Welcome to the Overall Program Schedule for the AAJ 2024 Annual Convention. Please click on the event name for event description and information on who is eligible to attend.

NOTE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

**All times are Central Time**
Thursday, July 18, 2024
8:00AM - 4:00PM CT Leadership AcademyCLE Program

Room: Music Row 5, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

The Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Academy provides leadership training to highly qualified members, in particular to those who are underrepresented within the association, to help make them more effective leaders in AAJ, in their law firms, and their communities. Eighty percent of Leadership Academy graduates have served in leadership roles within AAJ or their state trial lawyer associations.

Thank you to our sponsors Romanucci & Blandin and Stark & Stark. Special thank you to Brenda Fulmer and the Fulmer Family Foundation. 

Friday, July 19, 2024
8:00AM - 4:00PM CT Leadership AcademyCLE Program

Room: Music Row 5, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

The Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Academy provides leadership training to highly qualified members, in particular to those who are underrepresented within the association, to help make them more effective leaders in AAJ, in their law firms, and their communities. Eighty percent of Leadership Academy graduates have served in leadership roles within AAJ or their state trial lawyer associations.

Thank you to our sponsors Romanucci & Blandin and Stark & Stark. Special thank you to Brenda Fulmer and the Fulmer Family Foundation. 

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT WILG Board Meeting & Reception (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 1, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

WILG Board Members meeting

8:00AM - 5:30PM CT 76th Annual Belli Society Seminar (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Legends Ballroom, E,F & G, Level 2

Venue: Omni Nashville

Join the Melvin M. Belli Society for the free 76th Annual Seminar, with a wide variety of speakers and topics. See you there!

9:00AM - 3:00PM CT AAJ Joint Caucus & TLC Service Project Sponsored by Paramount Settlement PlanningCommunity Service Project

Venue: TBD

All registered members are invited to join AAJ's caucues and Trial Lawyers Care for the service project. Email jennifer.rafter@justice.org to RSVP.

9:00AM - 4:00PM CT Mass Tort Seminar Sponsored by CAMG & RebuttalPRCLE Program

Room: Legends Ballroom A-C, Level 2

Venue: Omni Nashville

This seminar will provide a comprehensive view of the critical aspects of litigating mass tort cases. Arrive in Nashville a day early and start your Annual Convention off with a deeper understanding of mass torts.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT National Finance Council (NFC)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 3, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

NFC members will be given updates on AAJ's Leaders Forum, Political Fundraising, PAC, and Evergreen Fund.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT The Sections and Litigation Groups Coordinating Committee (SLGCC) MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Cumberland 2, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

2:00PM - 5:00PM CT AAJ Leaders Forum & President’s Club Hospitality SuiteHospitality Suite

Room: Dean Ballroom B, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality suite is only open to current Leaders Forum and President's Club members. Sponsored by Forge Consulting, RebuttalPR & JBSL. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

2:00PM - 5:00PM CT NATLE Annual Meeting (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 5-6, level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

NATLE Annual Meeting

2:00PM - 5:00PM CT Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Room 204, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech.  The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:

Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21        7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 22       6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21      7:30 am to 11:00 am

2:00PM - 6:00PM CT AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Booth to learn more about AAJ PAC and pick up your contributor ribbon.

2:00PM - 6:00PM CT RegistrationRegistration

Room: Exhibit Hall A2 Foyer, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

You can pick-up your badge or register on-site during the following hours at the Music City Center: 
Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 21       7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 22      7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23     7:30 am to 11:00 am

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Evergreen Advisory Board MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Cumberland 6, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

AAJ's Evergreen Advisory Board Members

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Law Student Member MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Cumberland 5, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

Law Student registrants are encouraged to attend this informational meeting and learn more about AAJ and its benefits!

3:00PM - 5:00PM CT First Time Attendee Coffee CornerBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Members who are attending their first convention are encouraged to stop by to enjoy coffee while getting tips for how to have a great convention.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Voter Protection Action Committee (VPAC) MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Cumberland 2, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

Open to members of VPAC and all members interested in learning about opportunities to protect the right to vote in the upcoming election cycle.

5:00PM - 7:00PM CT Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) & First Time Attendee Welcome ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

All registrants are invited to this welcome reception, hosted by the WTLC. First time attendees are encourage to attend and learn more about the convention! Thank you to our sponsors JurisPrudent Deferral Solutions and Neos by Assembly Software.

7:00PM - 9:00PM CT Opening Reception Sponsored by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & BernsteinReception

Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

New Night!  The Opening Reception will be held at the famous Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Nashville, has been called the “Smithsonian of country music,” celebrated for its broad cultural impact, educational mission, and unrivaled collection of historically important artifacts related to country music.

Saturday, July 20, 2024
7:30AM - 8:30AM CT Friends of Bill W.Business Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

7:30AM - 3:00PM CT RegistrationRegistration

Room: Exhibit Hall A2 Foyer, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

You can pick-up your badge or register on-site during the following hours at the Music City Center: 
Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 21       7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 22      7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23     7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:30AM - 5:00PM CT AAJ Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality SuiteHospitality Suite

Room: Dean Ballroom B, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality suite is only open to current Leaders Forum and President's Club members. Sponsored by Forge Consulting, RebuttalPR & JBSL. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

7:30AM - 6:00PM CT AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Booth to learn more about AAJ PAC and pick up your contributor ribbon.

7:30AM - 6:00PM CT Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Room 204, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech.  The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:

Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21        7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 22       6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21      7:30 am to 11:00 am

8:00AM - 9:00AM CT AM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT AAJ BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Join us at the AAJ® booth and find all the resources you need. Get answers to your questions, sign up for AAJ programs, or purchase a Litigation Packet or one of our four new books — the AAJ team will be there to help.

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT ExhibitsExhibits

Room: Exhibit Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services. 

Exhibit hours are:
Saturday, July 19    8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 20       8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 21      8:00 am to 3:00 pm

8:00AM - 4:00PM CT NATLE Annual Meeting (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 5-6, level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

NATLE Annual Meeting

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT C Cubed Capital Partners Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit C Cubed Capital Partners in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT CAMG Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit CAMG in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Diamond Lounge Featuring Digital Law Marketing & MilestoneGeneral

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Visit our 2024 Diamond Sponsors in their lounge located on Level 4.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Digital Law Marketing Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Digital Law Marketing in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Gavl BoardroomSponsor Event

Room: Boardroom B, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Gavl in their private boardroom located in Boardroom B on Level 1M of the Music City Center.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:30AM - 5:00PM CT Advocacy Track: Trials and Triumphs: Lessons from Legal Giants and The Trial Lawyer Toolkit: Experts, Depositions, and Stopping Litigation Obstruction (new releases from AAJ Press®) Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Ballroom A2, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Start from the Beginning: Jury Selection
Lisa Blue, Baron and Blue PLLC
Case Framing and Theming
What Does it Take to Become a Successful Trial Lawyer?
Deepak Gupta, Gupta Wessler PLLC
Tips for an Impeccable Direct Examination
Roxanne Barton Conlin, Roxanne Conlin & Associates
Cross-Examination Like a Pro
Lessons from Losses and Keys to Success
Russ Herman, Herman Herman & Katz, LLC
Picking, Preparing, and Perfecting the Expert
Lauren Fraser, Einhorn Barbarito Frost & Botwinick PC
Mark Kitrick, The Law Firm of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
Depositions Are Trial
Sach D Oliver, Bailey & Oliver Law Firm
Stopping Litigation Obstruction
Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC
8:30AM - 10:00AM CT AAJ PAC Eagle Breakfast ReceptionBreakfast

Room: CMF Grand Foyer

Venue: Country Music Hall of Fam and Museum

AAJ PAC Eagle contributors are invited to join us for an exclusive breakfast reception in recognition of their generous support of AAJ PAC.

