Rethink Your Litigation Approach Before It’s Too Late: Comprehensive Training in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Rodney Jew

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Rethink Your Litigation Approach Before It’s Too Late: Comprehensive Training in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Rodney Jew 

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October 3, 2011 - October 5, 2011
Westin Versa Napa
Napa, CA

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The way you’re working isn’t working. Trial lawyers often spend more than half their time on matters that are urgent but not critical. It’s not about the time you spend, but the results you produce.

Think of a case that really bothers you
...or still really bothers you. A case that overwhelms your decision-making abilities...a case that almost paralyzes you from knowing where to focus next…the worst that can happen is worse than you think.

• Are you devoting enough time to what’s most important?
• Are you investing enough resources to what’s most important?
• Are you constantly changing what’s most important?
• Do you have a systematic way to focus on what’s most important?

Focus on what’s most important

AAJ’s Rethink Your Litigation Approach Before It’s Too Late: Comprehensive Training in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Rodney Jew program will help you focus more clearly, think more strategically, and plan more effectively. A better case is built on better thinking. Better thinking comes from critical thinking. And, critical thinking wins more cases.

Solving simple problems is simple, but most plaintiff problems are complex. Most trial lawyers take the wrong approach with problem solving. They try to address complex problems in an unstructured way. Unstructured problem solving is often nothing more than a hit-or-miss, trial-and-error game.
Unfortunately, this approach squanders large amounts of energy going down useless roads, creating frustration and confusion. This leads to ineffective and unproductive thinking and inferior solutions.

You need to consider a radical new framework for rethinking your litigation approach. For the first time, you will learn Rodney Jew’s proven Reverse Planning system that for over 25 years has helped trial lawyers systematically uncover and eliminate the kill shots in their cases.

Through faculty lectures and structured 6-person litigation teams, you will learn his iterative process to help resolve the differences between your kill shots and rebuttals and build your affirmative case with a visual strategy. At the end of this program, you will have real tools to make a difference on every case you do.  

Exclusively for AAJ plaintiff members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President's Club, and Leaders Forum).

Monday, October 3

Registration (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:45 pm 

Assume Nothing. Reverse Your Thinking; Focus on the Kill Shot

It’s All About Case Selection.  Should You Really Sign up Another Case?
Lesley Ann Clement, CA

Focus on Losing More Than Winning

Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 1:45 pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 – 6:00 pm

 Workshop on Kill Shots:  No Meaningful Surprises
        It’s about first determining what will really cause you to lose your case.  What are your fatal flaws?  Where are you vulnerable.

Networking Reception
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Assume Nothing.  Wrong Assumptions Can Kill Your Case

Streamlining Depositions:  A Bit Wider, or Much Deeper?

Poking Holes in the Defendant’s Box:  Depth Matters

Buffet Lunch Provided
12:30 – 1:45 pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 – 6:00 pm

Workshop on Rebuttal Responses:  Matching Each Rebuttal to Each Kill Shot
       An un-rebutted kill shot will cause you to lose.  Do you need to change your litigation plan?

Wine Tasting
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 5

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Benchmarking Your Critical Thinking:  Helping Jurors Envision Your Case with Demonstrative Exhibits

Damages:  Beyond Life Care Plans

Streamlining Your Cases:  The Value of Demonstrative Exhibits and Visual Thinking

Lunch (on your own)
12:30 – 1:45 pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 – 6:00 pm

Case-in-Chief and Visual Strategy Workshop:  Trying Your Case on Your Terms
      Do you understand what jurors are demanding?  Have you created a bold strategy based on that understanding? What demonstrative exhibits do you need to produce for that strategy?


CLE Information

Earn approximately 23.5* CLE and NCA credits to be applied to your participation in the NCA's Achievement Recognition Program. For more general CLE information consult the CLE coordinator at 800.622.1791, ext. 8612.

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