TRACK CHAIR: Scott Palumbo, Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Today’s lawyers need critical skills, valuable tools, and knowledge of local rules and customs in the different Arizona Superior Courts to remain effective in the industry. From local practitioners to those from other jurisdictions, lawyers will benefit by streamlining the practice. Sharing lessons, providing keys to success when dealing with alternate resolution options, discussing Arizona counties’ local rules and practices, and embracing technology for use in any stage of litigation.

This program track may qualify for up to 12.0 hours MCLE, all of which may be Injury and Wrongful Death Specialization (up to 4.0 hours MCLE daily).

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 8:15 am - 12:30 pm

Trial Life Lessons and Case Law Update

“How the Trial Masters Learned Their Lessons” - Over the course of a trial lawyer’s career, many lessons are learned. Each lesson, whether good or bad, easy or difficult, makes us better lawyers. Sometimes it is easier to learn those lessons by hearing them from others than having to go through them ourselves. Sit back, relax and listen to the wisdom and advice of three stalwarts of Arizona’s trial lawyer community as to how they learned their most valuable legal lessons so you can implement them into your daily practice immediately.

FACULTY: Jordan Green, Perkins Coie, LLP; Gerald Maltz, Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally; K. Thomas Slack, Beale Micheaels & Slack

“Case Law Update For Trial Lawyers” – Learn the details of cases that have recently been handed down that could affect your trial practice.

FACULTY: Venessa Bragg, Elardo, Bragg & Rossi, PC

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:15 am - 12:30 pm

Enhancing Your Skills: Resolving cases outside the courtroom

“Practical tools for alternative resolutions” - In reality civil cases are rarely making it to trial. This reality creates the need for lawyers to have the tools and critical skills to successfully resolve their client’s dispute in settlement negotiations, settlement conference, mediation or arbitration. You will gain practical tools and techniques in each of these areas. Learn the keys to success and how to reach an agreement both sides can live with. Develop your understanding of these tools and how to continue to learn from your own experiences. Enhance your ability to serve your clients during this interactive presentation.

FACULTY: Daniel R. Ortega, Ortega Law Firm, PC; Amy L. Lieberman, Insight Employment Mediation LLC; William Schrank, Jones Skelton & Hochuli

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:15 am - 12:30 pm

Hot Topics: Local Rules & Customs, Use of Electronic Devices in Litigation, and Advantages & Concerns Utilizing the Internet

“Local Rules and Customs in our Different Superior Courts: What You Don’t Know When You’re From Out of Town” - Power point offers whirl-wind tour, with rule citations for later reference of the differences between and among our 15 Arizona counties in terms of local rules and practices in Civil Court. Did you know the page limitations in Coconino County Superior Court, or are you instinctively cramming the type on that brief? Based on discussions with the judiciary in various counties about what mistakes lawyers coming in from different counties frequently make and the rules they frequently overlook.

FACULTY: Graeme Hancock, Fennemore Craig; Barney M. Holtzman, Fennemore Craig

“Put Down the Flash Drive: How to Preserve Electronic Evidence in Litigation” - In today’s electronically driven world, attorneys often receive electronic devices such as flash drives and external hard drives from clients in anticipation of litigation. Lawyers must recognize that these items are evidence, and they can unintentionally alter or destroy evidence if these items are not handled appropriately. This presentation provides information and advice on how to preserve these items and the information on them.

FACULTY: Damien Meyer, Ridenour Hienton, P.L.L.C.; Thomas A. Day, Forensic Software Analyst, Day & Company LLC 

“Next Generation Visual Evidence Using Tablet Computers and Apps” - No matter your skill or comfort level with electronics, learn how to harness the tremendous flexibility and opportunity of iPads and other tablet computers at trial and deposition.

FACULTY: Scott Palumbo, Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

“Internet in Litigation – Uses and Concerns” - The internet is a valuable tool that can be used at any stage of litigation, including client intake, depositions (Skype, Facetime) to voir dire. But, if used incorrectly, it can get you or your client in trouble. Learn the best ways to use the internet to your advantage and how to advise your clients to avoid exposing themselves.

FACULTY: Brian Snyder, Snyder & Wenner