8:30AM - 4:00PM CT Products Liability Section CLE Program Sponsored by Whitehardt AdvertisingCLE Program

Room: Room 208 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Swift Justice: Taking Your Product Liability Litigation Skills into a New Era

Maintaining Corporate Negligence Claims Alongside Product Defect Claims—‘It’s Me. Hi. I’m the [New Tort Reform] Problem’
Elizabeth Anne Bailey, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
‘Don’t Blame Me:’ Waiver and Corporate Shell Game Tactics Conspire at the Convergence of Products and Premises Liability in Trampoline Park Cases
Joseph Gates, Gates Law Firm, PLLC
‘I Know Places’ Where You Have Minimum Contacts: Securing Personal Jurisdiction Over International and Foreign Defendants
Ben J. Whitman, Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman
Knowing the Test ‘All Too Well:’ Using their Own Testing Documents to Prove Your Seatback Case Against the OEM Manufacturer
Douglas B. Abrams, Abrams & Abrams, P.A.
Big ‘Reputation:’ Big Value is Not a Coincidence
Parker Miller, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
The Ethics Era--‘22’… The Percentage of Their Documents That Should Actually Be Designated ‘Confidential’ and Why We Have an Ethical Duty to Push Back on Overdesignation (and How to Do It) (ethics credit)
Julian C Gomez, The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC
The Ethics Era--‘Dancing with Our Hands Tied:’ The Ethics of Confidential Information Sharing in Products Cases (ethics credit)
Tiffany Webber Carpenter, Cory Watson, PC
From ‘Blank Space’ to Compelling Case: How to Get Full and Complete Discovery Responses from Products Defendants
Tedra L. Cannella, Cannella Snyder, LLC
Finding ‘The Lucky One:’ Drafting a Corporate Rep Notice that Produces the Witness You Need
Carl Solomon, Solomon Law Group, LLC
Crafting ESI Discovery Protocols with ‘Fearless’ Precision: Unlocking the Information You Need with Confidence
Donald Slavik, Slavik Law Firm, LLC
It’s a ‘Love Story:’ When to Say ‘Yes’ to Arbitration in Products Cases
Adam J. Langino, Langino Law PLLC
8:30AM - 4:20PM CT Nursing Homes Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Turning Point Life Care PlanningCLE Program

Room: Room 207 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Anthony R. Leone II, Leone Law, LLC

Achieving Success in Your Client's Nursing Home Case

Fighting Goliath: How To Hold Long Term Care Chains Accountable
Kimberly A. Valentine, Valentine Law Group, APC
Clean Language
Robyn L. Wishart, Wishart Brain and Spine Law
Creating a Plan to Attack Discovery Obstruction
Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC
Using Body Cam Footage/FOIAs & Other Third-Party Evidence
Lauren Morgan Ellerman, Frith & Ellerman Law Firm
Why Focus Groups are Vital to Your Client’s Case and How to Conduct Your Own
Reza Davani, Ketterer Browne & Associates, LLC
Who to Depose and Why
Jeffrey A. Pitman, PKSD
Preparing and Delivering Your Closing Argument
Xavier O. Carter Sr., Lourie Chance Forlines Carter & King PC
Succeeding in Mediation: Novel Strategies for Great Results (ethics)
Lesley Clement, Clement Law Group
Megan M. Shore, Shore Law LLC
8:30AM - 4:30PM CT Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by OTAS Economic ConsultingCLE Program

Room: Room 205 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Dismantling TBI Experts
Maxey Scherr, Scherr Law Firm
Connecting All the Dots: How to Bring Together All the Different Effects of a TBI Through Case Mapping
Richard D. Batson, Brain Injury Research Solutions
Joshua Goldenberg, Brain Injury Research Solutions
So Your Client’s Brain MRI Comes Back as “Normal,” But Is It Really Normal?
Dorothy Clay Sims, Law Office of Dorothy Clay Sims
Effective Strategies For Voir Dire in TBI Cases
Randall Rozek, Rozek Law Offices, SC
Making Your Client’s TBI Visually Apparent to the Jury: The Effective Use of Exhibits in a TBI Trial
The Latest Strategies for Cross-Examining the Defense Cr 35 Neurologist
Steven M. Gursten, Michigan Auto Law
Morning Faculty Panel
Choosing the Right DTI/MRI Scan for Your Client
Ethical Issues That Arise in TBI Cases
Florence Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA
New Cutting-Edge Brain Imaging Techniques to Watch for in the Coming Years
Scott Blair, Brain Injury Law of Seattle
Proving Brain Injuries in Low Impact Collision Cases
Jason A Baker, Law Offices of Jason A. Baker, PLLC
Afternoon Faculty Panel
8:30AM - 4:55PM CT Professional Negligence Section CLE Program Sponsored by MDTimelinesCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Lindsay Lawrence, Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima

Amp Up Your Practice--Tips and Tricks to Increase the Success of Your Cases

Motion Practice in Professional Negligence Cases
BW Walas, Bullock Ward Mason, LLC
What You Need to Know About Adult Foster Facilities
Emily Peacock, Olsman MacKenzie Peacock & Wallace, PC
Mediation and Demands (Getting the Insurance Company Prepared)
Max N. Panoff, Leighton Panoff Law, PA
Legal Malpractice—What to Look Out For
Christopher T. Nace, Paulson & Nace, PLLC
DCFS Foster Care Abuse/Death
Maximizing Damages for Your Injured Client
Jennifer Lipinski, Lipinski Law
Sexual Abuse in the Medical Field
Cross Examination of Experts: Tips and Tools to Put into Practice
Brian McKeen, McKeen & Associates, PC
Broker Dealer and Real Estate Negligence
Tiega Varlack, Varlack Legal Services
Causation (Don’t Forget this Key Element—Making It Simple)
Joshua Koskoff, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
Strategies for Deposition Preparation
Miranda L. Soucie, Spiros Law, PC
8:30AM - 5:00PM CT Sexual Assault Litigation Group/Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Shield LegalCLE Program

Room: Room 202 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Cutting Edge Tactics in Litigating Sexual Assault Cases

Tackling Discovery Requests for Social Media
Tamarah Prevost, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
How Trauma Affects a Survivor’s Memory and Behavior
Alicia Bunch, Sexual Assault Center
Live Direct Examination of a Client
Guy D'Andrea, Laffey Bucci Kent, LLP
How to Deal with Rape Myths at Trial
Holding Hotels Responsible for Human Sex Trafficking
Carissa Phelps, Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O’Brien Barr & Mougey, PA
Treatment for Sexual Assault Trauma: Do’s & Don’ts
Jessica Klarer Pride, The Pride Law Firm
How to Navigate Title IX Sexual Assault Cases After Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, PLLC
Alexandra Brodsky, Public Justice
Successfully Litigating Child Sex Abuse Material Cases
Micha Liberty, Liberty Law Office
Margaret E Mabie, Marsh Law Firm PLLC
How to Ethically Represent Multiple Sexual Assault Plaintiffs in a Case
Kimberly Dougherty, Justice Law Collaborative, LLC
9:00AM - 9:30AM CT Appellate Law Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Appellate Law Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 9:30AM CT First Time Attendee Info SessionGeneral

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All first-time member attendees are encouraged to attend to receive tips and advice on how to have a great convention!

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Admiralty Law Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Admiralty Law Section.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Distracted Driving Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Distracted Driving Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Gun Violence Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Gun Violence Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT PFAS Litigation Group Sponsored Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 102 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

PFAS Litigation Group Sponsored Meeting and Brunch By

9:00AM - 10:40AM CT Paralegal Affiliates Caucus CLE Program Sponsored by USA Express Legal & Investigative ServicesCLE Program

Room: Room 209 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Considerations for the Client During Intake
Amanda Cryderman, Nash & Franciskato Law Firm
Ethical Considerations: Confidentiality, Social Media, and More
Carol g Moore, Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O’Brien Barr & Mougey, PA
Protecting Your Mental Health
9:00AM - 10:40AM CT Resort Tort Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by National Record RetrievalCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Chinsu Shajan, Stark & Stark

Resorts on Land and at Sea: Recent Trends and Strategies

Recent Trends in Cruise Ship Passenger Injury and Death Cases: Claims, Defenses, and Procedural Hurdles
Justin Brett Shapiro, Leesfield & Partners, PA
Assaults at Resorts and on Cruise Ships
Carlos F. Llinas, Nelson & Fraenkel, LLP
Holding the Franchisor Liable: Discovery in Franchise Liability Cases
John E. Abaray, Abaray Craddock & Smith PLLC
9:30AM - 10:00AM CT Delayed Kidney Diagnosis Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Delayed Kidney Diagnosis Litigation Group.

9:30AM - 10:30AM CT First Time Attendee Coffee CornerBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Members who are attending their first convention are encouraged to stop by to enjoy coffee while getting tips for how to have a great convention.

9:30AM - 10:30AM CT Rideshare Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Rideshare Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT CPAP Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By ARCHERLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 102 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

CPAP Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Election Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Employment Rights Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Employment Rights Section.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group Sponsored Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By EisnerAmper & LitPROLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 103 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group Sponsored Meeting and Brunch By

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Timeshare Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

10:00AM - 11:30AM CT Advisory Committee Rules Meeting: Cross-Border DiscoveryBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules will discuss possible cross-border discovery rules amendments with US and International AAJ members.

10:30AM - 11:00AM CT Construction Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Construction Litigation Group.

10:30AM - 11:00AM CT Federal Tort Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Federal Tort Section.

10:30AM - 12:00PM CT Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) Membership MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 105 A/B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All voting members who identify as female are encouraged to attend our quarterly membership meeting & elections. Stop by and learn about what the WTLC does!

