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Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation

October 27, 2016 to October 29, 2016
| Georgia State University College of Law | Atlanta, GA

Opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments are key trial skills, but are rarely effectively covered in law schools. AAJ Education's Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation focuses on foundational skills through interactive workshops where faculty provide guidance and instant feedback. Learn the critical skills you'll need to excel throughout your career in this intensive program, where you'll work with experienced trial lawyers and consultants.

Registration Fees:
$995 for AAJ Members | $1,245 for Nonmembers

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Nursing Home Litigation Fundamentals Seminar

October 28, 2016 to October 29, 2016
| Santa Fe Community Convention Center & Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza | Santa Fe, NM

Designed for both the new and experienced nursing home attorney, this seminar will cover the nuts and bolts of nursing home litigation from case evaluation to case resolution.  Faculty members will include a cavalcade of past chairs of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group.  For the more experienced lawyer, this seminar will provide an opportunity to brush up and focus on the fundamentals, and the experienced speakers will surely convey a new tactic or two. For those new to nursing home litigation, you will be introduced to the world of nursing home litigation from the best of the best!

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $895

Members of AAJ's Nursing Home Litigation Group save $100 on registration! Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer. 

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Effective Legal Writing Workshop

November 3, 2016 to November 4, 2016
| AAJ Headquarters | Washington, DC

Legal writing is an essential, yet frequently overlooked, skill for every trial attorney. Pretrial motions set the tone and can even make or break your case, which is why it is so important to capture the attention of your judge right from the introductory paragraph of your first brief. At AAJ’s Effective Legal Writing Workshop, you will learn how to understand and sympathize with your audience, master a unique writing style, improve your presentation, craft an appealing narrative, and curate the content to keep your reader engaged from beginning to end.  This seminar features a mix of lectures and small group workshops to help you receive maximum individualized attention. Whether you are new to the practice of law or a seasoned attorney, this seminar is sure to teach you practical skills to utilize in your practice immediately. 

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $495 | Nonmembers: $595

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Mastering the Medicine: Birth Trauma & Medical Negligence Seminar

November 4, 2016 to November 5, 2016
| The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead | Atlanta, GA

Co-Presented with: AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group and Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group

Learn the latest and most innovative techniques to examine experts, maximize the impact of demonstrative evidence, obtain and use electronic medical records, craft openings and closings, and more. AAJ Education's Medical Negligence Seminar will better prepare you to represent those who have been harmed as a result of medical negligence.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before September 30, 2016: $845
AAJ Members after September 30, 2016: $895

Members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group, and Professional Negligence Section can save $100 off registration! This discount is not available online, please call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer. 

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Hot Topics Special Edition: Diversity in the Law Seminar

November 29, 2016 to November 30, 2016
| Charlotte Marriott City Center | Charlotte, NC

AAJ Education, working with AAJ’s LGBT Caucus, Minority Caucus, and Women Trial Lawyer Caucus, will shine a spotlight on the importance of diversity in the law.  On November 29 and 30, join judges and prominent AAJ members in Charlotte, NC, to discuss the importance of diversity in the trial bar and explore avenues to promote diversity and inclusion both in the bar and the communities AAJ members serve. This seminar will increase awareness and understanding of the hurdles LGBT, minority, and women plaintiff attorneys face, as well as provide for extensive resource building and networking. 

Registration Fee:
$695 for AAJ Members | $275 for each additional member at the same firm
$795 for nonmembers | $375 for each additional nonmember at the same firm

Not a member of the AAJ? Call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to register. 

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Case Plus: Focus Groups for Plaintiffs' Cases

December 1, 2016 to December 4, 2016
| DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque | Albuquerque, NM

Focus groups are invaluable tools for finding the key issues and weaknesses in your case before taking it into the courtroom – but they can be time-consuming and expensive to run. AAJ Education’s Case Plus: Focus Groups for Plaintiffs’ Cases takes the guesswork out of conducting your own focus groups. At Case Plus, you’ll not only conduct three focus groups, screened and recruited by AAJ staff specifically for your case, you’ll work with an experienced faculty member who will guide you in preparing for your focus groups, asking the right questions, and analyzing the results. And, you’ll get individual instruction in shaping your case presentation using your groups’ feedback. Plus, you can bring an additional member of your trial team at no cost!

