Welcome to the Overall Program Schedule for the AAJ 2022 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 Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Wednesday, January 26
2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Election Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Zoom Meeting

Meeting of the Election Committee

Friday, February 11, 2022
Friday, February 11
9:00AM - 4:00PM PST
Leadership AcademySpecial Event

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Academy is AAJ’s leading program to promote diversity among its membership and leadership, particularly for those who are underrepresented within the association.

Friday, February 11
12:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Leadership Summit Sponsored by Mass Tort Support & ObuCLE Program

Room: JW Pavilion

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All female members are invited to attend the Leadership Summit, a biennial event hosted by the WTLC. Registration for the summit can be done at: 
https://www.justice.org/community/events/wtlc-leadership-summit-2022?fbclid=IwAR18y0AHNe6rTaV_SrR67jLcNGkcMwzkuVZap01r74t1VqxW9y0NAQ0ugGA

Contact Jennifer Rafter at jennifer.rafter@justice.org, should you have any questions or problems with registering.

Friday, February 11
6:00PM - 8:00PM PST
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Welcome ReceptionReception

Room: Blue Star Patio and Lounge

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All registered convention attendees are invited to attend this networking welcome reception, hosted by the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC).

Saturday, February 12, 2022
Saturday, February 12
8:00AM - 1:00PM PST
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Leadership Summit Sponsored by Mass Tort Support & ObuCLE Program

Room: JW Pavilion

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All female members are invited to attend the Leadership Summit, a biennial event hosted by the WTLC. To register, please email jennifer.rafter@justice.org.

Saturday, February 12
8:00AM - 5:00PM PST
CANCELLED - Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) February Board Meeting & Reception - CANCELLED -Business Meeting

Room: Directors Suite VII

February Board Meeting & Reception for active Board Members of the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG).

Saturday, February 12
8:00AM - 5:00PM PST
Marketing and Management Seminar Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The program will focus on business planning , marketing mistakes to avoid, using social media to build your practice and the latest in search engine optimization.

Saturday, February 12
9:00AM - 3:30PM PST
AAJ’s Caucuses and Trial Lawyers Care Committee Service ProjectSpecial Event

Room: 72221 Highway 111

Venue: Elder Love, USA!

AAJ’s Caucuses and Trial Lawyers Care Committee are excited to announce the Service Project for the 2022 Winter Convention in Palm Springs: Supporting Elder Love, USA!

Saturday, February 12, 2022
Morning Session: 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Afternoon Session: 1:30PM – 3:30PM

All members who are attending the Winter Convention are encouraged to attend. Our volunteers will be working in their Thrift Store, helping to receive and sort donations, price and tag them, then clean and organize! All proceeds from the Thrift Store go to support this non-profit. We are also working with the organization to develop a wishlist for items that they need to be successful. More information on that will be available in January.

There will be two shifts available to accommodate those who wish to attend the WTLC Leadership Summit as well as those who are arriving on Saturday morning. The organization is located just 10 minutes from the JW Marriott, making it easy for members to attend. To RSVP or for more information, please email jennifer.rafter@justice.org.

Saturday, February 12
9:00AM - 4:00PM PST
Leadership AcademySpecial Event

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Academy is AAJ’s leading program to promote diversity among its membership and leadership, particularly for those who are underrepresented within the association.

Saturday, February 12
12:00PM - 3:30PM PST
Leaders Forum and President's Club Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Robson ForensicHospitality Suite

Room: San Jacinto Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

This suite is an exclusive benefit for Leaders Forum and President’s Club members and their guests only. Sponsored by Forge Consulting and Robson Forensic. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

Saturday, February 12
12:00PM - 5:00PM PST
AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Find practice resources, join a section or Lit Group, AAJ PAC, register for future CLE, and more.

Saturday, February 12
12:00PM - 5:00PM PST
RegistrationRegistration

Room: Vista Foyer and Spring Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

You can pick-up your badge and submit your CLE credits during the following hours:

Saturday, February 12  -  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 13    - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15 -   7:30 am to 12:00 pm*
*Springs Ballroom mall Foyer only

Saturday, February 12
12:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Director Suite A

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech. 

The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:
Room: Director Suite A
Saturday, February 12  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Room: Center Registration Office
Sunday, February 13     7:30 am to 1:00 pm
Monday, February 14    6:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15   7:30 am to 11:00 am

Saturday, February 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM PST
Jury Bias Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Jury Bias Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

Saturday, February 12
12:30PM - 2:00PM PST
Bad Faith Litigation Group and Insurance Law Section MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Bad Faith/ Insurance Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

Saturday, February 12
12:30PM - 2:00PM PST
Infant Formula NEC Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physicians Medical ReviewLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Infant Formula NEC Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

Saturday, February 12
1:00PM - 2:00PM PST
Admiralty Law Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 5

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Admiralty Law Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

Saturday, February 12
2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee (SLGCC) MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Springs Ballroom Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee (SLGCC).

