School Bus Safety Litigation Webinar | The American Association For Justice

School Bus Safety Litigation Webinar

January 11, 2018
Program Information:

Sponsored by Burford Capital

About the Webinar:

Join AAJ Education and the Bus Litigation Group for a discussion about school bus safety. Leaders in school bus litigation will teach us the nuts and bolts of litigating a school bus case, important issues for school district liability such as driver health and behavior issues, and how to overcome common legal obstacles.

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $179
Additional AAJ Members using the same computer: $65

Members of the Bus Litigation Group save $50 on registration for this webinar. Please use Promo Code: BUSWEB to take advantage of this special offer.

Contact AAJ Education: 800-622-1791 | 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 |

Invited Faculty:

Robert Berkstresser

Robert Berkstresser’s expertise in the field of charter, transit and school bus operations is backed by over 41 years of broad experience. Mr. Berkstresser maintains a current commercial driver’s license as well as certification from the California Department of Education as a school bus, transit bus, and motor coach driving instructor.  He has held management positions over a 35-year span overseeing all carrier operations including DOT regulation compliance, vehicle procurement, and maintenance activities. Mr. Berkstresser is based out of San Diego, California. 

Katherine E. Harvey-Lee

Katherine E. Harvey-Lee is a partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. She litigates complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases stemming from commercial vehicle crashes involving busses, big-rigs, military vehicles, off-road vehicles, and other commercial vehicles, including those involving automotive defects. Ms. Harvey-Lee is the Chair-Elect for the American Association for Justice Bus Accident Litigation Group. She has extensive experience handling bus crash and truck crash cases across the United States. In 2013, Trial magazine published her article, “Put the Brakes on ‘Curbside’ Bus Abuse” in their “Danger on the Road” edition in which Kate discusses poor oversight and the easily manipulated licensing laws that make it simple for cut-rate carriers to hide from lawsuits. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Los Angeles, California. 

Lawrence M. Simon

Lawrence M. Simon is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Chair of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, and an officer in the AAJ Bus Litigation Group. He has previously served as the Chair of the AAJ’s Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, Motor Vehicle and Premises Liability Section, and Section Leaders Council. Mr. Simon is an active member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, Bergen County Bar Association, and New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also an affiliated attorney for the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable. Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C. is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and Mr. Simon works out of their New York, New York office. 

Geoffrey S. Wells

Geoffrey S. Wells is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association for Justice and an officer of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles where he currently serves on their Board of Governors. Since 1995, Geoff has served as an arbitrator for the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. He is a frequent lecturer on trial preparation and practice in California. Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Santa Monica, California. 


Program Location:

This webinar streams online through GoToWebinar software.
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time
Check-in: 1:55 pm Eastern Time
12:55 pm—Central Time
11:55 am—Mountain Time
10:55 am—Pacific Time
Note: Parts of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight savings.  Please be sure to note correct time for the webinar you register for.

How will I receive confirmation of my registration?:

Confirmation of your registration will be sent via email within one day of registration. Access instructions, course materials, and CLE information for this webinar will be sent to you via email one day before the program.

If I cannot participate on the scheduled date are recordings available?:

Recordings of this webinar are available for purchase through our audio/video provider Playback Now.  Please call 800.241.7785 or click HERE to place your order. Fulfillment of orders will occur one week after the program date.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

This webinar is currently is the process of being credited for 1.2 hours of CLE credit.

Please Note: Contact your state CLE administrator to determine whether it accepts webinars for mandatory CLE credit. Earn approximately 1.2* CLE credits to be applied to your participation in AAJ’s professional recognition programs. AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ or by calling the CLE Assistant at 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 9594.

*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.

*The State of Ohio requires providers of Continuing Legal Education to submit programs for approval 60 days in advance of the program’s start date. Although we make every effort to submit programs for approval within the stated guidelines, many programs that we offer are rapid response. As a result we are often unable to comply with the guidelines set forth by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Please contact the AAJ Education Department at 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 to verify whether the program has been approved by Ohio prior to registration. Please Note: Contact your state CLE administrator to determine whether it accepts webinars for mandatory CLE credit.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds or vouchers for cancellations. Your registration fee may be applied towards the purchase of the audio recording upon request, provided the request is made in advance of the webinar.

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Terms and Conditions:

By registering for this AAJ Education program, you agree to receive electronic, written, and telephonic communication from AAJ staff regarding the program and to have your name, firm, city, and state included on the participant and exhibitor/sponsor roster. AAJ may also need to contact you to service your membership record or to provide you with information about your membership, products and services, and advocacy and legislative updates.  By providing your contact information, including phone number, fax number, and email address, you consent and give permission for AAJ to contact you by any of those means, which may include calls to your mobile phone, faxes, or emails. You may contact AAJ at any time to change your preferences.

Available CLE/MCLE credits are contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards and may vary by jurisdiction.

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