AAJ Members: $6,995

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Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar: Mastering the Science (Part I)

December 8, 2016 | The Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY

This seminar is the first of a three-part series designed to prepare the plaintiff attorney for a traumatic brain injury case from intake through trial. Part I in the TBI seminar series will focus on the science behind a TBI case. Learn from a mix of leading plaintiff attorneys and medical experts about Diffuse Tensor Imaging, its admissibility, how to bar defense experts from trial, the emerging trend of the neurometabolic cascade, and more! Co-presented by AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, this program was designed specifically for TBI plaintiff attorneys, and it will take your knowledge of traumatic brain injuries to the next level.  

As a bonus, enjoy beautiful midtown Manhattan during its best time of year!  Make a weekend out of your stay by attending AAJ's signature Weekend with the Stars Seminar on Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10; finishing up your holiday shopping on Fifth Avenue; experiencing some of the best restaurants in the world in midtown; ice skating in Rockefeller Center; or catching the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $695

Members of AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group save $50 on registration! If you attend both the Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar and Weekend with the Stars, you will save even more! Discounts not available online, please call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special offers.

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Weekend with the Stars Seminar

December 9, 2016 to December 10, 2016
| The Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY

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.

Registration Fees:
On or before November 4: $895 for AAJ Members | $1095 for nonmembers
After November 4: $995 for AAJ Members | $1195 for nonmembers

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Advanced Depositions College

January 13, 2017 to January 16, 2017
| Westin Canal Place | New Orleans, LA

Strengthen your deposition skills with top-notch AAJ faculty in New Orleans at AAJ's Advanced Depositions College. This program provides the strategies and techniques to enhance the performance of even the most experienced plaintiff trial lawyer at the deposition table.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before December 9, 2016: $2155
AAJ Members after December 9, 2016: $2295

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ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: The Art of Persuasion

March 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
| Harvard Law School | Cambridge, MA

With the inaugural program held at Harvard University in 1990, ATLA's Ultimate was the first of its kind to train trial lawyers in advanced communication skills and trial strategies. Using more than 20 years of ATLA/AAJ research, ATLA's Ultimate remains the national gold standard of trial advocacy programs. In 2017, the tradition of ATLA's Ultimate continues at Harvard University. The rigorous five-day program delivers the ultimate strategies for jury selection, voir dire, trial psychology, and courtroom communications. It includes a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by a faculty of seasoned trial lawyers with nationally recognized trial consultants and communications experts. Through hands-on workshops in small groups, you will receive individual attention and critiques of your skills by highly experienced faculty. Your recorded workshops are yours to take home for further study. You will be divided into groups based on factors such as years in practice, experience, and location of your firm, allowing you to work with colleagues of a similar skill and experience level.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before February 3, 2017: $2,345
AAJ Members after February 3, 2017: $2,545

Only experienced trial lawyers with more than five jury trials are admitted to this program. Call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to register.

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Jazz Fest Seminar

May 4, 2017 to May 5, 2017
| The Roosevelt New Orleans | New Orleans, LA

AAJ’s Annual Jazz Fest Seminar returns on May 4-5, 2017 with an agenda tailored specifically for the motor vehicle and spinal cord injury plaintiff attorney. Headlined by Dorothy Clay Sims and Patrick Malone, this seminar will cover topics such as Cross-Examining the Difficult Witness using the Rules of the Road, Deposition Strategy and Focus Grouping the Motor Vehicle Case, The Importance of Research, How a Traumatic Brain Injury will Impact your Case, Preparing for the PTSD Case, Building Technological Advances into Life Care Plans, a Live ReWalk™ Demonstration, and more! Plus, this faculty includes a medical professional who will conduct one-on-one consultations with attendees throughout the seminar to examine medical documents of any current cases. With this all-star faculty, multiple live demonstrations, scheduled networking opportunities, and built-in musical entertainment, this seminar has something for everyone.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before March 30, 2017: $845
AAJ Members after March 30, 2017: $895

Members of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section and the Spinal Cord Litigation Group save $50!

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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions

June 22, 2017 to June 24, 2017
| The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown | Minneapolis, MN

Taking and defending depositions are among the most critical skills every trial lawyer needs. This program combines lectures, demonstrations, and small interactive workshops to offer you a special opportunity to increase your deposition skills, led by masters of the techniques. Over the course of three days, top trial lawyers guide you through a variety of deposition techniques and strategies.

Registration Fees:
On or before May 18, 2017: $975 for AAJ Members | $1225 for nonmembers
After May 18, 2017: $1,095 for AAJ Members | $1,375 for nonmembers

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