Saturday, February 12
2:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Trucking Litigation Group Cabana ReceptionReception

Room: Pool Cabana

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception of AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group. For more information or to join, please visit the AAJ Resource Booth.

Saturday, February 12
2:30PM - 3:30PM PST
Public Client Litigation GroupLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Public Client Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

Saturday, February 12
3:00PM - 4:00PM PST
Asbestos Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Asbestos Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

Saturday, February 12
3:00PM - 4:00PM PST
Nursing Homes Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Precision ResolutionLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Nursing Homes Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

Saturday, February 12
3:00PM - 4:00PM PST
Public Education Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The Public Education Committee will meet to discuss ongoing priorities and action items.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
AAJ Stalwarts Welcome Reception Sponsored by Assured Partners Jamison & Thrivest LinkReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All Convention registrants are invited to join the Stalwarts for a networking reception

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by CAMGReception

Room: Director Suite 1 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by CAMG.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section Meeting Sponsored by Covered Bridge CapitalSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section Meeting .The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Precision ResolutionReception

Room: Director Suite 3 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Precision Resolution.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Paragard Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance BankLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 5

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Paraguard Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention. Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance Bank.

Saturday, February 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM PST
Paragard Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance BankReception

Room: Director Suite 5 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Paraguard Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance Bank.

Saturday, February 12
5:30PM - 7:30PM PST
New Lawyers Division (NLD) Welcome ReceptionReception

Room: The Entertainment Zone

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All registrants barred 10 years or less are invited to attend this networking reception, hosted by the New Lawyers Division (NLD).

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Wednesday, March 2
2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Exchange Advisory Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Zoom Meeting

Exchange Advisory Committee Meeting (virtual)

Sunday, February 13, 2022
7:00AM - 8:00AM PST Friends of Bill W.General

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The meeting of the Friends of Bill W.

7:00AM - 3:00PM PST Diamond Lounge Featuring Milestone Consulting & ScorpionSponsor Event

Room: Spring Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Visit the Diamond Sponsors in the Diamond Lounge directly outside of the exhibit hall!

7:30AM - 1:00PM PST Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Center Registration Office

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Set up for Saturday, February 12
3 cocktail tables with 2 chairs each. One will be used as a sign-in desk.
1 Highboy

Set up for Sunday, February 13-Tuesday, February 15
2 - 6 ft tables, draped and skirted to make an "L"  with 2 chairs, at the entrance for registration.
3 - 6 ft tables, draped and skirted, along one wall with 2 chairs each

7:30AM - 3:00PM PST Leaders Forum and President's Club Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Robson ForensicHospitality Suite

Room: San Jacinto Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

This suite is an exclusive benefit for Leaders Forum and President’s Club members and their guests only. Sponsored by Forge Consulting and Robson Forensic. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

7:30AM - 4:00PM PST RegistrationRegistration

Room: Vista Foyer and Spring Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

You can pick-up your badge and submit your CLE credits during the following hours:

Saturday, February 12  -  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 13    - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15 -   7:30 am to 12:00 pm*
*Springs Ballroom Foyer only

8:00AM - 9:00AM PST AM Break in the Exhibit HallBreakfast

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

8:00AM - 2:00PM PST AAJ Resources BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Find practice resources, join a section or Lit Group, AAJ PAC, register for future CLE, and more.

8:00AM - 2:00PM PST Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

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

Exhibit hours are:
Sunday, February 13   -   8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15   - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

8:30AM - 12:30PM PST Advocacy Track: Strategic Decision-Making in Case Analysis Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Lauren D Fraser, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC
Best Practices in Client Intake: Factors to Consider and Learning to Say No
Faith Morse, Andersen Morse & Linthorst
Building Your Discovery Plan and Witness Goals
Betsy Greene, Greene & Schultz
Case Investigation and Creating Your Checklists for Success
Kurt Zaner, Zaner Harden Law, LLP
Understanding Bias and Its Role in Discovery
N. John Bey, Bey & Associates, LLC
Update: The COVID-19 Jury Research Project (pre-recorded)
David A. Wenner, Snyder & Wenner
8:30AM - 11:55AM PST Specialized Track: Protecting the Vulnerable Sponsored by Digital Law MarketingCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

John Abaray, Abaray Craddock & Smith PLLC
How to Prepare the Fragile Plaintiff
Kenneth Levinson, Levinson & Stefani Injury Lawyers
Obtaining Successful Outcomes in FTCA Cases for Veterans
Jamal Alsaffar, Whitehurst Harkness Brees Cheng Alsaffar Higginbotham & Jacob, PLLC
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
Lesley Ann Clement, Clement Law Group
Child Trafficking: Holding Social Media Platforms Accountable
Micha Liberty, Liberty Law Office
Practical Considerations When Handling a Case for an LGBT Client
Shenoa Payne, Shenoa Payne, Attorney at Law, PC
8:45AM - 9:45AM PST AAJ PAC Eagles and Falcons Breakfast ReceptionReception