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT AAJ Press MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ Press annual meeting

12:00PM - 1:00PM CT Nursing Homes Litigation Group Meeting and Lunch Sponsored By Gerrel 1 ButtonLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 207, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Nursing Home Litigation Group Sponsored Meeting and Lunch By

12:00PM - 2:00PM CT Leadership Luncheon Sponsored by Assured Partners JamisonLuncheon

Room: Dean Ballroom C, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Invitation only. Open to Leaders Forum, President's Club, Evergreen Contributors, PAC M Club, Platinum M Club, Falcon and Eagles. RSVP required

12:30PM - 1:00PM CT Tort Bankruptcy Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Tort Bankruptcy Litigation Group

12:30PM - 2:00PM CT Digital Law Marketing Diamond Presentation and Lunch: Get More Leads NOW: The Local SEO & LSA Success PlanLuncheon

Room: Room 103 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Get More Leads NOW: The Local SEO & LSA Success Plan. Join DLM for their complimentary lunch and presentation!

1:00PM - 1:30PM CT Kratom Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Kratom Litigation Group.

1:00PM - 1:30PM CT Public Client Litigation Group Meeting and ElectionsLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

1:00PM - 2:00PM CT Opioids Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Opioids Litigation Group.

1:30PM - 2:00PM CT ASD/ADHD Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's ASD/ADHD Litigation Group.

1:30PM - 2:00PM CT Professional Negligence Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Professional Negligence Section.

1:30PM - 2:30PM CT Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group.

1:30PM - 2:30PM CT SLC (Section Leaders Council) Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Asbestos Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Asbestos Litigation Group

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT PM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Mid-day snack and refreshment break will be provided from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

2:00PM - 3:30PM CT Stroke Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 5:05PM CT Canadian Caucus CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Raymond F. Wagner, Wagners Personal Injury Lawyers

Tort Tunes in Nashville: Grooving through Legal Liability

Canadian Class Actions—Which is the Jurisdiction of Choice and Why?
Andrea Grass, Consumer Law Group
David A. Klein, Klein Lawyers
Victoria Yang, Howie Sacks and Henry LLP
Revolutionizing the Legal Landscape: AI-Powered Innovations in Legal Tech
Charles Gluckstein, Gluckstein Lawyers
Litigation Loans: Considerations for Third-Party Financing
Judith Hull, MD Lawyers
Panel: Ukrainian Airplane Crash Case
Jordan Assaraf, Gluckstein Lawyers
Vincent Genova, Rochon Genova, LLP
Jamie Thornback, CFM Lawyers LLP
Trial of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Case
Shelagh McGregor, Weir Bowen LLP
Joseph Miller, Weir Bowen LLP
Supreme Court of Canada Updates: Another Year, Another Round of Cases
Eugene Meehan, Supreme Advocacy LLP
2:00PM - 5:10PM CT Business Torts/Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

J. E. Cullens, Walters, Thomas, Cullens, LLC

Cutting Edge Issues and Updates

Consumer Protections: What You Need to Know
Janet R. Varnell, Varnell & Warwick, PA
Gaming vs. Gambling
Christopher Vincent Langone, Langone Law Firm
AI’s Effect on Business Torts
Lydia Floyd, The Lydia Floyd Law Firm LLC
Modern Money: Crypto & Bankruptcy
Brittany Mitchell Michael, Pachulski Stang Zihl & Jones
Utilizing PowerPoints at Trial: How to Present Creatively and Clearly
2:30PM - 3:30PM CT Council of Presidents Business Meeting Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Council of Presidents Business Meeting

2:30PM - 3:30PM CT Minority Caucus Membership MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 105 A/B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All members who identify as a minority are encouraged to attend our quarterly membership meeting & elections. Stop by and learn about what the MC does!

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By CAMGReception

Room: 5th Street Foyer, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Asbestos Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By CAMG

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Over-Designation Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Over-Designation Litigation Group.

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Council of Presidents Reception Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganReception

Room: Room 106 B/C Foyer, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Implantable Port Catheter (IPC) Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's IPC Litigation Group

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Internet Video Gaming Addiction Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By Broughton PartnersLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Internet Video Gaming Addiction Litigation Group.

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Minority Caucus Awards CeremonyReception

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All registrants are invited to attend the Minority Caucus awards ceremony to celebrate the caucus and the Soaring Eagle Award and Richard Hailey Scholarship recipients.

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Tenofovir Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Tenofovir Litigation Group.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT AAJ Press Author ReceptionReception

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Meet and mingle with AAJ Press authors and get your book signed!

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Artificial Intelligence Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Artificial Intelligence Litigation Group.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Southern States Happy Hour - TN, AR, KY, MS, AL, GA, NC, MO & VA (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Legends Ballroom D, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

Southern States Happy Hour led by the TN Trial Lawyers Association

4:30PM - 5:30PM CT Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By MASSIVEReception

Room: Room 207 Foyer, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

4:30PM - 6:00PM CT Washington and Oregon Joint Reception (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Cumberland 2-3, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

A happy hour reception for Washington and Oregon attendees.

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault Joint Sponsored Reception By CHILD USA & MASSIVEReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault Joint Sponsored Reception By

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Implantable Port Catheter (IPC) Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By CAMGReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

IPC Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Internet Video Gaming Addiction Litigation Group and Hernia Mesh Sponsored Reception By Broughton PartnersReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Products Liability Section Reception Sponsored Robson ForensicReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Physician Life Care PlanningReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By

6:00PM - 7:30PM CT Law Student & New Lawyers Division (NLD) Welcome ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

All law students and new lawyers (barred less than 10 years) are encouraged to attend. Stop by and get to know your NLD colleagues!

9:00PM - 12:00AM CT The Groove, hosted by the Minority CaucusReception

Venue: TBD

Everyone is invited to attend The Groove, hosted by the Minority Caucus. Stop by for live music, a hosted bar and fun! *Return shuttles provided. Thank you to our sponsors C Cubed Capital Partners and Filevine!

Sunday, July 21, 2024
7:00AM - 8:00AM CT Early Morning CLE Program - Day OneCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

7:30AM - 8:30AM CT Friends of Bill W.Business Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

7:30AM - 2:00PM CT AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Booth to learn more about AAJ PAC and pick up your contributor ribbon.

7:30AM - 3:00PM CT RegistrationRegistration

Room: Exhibit Hall A2 Foyer, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

You can pick-up your badge or register on-site during the following hours at the Music City Center: 
Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 21       7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 22      7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23     7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:30AM - 5:00PM CT AAJ Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality SuiteHospitality Suite

Room: Dean Ballroom B, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality suite is only open to current Leaders Forum and President's Club members. Sponsored by Forge Consulting, RebuttalPR & JBSL. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

7:30AM - 6:00PM CT Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Room 204, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech.  The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:

Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21        7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 22       6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21      7:30 am to 11:00 am

8:00AM - 9:00AM CT AM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

8:00AM - 9:30AM CT NCJI Quarterly Trustees MeetingNCJI Event

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Quarterly meeting of NCJI Officers and Trustees. NCJI Fellows are welcome to attend.

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT AAJ BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Join us at the AAJ® booth and find all the resources you need. Get answers to your questions, sign up for AAJ programs, or purchase a Litigation Packet or one of our four new books — the AAJ team will be there to help.

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT ExhibitsExhibits

Room: Exhibit Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services. 

Exhibit hours are:
Saturday, July 19    8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 20       8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 21      8:00 am to 3:00 pm

8:00AM - 4:00PM CT NATLE Annual Meeting (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 5-6, level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

NATLE Annual Meeting

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT C Cubed Capital Partners Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit C Cubed Capital Partners in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT CAMG Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit CAMG in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Diamond Lounge Featuring Digital Law Marketing & MilestoneGeneral

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Visit our 2024 Diamond Sponsors in their lounge located on Level 4.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Gavl BoardroomSponsor Event

Room: Boardroom B, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Gavl in their private boardroom located in Boardroom B on Level 1M of the Music City Center.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:30AM - 5:00PM CT Advocacy Track: Technology and Science Section/AI Litigation Group Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Ballroom A2, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Science Behind Injuries
Joey James, Joey James Attorney at Law, LLC
Technology for Case and Client Management
AI and Autonomous Vehicles: The New Frontier of Motor Vehicle Cases
Julian C Gomez, The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC
Establishing a Law Firm with the Best and Most Cost - Effective Technology
Danielle Alyse McCray, Fancy Law PC
Technology and TBI Cases
Sagi Shaked, Shaked Law Firm, PA
Holding Social Media Companies Accountable for The Youth Mental Health Crisis: A View From the Trenches
Trends in Artificial Intelligence
AI in Discovery
Ethical Issues with Artificial Intelligence
8:30AM - 11:35AM CT Admiralty Law Section CLE Program Sponsored by Ocean Ridge Litigation SupportCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Jessica L. Ibert, Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson

Challenging Unreasonable Contractual Provisions in Maritime Tort Claims

How to Evade Choice-of-Law and Forum Selection Clauses
John Coyle, University of North Carolina School of Law
Getting Aggressive with Marine Casualty Investigations
Adam E. Deitz, Mariner Law, PLLC
Handling Pleasure Boat Claims and Challenging Waivers
Charles Bourque Jr., St. Martin & Bourque
Maritime Waivers: Is it the End or Just the Beginning
Sarah A. Lobel, Hickey Law Firm, PA
8:30AM - 11:35AM CT Aviation Section CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Quick Hits and Updates in the Aviation Law Trial

Boeing’s Move to Virginia: Implications and Experiences with Virginia Law
Scott Michael Perry, Breit Biniazan, PC
Lessons Learned from Recent Product Liability Trials
James R. Brauchle, Motley Rice, LLC
Federal Preemption Update
The Evolution of Bodily and Psychological Injuries in European Aviation Claims
Sarah Stewart, Stewarts Law
E-Discovery for the Average Size Case—Making the Litigator’s Life Easier
Drew Lewis
Updates to Federal Rule of Evidence 702
Kevin J. Mahoney, Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP
Insurance Declaratory Judgement Actions in Aviation Cases
Pablo Rojas, Podhurst Orseck, PA
Roundtable Discussion with Audience on Recent Aviation Developments
Roundtable Discussion with Audience on Current Deposition Practice/Return to In-Person v. Zoom
Kristina Infante, Podhurst Orseck, PA
Matthew Sims, Rapoport Weisberg & Sims, PC
8:30AM - 11:35AM CT International Practice Section CLE Program Sponsored by Angeion GroupCLE Program

Room: Room 207 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Complex Cases Go International

Panel: Mass Torts in International Law
Mark Andrew Harvey, Hugh James Solicitors
Alinor C. Sterling, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC
S. Scott West, The West Law Firm
Panel: Human Trafficking— The UK and US Perspective
Warren A. Collins, Penningtons Manches Cooper, LLP
Jennifer El-Kadi, Babin Law, LLC
Gregory Zarzaur, The Zarzaur Law Firm
Litigation to Protect Our Environment
Coral M Odiot, NSPR Law Services dba Napoli Shkolnik
Harris L. Pogust, Pogust Goodhead
8:30AM - 11:40AM CT Social Security Disability Section/Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Injury Section/ERISA Benefits Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Developing and Using Medical Opinions
Deborah Nelson, Nelson Boyd, PLLC
Getting and Using Functional Capacity Evaluations
John Vessel, Marc Whitehead & Associates LLP
Getting and Using Vocational Opinions
Jennifer M. Danish, Bryant Legal Group PC
Social Security Legal Update (Regulatory & Case Law)
How to Effectively Handle Long COVID Long-Term Disability Insurance Claims
Edward Philip Dabdoub, Dabdoub Law Firm
Strategies to Deal with Workers’ Comp Nurse Case Managers
8:30AM - 12:05PM CT Civil Rights Section/Police Misconduct Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 208 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

What Should You Be Worrying About in the Civil Rights Case?

Original Text of Section 1983 and Its Impact on Qualified
J. Matthew Eichelberger, Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC
Supreme Court Civil Rights Update
Helen T. Vu, Halperin Law Center, LLC
Brush Up on the FRCP (Forgotten and Rarely Considered Procedure)
Jamie Mauhay, Kershaw Talley Barlow
ADA Claims in Prison
Kenneth Krayeske, BBB Attorneys
Title IX Damages After Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C.
Wrongful Conviction Toolbox
Rachel Brady, Loevy & Loevy
8:30AM - 4:00PM CT Motor Vehicle Section/Rideshare Litigation Group/Bus Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by LegalPatCLE Program

Room: Room 205 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Steering Clear of Pitfalls in the Motor Vehicle and Bus Case

Preservation of Evidence in Motor Vehicle Cases – Have the Rules Changed?
Kenneth Levinson, Levinson & Stefani Injury Lawyers
Preparing Your Client for the IME and Getting It Videotaped
Andrew M Abraham, Keches Law Group, PC
Using Motions Successfully in Auto Cases
Ashley T. Davis, Allen Allen Allen & Allen, PC
Products Liability in Your Client’s Motorcycle Case – Using the Cassisi Inference to Find Success in the Case
Carolyn Salzmann, Legally Pink Law, PLLC
Voir Dire in a Contested Auto Case
Javier Herrera, The Herrera Law Firm
Panel: Rideshare Cases from A-Z
Lawrence Simon, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC
O. Mark Zamora, Mark Zamora Law
Non-Traditional GIG Economy Cases
Christopher P. Welsh, Welsh & Welsh, PC, LLO.
Rideshare Cases – Discovery of Information from Rideshare Apps
Jamie Goldstein, Arias Sanguinetti
I Got a Bus Case—Now What Do I Do?
Allan Siegel, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata Siegel
Settlements That Make Our World Safer
Penny U. Hendy, Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery PSC
Jay R. Vaughn, Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery, PSC
Bus Cases—Are They All the Same?
Katherine Harvey-Lee, California Truck Injury Law APC
8:30AM - 5:00PM CT Class Action Section/Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section CLE Program Sponsored by Huntington BankCLE Program

Room: Room 202 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Artificial Intelligence
Andrew Arnold, Motley Rice, LLC
Structuring Leadership with Relevant Expertise
Alex Law, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Kelly McNabb, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Updates for MDLs: Fed. R. Civ. P. 16.1
Jennie Lee Anderson, Andrus Anderson, LLP
Frederick S. Longer, Levin Sedran & Berman
Fake Bankruptcies
Brittany Mitchell Michael, Pachulski Stang Zihl & Jones
P. Leigh O'Dell, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
Attorney Fee Petitions and Protective Orders
Pearl Robertson, Irpino Avin & Hawkins Law Firm
Legal Writing
Josh Autry, Morgan & Morgan
Andre Mura, Gibbs Law Group LLP
Ethics/Professionalism
Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University Law School
Stephen Herman, Fishman Haygood
Hassan Zavareei, Tycko & Zavareei, LLP
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Brian Bailey, Gibbs Law Group LLP
Eric H. Gibbs, Gibbs Law Group LLP
The Evolution of Issue Classes Under Rule 23
Benjamin Gastel, Herzfeld Suetholz Gastel Leniski and Wall PLLC
Jennifer Scullion, Seeger Weiss, LLP
How MDL is Changing to Include PI and Class Cases (Juul, CPAP, Hair Relaxer)
Beena M McDonald, Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP
9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Crane Litigation Group and Powerline Contact Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Crane Litigation Group and Powerline Contact Litigation Group

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Hair Relaxer Litigation Group Brunch and Meeting Sponsored By CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 102 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Hair Relaxer Litigation Group Sponsored Brunch and Meeting By

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Insurance Law Section and Bad Faith Litigation Group MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Insurance Law Section and Bad Faith Litigation Group

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT IVC Filter Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's IVC Filter Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Membership Oversight Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Open to members of the Membership Oversight Committee, as well as members interested in helping grow AAJ membership.

9:00AM - 10:30AM CT Public Citizen Civil Justice Project Brunch (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Breakfast

Room: Cumberland 1-2, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

Join Public Citizen President Robert Weissman for an update on the important work we are doing together.

9:00AM - 4:00PM CT Birth Trauma Litigation Group Meeting and ElectionsLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 107, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

10:00AM - 12:00PM CT Signature Brunch, hosted by the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC)Brunch

Room: Dean Ballroom C, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Enjoy our keynote speaker and celebrate the recipients of the Marie Lambert Award and Mike Eidson Scholarship. *Open to AAJ members & their registered guests only. Thank you to our sponsors C Cubed Capital Partners and Comprehensive Settlement Solutions!

12:00PM - 1:00PM CT Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility CommitteeCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

DEIA COMMITTEE

12:00PM - 1:30PM CT Class Action Section Sponsored Meeting and Lunch Sponsored By Huntington Bank & Top Class ActionsSection Meeting

Room: Room 102 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Class Action Section Sponsored Meeting and Lunch By

12:30PM - 2:00PM CT AAJ PAC Board of Trustees MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Board of Trustees Meeting. This meeting is open to all AAJ members.

12:30PM - 2:00PM CT Milestone Diamond Presentation and LunchLuncheon

Room: Room 103 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Join us for the Milestone complimentary lunch and presentation!

