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Using this Monthly Newsletter:  The Section has hundreds of articles, podcasts, teleconferences, and case notes to help you in your practice.  Each month this newsletter will tell you what’s new. The links in this email and tabs above will help you quickly access these resources. Visit the Section’s website regularly. We post new content every week. Access what you want, the way you want it, whether from your desk or mobile device. 

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Focus on Attorney-Client Privilege

Our focus for August is the attorney-client privilege. Every litigator faces issues of attorney-client privilege. The Section has many resources. We have listed a sampling here. For access to much more, visit the new content page on attorney-client privilege.

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Trial Advocacy Video Tip

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As a new benefit of membership, each week the Section will post one short video tip from judges and experienced litigators. This month we have posted four videos at once for you to preview what is coming.

Week 1 - H. Thomas Wells, Jr. - Preparing for a deposition
Tommy’s advice on counseling the witness to listen to the question, understand the question and to think about your answer gives you the time necessary to think about the privilege and assert it when necessary.

Week 2 - Barbara Dawson - Defending Depositions  
Barb’s advice to you to “know the subject matter very well” and make sure the witness “has a sense of how the process will work” is especially important when you have to assert a privilege during a deposition.

Week 3 - Jon W. Green - Who to Depose
Jon’s advice on who to depose should start your process of whether that person is covered by the privilege.

Week 4 - Dinita L. James - The Complete Deposition
You cannot take or defend a “Complete Deposition” until you know how to assert or challenge a privilege issue.




Sound Advice Audio

Starting in September, the Section will post three podcast channels devoted to essential subjects for every litigator. On the first Monday of the month, we will post a podcast on ethics; the second Monday will be evidence; the third Monday will be e-discovery / procedure. Until then, here is a recent podcast by well-known litigator, Bob Clifford. Please be sure to visit the library of Sound Advice podcasts on the website.

August 22, 2012
Courtroom Credibility, Courtroom Demeanor, and the Importance of an Apology
Bob Clifford
Clifford Law Offices, Chicago, IL.

What you learn in law school only prepares you for a fraction of what a case can throw at you. Bob Clifford shares his experience on winning cases through more than just the law. (10:39 min)



Upcoming Events

Women In Insurance Networking Conference
October 18, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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November 16, 2012
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Joint Committees CLE Seminar
January 31-February 2, 2013
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February 14-17, 2013
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February 28-March 2, 2013
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Section Annual Conference
April 24-26, 2013
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Chicago, IL
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(Expert discussion on hot topics)

Section Committees are bringing you a new member benefit this year – free teleconferences with leading lawyers and judges on important issues within the committee’s area of expertise.  The first of these is brought to you by the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee.  Other committees will follow in months to come.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time/11:00 a.m. Pacific
Michael Tierney, Lead Judge for the Trial Section of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) will speak on the development and implementation of the PTAB’s new America Invents Act trial proceedings procedures.  Please RSVP to Anthony Baish by email at to sign up for the conference and to submit your questions for Judge Tierney.  After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the dial-in information and instructions for submitting additional questions.  The number of participants is limited, so please register as soon as possible.



Look for new committee newsletters in September from: Environmental; Securities; Young Advocate; Construction; and Intellectual Property

Committee Newsletters published in the last 30 days include: Alternate Dispute Resolution; Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation; Commercial & Business Litigation; International Litigation; Mass Torts Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; and Trial Evidence

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