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception for AAJ PAC Eagle and Falcon Contributors

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST CANCELLED - Crane and Aerial Lift Injury Litigation Group Meeting - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Crane and Aerial Lift Injury Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Hernia Mesh Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physicians Medical ReviewLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Hernia Mesh Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Membership Oversight Committee (MOC) MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 4 - 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Members of the Membership Oversight Committee (MOC) are encouraged to attend.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Pressure Cookers Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite A

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Pressure Cookers Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 3:30PM PST Birth Trauma Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 13 & 14

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

9:30AM - 10:30AM PST AAJ Herbicides and Paraquat Litigation Group Breakfast Meeting Sponsored by A Case for Justice & Counsel FinancialBreakfast

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 9 & 10

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting and Breakfast for AAJ Herbicides and Paraquat Litigation Group Sponsored by Counsel Financial.

9:30AM - 10:30AM PST Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group and Business Torts Section Sponsored by Huntington National BankLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group and Business Torts Section Sponsored by Huntington National Bank . The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:30AM - 11:00AM PST Legal Affairs Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee

9:30AM - 11:00AM PST Milestone Consulting Diamond Presentation and Breakfast: Your Law Firm Needs a QSFLuncheon

Room: Front Lawn

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join us for a complimentary breakfast and to learn why your firm needs to leverage a qualified settlement fund to gain control as it relates to taxes, timing of income, and settlement planning. Hear from our panel of your attorney colleagues who have capitalized on the key advantages a QSF has to offer and also discover how it works in practice. Applicable to both personal injury and mass tort cases. Breakfast included.

10:00AM - 10:30AM PST E-Cigarettes Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ E-Cigarettes Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

10:00AM - 11:00AM PST Inadequate Security Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ Inadequate Security Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

10:00AM - 11:00AM PST Timeshare Litigation GroupLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Timeshare Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

10:00AM - 2:00PM PST Project Night Night - Convention Service ProjectSpecial Event

Room: Springs Ballroom Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The Palm Springs convention community service project will be Project Night Night, a non-profit organization that provides tote bags filled with a new security blanket, age-appropriate children’s book, and stuffed animal to homeless children ages birth to pre-teen. Each year, 25,000 homeless children receive Night Night Packages.

Please consider helping vulnerable Palm Springs residents by donating to Project Night Night by volunteering to assembly the tote bags on Sunday, February 13, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, located in the South Foyer (between the Springs and Sinatra Ballrooms). No minimum amount of time is required; come by the South Foyer and donate as much time as your schedule permits.

10:30AM - 11:00AM PST JUUL Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

“Meeting of the AAJ JUUL Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

10:30AM - 11:30AM PST Civil Rights Section/ Police Misconduct Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of Civil Rights Section/ Police Misconduct Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

10:30AM - 11:30AM PST Forced Air Warming Blankets Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite A

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Forced Air Warming Blankets Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

10:30AM - 11:30AM PST Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group and Business Torts Section Reception Sponsored by Huntington National BankReception

Room: Director Suite 1Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception and Business Torts Section Sponsored by Huntington National Bank

11:00AM - 12:30PM PST Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Membership MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 4-6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All female voting members are invited to attend the quarterly membership meeting of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus.

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST PM Break in the Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Stop by and visit the exhibitors during the PM Refreshment Break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

12:00PM - 1:30PM PST AAJ and MDL Subcommittee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ and MDL Working Group Meeting with members of the MDL Subcommittee to discuss possible amendments to FRCP on MDL's

12:30PM - 1:30PM PST Opioids Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by MASSIVE & MedchartLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Opioids Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

12:30PM - 1:30PM PST Railroad Law Section Meeting with FELA and Railroad/Highway Crossing and Derailments Litigation Groups CrossingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Railroad Law Section Meeting with FELA and Railroad/Highway Crossing and Derailments Litigation Groups Crossing. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

12:30PM - 1:30PM PST Technology and Science Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Technology and Science Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

12:30PM - 2:00PM PST Scorpion Diamond Presentation and LunchLuncheon

Room: The Wood Room, located in the Rockwood Grill Restaurant

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join Scorpion for an educational presentation on marketing. Complimentary lunch will be served!