12:30PM - 2:00PM CT Paralegal Affiliates Business Meeting & ReceptionReception

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Open to all paralegal registrants. Stop by and learn how to get involved, network with your colleagues and celebrate the Paralegal of the Year.!

1:00PM - 1:30PM CT Forced Air Warming Blankets Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Forced Air Warming Blankets Litigation Group.

1:00PM - 1:30PM CT Inadequate Security Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Inadequate Security Litigation Group.

1:00PM - 1:30PM CT Railroad Law Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Railroad Law Section.

1:00PM - 2:30PM CT Canadian Caucus Membership Meeting & Luncheon Sponsored by EpiqLuncheon

Room: Room 102 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Join the Canadian Caucus for their annual reception and awards luncheon!

1:30PM - 2:00PM CT Pressure Cookers Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Pressure Cookers Litigation Group.

1:30PM - 2:00PM CT Qui Tam Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Qui Tam Litigation Group.

1:30PM - 2:00PM CT Social Security Disability Law Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Social Security Disability Law Section.

1:30PM - 2:30PM CT Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By Physician Life Care PlanningLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group.

2:00PM - 3:35PM CT Federal Tort Liability & Military Advocacy Section CLE Program Sponsored by The Expert InstituteCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Looking Ahead in the FTCA Case

New Frontier: Using the FTCA to Right Wrongs in Gun Violence, Sexual Assault, and Other Unique Cases
Laurie Higginbotham, National Trial Law
The Repose Trap: How Statutes of Repose Can Doom an FTCA Case Even When the SOL Is Met
David Damick, Law Offices of David N. Damick
Active Duty Medical Malpractice Claims Under the New Military Claims Act—The New DOD Regulations and Procedures
2:00PM - 2:30PM CT Workers' Compensation and Workplace Injury Section Meeting and ElectionsSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation Group.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Aviation Law Section Meeting Sponsored By Wisner BaumSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Aviation Law Section Sponsored By Wisner Baum 

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Exactech and Depuy Hip Litigation Groups MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 102 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Exactech and Depuy Hip Litigation Groups

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT NCA Board of Trustees MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

The National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees holds their annual meeting.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT PM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Mid-day snack and refreshment break will be provided from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT State Delegates Business MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Voter Protection Info SessionSpecial Event

Room: Room 104 C-E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Learn about ways to protect the vote and volunteer opportunities during the upcoming election cycle!

2:00PM - 3:35PM CT Qui Tam Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 208 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

The Importance of the False Claims Act and Whistleblowers, the Changing Face of Defendants and Supreme Court Developments

The Importance of Whistleblowers and the FCA and other Federal Statutes
Stephen A. Weiss, Seeger Weiss LLP
Potential Defendants Under the FCA, Including the Uptick in Private Equity Firms and How to Tie Them into Liability
Audrey Schechter, Law Offices of Audrey Hildes Schechter, PA
Whistleblower Retaliation Actions and Statues
Grace I. Chanin, Nichols Kaster, PLLP
Jennifer L. McManus, Fagan McManus, PC
Richard P. Neuworth, LeBau & Neuworth
2:00PM - 5:05PM CT Asbestos Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Advocacy Digital MediaCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Talc Update, Difficult Cases, and Bad Faith Defendants

J&J Update/Appellate Issues
Holding Talc Suppliers Accountable
Amber R. Long, Levy Konigsberg, LLP
When the Deck is Stacked Against You - Bad Jurisdiction, Bad Rulings, Bad Law
Benjamin Holmstrom Adams, Dean Omar Branham Shirley, LLP
Bad Faith Defendants
Jared M. Placitella, Cohen Placitella & Roth, PC
Corporate Representative Depositions
Jackalyn A. Olinger Rochelle, Bailey Glasser, LLP
2:30PM - 3:30PM CT New Lawyers Division (NLD) Membership Meeting & ElectionsBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 105 A/B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Members barred less than 10 years are automatically members of the NLD. Join us to learn more about the group and how to get involved!

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Aviation Law Section Reception Sponsored by Wisner BaumReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By Huntington BankSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Sponsored By

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Civil Rights Section Meeting Sponsored by Knott LaboratorySection Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Civil Rights Section Sponsored by Knotts Laboratory.

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Publications Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Publication Committee Meeting

3:30PM - 4:30PM CT Jury Bias Litigation Group Meeting and ElectionsLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting and Elections of AAJ's Jury Bias Litigation Group

3:30PM - 5:00PM CT New Lawyers Division (NLD) Awards CeremonyReception

Room: Room 104 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Celebrate the work of the NLD and congratulate the recipients of the NLD awards, including the Baldwin, Tonahill and Sanguinetti awards!

3:45PM - 5:10PM CT NCJI Fellows ReceptionReception

Room: Belle Meade, Conference Level

Venue: JW Marriott Nashville

Join NCJI's Officers, Trustees, and Fellows as we honor the recipients of our Appellate Advocacy Award. RSVP is requested to info@ncji.org.

4:00PM - 4:30PM CT Police Misconduct Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Knott LaboratoryLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Police Misconduct Litigation Group Sponsored by Knotts Laboratory.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Huntington BankReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ's Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Texas Caucus (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Legends Ballroom D, Level 2

Venue: Omni Nashville

Texas Caucus reception

4:00PM - 5:15PM CT International Practice Section Meeting and Elections and International Relations Committee MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's International Practice Section.

4:30PM - 5:15PM CT Civil Rights Section and Police Misconduct Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Knott LaboratoryReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Civil Rights Section and Police Misconduct Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Knotts Laboratory.

5:15PM - 6:00PM CT Membership Business Meeting and ElectionsBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 C-E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

The AAJ Annual Membership Business and Elections Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 21, at 5:15 p.m. central time in Nashville.
During the meeting, AAJ National Officer candidates will be elected;
there will be an AAJ Finance report; and the AAJ Board of Governor elections will be certified.

6:00PM - 7:30PM CT International Member Reception Sponsored by PEOPILReception

Venue: TBD

All members are invited to attend the International Member Reception, hosted by the International Relations Committee.

6:30PM - 9:00PM CT AAJ Press's Katherine James & Alan Blumenfeld Retirement Legacy Celebration( This is not an AAJ sponsored event)Reception

Room: Harriet's Rooftop ; 710 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203

Venue: 1 Hotel

ACT of Communication founders, Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld, are retiring this year. Join us to celebrate their legacy and the future of Team ACT!

9:00PM - 12:00AM CT New Lawyers Division (NLD) PartyReception

Room: 5055 Broadway Place

Venue: Assembly Food Hall

All convention attendees are invited to join the NLD for a night of live music and fun! *21+, cash bar

Thank you to our sponsors: C Cubed Capital Partners, ILYM Group, Kroll, & The Morgan Connection

Monday, July 22, 2024
6:30AM - 6:00PM CT Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Room 204, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech.  The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:

Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21        7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 22       6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21      7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:00AM - 8:00AM CT Early Morning CLE Program - Day TwoCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Renewing Your Soul and Protecting Your Mind — A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Mental Health
Lisa Blue, Baron and Blue PLLC
7:30AM - 8:30AM CT Friends of Bill W.Business Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

7:30AM - 2:00PM CT AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Booth to learn more about AAJ PAC and pick up your contributor ribbon.

7:30AM - 3:00PM CT RegistrationRegistration

Room: Exhibit Hall A2 Foyer, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

You can pick-up your badge or register on-site during the following hours at the Music City Center: 
Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 21       7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 22      7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23     7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:30AM - 4:00PM CT AAJ Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality SuiteHospitality Suite

Room: Dean Ballroom B, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality suite is only open to current Leaders Forum and President's Club members. Sponsored by Forge Consulting, RebuttalPR & JBSL. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

8:00AM - 9:00AM CT AM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

8:00AM - 2:00PM CT NATLE Annual Meeting (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Business Meeting

Room: Cumberland 5-6, level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

NATLE Annual Meeting

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT AAJ BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Join us at the AAJ® booth and find all the resources you need. Get answers to your questions, sign up for AAJ programs, or purchase a Litigation Packet or one of our four new books — the AAJ team will be there to help.

8:00AM - 3:00PM CT ExhibitsExhibits

Room: Exhibit Hall A2, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the Exhibit Hall to meet with some of the top legal representatives as they showcase the latest in practice-related technology and services. 

