February 2014 - Career Development and Mentoring

Things You Should Know

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Section Annual Conference 
We are thrilled to invite you to attend ABA Section of Litigation, Section Annual Conference, which will be held April 9-11, 2014 at The Phoenician, in Scottsdale, AZ. The conference will offer over 45 CLE sessions, 9 networking events and will feature over 150 of the nation’s most respected judges, academics and trial lawyers, with the latest in trial advocacy. Scottsdale offers an abundance of activities and services to create a unique experience for everyone, including desert tours, flat-water rafting, Hummer tours, and horseback riding. Contact the local destination management company, GEP Arizona for group rates for 2014 Section Annual Conference attendees.



We look forward to seeing you at this remarkable conference in one of the finest resorts in the United States. This Section Annual Conference promises to be a spectacular event!

Call for International Human Rights Award Nominations
Nominations for the ABA Section of Litigation International Human Rights Award are now being accepted. The International Human Rights Award is intended to honor and give public recognition to an individual who has made a special contribution in the area of human rights in a foreign jurisdiction. Nominations are due March 14, 2014. Visit the International Human Rights Award page for more details or submit your nominee now.

Public Service: Implicit Bias
The Implicit Bias Task Force addresses the profound implications to our justice system, trial practice and profession of groundbreaking research in psychology and neuroscience about the unconscious bias every person harbors. Read More

Theme of the Month: Career Development & Mentoring


The Section has many resources to assist litigators. The theme of this month's email is Career Development & Mentoring. Here’s a sampling of materials on Career Development & Mentoring.

KEY SUBJECT MATTER on Career Development & Mentoring


Negotiation Basics for Young Lawyers
By P. Jean Baker
Too many attorneys make the tragic mistake of relying on intuitive knowledge and skill when negotiating on behalf of a client.


Young Lawyers: Why Not Use Mediation to Sharpen Your Trial Skills?
By Bruce A. Rubin
Few of us applied to law school so we could excel at mediation



Big Changes on the Horizon for the Federal Rules
By Charles S. Fax
Major changes are in the works for key provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including limitations on discovery and spoliation sanctions.
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Tips for Lawyers Writing in a Time Crunch
By Anna Hemingway, Jennifer Lear
These guidelines for writing on a tight deadline help provide relief for stressed litigators.
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Lessons from a Luddite: Top 10 Tips for Visuals
By Hon. Mark A. Drummond
Hey Dad, can we have your phone?” The kids would take my phone to where their friends were gathered. I would then hear, “Hey, look!” and the room would dissolve in squeals of laughter.
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The Practice Skills Toolkit
Most practicing attorneys know that the education received in law school is only a small portion of the knowledge that is needed, and needed as quickly as possible. Continuing education, new lawyer programs, and firm-sponsored training and mentoring all seek to provide new attorneys with the tools they need to succeed. Practice Skills Toolkit ADR is a compilation of articles, chosen by younger practicing lawyers, which struck them as helpful guides in the practice of law.
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Humor in the Salt Mines: A Master Lawyer's Guide to Associate Success
By Asa Rountree
Asa Rountree's well-honed views on how to practice law.
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Sound Advice shares the experience and collective wisdom of some of finest legal minds in the world. Easy access to such a vast collection of knowledge will be useful and enjoyable. Sound Advice helps you become a better lawyer. Listen. Learn. Improve. Access our entire Sound Advice library.


Balancing Work and Home
By Danielle Kays
Being an attorney is a full time job. Being a parent is also a full time job. Listen as Danielle Kays offers 10 tips on how to be successful at both. (14:38 min)


Building Your Network: A Diverse Perspective
By Ira Gonzalez
The best networking doesn’t usually just happen – it requires a plan. Learn how to develop your business and career with an eye toward the future. (7:48 min)




Ask a Mentor: How Do I Get the Most Out of My Performance Review?

By Gary M. Phillips and Judge Dennis Glascott An Associate’s Perspective & A Partner’s Perspective
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Legal Business Development for a Changing Profession

By Paula Black Innovation—lawyers seldom operate on the cutting edge and certainly not the bleeding edge! That’s a given. It’s likely in your risk-averse DNA. But how long will you stay in what once was a perfect business model that is now past its prime? That is the question.
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Working With the Seven-Hour Time Limit for Depositions in Federal Court - Yasser Madriz and Ben Allen

So you find yourself involved in a complex civil suit, your opponent designates the same witness as both their Rule 30(b)(6) corporate representative and a fact witness, and the seven hours provided under Rule 30(d)(1) to depose her seem woefully inadequate.
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March 5–8, 2014
Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar
Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, AZ


April 9–11, 2014
Section Annual Conference
The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, AZ


April 9, 2014
Anatomy of a Trial: The Trial of Wyatt Earp at Section Annual Conference
The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, AZ


April 11, 2014
The Impact of the Proposed Changes to the Federal Discovery Rules
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 75 minutes




videoThe Power of Preparation – Nancy Degan, New Orleans, LA
Abraham Lincoln once said that if he had eight hours to chop down a tree, he’d spend six sharpening his axe.  As litigators, we can learn a lot from this quote. There’s nothing like preparation to make the difference when you’re getting ready for trial or presenting an argument to the court. Listen closely as Nancy Degan shares her tips and insight on the power of preparation.
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videoWork Backwards and Argue in Threes – Hon. Mark A. Drummond, Circuit Court, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, Quincy, IL
Judge Mark Drummond has a theory on how an attorney can be most effective when presenting a case.  He believes that the attorneys who've tried a lot of cases and has a lot of experience at trial work backwards and that they work in the structure of three(s).  Explore Judge Drummond’s theory in this video and discover how working backwards and arguing in three(s) can make you a better attorney.
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videoKnow and Make your Point - Lauren Waller-Smith
Lauren Waller-Smith shares with us the importance of knowing your point. When you approach a finder fact, hopefully you want the court to do something and you have a really good reason for it.  If you really know your case, you should be able to distill that fact into one sentence and that sentence should be the first thing out of your mouth.
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Unconventional Oil and Gas Litigation: A Look Backwards and Forward
Presented by the Energy Litigation Committee
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Alone in the Courts
Presented by the Children's Rights Litigation Committee
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. Eastern

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