12:30PM - 3:30PM PST AAJ Hip Litigation Groups Meeting (DePuY Metal on Metal, Stryker Hip, Smith and Nephew, Wright Hip, Biomet, Zimmer Durom and M.L Taper)Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 9 & 10

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, Stryker Litigation Group, Smith and Nephew Metal Hips Litigation Group, Wright Hip Litigation Group, Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Implants Litigation Group, Zimmer Durom Cup and M/L Taper Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 1:30PM PST Bus Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physician Life Care PlanningLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite A

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for Bus Litigation Group Sponsored by Physicians Life Care Planning. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 1:30PM PST Qui Tam Litigation Group MeetiingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Springs Ballroom Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Qui Tam Litigation Group The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 2:00PM PST Council of Presidents Business Meeting Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 1 & 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Council membership includes the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of each state and provincial TLA. State Executive Directors are encouraged to attend.

1:00PM - 2:00PM PST Trial Lawyers Care CommitteeCommittee Meeting

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Open to AAJ members interested in promoting charitable work/volunteer service of trial lawyer community, pro bono projects, disaster response, ending distracted driving.

1:00PM - 2:30PM PST New Lawyers Division (NLD) Membership Meeting Sponsored by Physician Life Care PlanningBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 4-6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All voting members who have been barred less than 10 years are invited to attend the quarterly NLD membership meeting.

1:30PM - 2:00PM PST Daily Prize Drawing at the AAJ BoothExhibits

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs



Drop off your completed prize drawing card with all activities completed and qualify for a daily drawing from the AAJ booth.  Prizes include a fitness Mirror, Airpods, free convention registrations and more!

Three winners will be drawn daily when the exhibit hall closes.  Stop by the booth for a card to start the challenge!

1:30PM - 2:30PM PST AAJ Press Advisory Board meetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Winter meeting for members of the AAJ Press Advisory Board

1:30PM - 2:30PM PST Opioids Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by MASSIVE & MedchartReception

Room: Director Suite 5 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Opioids Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by MASSIVE & Medchart

1:30PM - 2:30PM PST Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP).The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:30PM - 3:00PM PST Aviation Law Section Meeting Sponsored by Baum HedlundSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for AAJ Aviation Law Section Sponsored by Baum Hedlund . The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:30PM - 3:00PM PST CANCELLED - Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physician Life Care Planning - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for AAAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Sponsored by Physicians Life Care Planning. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:30PM - 3:00PM PST Pound Institute Trustees MeetingPound Event

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Quarterly meeting of the officers and trustees of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Fellows of the Institute are welcome.

2:00PM - 3:00PM PST AAJ PAC Board of TrusteesCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for the AAJ PAC Board of Trustees.

2:00PM - 3:00PM PST Council of Presidents Reception Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Council of Presidents Networking Reception Sponsored by ThompsonFlanagan

2:30PM - 3:00PM PST CANCELLED - Wage and Hour Litigation Group Meeting - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Wage and Hour Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST 3M Combat Earplugs Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physicians Medical ReviewLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for AAJ 3M Combat Earplugs Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST Diversity & Inclusion Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 1 & 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

3:00PM - 4:00PM PST Aviation Section Reception Sponsored By Baum HedlundReception

Room: Director Suite 1 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception of AAJ Aviation Law Section Sponsored by Baum Hedlund.

3:00PM - 4:00PM PST TBI and Bus Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Physician Life Care PlanningReception

Room: Director Suite 3 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

TBI and Bus Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Physicians Life Care Planning.

3:30PM - 7:00PM PST Opening Reception - The Big Game Hosted by AAJ & Arias Sanguinetti Wang & TorrijosReception

Room: The Grove, Pavilion and Spring Pool

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join us for the Big Game as we cheer on our favorite team.

Monday, February 14, 2022
6:00AM - 1:00PM PST Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Center Registration Office

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech. 

The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:
Room: Director Suite A
Saturday, February 12  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Room: Center Registration Office
Sunday, February 13     7:30 am to 1:00 pm
Monday, February 14    6:00 am to 1:00 pm

7:00AM - 8:00AM PST Early Morning CLE Program Sponsored by Senior Attorney MatchCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Miranda Soucie, Spiros Law, PC
The Changing Face of the Legal Profession: Overcoming and Eliminating Bias
Diandra Debrosse Zimmermann, DiCello Levitt Gutzler, LLC
7:00AM - 8:00AM PST Friends of Bill W.General

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The meeting of the Friends of Bill W.

7:00AM - 3:00PM PST Diamond Lounge Featuring Milestone Consulting & ScorpionSponsor Event

Room: Spring Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Visit the Diamond Sponsors in the Diamond Lounge directly outside of the exhibit hall!