Exhibit hours are:
Saturday, July 19    8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 20       8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 21      8:00 am to 3:00 pm

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT C Cubed Capital Partners Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit C Cubed Capital Partners in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT CAMG Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit CAMG in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Diamond Lounge Featuring Digital Law Marketing & MilestoneGeneral

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Visit our 2024 Diamond Sponsors in their lounge located on Level 4.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Digital Law Marketing Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Digital Law Marketing in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Gavl BoardroomSponsor Event

Room: Boardroom B, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Gavl in their private boardroom located in Boardroom B on Level 1M of the Music City Center.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:30AM - 4:00PM CT Advocacy Track: Damages: Preparing and Presenting to Best Advocate for Your Client (presented with the Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee) Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Ballroom A2, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Considerations for the Wrongful Death Case
Michael Kelly, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger
The Invisible Psychological Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries (Mild and Moderate)
Bruce Stern, Stark & Stark
Gathering Evidence for Pre-Existing Injuries
Defense Medical Examinations
Dorothy Clay Sims, Law Office of Dorothy Clay Sims
Guiding Your Client
Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti
Economics: Recovering Past and Future Medical Costs
Joseph Fried, Fried Goldberg LLC
Non-Economic Damages
Randi McGinn, McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, PA
Arguing Non-Economic Damages in the Current Political Environment
Gregory Cusimano, Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton, LLC
Catastrophic Injury Cases
Laura Tamez, The Herrera Law Firm
Putting the Heart Into a Wrongful Death Case
Head Injury Cases
Stewart M. Casper, Casper & de Toledo LLC
Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Betsy Greene, Greene & Schultz
8:30AM - 4:55PM CT Trucking Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Physician Life Care PlanningCLE Program

Room: Room 205 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Ethical Considerations When Working with Co-Counsel and Referring Attorneys
Marion Munley, Munley Law
Putting Your Advocacy to Work Making a Difference
Andrew Young, The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP
Road Construction Truck Crash Cases
Maxey Scherr, Scherr Law Firm
Handling FTCA Trucking Claims
Grant H. Lawson, Metier Law Firm, LLC
Understanding and Using Telematics in Truck Crash Cases
Chauncey Barnwell, Brown Barnwell, P.C.
How Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies are Cheating E-Logs
Jordan Jones, Michigan Auto Law
Never Stop Learning and Improving: The Old Dawg Still Learning New Trucking Trial Tricks
Joseph Fried, Fried Goldberg LLC
Preparing for & Taking Advanced Safety Director Depositions in Truck Crash Cases
Discovery and Use of Other Similar Incidents to Increase the Value of Your Truck Crash Case
Timothy Whiting, Whiting Law Group, Ltd.
Representing the Injured Truck Driver
Christy Crowe Childers, Childers & McCain, LLC
Collection & Preservation of Evidence in Truck Crash Cases
Thomas J Grillo Jr., John J. Fromen, Attorneys at Law, PC
Strategies to Effectively Litigate Complex Truck Crash Cases
Thomas D'Amore, D'Amore Law Group
An Update on FAAAA Preemption
Rena Leizerman, The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP
Pitfalls to Avoid When Bringing Suit Against Amazon
Matthew Wright, The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP
8:30AM - 9:30AM CT Trial Lawyers Care CommitteeBusiness Meeting

Room: Room106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Open to all attendees. TLC encourages, recognizes, and organizes trial lawyers who contribute to their communities through volunteer and charitable activities. justice.org/TLC.

8:30AM - 4:30PM CT Premises Liability Section/Inadequate Security Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 208 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Autopsy of a Recent Premises Verdict
Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti
Summary Judgement for the Defendant on Liability: How to Avoid It, From Preparing the Plaintiff for Deposition to Responding to the Motion
Rachel Louise Sykes, Pearson Butler
Inadequate Security: Update on Rideshare Sexual Assault Litigation
Drowning Litigation: What You Need to Know
Michael Haggard, The Haggard Law Firm, PA
Proving Notice in Premises Cases
John (Jack) H. Hickey, Hickey Law Firm, PA
Common Defenses and Themes of a Premises Liability Case
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Offices
Screening for the Slip and Falls or Other Premises Case—What Questions to Ask on Intake
Gwen-Marie Davis, GDH Law
Your First Hotel Security Case: Documents to Request and How to Use Them
Justin Brett Shapiro, Leesfield & Partners, PA
Inadequate Security: Security Issues and Foreseeability from the Expert’s Point of View
John Leighton, Leighton Law, PA
Overcoming Obstruction in 30(b)(6) Depositions in the Premises Liability Case
Applicable Building Codes, Statutes, Administrative Code Provisions, and Industry Standards
8:30AM - 5:00PM CT Jury Bias Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 202 A-C, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Jury Bias Inside and Outside of the Courtroom: Discovery, Focus Groups, Damages, and Skills to Know

Getting Ahead of Biases: Incorporating Common Jury Biases into Your Discovery Plan
Shayla Reed, Reed Law Offices, PC, LLO
Maximizing Damages Through Focus Groups: What’s New?
Lauren Fraser, Einhorn Barbarito Frost & Botwinick PC
Trial Advocacy Using AI and Technology
Tim Semelroth, RSH Legal
Trial Persuasion Through the Right Experts
Mark Kitrick, The Law Firm of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
Advocacy and Persuasion—Connecting with the Jury
Timothy Whiting, Whiting Law Group, Ltd.
Sara L. Williams, Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys
Jury Research
Gregory Cusimano, Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton, LLC
David A. Wenner, Snyder & Wenner
Jurors are Talking— Are You Listening?
Deborah Nelson, Nelson Boyd, PLLC
What Today’s Juries are Saying About Damages
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Offices
The Latest Defense Tactics and How to Preempt Them
Carson Phillips-Spotts, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Using Theatrical Drama Skills in the Courtroom
Kurt M. Zaner, Zaner Harden Law, LLP
9:00AM - 9:30AM CT Ethylene Oxide Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Ethylene Oxide Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 9:30AM CT Wildfires Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Wildfires Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By CHILD USALitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Child Sex Abuse Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Legal Affairs Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Products Liability Section Meeting Sponsored By Robson ForensicSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Products Liability Section.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Trampoline Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Trampoline Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:30AM CT Hair Relaxer Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Funk Zone MediaCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Case Overview
Temitope O. Leyimu, Motley Rice, LLC
Criteria
Discovery & PFS
Mark Abramowitz, DiCello Levitt LLP
Science
Rene F. Rocha III, Morgan & Morgan
Bellwether
Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice, LLC
State Litigation
Closing
Larry Francis Taylor Jr., The Cochran Firm
9:00AM - 10:35AM CT Employment Rights Section CLE Program Sponsored by Dundon AdvisersCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Wellness: Making Space for Creativity in Your Practice
Mary Olszewska, Hkm Employment Attorneys
Dignity Damages: Building a Case for Emotional Damages
Carla D. Aikens, Carla D. Aikens, PLC
Tiega Varlack, Varlack Legal Services
Voir Dire Workshop: Connecting with the Jury Panel
Tamarah Prevost, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
9:00AM - 10:35AM CT Railroad Law Section CLE Program Sponsored by Satellite InvestigationsCLE Program

Room: Room 209 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Bailey Gifford, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Getting Back to Basics: The Foundation of Railroad Cases

FELA 101
Crossing Cases 101
Timothy Gaarder, Davis Bethune & Jones
Federal Preemption & Blocked Crossing
Nathan Karlin, Pottroff & Karlin, LLC
9:00AM - 4:00PM CT Medical Negligence Information Exchange Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by Rothrock Settlement ConsultingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 107, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Medical Negligence Information Exchange Litigation Group.

9:30AM - 10:00AM CT Climate Change Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Climate Change Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Environmental and Toxic Torts Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Environmental and Toxic Torts Section.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Exchange Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Hernia Mesh Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By Broughton PartnersLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Hernia Mesh Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Sexual Assault Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By MASSIVELitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Sexual Assault Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:30AM CT AAJ Public Affairs Committee MeetingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Advises AAJ executive committee and BOG on policy options, tactics, and strategies concerning issues of concern to trial lawyers pending before the US Congress, executive branch, and federal agencies.

11:00AM - 11:30AM CT Quebec ElectionBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Camp Lejeune Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By ARCHERLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 103 B/C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Camp Lejeune Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT CDA Section 230 Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By CAMGLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

CDA Section 230 Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Meeting Sponsored By Eastern Point Trust CompanySection Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Sponsored By

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Vaccine Injury Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Vaccine Injury Litigation Group.

11:30AM - 12:00PM CT Balance of the World ElectionBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

12:00PM - 2:00PM CT Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Sponsored by PSZJ Law & TorticityLuncheon

Room: Dean Ballroom C, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

New Day! Join us for a celebration of AAJ members’ achievements, the swearing in of the 2024-25 AAJ National Officers and passing of the gavel to incoming AAJ President Lori Andrus. 

2:00PM - 2:30PM CT Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Litigation Group Meeting and ElectionsLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT PM Break in the Exhibit HallBreak

Room: Exhibit Hall A, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Mid-day snack and refreshment break will be provided from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

2:00PM - 3:00PM CT Troubled Teen Industry Litigation Group Meeting and ElectionsLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 3:30PM CT AAJ PAC Development Committee (PDC) MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 105 A/B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of the AAJ PAC Development Committee (PDC).

