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What is Being Said About Trial Skills From the Woman's Perspective

  • "Wow! Great speakers, content and networking."
  • "The experience was life-changing."
  • "Inspiring and incredibly helpful faculty."

Bibianne Fell (Bio coming soon)

Kelly Hyman (McDivitt Law Firm, Denver, CO) 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. Formerly of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, FL, Ms. Hyman has also appeared in numerous television shows and commercials, and is most known for the role of Loretta on the Young and the Restless. While studying for her undergraduate degree, she served as a White House Intern with the Office of Presidential Inquiries.

Doris Cheng (Walkup Melodia, San Francisco, CA) has been ranked as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Northern California. Specializing in complex injuries caused by third party negligence, Ms. Cheng has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of disabled citizens throughout California. She completed a $13,500,000 settlement on behalf of 60-year-old gentleman who suffered severe brain damage due to carbon monoxide poisoning; a $6,800,000 award on behalf of a mother and her child for birth injuries resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy to the child; and a global $14,250,000 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old man who suffered severe burn injuries in an industrial accident. She is listed among the Best Lawyers of America®, SuperLawyers® and San Francisco Best Lawyers.

Deborah Dixon (Gomez Trial Attorneys, San Diego, CA) focuses on class actions. She leads Gomez Trial Attorneys' class action practice focusing on products liability, consumer claims, fraud and data breaches. Deborah was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2017 and a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Ms. Dixon was named by San Diego Metro Magazine as one of the best and brightest in San Diego in its "40 Under 40" designation. The San Diego Business Journal named Ms. Dixon as "Best of the Bar" since 2014. Ms. Dixon has been recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as a "Top Attorney" in 2015 and the "2012 Top Young Attorney", as well as a "2012 Woman of Influence".

Denise M. Dunleavy (Of Counsel, Kramer & Dunleavy, New York, NY) was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 50 women litigators. As the senior trial lawyer in the firm, she has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements including being the only lawyer to receive a punitive damage award in a products liability case against a breast implant manufacturer by a federal judge following a bench trial. In addition, she tried the first breast implant case alleging and proving that breast cancer resulted from the polyurethane foam of a particular implant. In that case, she won a $4.5 million dollar verdict for her client and was instrumental in getting the product removed from the marketplace within six weeks after the verdict.

Fidelma Fitzpatrick (Motley Rice, Providence, RI) began working with Motley Rice attorneys in 1997 on the Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island lawsuits against the tobacco industry. She was co-lead trial counsel in the billion dollar lead paint pigment case, The People of California v. Atlantic Richfield Company et al.,. The $1.15 billion* verdict will be paid to the state's abatement fund for the removal of lead paint pigment from homes throughout California, particularly those occupied by lower-income families in inner-city and community housing helping protect the health and safety of thousands of children. She serves on the Board of Regents at Canisius College and frequently speaks on environmental and mass tort topics.

Robin Greenwald (Weitz & Luxenberg, New York, NY) a former Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section, heads the Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental Toxic Torts and Consumer Protection Litigation group. She joined Weitz & Luxenberg in 2005 and has since then led her team to several notable triumphs — most recently a trial and a class action settlement as a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to her arrival at Weitz & Luxenberg, Ms. Greenwald was a Clinical Professor of environmental law at Rutgers University School of Law and Director of that institution's Environmental Law Clinic. From 2001-03, she served as Executive Director of the international nonprofit water-conservation organization, Waterkeeper Alliance.

Leslie Kroeger (Cohen Milstein, Palm Beach Gardens, FL) is a member of the firm's Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death, Managed Care Abuse, and Unsafe & Defective Products practice groups. Ms. Kroeger represented individual female Walmart employees in a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against them on the basis of their sex. The defendant reached a confidential settlement with the plaintiffs. She is a highly accomplished civil trial attorney who began her legal career in the courtroom as an Assistant Public Defender and later became an Assistant State Attorney. She currently serves as the Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Florida Justice Association, is past Chair of the Women's Caucus and serves on the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee.

Ibiere Seck (The Cochran Firm, Los Angeles, CA) is a Partner in the firm with a focus on complex catastrophic injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, police misconduct and sexual abuse of minors. She is also a volunteer attorney with the Mesereau Free Legal Clinic in South Central Los Angeles where she advocates on behalf of low-income Californians and under-served communities of color. Ibiere was named SuperLawyers Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in Southern California 2017, SuperLawyers Top 100 Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Southern California 2017, CAOC "2016 Street Fighter of the Year", and recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Super Lawyers publication.