7:30AM - 4:00PM PST Leaders Forum and President's Club Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Robson ForensicHospitality Suite

Room: San Jacinto Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

This suite is an exclusive benefit for Leaders Forum and President’s Club members and their guests only. Sponsored by Forge Consulting and Robson Forensic. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

7:30AM - 4:00PM PST RegistrationRegistration

Room: Vista Foyer and Spring Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

You can pick-up your badge and submit your CLE credits during the following hours:

Saturday, February 12  -  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 13    - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15 -   7:30 am to 12:00 pm*
*Springs Boardroom Foyer only

7:45AM - 9:00AM PST Forge Fit 5KSpecial Event

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The Annual Forge Fit 5K is back!  Registration will starts at 7:45 am and with the 5K beginning at 8:00 am.  There will be shirts and lots of goodies and all are welcome! Click here to pre-register and claim your FREE t-shirt! https://www.forgefit.online 

The 5K start/finish at the spa at JW Marriott Resort, head out the main entrance, right on the sidewalk along Country Club Drive, right on the sidewalk along Cook Street, right onto sidewalk along Hovley, turn around right across from the Avis Rent a Car place and double back the same way.   The path will have 3 staff/water

8:00AM - 9:00AM PST AM Break in the Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

8:00AM - 2:00PM PST AAJ Resources BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Find practice resources, join a section or Lit Group, AAJ PAC, register for future CLE, and more.

8:00AM - 2:00PM PST Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

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

Exhibit hours are:
Sunday, February 13   -   8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15   - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

8:30AM - 10:00AM PST AAJ Public Affairs Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 3 & 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Public Affairs Committee Meeting

8:30AM - 11:55AM PST Specialized Track: Keeping Roads Safe - A Look into Motor Vehicle Collision, Trucking, and Bus Litigation Sponsored by Digital Law MarketingCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Matthew Nace, Paulson & Nace, PLLC
Overlooked Issues When Trying to Prove Damages in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases
John H. (Jack) Hickey, Hickey Law Firm, PA
FMCSR Means More Than Just a Tractor Trailer
Karonnie R. Truzy, Crumley Roberts, LLP
Overview of Driving Automation Systems: Legislative and Regulatory Perspective
Daniel Hinkle, American Association for Justice
Considerations for Your Corporate Representative Trucking Deposition, From 30(b)(6) Notice to Testimony
Jordan Jones, Michigan Auto Law
Strategies in Bus Litigation Cases
Katherine Harvey-Lee, California Truck Law, PC
9:00AM - 10:00AM PST CANCELLED - Appellate Practice Litigation Group Meeting - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for AAJ's Appellate Practice Litigation Group

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST CANCELLED - Veterans & Military Service Members Committee - CANCELLED -Committee Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for the Veterans & Military Service Members Committee

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Climate Change Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Climate Change Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Elmiron Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Elmiron Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Section Leaders Council (SLC) Meeting Sponsored by LaFleur MarketingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 1 & 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Section Leaders Council (SLC). The SLC is sponsored by LaFleur Marketing.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Substance Use Disorder Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Substance Use Disorder Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 1:00PM PST Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 13 & 14

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

9:10AM - 11:55AM PST Advocacy Track: Effective Witness Preparation and Examination Strategies Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Kevin Biniazan, Breit Biniazan, PC
Daubert Update
Utilizing Experts: Preparing and Presenting Expert Witnesses
Dorothy c Sims, law offices of Dorothy Clay Sims,
How to Research Experts in Litigation
Seth Cardeli, Levin & Perconti
Prepping Witnesses Virtually
Katherine James, ACT of Communication
10:00AM - 11:00AM PST IVC Filter Litigation GroupLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Business meeting for AAJ's IVC Filter Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 12:00PM PST Signature Brunch, hosted by the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Sponsored by Assembly Legal & Digital Law MarketingBrunch

Room: JW Pavilion

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All registrants are invited to attend the WTLC Signature Brunch -- come network with your colleagues and hear from our keynote speaker!

11:55AM - 12:30PM PST Harvesting Witnesses' Stories by Katherine James Book SigningBook Signing

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 7 Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join author Katherine James for a book signing of her new release, Harvesting Witnesses' Stories! Immediately after her CLE presentation.

12:00PM - 12:30PM PST CANCELLED - Compliance Committee Meeting - CANCELLED -Business Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Compliance Committee

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST CANCELLED - Antiterrorism Litigation Group Meeting - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Antiterrorism Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST Class Action Litigation Group Meeting and Luncheon Sponsored by Top Class Actions and Huntington National BankLuncheon

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting and Luncheon of AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Sponsored by Top Class Actions and Huntington National Bank

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST Environmental Racism Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ's Environmental Racism Litigation Group

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST National Finance Council MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 1 & 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

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

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST PM Break in the Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Stop by and visit the exhibitors during the PM Refreshment Break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST State DelegatesCommittee Meeting

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ State Delegates Business Meeting

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST Surgical Staplers Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Physicians Medical ReviewLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Surgical Staplers Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 2:00PM PST CANCELLED - Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group Meeting - CANCELLED -Litigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 2:00PM PST Electronic Discovery Litigation GroupLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ's Electronic Discovery Litigation Group Meeting. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 2:00PM PST Products Liability Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 9 & 10

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Products Liability Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

1:00PM - 2:30PM PST AAJ Caucus Cornhole Championship Sponsored by SimplurisSocial Event

Room: The Grove

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Come out and cheer on your favorite Caucus' as they compete against each other for a chance to play AAJ President Navan Ward and President-Elect Tad Thomas for the championship trophy.

