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SAC WAS OVER THE TOP: Congratulations to Section Annual Conference chairs Tim Bertschy, Eileen Letts, Janice Mitrius, and Steve Siegel and managing director Mary Smith for a fabulous conference filled with great programming and great networking events. The final registration total was 1,116; attendance was well over 1,000. Congratulations as well to each Section committee for providing the quality programming and networking opportunities that drew the crowd.
If you missed it, save the date for next year’s SAC: April 9–11, 2014 (The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, AZ).
CIVILETTI HONORED BY SECTION FELLOWS: Benjamin Civiletti, former US attorney general and former chair of the Section, received the ABA Section of Litigation Fellows Award at a dinner at the conclusion of the Section Annual Conference. Details are here. The Fellows Award is presented to a lawyer in recognition of distinguished service and leadership in the field of litigation through scholarship, teaching, and advocacy or as a member of the judiciary. The Section also donated seed money to establish a fund in Civiletti’s name, to benefit the Section’s public service projects. Fourteen past, present, and future chairs were there to honor Civiletti.
KICK-OFF OF CORE KNOWLEDGE PAGES: We have launched another member benefit for committees to provide members. Core Knowledge pages are designed to highlight the basics of trying a case in a substantive area. The first three examples of Core Knowledge pages can be viewed here.
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Committee Roundtables are a free member benefit that allows you to call in from anywhere to hear live audio programs on a host of topics.
HOW TO DO E-DISCOVERY AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE
Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern
From disabling auto-delete to recovering legacy data, navigating e-discovery is not an easy task. Let our panel of practitioners help guide you through the process and point out some potential traps and tips to avoid them. The program will be appropriate for all levels of e-discovery experience.
Presented by the Young Advocates Committee and Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee
MEDIATION IN THE DELAWARE BANKRUPTCY COURT
Thursday, June 18, 2013, at 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern
The Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and two experienced practitioners will discuss the rules and procedures for private and judicial mediations in the Delaware bankruptcy court.
Presented by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee
THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND ADR
Friday, June 28, 2013, at 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern
Changes are occurring faster and faster in the legal profession. This program will detail some of the more important changes that will affect the profession and ADR providers. We will look specifically at various technology websites that are offering ADR services.
Presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
View the full list of upcoming Roundtable programs and register online.
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Recently published Committee Newsletters include:
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Every month, the Section posts three podcast channels devoted to essential subjects for every litigator. These podcasts are supplemented by substantive and procedural topics prepared by the Section’s members and committees.
ETHICS: How Your Professional Liability Policy Works
By Mike Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis, MO
If you don’t fully understand the difference between a circumstance and a claim in an LPL policy, listen as Mike Downey advises on the ins and outs of this unique form of insurance. (9:07 min)
PROCEDURE/E-DISCOVERY: Proposed Rule Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure
By John Barkett, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami, FL
Hear as John Barkett outlines many of the proposed rule change that are being proposed. (4:55 min)
EVIDENCE: Evidentiary issues arising from People v. Collins
By Professor Stephan Landsman, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL
Although people like to use statistics to their advantage, hear Professor Steve Landsman as he discuss the evidentiary issues arising from People v. Collins – including problems that can come from an uncritical look at statistics. (7:38 min)
COMMITTEE: Pitfalls of the Fair Labor Standards Act for Law Firms
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
Employment & Labor Committee
Labor laws can be complex, even for law firms. Long-time labor and employment attorney Mike Pierro explains the general requirements for law firms as well as some common compliance mistakes. (10:55 min)
COMMITTEE: Who Owns Clients?
Crowell & Moring
We all know that saying “my clients” is just an expression and does not imply an actual ownership interest. Barry Cohen discusses the real-world applications of this concept—including one glaring exception to the rule. (6:34 min)
COMMITTEE: Numerosity as It Pertains to Class Certification
Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C.
Rule 23(a) has four elements that must be proven prior to class certification. Listen as Kathryn Honecker explains salient points of one of the elements—numerosity. (14:17 min)
Check the Sound Advice Library and the Committee pages regularly for new postings.
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