2:00PM - 5:00PM CT Environmental and Toxic Torts Section CLE Program Sponsored by SimplurisCLE Program

Room: Room 207 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

What You Need to Know: Anti-Sharing Provisions and Protective Orders
Patrick Andrews, LCHB
Jackie Aranda Osorno, Public Justice
Everything to Know About Experts in the Environmental Case
Litigation Updates: Roundtable Discussion and Significant Decisions
Gale D. Pearson, Nachawati Law Group
From Regulation to Litigation
Stephanie Biehl, Sher Edling LLP
Rise Up – A Reflection on This Meaningful Work
Mona Wallace, Wallace & Graham, PA
2:00PM - 5:00PM CT Over-Designation Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 207 C/D, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

2:00PM - 5:05PM CT Insurance Law Section/Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

The Nuts and Bolts of Insurance Cases: Discovery, Depositions, and Mediation

Administrative Appeal Development – Setting Your Client’s Case Up for Success
Audrey Dolmovich, Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC
Discovery – Where We’ve Come From, Where We Are Going
Ifenanya Agwu, Gilbert, LLP
Getting the Most Out of 30(b)(5) and 30(b)(6) Depositions
Florence Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA
ADR and Mediating with Insurance Carriers
John Vessel, Marc Whitehead & Associates LLP
2:00PM - 5:05PM CT Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section/Minority Caucus CLE ProgramCLE Program

Room: Room 209 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

A Small Firm Taking on BIG Defendants
L. Chris Stewart, Stewart Trial Attorneys
Diverse Hiring—What Do We Mean?
Carla D. Aikens, Carla D. Aikens, PLC
Representing People Far and Wide—It’s North Dakota
Tim O'Keeffe, O'Keeffe O'Brien Lyson Attorneys
Maintaining Sanity with Multiple Small Offices
Rick Barrera, Barrera Law Group LLC
Outsourcing Overseas
Jennifer Lipinski, Lipinski Law
One Lawyer and One Staff Member—The Dream Works
Ibiere Seck, Seck Law, PC
2:30PM - 3:30PM CT LGBT Caucus Membership Meeting & ElectionsBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

The LGBT Caucus welcomes all voting members who are part of the LGBT+ community or an ally. Learn what the caucus is doing & get involved!

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored by EpiqLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Meeting

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Litigation Group Leadership Council Meeting (LGLC) Committee Meeting Sponsored by Arthur FundingCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Litigation Group Leadership Council Meeting (LGLC) Committee.

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus (RTLC) MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Please join us for the meeting of the Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus.

3:00PM - 4:00PM CT Suboxone Litigation Group Meeting Sponsored By ARCHERLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Suboxone Litigation Group Sponsored By

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT ERISA Benefits Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's ERISA Benefits Litigation Group.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Rothrock Settlement ConsultingReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus (RTLC) Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Streamlined Record RetrievalReception

Room: 425 Rep. John Lewis Way South

Venue: Margaritaville

Please join the RTLC for a Cocktail Reception.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Robert L. Habush Endowment CommitteeCommittee Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

The Robert L. Habush Endowment Committee will meet to conduct elections and review grant requests.

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Suboxone Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By ARCHERReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Suboxone Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

4:00PM - 5:00PM CT Technology and Science Section MeetingSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Technology and Science Section.

4:00PM - 6:00PM CT LGBT Caucus Networking ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

Join the LGBT Caucus for a networking reception, open to all convention registrants!

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By EpiqReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Premises Liability Section Reception Sponsored By Robson ForensicReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Premises Liability Section Reception Sponsored By

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Reception Sponsored By Eastern Point Trust CompanyReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Reception Sponsored By

6:30PM - 9:00PM CT Past President's DinnerDinner

Room: 1210 McGavock Street

Venue: Adele's

9:00PM - 11:00PM CT Incoming President's Party for Lori AndrusReception

Room: 101 Broadway

Venue: ACME Feed & Seed

Come celebrate our own Lori Andrus as she embarks on her year as AAJ President at Acme Feed & Seed. 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Platinum Level: HSGLaW

Silver Level: 360Financial, A Case for Women, CPT Group, DISCO, Hennessey Digital, Legal Marketing Concepts, and Magna Legal Services.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
7:30AM - 8:30AM CT Friends of Bill W.Business Meeting

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

7:30AM - 11:00AM CT RegistrationRegistration

Room: Exhibit Hall A2 Foyer, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

You can pick-up your badge or register on-site during the following hours at the Music City Center: 
Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 21       7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, July 22      7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23     7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:30AM - 11:00AM CT Speaker Ready RoomGeneral

Room: Room 204, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ CLE speakers can meet with AV staff for help with editing, testing, and troubleshooting their PowerPoint presentations. All speakers are strongly urged to test and upload their presentation 2 hours in advance of their speech.  The Speaker Ready Room is available during the following hours:

Friday, July 19          2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 20     7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21        7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 22       6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21      7:30 am to 11:00 am

7:30AM - 12:30PM CT AAJ PAC BoothAAJ Booth

Room: Exhibit Hall A Pre-function Area, Level 3

Venue: Music City Center

Stop by the AAJ Political Action Committee (AAJ PAC) Booth to learn more about AAJ PAC and pick up your contributor ribbon.

7:30AM - 1:00PM CT AAJ Leaders Forum & President’s Club Hospitality SuiteHospitality Suite

Room: Dean Ballroom B, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

The Leaders Forum & President's Club Hospitality suite is only open to current Leaders Forum and President's Club members. Sponsored by Forge Consulting, RebuttalPR & JBSL. During suite hours members enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a comfortable lounge area to relax and network with other Leaders Forum and President’s Club members.

8:00AM - 9:00AM CT AM BreakBreak

Room: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 4 Foyers

Venue: Music City Center

Please stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

8:00AM - 12:00PM CT C Cubed Capital Partners Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit C Cubed Capital Partners in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 12:00PM CT CAMG Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 203 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit CAMG in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 12:00PM CT Digital Law Marketing Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 A, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Digital Law Marketing in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 12:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:00AM - 5:00PM CT Milestone Private BoardroomHospitality Suite

Room: Room 206 B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Visit Milestone in their private boardroom.

8:30AM - 11:40AM CT Advocacy Track: What About the Case that Doesn't Go to Trial? Mediation, Arbitration, Settlement and Negotiation Skills Sponsored by CAMGCLE Program

Room: Ballroom A2, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

How to Get Out of an Arbitration Provision
Mediation Presentations: PowerPoints, Videos, and Interactive Packages
Kurt M. Zaner, Zaner Harden Law, LLP
Preparing to Maximize Your Client’s Settlement Potential: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Peter J. Kestner, Penn Kestner & McEwen
Negotiation Strategies: Tips and Tools to Sharpen Your Skills
Adam Gomez, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
Reviving Professionalism, Access & Inclusion to Address Threats to the Rule of Law and the Challenges Posed by the Rise of New Technologies: Howard Twiggs Lecture presented with the National Civil Justice Institute
Ray Brescia, Albany Law School
8:30AM - 11:05AM CT Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by RubrisCLE Program

Room: Room 208 A/B, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Progress at the Court House
J. Edward Bell III, Bell Legal Group
Navy JAG: EO, Chaos of Procrastination, and Statute of Limitations Issues
Robin Greenwald, Weitz & Luxenberg, PC
Case Resolution/Settlement Negotiations
Jayne Conroy, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
Framing the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Case
Zachary Mandell, Mandell Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd.
Focus Groups and Jury Science: Modeling the Pre-Trials and Camp Lejeune Justice Act Trials
Howard L. Nations, The Nations Law Firm
David A. Wenner, Snyder & Wenner
9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Motor Vehicle Section and Bus Litigation Group Meeting and Brunch Sponsored By HMR & Physician Life Care PlanningSection Meeting

Room: Room 102 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Motor Vehicle Section and Bus Litigation Group and Brunch Sponsored By

9:00AM - 9:30AM CT Paragard Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Paragard Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 9:30AM CT Surgical Staplers Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Surgical Staplers Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Electronic Discovery Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Electronic Discovery Litigation Group.

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Organization Review CommitteeBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Organization Review Committee Meeting

9:00AM - 10:00AM CT Stalwarts/HOF Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 104 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Business meeting for AAJ's Stalwarts committee members.

9:30AM - 10:00AM CT Tepezza Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Tepezza Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 10:30AM CT Valsartan Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Valsartan Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Joint Budget/Executive Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 105 A/B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Joint Budget and Executive Committee Meeting

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Motorcycle and Bicycle Litigation Groups MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Motorcycle and Bicycle Litigation Groups.