Attendees will also have the chance to vote on-site in the Exhibit Hall for their favorite team. 

1:30PM - 2:00PM PST Daily Prize Drawing at the AAJ BoothExhibits

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs



Drop off your completed prize drawing card with all activities completed and qualify for a daily drawing from the AAJ booth.  Prizes include a fitness Mirror, Airpods, free convention registrations and more!

Three winners will be drawn daily when the exhibit hall closes.  Stop by the booth for a card to start the challenge!

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST CANCELLED - Family Law Section Meeting - CANCELLED -Section Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Family Law Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST Minority Caucus (MC) Membership Meeting Sponsored by Filevine & Physician Life Care PlanningBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 5 & 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All voting members who self-identify as a minority are invited to attend the quarterly Minority Caucus membership meeting.

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST Professional Negligence Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Professional Negligence Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention

2:30PM - 3:30PM PST Sexual Assault Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Sexual Assault Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

3:00PM - 4:00PM PST Power Line Contact Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Power Line Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

3:30PM - 4:30PM PST Litigation Group Leaders Council (LGLC) Meeting Sponsored by LaFleur MarketingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 9 & 10

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Litigation Group Leaders Council (LGLC). The LGLC is sponsored by LaFleur Marketing.

3:30PM - 4:30PM PST National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees meetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Winter meeting for members of the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees

3:30PM - 4:30PM PST Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 3 & 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

4:00PM - 4:30PM PST Committee on the Judiciary MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 13 & 14

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for committee members of the AAJ Committee on the Judiciary

4:00PM - 5:00PM PST LGBT Caucus Membership Meeting Sponsored by FilevineBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 5 & 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All voting members who identify as a member of the LGBT community or as an ally are invited to attend the caucus membership meeting.

4:30PM - 5:30PM PST Reception for Section Leaders Council (SLC) and Litigation Group Leaders Council (LGLC) Sponsored by LaFleur MarketingReception

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ's SLC and LGLC Joint Reception.

4:30PM - 6:00PM PST Pound Fellows ReceptionReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join Pound Officers, Trustees, and Fellows as we honor recipients of Pound's prestigious awards for academics and attorneys, and learn about Pound's work.

5:30PM - 7:30PM PST Networking Reception, hosted by Public Justice, AAJ's Minority Caucus and AAJ's LGBT CaucusReception

Room: The Grove

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please join Public Justice for a networking reception, co-hosted with AAJ's Minority Caucus and LGBT Caucus. Thank you to our sponsors: Filevine, Owens & Garrison, Physician Life Care Planning, and Strategic Capital.

7:00PM - 8:30PM PST Marion Munley for Parliamentarian - This is not an AAJ sponsored eventReception

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please join Marion Munley for some Champagne and Confections -This is not an AAJ sponsored event

9:00PM - 11:59PM PST New Lawyers Division (NLD) PartyReception

Room: Ritz-Carlton Ballroom/Terrace

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage - 68-900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA

Join the NLD for a music festival themed party, open to all attendees and their guests!

Shuttles will start running from 9:00 pm from the JW tour drive by the Hertz entrance.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
7:00AM - 8:00AM PST Friends of Bill W.General

Room: Director Suite 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The meeting of the Friends of Bill W.

7:00AM - 12:00PM PST Diamond Lounge Featuring Milestone Consulting & ScorpionSponsor Event

Room: Spring Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Visit the Diamond Sponsors in the Diamond Lounge directly outside of the exhibit hall!

7:30AM - 11:00AM PST Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Center Registration Office

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech. 

The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:
Room: Director Suite A
Saturday, February 12  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Room: Center Registration Office
Sunday, February 13     7:30 am to 1:00 pm
Monday, February 14    6:00 am to 1:00 pm

7:30AM - 12:00PM PST RegistrationRegistration

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

You can pick-up your badge and submit your CLE credits during the following hours:

Saturday, February 12  -  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 13    - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15 -   7:30 am to 12:00 pm*
*Springs Ballroom mall Foyer only

7:30AM - 1:00PM PST Leaders Forum and President's Club Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Robson ForensicHospitality Suite

Room: San Jacinto Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

This suite is an exclusive benefit for Leaders Forum and President’s Club members and their guests only. Sponsored by Forge Consulting and Robson Forensic. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

8:00AM - 9:00AM PST AM Break in the Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

8:00AM - 1:00PM PST AAJ Resources BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Find practice resources, join a section or Lit Group, AAJ PAC, register for future CLE, and more.

