Understanding What Juries Value in the Trial of the mTBI Case and Why
Maxey M. Scherr, Scherr Legate
10:10am-10:40am Your First mTBI Case: What You Must Do to Get It Right
Sam Cannon, Cannon Law
10:40am-11:10am Destroying the Common Defense Attacks to Imaging and Other Critical mTBI Evidence
Andrew M. Abraham, Keches Law Group, P.C.
11:10am-11:50am Ten Tips Essential in Trying mTBI Cases
Randall Rozek, Rozek Law Offices, SC
11:50am-12:30pm Psychological Injuries Typically Found in mTBI Cases: PTSD, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks
Antonio M. Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
 9:00am-12:30pm
Advocacy Track: Strengthening Witnesses and Overcoming Defense Tactics CLE Program sponsored by MDTimelines

Room: Grand Ballroom A-C, 1st Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:50am Presenting Witnesses Who Can Connect with Jurors
Diandra S. Debrosse Zimmermann, Grant & Eisenhofer
9:50am-10:30am How to Prepare Treating Physicians
Aimee Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff
10:30am-11:10am Mitigating Daubert Motions
Michael Warshauer, Warshauer Law Group, PC
11:10am-11:50am Words Matter: Using the Concept of the Reptile Without Drawing Objections
Anjali Nigam, The Nigam Law Firm, PLLC
11:50am-12:30pm Clear the Course: Eliminating Prejudicial Evidence Before Trial
Derrick Walker, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, PC
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
 9:00am-12:30pm
Your Practice on the Go: Technology for the Office, Depositions, and the Courtroom CLE Program sponsored by Digital Law Marketing

Room: Jefferson Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside


9:10am-9:40am It's a Game Changer: Tips for Using the Latest iPad Software
Kevin Biniazan, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner
9:40am-10:10am Gadgets to Have on Hand for Your Traveling Practice
Dorothy Clay Sims, Law Office of Dorothy Clay Sims
10:10am-10:40am Apps to Keep You and Your Team Organized
Richard J. Serpe, Law Office of Richard J. Serpe
10:40am-11:10am Setting Up Your Technology in the Courtroom
11:10am-12:10pm Online Attorney Advertising Rules
Frederick Schultz, Greene & Schultz

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