2014 TRIAL THEMES

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2014 TRIAL THEMES

January: Technology

• Medical negligence
• Social media, jurors, witnesses, and ethics 
• Enhancing your online marketing 
• Using video during depositions and trial 
• Must-have technology for small firms

Space closing/Classified: 11/8/2013
Deadline Artwork due: 11/15/2013

February: Transportation

• Aviation issues and the Asiana crash 
• Handling railroad crossing crash cases 
• Medical malpractice on the high seas 
• Finding hidden truck safety issues

Space closing/Classified: 12/9/2013
Deadline Artwork due: 12/17/2013

March: Women in the Law

• Women leading their teams to victory 
• The pay inequity problem 
• Negotiation and presentation skills for women 
• Women health issues and diversity in mass tort 
   leadership

Space closing/Classified: 1/9/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 1/16/2014

April: Workplace Safety

• Preemption issue in FELA railroad cases 
• Crafting workers' comp. settlements to maximize 
   social security benefits 
• Construction accidents: improper tethering of 
   cranes, lifts, and supports. 
• Whistleblower retaliation cases over unsafe   
   working conditions

Space closing/Classified: 2/12/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 2/19/2014

May: Medical Negligence

• Evidence-based medicine
• Needlestick injures and complex regional pain syndrome
• How to handle a stroke case
• Pain meds: overprescribing and addiction

Space closing/Classified: 3/12/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 3/19/2014

June: Protecting Those Who Serve

• State Statutes of Repose and Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
• Opening the Civil Justice System for Military Personnel
• Representing First Responders with PTSD Claims
• Guarding Your Military Client from Employment Discrimination

Space closing/Classified: 4/11/2014 
Deadline Artwork due: 4/18/2014

July: Trial Skills

• Integrating exhibits and storytelling into direct examinations
• Think like a film director in the courtroom
• Damages and lost chance
• How to handle 30(b)(5) and 30(b)(6) depositions

Space closing/Classified: 5/10/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 5/19/2014

August: Drugs and Devices

• The rise and fall of metal-on-metal device implants
• Defeating preemption in Medtronic Infuse litigation
• Use manufacturers’ design control records to your advantage
• The defense takes a new tack in Daubert motions 

Space closing/Classified: 6/10/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 6/20/2014

September: Protecting the Vulnerable

• The horrors of hazing
• Winning Social Security disability claims in a hostile environment
• Ethical considerations in nursing home litigation
• Challenges in representing disabled individuals

Space closing/Classified: 7/11/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 7/18/2014

October: Insurance

• How to litigate a bad faith insurance case
• ERISA cases post-McCutchen
• Inadequate insurance in trucking cases
• How the insurance industry abuses policyholders

Space closing/Classified: 8/11/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 8/18/2014

November: Products Liability

• Jurisdictional issues with foreign manufacturers
• Dangerous toys
• Defective household items
• Food safety

Space closing/Classified: 9/10/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 9/17/2014 

December: Civil Rights

• Consumer privacy
• Changing liability standards in employment discrimination cases
• Prisoner rights
• Cybersecurity issues

Space closing/Classified: 10/10/2014
Deadline Artwork due: 10/17/2014


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