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Civil Rights Panels Available On-Line National leaders from the civil rights movement came together at the Section of Litigation Fall Leadership Meeting to discuss their personal experiences during milestone events of the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as examine the role that lawyers played in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans. The Section of Litigation hosted and live streamed two panels on civil rights last month.  More than 1000 people saw the panels live, including viewers from as far away as Japan and South Korea. The panels were recorded and are available for viewing by Section members.  The links to the videos are here.

Rusty Hardin & Sam Adam Jr. Interview Available On-Line Nationally known trial lawyers Rusty Hardin, who pitched and won an acquittal verdict for Roger Clemens, and Sam Adam, Jr. who defended Illinois Governor Blagojevich in his first trial, shared their insights and trial tactics in these fascinating, high profile cases that were both tried twice. Access the link to the recorded session here.

Regional Meetings Beginning This year the Section has a renewed emphasis on specialized regional meetings. The Chemical Products and Toxic Tort Regional Workshop on October 29 in New York will discuss brand new developments and significant trends in toxic and mass torts involving chemicals and industrial products.  More information on that meeting is here. The Women In Product Liability Meeting on November 15 in Boston has more than 97 registrants. More information is available here.  The Energy Litigation Conference will be on Nov 15 in Houston.  More information can be found here. The Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Regional Workshop will be on Friday, November 16 in Boston. More information on that meeting is provided here. Future regional meetings will be announced in these monthly newsletters and on the Section’s website.

Registration is Open for 2013 Section Annual Conference!  Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing! The 2013 Section Annual Conference (SAC) will be held in Chicago from April 24-26, 2013 at the JW Marriott.  It is designed by litigators for litigators and will feature over 60 substantive programs, over 200 speakers, over 30 substantive litigation committee business meetings, and a variety of networking events. The SAC is the premier conference for litigators across the nation. The Conference also will showcase Chicago’s vibrant and diverse legal community and many of its well-known and excellent litigators and judges. NEW! The opening event at the conference will be a judicial reception honoring the judiciary in the Chicago area. Register now at

Focus on JIOP The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in participating cities. JIOP is one of the Section’s most successful and longest lived public service programs. For more information about the program, click here.

Focus on Trial Advocacy

Our focus this month is trial advocacy.  Effective trial advocacy is an essential skill for a litigator.  The Section has many resources to assist litigators practicing in this area. Here’s a sampling.

Selected Resources:



Sound Advice:


Upcoming Events



16th Annual National Institute on Class Actions/b>
October 24-25, 2012
Chicago, IL

Women In Insurance Networking Conference
October 18, 2012
Washington, DC

The 7th Annual Chemical Products and Toxic Torts Regional Seminar
October 29, 2012
New York, NY

Energy Litigation Conference
November 15, 2012
Houston, TX

Women in Products Liability
November 15, 2012
Boston, MA

Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device
November 16, 2012
Natick, MA



Joint Committees CLE Seminar
January 31-February 2, 2013
Sheraton Steamboat
Steamboat, CO

ABA Midyear Meeting
February 6-12, 2013
The Hilton Anatole Hotel
Dallas, TX

Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
February 14-17, 2013
Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
Hollywood, FL

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

Section Annual Conference
April 24-26, 2013
JW Marriott Chicago
Chicago, IL

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.

Lorna Schofield - Cross Examination
Two tips for cross examining a sympathetic witness.

Paul Mark Sandler - Direct Examination
The key to a solid direct examination is preparation.

Laura Miller - Opening Statements
Be simple, stay flexible and learn to rely on your instincts.

Dennis J. Drasco - The Relationship Between Opening Statements and Summations
A good head start begins with a solid opening statement but the summation also plays a truly major role in winning.

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




(Expert discussion on hot topics)

Committee Roundtables are a free member benefit that allows Section members to call in from anywhere to hear live audio programs on a host of topics.  Register here to listen to any roundtable.

Upcoming Roundtables:

Applying Disparate Impact in Civil Rights Complaints to Derail the School to Prison Pipeline (Oct. 25 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern)

Hit the Ground Running:  Business Development and Success Tips for Young Attorneys (Oct. 25 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern)

Voter-Suppression Issues in the 2012 Election (Nov 1 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern)

Conversation with Hewlett Packard’s Director of IP Litigation (Nov 1 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern)

Developing Trial and Litigation Skills Through Pro Bono (Nov 8 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern)

Young Immigrants Get a Chance:  A New Opportunity For Immigrant Children to Secure Visas With a Volunteer’s Help (Nov 13 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern)

Induced Infringement After Akamai (Nov 29 3:00 pm Eastern)

Check in here regularly to view the list of upcoming Roundtable programs and register online.




Look for new committee newsletters coming soon from: Woman Advocate, Business Torts, Minority Trial Lawyer, Technology for the Litigator, Securities, Mass Torts, Criminal

Committee Newsletters published in the last 30 days include:  Appellate; Employment; Energy; Corporate Counsel; Health; Children’s Rights; Insurance Coverage




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 will be evidence; the third Monday will be 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 here.

PROCEDURE/E-DISCOVERY: Rule 45 of the Rules of Civil Procedure
By John Barkett, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami, FL

EVIDENCE: The Impact of Crawford v. Washingtion on Juriprudence
By Professor Stephan Landsman, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

ETHICS: Ethical Issues related to Incentive Payments for Class Representatives
By Mike Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis, MO

Committee Sound Advice





Pre-Trial Practice

Ten Tips for Dealing with Discovery Bullies

Jennifer Hoekels and Joan Archer

Oct. 30

Civil Rights

Upcoming Supreme Court Challenges to Same Sex Couples

Hayley Gorenberg

Nov. 2

Appellate Practice

It's in the Briefs: How to Win Before You Utter a Word

Judge Joseph Greenaway

Nov. 7

Products Liability

CPSC Jurisdiction: Defining Consumer Products

Laura J. Walther

Nov. 9

The Woman Advocate

Choosing a Jury in a Complex Business Case

Lucia Coycoa

Nov. 14

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property on the Internet

Joan Archer

Nov. 16

Minority Trial Lawyer

How to Properly Use Experts and Discovery to Win at Trial

Joe Hanna

Nov. 27

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

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