Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases

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Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases 

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October 26, 2011 - October 29, 2011
Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

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Cosponsored by AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group

Learn effective strategies to help you manage every step of your clients’ truck collision cases at AAJ’s Advanced Litigating Truck Collision Cases College. This college features a faculty of highly-experienced plaintiff trial lawyers and experts in the field who will share their insights and case-winning strategies through lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, and small group workshops.

The Advanced Litigating Truck Collision Cases College boasts interactive workshops where you can put new insights to work. Practice your skills on an active case of your own. Brainstorm collaboratively with colleagues, and receive individual attention and valuable critiques from faculty members. All of your workshops and critiques will be recorded and made available to you for further study.

Open Only to AAJ Plaintiff Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and AAJ’s Paralegal Affiliates.

"All great—the best seminar I have attended. Very topic-specific and focused."
—J. Patrick Gallagher, Fort Worth, TX, 26 years in practice

“Seminar was outstanding. I appreciated a great deal of specific topic related information, so much so it became information overload at times.  Also appreciate the offers for follow up assistance from many of the members in attendance. All will undoubtedly be useful on several current cases.”
— Timothy G. O'Connell, Williamsville, NY, 25 years in practice

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

-Truck Case Evaluation
  • Intake and Action After the Call
  • Investigation and Research
  • Discovery Plan

- Discovery
  • Insurance Coverage and Issues
  • FMCSRs
  • Driver and Equipment Records
  • Company Operations

- Truck Cases ARE Different—Intake to Trial
  • Equipment
  • Evidence
  • Reconstruction
  • Spoliation/TRO
  • Experts and Rules

- Deposing the Records Custodian and Truck Company Safety Director (Demonstration)

12:15 – 1:15 pm  Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 6:30 pm

 Workshop: Crafting the Rules and Themes for Truck Cases
  • Rules—FMCSR/CDL
  • Using Rules and Themes in Discovery  and at Trial

- Panel Discussion: Current Issues in Truck Cases

- One-on-One Case Consultations (20 minute sessions)

6:30 – 7:30 pm  Networking Reception

Thursday, October 27, 2011

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

- Deposition and Cross-examination of the Defendant Truck Driver Using Rules

- Traumatic Brain Injury and Catastrophic Injury Proof

- Data/Evidence
  • What’s There, Where It Is, and What to Do with It
  • Inside the Truck Operation

- Focus Group Techniques & Takeaways in Trucking Cases

12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 7:00 pm

- Voir Dire Panel and Structured Focus Group Demonstration (Live via Closed Circuit)

- Debriefing and Analysis

- Workshop and Group Session
  • Deposing the Safety Director
  • Top 5 Takeaways & Focus Group Lessons

- One-on-One Case Consultations

Friday, October 28, 2011

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

- Panel Discussion
  • Rules
  • Focus Takeaways
  • Common Defenses
  • Top 3 Problems and Solutions

- Closing Argument (Lecture and Demonstration)

- Vicarious Liability
  • Statutory Employee
  • Independent Contractor Defense—Summary Judgment Is Just a Motion Away

- Themes and Strategies to Polarize the Commercial Transportation Case and Maximize

Afternoon Session (box lunch provided)
12:00 - 7:05 pm

- Focus Group Demonstration: Metaphor Based Analysis and Subliminal Messaging

- Break Out Group Discussion: Jury Selection Strategies
  • Deselection or Tribe Building?
  • Top 5 Focus Group Takeaways

Participant Homework Project: Prepare 15-minute Opening Statement

- One-on-One Case Consultations

7:30 pm  Trucking Litigation Group Cocktails and Dinner—make reservations with a
                TLG Officer (held offsite)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

- Understanding the Post-Crash Truck Inspection
  • Air Brake Primer

- Punitive Damages in Truck Case
  • Distractions and other factors

- Opening Statement (Lecture and Demonstration)
  • Rules
  • Themes
  • Polarize & Reptile

- Break Out Groups:  Using the Rules in Opening Statement
  (Lunch on our own or with your workshop group)
  • Rules that work in every case
  • Case Specific Rules
  • Crafting and Refining the Opening Statement
  • Prepare your Opening Statement

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:30 pm

- Panel Discussion: Bringing It All Together
  • Review of Focus Group Takeaways
  • Participants Case Specific Questions

 Workshop: Opening Statement

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