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Trial Skills from the Women's Perspective March 12-13, 2017 Ritz Carlton, New Orleans

Zoe Littlepage, Littlepage Booth, Houston, TX, began her legal career on the defense side at Fulbright & Jaworski, but quickly switched to the plaintiff bar. As lead counsel nationwide in all federal Prempro litigation, Ms. Littlepage has litigated cases throughout the US, most multimillion dollar compensatory and punitive damage awards. In addition to being a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, 100 of the most prominent plaintiff lawyers in the US, Ms. Littlepage was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2007 as one of America’s top twelve lawyers. Ms. Littlepage and her partner Rainey Booth worked as consultants on the television series The Practice.

Deborah Chang (Panish Shea & Boyle, Los Angeles, CA) brought the first civil rights class action on behalf of prisoners with AIDS in a maximum security prison which resulted in a landmark settlement and formulation of model policies and procedures relating to the housing, programming and medical treatment of prisoners with AIDS currently used in prisons throughout the country. In 1996, Ms. Chang brought the first lawsuit in the country based on the newly enacted Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 13981 (VAWA) and successfully argued for the upholding of the constitutionality of the statute in the first federal court to consider the issue. In 2000, she helped conceptualize and launch Legalvote.com, one of the first companies to provide online focus groups from a unique database of nearly 3.5 million Internet users.

Kimberly Lambert Adams (Levin Papantonio, Pensacola, Florida) was selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2013. She was named the 2012 President of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, and she was recently named the 2013-2015 President of the National Women Trial Lawyers Association. Mrs. Adams has handled multiple mass tort litigations including FenPhen I, Guidant, Medtronic, Rezulin, Asbestos, Zyprexa, and Yamaha Rhino. In 2010, she and her trial partners received the first Plaintiff's verdict against Yamaha in a Rhino rollover case.

Charla G. Aldous, Adlous Law Firm, Dallas, TX, is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates and listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the past 10 years. A veteran of more than 100 trials, Ms. Aldous’ firm was inducted into the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame in 2013 and listed in the 2014 Best Law Firms for medical malpractice and personal injury. In addition, Ms Aldous was listed in the top 10 lawyers in Texas in Texas Super Lawyers, 2012.

Lisa Blue Baron, Baron and Blue, Dallas, TX, has been awarded more than $350 million in winning verdicts and millions more in settlements for her clients. She is Past President of AAJ, one of the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in American and a member of the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Blue maintains a private consultancy as a forensic psychologist and is a nationally renowned author and expert in jury selection.

After reviewing 6 million pages of Rezulin (an anti-diabetic drug removed from the market due to liver toxicity) documents, and 100 days of depositions, Rainey Cawthon Booth (Littlepage Booth, Houston, TX) tried five of the nine Rezulin trials nationwide winning all with verdicts in excess of $40 million. Mr. Booth also tried 15 hormone therapy cases to verdicts in excess of $225 million. He was named one of the Top Lawyers of the Year for 2007 by American Lawyer.

Vanessa B. Cantley, Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger, Louisville, KY, is certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum of the Top Trial Lawyers of America. In 2013 she was named as a Kentucky Super Lawer, the youngest attorney to ear the recognition. Her colleagues in legal blogs have called her “truly gifted in the courtroom.”

April Cowgill-Knight is a trial paralegal with nearly two decades of experience. April has participated in 36 mass tort pharmaceutical and Asbestos trials taken to verdict and served as lead paralegal for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Hormone Therapy MDL Proceedings (In re Prempro, MDL No. 1507) from 2004-2016. April is actively involved in the TVM, FLQ, PPI and Asbestos litigations and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two small children.

Bibianne Fell (Bio coming soon)

Kelly Hyman, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, FL, served as law clerk for the Honorable Brian Sandoval, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada, the Honorable Robert Mark, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and for the Honorable Wendell Graham, Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court for the State of Florida. Ms. Hyman worked as an actress, appearing in numerous television shows and commercials. While studying for her undergraduate degree, she served as a White House Intern with the Office of Presidential Inquiries.

  • Sunday, March 12

    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Registration with Light Lunch
    12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Conference Program
    I'm With Her: Trial Lessons with a Female Perspective
    Zoe Littlepage
    Voir Dire: Picking Your Trusted Allies
    Lisa Blue Baron
    Being, Telling, Showing: The Use of Metaphors, Analogies and Examples in Trial
    Rainey Booth
    Crafting the Trial Story
    Charla Aldous
    Judo Law: Using the Defendant's Strength Against Them
    Vanessa Cantley
    Go Big or Go Home: Upping Your Game on Presenting Damages
    Deborah Chang
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception sponsored by Alexander Shunnarah, Personal Injury Attorneys

    Monday, March 13

    8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Included.
    Keeping it All Together: Intake and Lean Management
    Kim Lambert Adams
    Trial Hacks: Tips and Tricks to Enhance your Practice
    April Cowgill
    Coloring Outside of the Lines with Visuals
    Zoe Littlepage
    Under the Bright Lights: Trial Tips from the Stage
    Kelly Hyman
    Your Client, the Hero: Finding and Telling the Persuasive Story
    Bibi Fell
    Panel Discussion and Questions
    Conference Faculty
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    Set within the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans retains the grace and charm of an antebellum mansion. Guests of this French Quarter hotel have the advantage of staying near popular area attractions, including Bourbon Street, but can also experience local traditions in our Courtyard, which hosts special events with our Crawfish Concierge, Snowball Sommelier and Oyster Butler. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a peaceful retreat with features including:

    • Luxury guest rooms and suites blending elegant décor with modern amenities
    • Live music at the Davenport Lounge
    • M bistro, offering a farm-to-table dining experience
    • Destination spa, the largest in the city, offering more than 100 treatments

    Conference Room Rate

    360 Advocacy has secured a limited block of suites on a first-come, first serve basis at the group rate of $219. The room block will end February 17, 2017. To reserve a room call 1.800.826.8987 and ask for the 360 Advocacy room block.

    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 12.50 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 15.00 credit hours, including 2.4 ethics hours for 50 minute states) has been submitted to all mandatory CLE states. Number of credits awarded will vary based on state regulations. Please bring your license and/or bar information with you to the program.

    Conference Guarantee

    We take our pledge of excellence seriously. If the Conference does not live up to your expectations, we will refund your registration fee. Because the faculty will use real cases from their own files and share information only available at the Conference, you will be agreeing to the confidentiality of the program when you have been accepted into the program. The Conference is open to plaintiff personal injury attorneys only and anyone who represents personal injury defendants and/or insurance companies are ineligible to attend. The confidential nature of 360 Advocacy programs does not allow for audio or video recording, and the written materials are only available to attendees.

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