Kellye Raymond (Raymond Trial Consulting, LLC, Dallas, TX, possesses a rare combination in the trial and jury consulting field as she is both a licensed attorney and a consultant. She started her career with nationally renowned jury consultant, Robert Hirschhorn, where she learned from and worked with the best trial lawyers in the country. Kellye has experience consulting on a wide variety of legal cases, but her true passion lies in working with plaintiff's lawyers and criminal defense lawyers. In addition to jury selection, Kellye conducts and analyzes focus groups and mock trials, develops trial strategy, prepares trial questionnaires and voir dire questions, and conducts witness preparation in the Dallas area and around the United States. She has also co-authored several articles published by Texas Lawyer.

Aimee Wagstaff (Andrus Wagstaff, Lakewood, CO) has been appointed by federal and state court Judges to co-lead four national litigations representing tens of thousands of injured claimants including the 8 person Executive Committee overseeing all federal TVM litigation. Defendants have pledged over $1.6 Billion in resolution monies and juries have awarded over $240,000,000.00 in verdicts to TVM Plaintiffs. She is included in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in America for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs and a 2016 Member of "The RoundTable: America's 50 Most Influential Lawyers" - The Trial Lawyer.

Sara Williams (Alexander Shunnarah, Birmingham, AL) is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Cumberland School of Law and also serves as a coach for Cumberland School of Law's nationally ranked mock trial teams. Sara began her legal career as a civil defense attorney and has worked for some of the preeminent litigation firms of the State. She most recently tried a municipal bus case to a $12 million dollar verdict in which the driver passed out with 22 passengers on board, overturned into a ravine causing a number of injuries the most severe resulting in a leg amputation. Named a "Rising Star" by Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011 – 2013, selected by her peers as one of Birmingham Magazine's "Top Attorneys"—2011 – 2013, Ms. Williams was recently named Managing Partner of Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, one of the first for a black woman in the state of Alabama.

Joleen Youngers (Almanzar & Youngers, Las Cruces, NM) has practiced as a trial lawyer since 1992 with the law firm of Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., in Santa Fe and Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. In addition to her litigation practice, Joleen works as a mediator to help parties settle their disputes prior to trial. She also serves as a Personal Representative in numerous wrongful death cases, as well as a Guardian ad Litem for children and incompetent persons in personal injury and civil rights litigation. Ms. Youngers frequently teaches trial advocacy and Continuing Legal Education courses for trial lawyers and criminal defense lawyers in addition to trial practice and deposition skills classes for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She is a Southwest SuperLawyer, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer with the National Trial Lawyers and a Top One Percent Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Developed by women and taught by women, Trials Skills from the Woman’s Perspective is the conference for women trial lawyers who are looking to improve every area of their practice.

“Life-changing” and “inspiring” have been used to describe both the program and its faculty. Learn from some of the most successful women trial lawyers who will share their knowledge and skills from applying personal style in your opening statements to effectively communicating your client’s story for bigger damages.

Build relationships with women from all over the country and learn from each other as you share two days together immersed and engaged.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018

    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m Registration
    10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Cocktail Reception Included.
    Using the Techniques of Improv, Voice and Body to Engage and Persuade in the Courtroom
    Kelly Hyman
    Win in Opening Statement: Tips for Effective Openings and How to Apply Opening Statement Elements to Your Personal Style
    Robin Greenwald
    Cross Exam “Like a Girl”: Techniques for a Dynamic and Effective Cross Exam
    Aimee Wagstaff
    Power and Presence in the Courtoom: How to “Move” Jurors, Judges, and Witnesses as a Female Litigator
    Ibiere Seck
    The Psychology of Trump Jurors: Identifying These Jurors Understanding Them and Determining Their Value to Your Case
    Kellye Raymond
    Trumping Conservative Jurors: Crafting Your Case Narrative and Trial Strategy to Effectively Reach the Most Conservative Juror
    Sara Williams
    Bringing it Home: Techniques for Persuasion and Arming Your Allies for the Jury Room in Closing Argument
    Bibi Fell

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Breakfast Included.
    A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down…Making Medicine Palatable for All in the Courtroom
    Denise Dunleavy
    Taking Depositions for Use in Trial: Build Your Cross Exam and Use Depositions in Lieu of Live Testimony
    Deborah Dixon
    Presenting Damages in Wrongful Death Cases: How to Maximize the Loss
    Joleen Youngers
    Case Framing from Start to Finish: The Best Defense is a Good Offense
    Doris Cheng
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    Conference Room Rates — 360 Advocacy Institute has secured a limited block of rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis at the group rate of $249 per night. Our room block will be held until March 26 or until the room block is sold out. After the room block is filled, rooms will be on a space and rate available basis only. For reservations click the link above or call 877-321-WYNN and ask for the 360 Advocacy Block to receive the group rate.

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