Weekend with the Stars Seminar
The Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY
Endowed by Herman Herman & Katz, LLC
Sponsored by HMR Funding and CAMG
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherker
About the Seminar:
The American Association for Justice's signature winter event—Weekend with the Stars—is back! Join your colleagues at the exciting Westin New York at Times Square in midtown Manhattan and hear legendary trial attorneys share their experiences and insights gained through hundreds of jury trials.
This is your opportunity to get away. Take in a Broadway show, dine in midtown, and shop on Fifth Avenue, as you make the most of your time in New York during the best time of the year.
Prepare for the New Year with a fresh perspective.
$995 for AAJ Members
$1195 for nonmembers
Online registration for this seminar has closed. Please register onsite at the Westin New York at Times Square.
Extend Your Stay: Save $100 when you attend both the Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar Trilogy: Trauma, Technique & Trial (Part I of III) and Weekend with the Stars! Call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this offer.
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this seminar for 50% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college). Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage.
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college 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. Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage.
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Friday, December 8
Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
7:45 - 8:30am
8:30am - 12:15pm
• Lady Liberty is Blindfolded, but Jurors Are Not: Ensuring Justice for Diverse Clients
• A View from the Bench: A Conversation on Juror Consensus in 2017
• The Making of Marshall and Its Relevance in the Modern Fight for Justice
Networking Lunch (provided)
12:15 - 1:15pm
1:15 - 4:45pm
• The Multigenerational Jury: Communication and Persuasion Strategies to Bridge the Gap
• Credibility in the “Fake News” Era: Relaying Facts through Demonstratives
Saturday, December 9
Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00am - 12:30pm
• The Duty of Candor in an Age of Alternative Facts (ethics)
• Sticking with Your Clients and Cause: Recovering for Victims of Terror
• Telling Your Client’s Story: Message that Resonate Between Female Plaintiff and Female Jurors
Matthew A. Funk
Matthew A. Funk is a partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, where he handles workers compensation cases. He is the current president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), where he also serves on their Legislative, No Fault, and Labor Law Committees. He is an executive board member of the Injured Workers Bar Association, as well as a member of the Workers Compensation Committee of the New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Mr. Funk is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and AAJ’s Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Injury Section. Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, has offices throughout New York.
Richard D. Hailey
Richard D. Hailey concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation. Mr. Hailey is a past president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, former member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, Governor of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), member of the ITLA’s College of Fellows, and donates to AAJ PAC. He serves on the ITLA’s Board of Directors, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and was named the Melvin Belli Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Melvin M. Belli Society. The law firm of Ramey & Hailey is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a member of AAJ Leaders Forum.
Stephen J. Herman
Stephen J. Herman concentrates his practice in personal injury, brain injury, motor vehicle, dangerous products, offshore maritime, contamination, and professional liability litigation. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as one of two coliaison counsel for all business, individuals, and local governments for In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010 (MDL No. 2179). He teaches complex litigation at both Tulane Law School and the Loyola University School of Law. Mr. Herman is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and sits on the boards of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Roscoe Pound Institute, AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, the Public Justice Foundation, and donates to AAJ PAC. He has been named in Best Lawyers, Louisiana’s Super Lawyers, Law Dragon Top 500 Lawyers, National Law Journal Elite, Chambers USA, Who’s Who, was a N.O. City Business Leadership-in-the-Law Recipient in 2010, and was a finalist for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2005. He is the author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century (Gravier House Press) and has published works in Trial magazine, the Tulane Law Review, The Federal Lawyers, and elsewhere. He is also the author of three novels: The Gordian Knot (Gravier House Press, 1999), The Sign of Four (Gravier House Press, 1999), and A Day in the Life of Timothy Stone (Gravier House Press, 1999). Mr. Herman is a partner with Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Michael P. Koskoff
Michael P. Koskoff focuses on handling major personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability cases. He is a past president of the Connecticut chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates and Connecticut’s only member of The Inner Circle of Advocates. Mr. Koskoff is a member of The American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has lectured in more than thirty states and three foreign countries on trial technique, medical malpractice, and other matters pertaining to the conduct of jury trials. He is a recipient of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dedicated Service Award of the National Association of Black Patrolmen, the Waverly Jones Freedom Award of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, and the Dedicated Service Award of the Afro-American Educators Association. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Quinnipiac College School of Law and for many years was appointed by the United States District Court in Connecticut as cochair of the Special Masters Program. In addition to his legal training, Mr. Koskoff has received formal training as an actor, from the American Shakespeare Academy. He is also admitted to the United States District Courts for Connecticut and the Southern District of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Koskoff and his son, Jacob, wrote the screenplay for Marshall, a major motion picture released on October 13, 2017. Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, an AAJ Leaders Forum Member, is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Judith A. Livingston
Judith A. Livingston is a partner in the law firm of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, where she concentrates her practice in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. In recognition of her trial skills, Ms. Livingston was the first woman admitted to the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only professional group limited to the top 100 trial lawyers in America. She was named the New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers in 2011 and 2013 and cited by National Law Journal as one of 40 lawyers who have made a mark in the area of health care law. She has been listed yearly by New York Magazine and Super Lawyers as one of the best lawyers in New York. New York Magazine also named Ms. Livingston as one of the 50 most influential woman lawyers in America, and she has been selected as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States by Law Dragon every year since the list’s inception. In 2014, Ms. Livingston received the Presidential Medal from Hofstra University and the Fordham Founder’s Award from Fordham University. Ms. Livingston serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. From 2006 through 2009, Ms. Livingston was copresident of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA) and currently serves on JALBCA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Livingston donates to AAJ PAC and Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, an AAJ Leaders Forum member firm, is located in New York, New York.