8:00AM - 1:00PM PST Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

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

Exhibit hours are:
Sunday, February 13   -   8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday, February 14   -  8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, February 15   - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

8:30AM - 11:35PM PST Advocacy Track: Trial Skills (In-Person and Virtual) - Delivering the Right Story for Your Client Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Jamie Goldstein, Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP
Creating Your Powerhouse Opening Statement
Kathleen J Love, McGinn Montoya Love & Curry, PA
Demonstrative Evidence: Using Visual Storytelling to Prove Damages
Marion Munley, Munley Law
Soft vs. Hard Cross-Examinations
Avoiding Legal Malpractice at Trial (ethics)
Derrick Walker, Allen Allen Allen & Allen, PC
8:30AM - 9:30AM PST Republican Trial Lawyers CaucusBusiness Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Republication Trial Lawyers Caucus (RTLC) members identify as Republican, conservative, Libertarian, or small-government-minded trial lawyers

8:30AM - 11:55AM PST Specialized Track: Products Liability Update Sponsored by Digital Law MarketingCLE Program

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Michael G. Donahue, Stark & Stark
Discovery and Admissibility of Other Similar Incidents
J. Parker Miller, Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles, PC
Panel: Evaluation of Products Liability Cases – Do I Take the Case or Not?
Lydia Barrett, Denny & Barrett, P.C.
Julian C. Gomez, The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC
Julie Braman Kane, Colson Hicks Eidson
Collision Avoidance Technology (CAT)
Brett Emison, Langdon & Emison
Holding Third-Party E-Commerce Sellers Accountable
Jasper Abbott, Harris Lowry Manton LLP
The Landscape of Personal Jurisdiction post-Ford
Donald H. Slavik, Slavik Law Firm, LLC
9:00AM - 10:00AM PST AAJ PAC Development CommitteeCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 13 & 14

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for the AAJ PAC Development Committee

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 5

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ's Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group Meeting. For more information or to join, please visit the AAJ Resource Booth.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST International Practice Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ International Practice Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Organization Review Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 5 & 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the Organization Review Committee

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Social Security Disability Law Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Social Security Disability Law Section Meeting. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee Meeting Sponsored by Assured Partners Jamison & Thrivest LinkBusiness Meeting

Room: Director Suite 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

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

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Trucking Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 11 & 12

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Trucking Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Vaccines Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 1 & 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting for AAJ Vaccine Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:00AM - 10:00AM PST Valsartan Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 3 & 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Valsartan Litigation. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

9:30AM - 10:30AM PST Medical Record Retrieval (Ciox) Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Medical Record Retrieval (Ciox) Litigation Group Meeting

10:00AM - 11:00AM PST Joint Budget Committee & Executive Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 9 & 10

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of the AAJ Executive Committee

10:00AM - 11:00AM PST Zantac Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 3 & 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Zantac Litigation. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

11:00AM - 12:00AM PST Employment Rights Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 1

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Employment Right Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

11:00AM - 11:30AM PST Convention Planning Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Sinatra 5 & 6

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The meeting of the Convention Planning Committee

11:00AM - 12:00PM PST CPAP, BiPAP, and Other Mechanical Ventilator Devices Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Director Suite 4

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ CPAP Litigation Group. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

11:00AM - 12:00PM PST Law Schools Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Director Suite 2

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All members of the Law Schools Committee are invited to attend

11:00AM - 12:00PM PST Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Director Suite 3

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Meeting of AAJ Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section. The meeting is open to AAJ members who are registered for the 2022 Winter Convention.

12:00PM - 1:00PM PST PM Break in the Exhibit HallExhibits

Room: Spring Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Stop by and visit the exhibitors during the PM Refreshment Break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

12:30PM - 1:00PM PST Daily Prize Drawing at the AAJ BoothExhibits

Room: Springs Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs



Drop off your completed prize drawing card with all activities completed and qualify for a daily drawing from the AAJ booth.  Prizes include a fitness Mirror, Airpods, free convention registrations and more!

Three winners will be drawn daily when the exhibit hall closes.  Stop by the booth for a card to start the challenge!

1:00PM - 5:00PM PST Board of Governors Meeting Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Independent LifeBusiness Meeting

Room: Sinatra Ballroom 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

The 2022 Winter Board of Governors Meeting.

5:00PM - 6:00PM PST Board of Governors Reception Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Independent LifeReception

Room: Sinatra Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception for Board of Governors members and their guest.

On-Demand Programs
Social Events
Friday, February 11
6:00PM - 8:00PM PST
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Welcome ReceptionReception

Room: Blue Star Patio and Lounge

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All registered convention attendees are invited to attend this networking welcome reception, hosted by the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC).

