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Friday, November 15 | 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Civil Litigation’s 15th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook

6.50 hours partic. CLE
0.75 hours Ethics

Registration Cost for Section members: $185 if registered between October 26 and November 13

Registration Cost for Non-Section members: $200 if registered between October 26 and November 13

Parking included.

CLICK HERE to register.

Early registration deadline is October 26. Deadline to RSVP is November 13.


Schedule:

Breakfast and Checkin 8:30 – 9 a.m.

1. The 5%: Knowing Which Cases Should be Tried9 – 9:30 a.m.
Ray Chester II, McGinnis Lochridge; Jim Richardson, Richardson Law, PLLC; Julie Springer, Weisbart, Springer, Hays LLP; Gary Zausmer, Enoch Kever PLLC

2. Winning Before Trial: Summary Judgments and Other Ways to get Cases Dismissed 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Andrea Leyva Batista, General Litigation Division, Office of the Attorney General; Pete Kennedy, Graves Dougherty Hearon Moody; Hon. Jan Soifer, 345th Judicial District Court, Travis County

3. Pre-Trial Practice: Avoiding Common Mistakes in the Weeks Before Trial 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Hon. Mark Lane, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Texas, Austin Division; Hon. Amy Clark Meachum, 201st Judicial District Court, Travis County; Todd Smith, Smith Law Group

——- BREAK ——– 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

4. Voir Dire: The Unpredictable Jury and What To Do About It 10:40 – 11:25 a.m.
Scott DeShazo, DeShazo & Nesbitt, LLP; Martha Dickie, Almanza, Blackburn, Dickie & Mitchell LLP; Hon. Scott Jenkins, 53rd Judicial District Court, Travis County; Robert Swafford, Strike for Cause Jury Consultants

5. Opening Statements: Components of a Winning Opening Statement11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Hon. Karen Crump, 250th Judicial District Court, Travis County; Russ Horton, George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP; Tracy McCormack, The University of Texas School of Law

——- LUNCH BREAK on Your Own ——– 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

6. Admission of Evidence: How do I get that Tweet (and Other Evidence) Admitted?1:30 – 2 p.m.
Leah Bhimani Buratti, McKool Smith; Mark Dietz, Dietz & Jarrard PC; Hon. Robert Pitman, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas, Austin Division

7. Demonstratives: Dos, Don’ts and Design2 – 2:30 p.m.
Michael Golden, Boulette Golden & Marin LLP; Drew Harris, Office of the Texas Attorney General; Randy Howry, Howry, Breen & Herman LLP; Blayre Pena, Hance Scarborough LLP

8. Witness Preparation: Why Smart People Give Stupid Testimony2:30 – 3 p.m.
Claude Ducloux, Law Offices of Claude E. Ducloux; Nikki Maples, Law Offices of Nikki G. Maples, PLLC; Hon. Eric Shepperd, County Court at Law #2, Travis County; Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas, Austin Division

——- BREAK ——– 3 – 3:15 p.m.

9. The Evidence Has Closed, Now What?: Motions for Directed Verdict 3:15 – 4 p.m.
Heidi Bloch, Greenburg Traurig LLP; Kurt Kuhn, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC; Hon. Ryan Larson 395th District Court, Williamson County; Jason Snell, The Snell Law Firm PLLC

10. Going Out with a Bang: Delivering a Winning Closing Argument4 – 4:45 p.m.
Dicky Grigg, Spivey & Grigg LLP; Hon. Chari Kelly, 3rd Court of Appeals; Don Taylor, Taylor Thuss; Hon. Tim Sulak, 353rd Judicial District Court, Travis County

11. The Aftermath: Win, Lose, or Draw4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Hon. Jeff Rose, 3rd Court of Appeals; Hon. Gisela Triana, 3rd Court of Appeals; Steve McConnico, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP; Tommy Jacks, Fish & Richardson

——- HAPPY HOUR ——– 5:15 – 6 p.m.

Location

Vinson & Elkins
2801 Via Fortuna
Austin,
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Costs

Early Registration Cost for Section members: $135 if registered by October 25, 2019
Late Registration Cost for Section members: $185 if registered between October 26 and November 13

Early Registration Cost for Non-Section members: $150 if registered by October 25, 2019
Late Registration Cost for Non-Section members: $200 if registered between October 26 and November 13

Parking included.

Credits

6.50 hours partic. CLE
0.75 hours Ethics

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