Randi McGinn, course advisor
Randi McGinn is the senior partner in the 5-woman, 2-man law firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A. She is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument. Ms. McGinn started her legal career with the birth of her daughter, Heather, now 35, the day before the 3-day bar examination. She is a past member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Board of Governors and donates to AAJ PAC. Ms. McGinn is past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, vice president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Ms. McGinn was listed in Best Lawyers in America in both criminal and civil litigation, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, lectures nationwide on trial advocacy topics, and is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School. Ms. McGinn has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of plaintiffs, including the University of New Mexico’s Women’s Law Caucus Justice Mary Walters Award, the University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumni Award, the New Mexico Status for the Commission on Women Award, and was the first woman admitted to the Roehl Circle of Honor for Trial Lawyers. Ms. McGinn was listed in American Lawyers Magazine as one of the “Women Leaders in the Law” and is active in several philanthropic organizations in her community, including serving on the Menaul School Board of Trustees and is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Emerge New Mexico, an organization dedicated to identifying, training, and encouraging women to run for public office. McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A., is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
William H. Murphy, Jr.
William H. Murphy, Jr. is a founder and partner of Murphy Falcon Murphy and focuses his practice in birth injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, criminal defense, internet privacy, medical negligence, personal injury, products liability, and unnecessary stents. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years, has been ranked in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the U.S. American Trial Lawyers Association, and was ranked as a Top Ten Criminal Lawyer in Maryland by Baltimore Magazine. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. Murphy Falcon Murphy is located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kathleen L. Nastri
Kathleen L. Nastri concentrates her practice in medical malpractice, personal injury, and other complex cases. She is a past president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers' Association (CTLA) and is the current President of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Ms. Nastri serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors and PAC Board of Trustees, is a member of the Professional Negligence Section, and donates to AAJ PAC. Before joining Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, she had been head of the Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice Group at a Waterbury-based law firm, where she began assisting clients in 1986. She is admitted to practice at the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as Connecticut state courts. Ms. Nastri is a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, an AAJ Leaders Forum Member, is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Jerome F. O'Neill, course advisor
Jerome F. O’Neill concentrates his practice in litigation on behalf of injured persons and their survivors and commercial litigation. He has served three times as a cochair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, is cochair of AAJ’s Jury Bias Litigation Group and chair of the Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group. He has served as cochair of the Election Committee, chair of the Litigation Group Leaders Council, and member of the Organization Review Committee and Judicial Independence Committee. He has been a member of the AAJ Board of Governors for over 30 years. He has taught nationwide on trial advocacy topics and was the senior partner of O’Neill Kellner & Green for 26 years prior to joining Gravel & Shea. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, received the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award from AAJ in 2012, and the AAJ Distinguished Service Award in 2016. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a past president of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, a past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and member of the Vermont Supreme Court Evidence Rules Advisory Committee. Gravel & Shea, PC is located in Burlington, Vermont.
