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Small Group Programs

Read below to explore the various topics that will be covered by leading experts.

Technology issues: Ethical and professional obligations, challenges in identifying and adopting emerging technology, and technology challenges that your clients may be facing

Friday, August 2nd - 8:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

We will discuss lawyers’ ethical and professional obligations when it comes to technology, how to adapt to new technology, including remote work issues and generative AI (e.g., client expectations and billing impacts), and tech issues that clients may be facing (e.g., tracking technology lawsuits, IP and employment issues relative to generative AI). We hope that the open discussion among participants will not only raise issues that can help each other anticipate challenges, but also manage and overcome them. 

Anna Mercado Clark

Phillips Lytle LLP

Anna Mercado Clark Esq., CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, FIP is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and is co-leader of Phillips Lytle’s Technology Industry Team. She is a member of the firm’s Governing Committee and its DEI Steering Committee and serves as the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Anna is the President of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA). She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. Anna has been appointed to three leadership positions on the American Bar Association’s Science and Technology Law Section, including vice chair for the Cloud Computing Committee, co-chair of the Privacy and Computer Crime Committee and vice chair of the Membership and Diversity Committee. 

Deposition Tactics and Pitfalls

Saturday, August 3rd - 8:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Learn how to conduct a successful deposition, build your case and protect your client being deposed. This discussion will provide powerful tools for your success.

Ginger Busby

Burr & Forman

Ginger Busby graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1990 after working in PR. She is at Partner at Burr & Forman and formerly chaired Burr’s Tort Trial & Insurance Section and Diversity Committee. She is the Alabama delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She previously served on the ABA-SCOPE committee, Chair of the Section Officers Conference, Chair of the TIPS Section, James Carroll Leadership Award recipient, Former Director of the TIPS Leadership Academy and National Trial Academy. She is a Former President of the Homewood, Alabama City Council. She is listed regularly in the Best Lawyers among several other honors.

Business Development & Marketing Strategies & Techniques to Succeed to Excel and to Enhance Your Legal Practice & Career

Saturday, August 3rd - 9:45 am at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

John will discuss strategies, techniques and best practices for attracting, building, growing and retaining legal clients in a highly competitive marketplace. The program will be meaningful for lawyers at any stage of their legal careers. 

John will enthusiastically demonstrate how to: think about marketing and business development, provide strategies for targeting prospective clients, how to network effectively and efficiently, how to become active with certain groups and organizations to network purposefully, provide proven techniques that will produce clients, discuss how to prepare a quality business marketing plan, outline his “Best Practices” when embarking on marketing and business development and suggest ways to make marketing and business development fun and enjoyable! 

John Sciaccotta

Aronberg Goldgehn

John C. Sciaccotta is a senior equity partner at Aronberg Goldgehn in Chicago. John’s practice includes litigating high stakes business litigation disputes including “Business Divorce” and Complex Ownership disputes, other commercial litigation matters and business related transactional matters. 

John is currently the President of the Chicago Bar Association and has been highly active in the Chicago legal, business, charitable and philanthropic communities for nearly 40 years. 

John serves on Aronberg Goldgehn’s Executive Management and co-chairs its marketing and business developments Committees and is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Dispute Resolution Group. With nearly 40 years of trial and litigation experience, he is a trusted advocate for clients throughout matters of arbitration, complex civil litigation and mediation and business counseling.

Effective and Ethical use of AI in your practice

Saturday, August 3rd - 1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

This session will explore how AI is changing the practice of law and answer burning questions about the many opportunities to enhance your practice with the use of AI and the ethical lines in the sand about AI use.

Darryl Motley

Suffolk University of Law

Darrell G. Mottley is the incoming Faculty Director of the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston MA.   Darrell is a Member of the ABA AI Task Force. Darrel has worked extensively with starts-ups, privately and publicly held companies as virtual in-house counsel and as lead counsel on a wide array of intellectual property issues.  Darrell advises on disruptive innovation and high-technology intellectual property matters in a wide variety of fields, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, internet-related technology, medical devices, and electro-mechanical technologies.

He holds a BS in Engineering Science and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a JD degree with honors from The George Washington University Law School.   He also served as adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches in design law. He also supervises the IP and Patent Law Clinic and teaches an AI Law seminar at the Howard University School of Law in Washington DC. Darrell has been rated a SuperLawyer by Thomson Reuters in 2020-2024.  Darrell has been named an IP Star in the United States and in the District of Columbia by Managing Intellectual Property in 2013-2023.  

Preserving Your Client’s Right of Appeal: Building the Trial Record

Saturday, August 3rd - 2:45 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

The trial record is the cornerstone of any appeal.  Ensuring that critical arguments and outcomes are preserved below and that essential facts are set out in the record is as critical to your ultimate success as making the winning argument to the trial judge or jury. This discussion will focus on creative and easy ways to preserve error and provide practitioners with a checklist to preserve your client’s right of appeal. The group will discuss motions in limine, proffers of evidence, objections, jury instructions, and how to focus on making an appellate record in the often chaotic midst of a trial.

Mary Greer

Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Marcy Hogan Greer is the Managing Partner of Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP, a nationally recognized appellate boutique firm. She has been acclaimed for her work in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Marcy received the 2021 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation, requiring that the recipient demonstrate an outstanding appellate practice while maintaining a strong commitment to providing legal services for the underserved, dedication to mentoring young attorneys, and a strong moral compass to guide both professional and personal pursuits. She additionally received the 2022 Pro Bono/Community Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association. Most recently, she received the 2024 Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Foundation. Marcy is the Vice Chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. She designed, and was the original National Editor of, A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (2010), as well as the 2012 supplement, and the second edition (2017), and co-edited the third edition, which was published by the ABA in November 2021.

Chris Browning

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders

Chris Browning is a partner at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders and is a highly experienced litigator with a strong background in appellate practice.  Chris served for seven years as the first Solicitor General for the State of North Carolina. He has argued five times before the U.S. Supreme Court and has 40 oral arguments before federal and state appellate courts.  Chris defended one of the longest war crimes proceedings in history – a case tried in the Hague, Netherlands before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  Last year, he obtained a $524 million judgment for a client in North Carolina federal court – a judgment that is currently on appeal.


Chris is certified as an Appellate Practice Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar. He is a past-chair of the Appellate Rules Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association and served as North Carolina’s representative to the Fourth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures. He also taught appellate practice at Duke University School of Law as a Senior Lecturing Fellow. 


Chris is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and currently serves as a Vice-President of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

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