Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases | The American Association For Justice

Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases

March 22, 2018 to March 24, 2018
Program Information:

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch | Scottsdale, AZ

Sponsored by HMR Funding
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the College:

AAJ Education’s Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases returns, with a comprehensive look at the trucking industry and practical aspects of handling a case from client intake through verdict or settlement. This college includes four interactive, small-group workshops where you can work on an active case while receiving practical, hands-on instruction from faculty. Panel discussions, lectures, and demonstrations round out a program designed to immerse you in learning the trial skills you’ll need to successfully manage your clients’ trucking cases. Co-sponsored with AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group, AAJ’s Litigating Truck Collision Cases is a must-attend for any plaintiff attorney handling trucking litigation.

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $1,995

The Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases is currently full and operating on a waitlist. Please email or call 800-622-1791 to add your name to the waitlist. 

Members of the Trucking Litigation Group save $100 on registration! Use promo code TRUCKAZ at checkout or call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special savings. 

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant. Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791.​​
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this seminar for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney from the same firm with the same firm address.

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 |


Thursday, March 22

Registration & Welcome Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:15pm
• Going Beyond the Police Report – The Initial Investigation of a Truck Collision Case
• Using the FMCSRS and the CDL in a Disputed Liability Truck Crash
• The Logistics of a Truck Load – Understanding the Paper Trail
• The Corporate Representative and “Real” Discovery
• Finding the Hidden Motor Carrier – Introduction to the Truck College Fact Pattern

Afternoon Session
12:15 - 6:30pm
• Workshop: Crafting the Rules, Themes, and Exhibits for Opening Statement (boxed lunch provided)
​     - Rules:  FMCSR / CDL / Industry Standards
     - Using Rules, Themes and Exhibits to Simplify a Complex Case
     - Putting together an Opening Statement in a Multi-Party Trucking Case
• Lecture and Demonstration: Using Demonstrative Exhibits and the Documents to Win at Opening
​     - Crafting the Winning Demonstrative Exhibits
​     - Winning with the Opening
• Open Discussion: Best and Worst Practices
• One-on-One Consultations 

Networking Reception
6:30 - 7:30pm

​Friday, March 23

Continental Breakfast Provided
8:00 - 8:30am

​Morning Session
8:30am - 12:45pm
• Developing Tight Trial Cross Examinations of Key Trucking Industry Players
• Workshop: Crafting Cross Examinations with the Truck College Fact Pattern
     - Determining Witnesses for Cross Exam at Trial
     - Developing the Tight Cross Exam of the Truck Driver and Safety Director
     - Identifying Others to be Deposed and Why?
• Lecture and Demonstration: Developing Direct Negligence Themes with Defendant Trucking Company Personnel
     - Defense Tactics in Preparing the Corporate Witness
     - Cross Examination of a Corporate Representative

Lunch Break
12:45 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 6:45pm
• Cross Examining Defense Expert and Closing Argument – Often on the Same Day
• Workshop: Turning their Experts into your Own and Preparing for Closing Arguments
     - Using Themes to Defeat the Police Report with their Expert
     - Developing the Tight Cross Exam of their Expert
     - Putting Together a Closing Argument in a Multi-Party Trucking Case
• Lecture and Demonstration: Winning the Tough Liability Truck Crash Case and Igniting the Big Bang Verdict
     - Bad Police Reports and Using the Defense Experts
     - Putting it All Together for the Big Verdict
• Open Discussion: Best and Worst Experiences
• One-on-One Consultations

Networking Reception
6:45 - 7:45pm

​Saturday, March 24

Continental Breakfast Provided
7:45 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 1:00pm
• Live Demonstration: Focus Group – Testing the Hidden Motor Carrier Case
     - Closing/Opening Statements
• Live Demonstration: Focus Group Juror Deliberations
• Workshop: Individual Juror Interviews by Workgroups
• Open Discussion: Best and Worst Experiences 


AAJ's room block at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch has closed and the hotel is completely full during several nights of the college. The following hotels are nearby and may still have available rooms:

Gainey Suites Hotel

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E Gainey Suites Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N Scottsdale Rd.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
6333 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa

Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa
6114 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Who should attend:

This seminar is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar.

Program Location:

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E. McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ  85258
Hotel Phone: (480) 991-9000
Reservations: (800) 540-0727


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, extension 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  Registered participants can receive approximately 22.25 CLE* credits depending on the jurisdiction and will be applied to your participation in AAJ’s professional recognition programs. AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. Available CLE/MCLE credits are contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards and may vary by jurisdiction. CLE questions may be addressed by calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-424-2725, ext. 9594 or 202-965-3500, ext. 9594.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 9594. The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612. 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing by March 6, 2018 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received March 7 - 13, 2018 will result in a voucher for 50% of the registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college or seminar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received after March 13, 2018 will not be honored. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or

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