Mary Beth Ramey
Mary Beth Ramey focuses her practice on personal injury, particularly in cases of medical negligence, products liability including defective medical devices and drugs, and complex litigation matters. She is frequently invited to speak around the country on a variety of legal issues, including trial advocacy skills, and is the author of several articles on medical device litigation. In 1985, she was the first female attorney chosen as Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year, and she is the first woman to serve as president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. She recently received the National Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), an award given each year to five trial lawyers nationwide for service to both their communities and the development of law. She serves on the executive committee and the board of directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, is the chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Sex Discrimination of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and is on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Women’s Political Caucus. She is a member of AAJ’s Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation Group, the former vice chair and current member of the Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee, and a former member of the Board of Governors. The law firm of Ramey & Hailey is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a member of AAJ Leaders Forum.
The Honorable Ravi K. Sandill
The Honorable Ravi K. Sandill was elected as Judge of the 127th Civil District Court in 2008, and has served as such since 2009. He is the first ever district court judge in Texas of South Asian Descent. Judge Sandill earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was an active participant in the law school’s moot court team and an editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. After graduating law school, Judge Sandill worked as a briefing attorney for Murry Cohen, Senior Justice on Texas’s First District Court of Appeals. He then went into private practice in Houston, where he focused on commercial appellate, and trade secret litigation. Since his election in 2008, he has presided over 225 civil trials and has adjudicated over 15,000 matters. Judge Sandill serves on the board of directors of the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism and ethics of lawyers, and is a frequent speaker on legal topics throughout Texas and the nation. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the Houston Young Lawyers’ Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Houston Law Center’s Alumni Association.
Lance M. Sears, course advisor
Lance M. Sears is a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and former member of the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors. In 1992, he was appointed by the judges of the Federal Court in Colorado to the Federal Court Advisory Committee, and was elected as president of the Faculty of Federal Advocates in the Federal District of Colorado in 2002. Mr. Sears served as chair of the Colorado State Judicial Performance Commission from 2001 to 2006 and lectures nationwide on trial skills and tactics, personal injury law, commercial torts, and legal ethics. He is one of only 26 AAJ members to receive the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy Designation given by the National College of Advocacy (NCA). He is a member of the NCA Board of Trustees. He has been listed as a Super Lawyer since its inception in Colorado and he is also rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Sears is a 30 year member of the Colorado Bar Ethics Committee. He was named a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) in 2003, appointed state chair of the ISOB in 2006 and elected to the Board of Governors of the ISOB in 2008. He is a partner in the law firm of Sears & Associates, P.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum firm located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Honorable Steven L. Tiscione
The Honorable Steven L. Tiscione was appointed to be a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York on March 21, 2016. After graduating from Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk to then Chief District Judge Edward R. Korman, Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Reena Raggi, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Tiscione also worked as a litigation associate for Proskauer Rose LLP and Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp. Immediately prior to his appointment, Judge Tiscione was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for more than 10 years, rising to the position of Chief of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. He was responsible for prosecuting many of the Office’s most complex and significant narcotics trafficking and money laundering cases. Judge Tiscione is a three-time recipient of the Organized Crime & Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Award of Excellence, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Prosecutor of the Year Award, the Federal Drug Agent Foundation’s “True American Hero Award” and the prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.
David A. Wenner
David A. Wenner is nationally recognized as an authority on juror bias and decision-making. Mr. Wenner has spent the last two decades prosecuting wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, speaking to lawyers across the country on juror bias and decision-making, and creating a successful juror bias model. He has served on the National College of Advocacy’s (NCA) Board of Trustees, is a Diplomate of the NCA, is cochair of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery Litigation Group and Jury Bias Litigation Group, and a member of the Professional Negligence Section and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts. Mr. Wenner is a partner in the AAJ Leaders Forum member law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Charles J. Zauzig, III
Charles J. Zauzig, III is the president of Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C., which he established in 1989, and leader of the Zauzig Trial Group. He concentrates his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where he has served in several leadership positions, including on the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, and as cochair of the Medical Information Exchange Litigation Group (MNIEG). Mr. Zauzig is a past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Prince William County Bar Association. He has been listed as a Super Lawyer, included in Best Lawyers in America, named as one of Washington’s Best Lawyers in Personal Injury by Washingtonian Magazine, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was awarded the Professor W. McKinley Smiley Jr. Lighthouse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Zauzig is an avid student and teacher of critical thinking as it applies to the strategies of case development and communication to juries, and he teaches nationwide. Mr. Zauzig is also a member of AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, and Professional Negligence Group, and is a donor to AAJ PAC. Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Woodbridge, Virginia.
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