Saturday, February 12
2:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Trucking Litigation Group Cabana ReceptionReception

Room: Pool Cabana

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception of AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group. For more information or to join, please visit the AAJ Resource Booth.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
AAJ Stalwarts Welcome Reception Sponsored by Assured Partners Jamison & Thrivest LinkReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All Convention registrants are invited to join the Stalwarts for a networking reception

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by CAMGReception

Room: Director Suite 1 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by CAMG.

Saturday, February 12
4:00PM - 5:00PM PST
Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Precision ResolutionReception

Room: Director Suite 3 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Precision Resolution.

Saturday, February 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM PST
Paragard Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance BankReception

Room: Director Suite 5 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Paraguard Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by P&N and Western Alliance Bank.

Saturday, February 12
5:30PM - 7:30PM PST
New Lawyers Division (NLD) Welcome ReceptionReception

Room: The Entertainment Zone

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

All registrants barred 10 years or less are invited to attend this networking reception, hosted by the New Lawyers Division (NLD).

Sunday, February 13
8:45AM - 9:45AM PST
AAJ PAC Eagles and Falcons Breakfast ReceptionReception

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception for AAJ PAC Eagle and Falcon Contributors

Sunday, February 13
10:30AM - 11:30AM PST
Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group and Business Torts Section Reception Sponsored by Huntington National BankReception

Room: Director Suite 1Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception and Business Torts Section Sponsored by Huntington National Bank

Sunday, February 13
1:30PM - 2:30PM PST
Opioids Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by MASSIVE & MedchartReception

Room: Director Suite 5 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Opioids Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by MASSIVE & Medchart

Sunday, February 13
2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Council of Presidents Reception Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Council of Presidents Networking Reception Sponsored by ThompsonFlanagan

Sunday, February 13
3:00PM - 4:00PM PST
Aviation Section Reception Sponsored By Baum HedlundReception

Room: Director Suite 1 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception of AAJ Aviation Law Section Sponsored by Baum Hedlund.

Sunday, February 13
3:00PM - 4:00PM PST
TBI and Bus Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Physician Life Care PlanningReception

Room: Director Suite 3 Terrace

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

TBI and Bus Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Physicians Life Care Planning.

Sunday, February 13
3:30PM - 7:00PM PST
Opening Reception - The Big Game Hosted by AAJ & Arias Sanguinetti Wang & TorrijosReception

Room: The Grove, Pavilion and Spring Pool

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join us for the Big Game as we cheer on our favorite team.

Monday, February 14
1:00PM - 2:30PM PST
AAJ Caucus Cornhole Championship Sponsored by SimplurisSocial Event

Room: The Grove

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Come out and cheer on your favorite Caucus' as they compete against each other for a chance to play AAJ President Navan Ward and President-Elect Tad Thomas for the championship trophy.

Attendees will also have the chance to vote on-site in the Exhibit Hall for their favorite team. 

Monday, February 14
4:30PM - 5:30PM PST
Reception for Section Leaders Council (SLC) and Litigation Group Leaders Council (LGLC) Sponsored by LaFleur MarketingReception

Room: Director Suite B

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

AAJ's SLC and LGLC Joint Reception.

Monday, February 14
4:30PM - 6:00PM PST
Pound Fellows ReceptionReception

Room: The Pointe

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Join Pound Officers, Trustees, and Fellows as we honor recipients of Pound's prestigious awards for academics and attorneys, and learn about Pound's work.

Monday, February 14
5:30PM - 7:30PM PST
Networking Reception, hosted by Public Justice, AAJ's Minority Caucus and AAJ's LGBT CaucusReception

Room: The Grove

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please join Public Justice for a networking reception, co-hosted with AAJ's Minority Caucus and LGBT Caucus. Thank you to our sponsors: Filevine, Owens & Garrison, Physician Life Care Planning, and Strategic Capital.

Monday, February 14
7:00PM - 8:30PM PST
Marion Munley for Parliamentarian - This is not an AAJ sponsored eventReception

Room: Santa Rosa Ballroom

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Please join Marion Munley for some Champagne and Confections -This is not an AAJ sponsored event

Monday, February 14
9:00PM - 11:59PM PST
New Lawyers Division (NLD) PartyReception

Room: Ritz-Carlton Ballroom/Terrace

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage - 68-900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA

Join the NLD for a music festival themed party, open to all attendees and their guests!

Shuttles will start running from 9:00 pm from the JW tour drive by the Hertz entrance.

Tuesday, February 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM PST
Board of Governors Reception Sponsored by Forge Consulting & Independent LifeReception

Room: Sinatra Ballroom Foyer

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs

Reception for Board of Governors members and their guest.

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors

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