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Section Annual ConferenceApril 24 - 26, 2013 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The Section Annual Conference will bring together top inside and outside lawyers from across the country as well as judges and academics for a three day focus on the latest in trial advocacy. This year’s conference is expected to attract 800 to 1,000 litigators and will feature over 70 CLE programs in tracks across multiple practice areas. The SAC will also feature two full days of unparalleled networking opportunities—including a new reception honoring the judiciary. Best of all, if you register before February 28, the registration fee is only $500 (or $350 if you have never attended). We have an amazing line-up of nationally known speakers including David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to the President, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, and John Cullerton, Illinois Senate President, who are featured in the plenary A Look Ahead. Honorable Ann Claire Williams will moderate the Litigators Making a Difference plenary with Neal K. Katyal, Former Acting Solicitor General. Don’t miss hearing from an energetic group of general counsel at our kick off plenary session, General Counsel Forum. Take advantage of the 10 networking events designed with you in mind, including the popular Practice Area & Networking Discussion Luncheons and Committee Dinners and Dine Arounds. Learn more about our committees at the Committee Expo. Details are here. Take advantage of early bird discounts now—early bird registration ends February 28, 2013.

ABA Section of Litigation Appointments 2013 - 2014 All Section members are eligible for a leadership appointment. The online process is open, and the deadline for the submission of all applications is March 15, 2013. Please review the instructions and the application form for a leadership position. This form can also be used to nominate another Section member for a leadership position. To identify one or more positions that may be of interest to you or your nominee, you can review the Section's organizational chart. If you have problems completing the on-line application, please contact Kieshia Cobb at

Watch the full recording of The 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright program presented by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation on January 18, 2013 in Marco Island, FL.  This decision recognized a constitutional right to the appointment of counsel for indigent criminal defendants charged with felonies. Mr. Gideon was in prison when he submitted his handwritten petition to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting counsel.

This e-newsletter is full of excellent content.  Committee podcasts and roundtables are in full swing.  Take advantage of these free member benefits.

Focus on Juries: Voir Dire and Persuasion

Our focus this month is Juries: Voir Dire and Persuasion. The Section has many resources to assist litigators practicing in this area. Here’s a sampling.  

Selected Resources:


Views from the Bench




Sound Advice:


To review the Section Focus from prior months, please visit the Section Monthly Newsletter.

Upcoming Events



Insurance Coverage CLE Seminar
February 28-March 2, 2013
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, AZ



Section Annual Conference
April 24-26, 2013
JW Marriott Chicago
Chicago, IL
Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration!

Trial Advocacy Video Tip

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Description: Laurel Bellows and Roberta Lienbenberg – Get to Know the Jury!
Find out everything there is to know about your jury before presenting your case to them. Understand their feelings, biases and their perspective on your case.

Description: Hon. Nancy Friedman Atlas – Voir Dire Is an Important Part of the Trial
Making the best use of your time with the jury is instrumental in the success of your case as you assess if they will be able to relate to your case and your argument.

Description: H. William Allen – Avoiding Awkward Moments with the Jury during Voir Dire
Asking questions about your case that does not involve the jury personally will aid you in understanding your jury.

Description: Benjamin Reid – Using Storytelling during Voir Dire
Use storytelling in reverse – let the jury tell the story so that you gain an understanding of their perspective.

To view more Trial Advocacy Tips, visit the Section of Litigation YouTube Channel.




(Expert discussion on hot topics)

Roundtables are free teleconferences with leading lawyers and judges on important issues within the committee’s area of expertise.

Same-Sex Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court: A Preview of Windsor and Perry

Presented by the LGBT Litigator and Civil Rights Litigation Committees
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern

Register Now! 

Student Discipline in the Wake of Newtown

Presented by the Children's Rights Litigation Committee
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern

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This Term's Supreme Court Property Rights Cases

Presented by the Environmental Litigation and Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committees
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern

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In-House Counsel and Beyond

Presented by the Young Advocates and Corporate Counsel Committees
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern 

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Presented by the Health Law Committee
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:30 - 2:30 pm Eastern

Register Now!

View the full list of upcoming Roundtable programs and register online.





Recent Committee Newsletters include:  Energy Litigation (Winter 2013); Employment & Labor Relations Law (Winter 2013); Young Advocates (Winter 2013); Intellectual Property Litigation (Fall 2012/ Winter 2013) ; Pro Bono & Public Interest (Fall 2012); Professional Liability Litigation (Fall 2012 ); Bankruptcy & Insolvency (Fall 2012); Securities Litigation (Fall 2012); Woman Advocate (Fall 2012); Class Actions & Derivative Suits (Fall 2012); Pretrial Practice & Discovery (Fall 2012); Mass Torts Litigation (Fall 2012)






Sound Advice Audio

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Every month, the Section posts three podcast channels devoted to essential subjects for every litigator. On the first Monday of the month, we post a podcast on ethics; the second Monday on evidence; and the third Monday on e-discovery/procedure. These podcasts are supplemented by substantive and procedural topics prepared by the Section’s committees. Please be sure to visit the library of Sound Advice podcasts.

ETHICS: Litigation Funding Loans
By Mike Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis, MO
Ethics professor and longtime litigator Mike Downey outlines four issues that attorneys should address when clients are considering litigation loans. (6:48 min)

PROCEDURE/E-DISCOVERY: Inadvertent Production of Documents
By John Barkett, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami, FL
Unfortunately for clients, accidental production of documents does occur. John Barkett discusses what should happen when privileged or protected documents mistakenly get shared with opposing counsel. (6:32 min)

EVIDENCE: Authentication of Evidence
By Professor Stephan Landsman, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL
Veteran ethics professor Stephan Landsman discusses authentication and the seven-step process to establish it for evidentiary purposes. (12:40 min)

COMMITTEE: Practical Tips to Protect Clients’ Privileges 
Elizabeth Timkovich
Winston & Strawn
Charlotte, NC
Commercial and Business Litigation
All attorneys want to do their best for their clients, but sometimes mistakes happen. Listen as Elizabeth Timkovich shares advice on how to protect both the attorney-client and attorney-work product privileges. (15:56 min)

COMMITTEE: Launching and Building a Children’s Legal Services Practice
Lourdes M. Rosado and Bob Schwartz
Juvenile Law Center
Philadelphia, PA
Children’s Rights Litigation 
In the first installment of the series, Lourdes Rosado and Bob Schwartz tackle the topic of staffing and putting together a multidisciplinary team. Listen each month for more advice on starting or expanding legal services for children. (13:24 min)

COMMITTEE: Basic Requirements for Class Certification—Commonality
David Prahl
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Sacramento, CA
Class Actions & Derivative Suits
Although Dukes v. Walmart gave more teeth to the commonality requirement and made it more difficult to achieve class certification under Rule23, certifications continue. Hear David Prahl as he discusses changes to requirements for commonality and what this means for you. (10:13 min)

Check the Sound Advice Library and the Committee pages regularly for new postings.

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