10:00AM - 11:00AM CT Premises Liability Section Meeting Sponsored By Robson ForensicSection Meeting

Room: Room 101 C, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Premises Liability Section Sponsored By

10:30AM - 11:00AM CT Zantac Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 104 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Zantac Litigation Group.

11:00AM - 11:30AM CT Drowning Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 101 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Drowning Litigation Group.

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Law Schools Committee MeetingBusiness Meeting

Room: Room 101 D, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All members who are interested in working with law schools/law students are invited to attend the Law Schools Committee Meeting.

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Ozempic/GLP-1 RA Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 106 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Ozempic/GLP-1 RA Litigation Group.

11:00AM - 12:00PM CT Trucking Litigation Group MeetingLitigation Group Meeting

Room: Room 102 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Meeting of AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group.

1:00PM - 5:00PM CT AAJ's Board of Governors Meeting Sponsored by Amplify & ForgeBusiness Meeting

Room: Dean Ballroom A, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ's 2024 Annual Board of Governors Meeting

5:00PM - 6:00PM CT AAJ's Board of Governors Reception Sponsored by Amplify & ForgeReception

Room: Dean Ballroom A Foyer, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Board of Governors' Reception.

On-Demand Programs
Social Events
Friday, July 19
5:00PM - 7:00PM CT
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC) & First Time Attendee Welcome ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

All registrants are invited to this welcome reception, hosted by the WTLC. First time attendees are encourage to attend and learn more about the convention! Thank you to our sponsors JurisPrudent Deferral Solutions and Neos by Assembly Software.

Friday, July 19
7:00PM - 9:00PM CT
Opening Reception Sponsored by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & BernsteinReception

Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

New Night!  The Opening Reception will be held at the famous Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Nashville, has been called the “Smithsonian of country music,” celebrated for its broad cultural impact, educational mission, and unrivaled collection of historically important artifacts related to country music.

Saturday, July 20
3:00PM - 4:00PM CT
Asbestos Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By CAMGReception

Room: 5th Street Foyer, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Asbestos Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By CAMG

Saturday, July 20
3:30PM - 4:30PM CT
Council of Presidents Reception Sponsored by Thompson FlanaganReception

Room: Room 106 B/C Foyer, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Saturday, July 20
3:30PM - 4:30PM CT
Minority Caucus Awards CeremonyReception

Room: Room 104 B, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

All registrants are invited to attend the Minority Caucus awards ceremony to celebrate the caucus and the Soaring Eagle Award and Richard Hailey Scholarship recipients.

Saturday, July 20
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
AAJ Press Author ReceptionReception

Room: Dean Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Meet and mingle with AAJ Press authors and get your book signed!

Saturday, July 20
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Southern States Happy Hour - TN, AR, KY, MS, AL, GA, NC, MO & VA (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Legends Ballroom D, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

Southern States Happy Hour led by the TN Trial Lawyers Association

Saturday, July 20
4:30PM - 5:30PM CT
Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By MASSIVEReception

Room: Room 207 Foyer, Level 2

Venue: Music City Center

Nursing Homes Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

Saturday, July 20
4:30PM - 6:00PM CT
Washington and Oregon Joint Reception (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Cumberland 2-3, Level 3

Venue: Omni Nashville

A happy hour reception for Washington and Oregon attendees.

Saturday, July 20
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault Joint Sponsored Reception By CHILD USA & MASSIVEReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault Joint Sponsored Reception By

Saturday, July 20
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Implantable Port Catheter (IPC) Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By CAMGReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

IPC Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By

Saturday, July 20
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Internet Video Gaming Addiction Litigation Group and Hernia Mesh Sponsored Reception By Broughton PartnersReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Saturday, July 20
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Products Liability Section Reception Sponsored Robson ForensicReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Saturday, July 20
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Physician Life Care PlanningReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Litigation Group Sponsored Reception By

Saturday, July 20
6:00PM - 7:30PM CT
Law Student & New Lawyers Division (NLD) Welcome ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

All law students and new lawyers (barred less than 10 years) are encouraged to attend. Stop by and get to know your NLD colleagues!

Saturday, July 20
9:00PM - 12:00AM CT
The Groove, hosted by the Minority CaucusReception

Venue: TBD

Everyone is invited to attend The Groove, hosted by the Minority Caucus. Stop by for live music, a hosted bar and fun! *Return shuttles provided. Thank you to our sponsors C Cubed Capital Partners and Filevine!

Sunday, July 21
12:30PM - 2:00PM CT
Paralegal Affiliates Business Meeting & ReceptionReception

Room: Room 103 A, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Open to all paralegal registrants. Stop by and learn how to get involved, network with your colleagues and celebrate the Paralegal of the Year.!

Sunday, July 21
3:00PM - 4:00PM CT
Aviation Law Section Reception Sponsored by Wisner BaumReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Sunday, July 21
3:30PM - 5:00PM CT
New Lawyers Division (NLD) Awards CeremonyReception

Room: Room 104 E, Level 1

Venue: Music City Center

Celebrate the work of the NLD and congratulate the recipients of the NLD awards, including the Baldwin, Tonahill and Sanguinetti awards!

Sunday, July 21
3:45PM - 5:10PM CT
NCJI Fellows ReceptionReception

Room: Belle Meade, Conference Level

Venue: JW Marriott Nashville

Join NCJI's Officers, Trustees, and Fellows as we honor the recipients of our Appellate Advocacy Award. RSVP is requested to info@ncji.org.

Sunday, July 21
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Huntington BankReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

AAJ's Business Torts Section and Securities and Financial Fraud Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

Sunday, July 21
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Texas Caucus (“This is not an AAJ sponsored event”)Reception

Room: Legends Ballroom D, Level 2

Venue: Omni Nashville

Texas Caucus reception

Sunday, July 21
4:30PM - 5:15PM CT
Civil Rights Section and Police Misconduct Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Knott LaboratoryReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Civil Rights Section and Police Misconduct Litigation Group Reception Sponsored by Knotts Laboratory.

Sunday, July 21
6:00PM - 7:30PM CT
International Member Reception Sponsored by PEOPILReception

Venue: TBD

All members are invited to attend the International Member Reception, hosted by the International Relations Committee.

Sunday, July 21
6:30PM - 9:00PM CT
AAJ Press's Katherine James & Alan Blumenfeld Retirement Legacy Celebration( This is not an AAJ sponsored event)Reception

Room: Harriet's Rooftop ; 710 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203

Venue: 1 Hotel

ACT of Communication founders, Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld, are retiring this year. Join us to celebrate their legacy and the future of Team ACT!

Sunday, July 21
9:00PM - 12:00AM CT
New Lawyers Division (NLD) PartyReception

Room: 5055 Broadway Place

Venue: Assembly Food Hall

All convention attendees are invited to join the NLD for a night of live music and fun! *21+, cash bar

Thank you to our sponsors: C Cubed Capital Partners, ILYM Group, Kroll, & The Morgan Connection

Monday, July 22
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By Rothrock Settlement ConsultingReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

Monday, July 22
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus (RTLC) Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Streamlined Record RetrievalReception

Room: 425 Rep. John Lewis Way South

Venue: Margaritaville

Please join the RTLC for a Cocktail Reception.

Monday, July 22
4:00PM - 5:00PM CT
Suboxone Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By ARCHERReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Suboxone Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

Monday, July 22
4:00PM - 6:00PM CT
LGBT Caucus Networking ReceptionReception

Venue: TBD

Join the LGBT Caucus for a networking reception, open to all convention registrants!

Monday, July 22
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By EpiqReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Infant Formula NEC and Contamination Litigation Group Reception Sponsored By

Monday, July 22
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Premises Liability Section Reception Sponsored By Robson ForensicReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Premises Liability Section Reception Sponsored By

Monday, July 22
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Reception Sponsored By Eastern Point Trust CompanyReception

Room: Davidson Pre-function, Level 1M

Venue: Music City Center

Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section Reception Sponsored By

Monday, July 22
9:00PM - 11:00PM CT
Incoming President's Party for Lori AndrusReception

Room: 101 Broadway

Venue: ACME Feed & Seed

Come celebrate our own Lori Andrus as she embarks on her year as AAJ President at Acme Feed & Seed. 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Platinum Level: HSGLaW

Silver Level: 360Financial, A Case for Women, CPT Group, DISCO, Hennessey Digital, Legal Marketing Concepts, and Magna Legal Services.

Tuesday, July 23
5:00PM - 6:00PM CT
AAJ's Board of Governors Reception Sponsored by Amplify & ForgeReception

Room: Dean Ballroom A Foyer, Level 4

Venue: Music City Center

Board of Governors' Reception.

NOTE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors

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