Designed by plaintiff lawyers, for plaintiff lawyers, AAJ’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are an unmatched resource for staying ahead of the curve and enhancing your practice. AAJ Education programs feature nationally renowned faculty, updates in a wide range of practice areas, and the latest in trial advocacy topics.

While attending the 2024 AAJ Winter Convention in Austin, be sure not to miss:

  • The cutting-edge CLE programs offered over four days;
  • A wealth of outstanding reference materials prepared by AAJ faculty for additional learning.

AAJ’s Winter Convention CLE programs offer something for everyone. Make the most of your convention experience and customize your CLE schedule to maximize your learning potential.

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Please note: All times are Central Time
February 10, 2024
8:30AM - 11:45AM CT
Advocacy Track: Communicating with a Bang! Powerful Storytelling and Persuasion in Trial Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Ballroom 6, Level 4

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Ricardo Martinez-Cid, Podhurst Orseck, PA

8:35AM - 9:05AM CTUsing Neuroscience, Rhetorical Questions, and Clean Language
Robyn L. Wishart, Wishart Brain and Spine Law
9:05AM - 9:35AM CTFrom Stories to Simulations: How to Embed Stories into the Minds of Jurors
Kevin Biniazan, Breit Biniazan, PC
9:35AM - 10:15AM CTTruth Default and the Post-Truth Myth
W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm
10:15AM - 10:45AM CTEmpowering the Witness to Tell Your Client’s Story
Katherine James, ACT of Communication
10:45AM - 11:15AM CTTranslating the Story into Visuals: Showing, Not Telling
Mitchell Riggs, Life Now Video
11:15AM - 11:45AM CTCompelling PowerPoints at Trial
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
February 10, 2024
8:30AM - 11:05AM CT
Specialized Track: A Successful Case Starts in the Office: Hiring, Retention, and More Sponsored by Forman Law Offices, P.A.

Room: Lone Star B/C, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

8:35AM - 9:00AM CTFrom Beginning to End: How to Provide the Best Client Experience
Jessica Klarer Pride, The Pride Law Firm
9:00AM - 9:25AM CTForest and the Trees: Training New Staff and Attorneys with the Tools to Handle Your Vacation
Bhavani Raveendran, Romanucci & Blandin
9:25AM - 9:50AM CTBudget Considerations for Your Law Firm
Jennifer Lipinski, Lipinski Law
9:50AM - 10:15AM CTA Focus on Mental Health: Supporting Your Staff with Mental Health Initiatives
Alexandra "Cookie" Echsner-Rasmussen, Aylstock Witkin Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
10:15AM - 10:40AM CTManaging Your Team: Delegate to Elevate
Miranda L. Soucie, Spiros Law, PC
10:40AM - 11:05AM CTRecruiting and Retaining Diverse Attorneys and Staff
Brandon Vaughn, Robins Kaplan, LLP

View live programs for February 11

February 11, 2024
7:00AM - 8:05AM CT
Early Morning CLE Program Sponsored by LegalPat

Room: Lone Star B/C, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Rachael Flanagan, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC

7:05AM - 8:05AM CTAvoiding Burnout, Staying Balanced, and Keeping Mindful as a Trial Lawyer
Lisa Blue, Baron and Blue PLLC
February 11, 2024
8:30AM - 11:55AM CT
Advocacy Track: Eight Essential and Dynamic Trial Skills from Members of the Inner Circle of Advocates Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Ballroom 6, Level 4

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Brian McKeen, McKeen & Associates, PC

8:35AM - 9:00AM CTDiscovery: The Importance of Laying the Groundwork
Joshua Koskoff, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
9:00AM - 9:25AM CTDepositions: Making the Most of Your Time with the Witness
Mel C. Orchard III, The Spence Law Firm, LLC
9:25AM - 9:50AM CTFraming a Case Using Timelines
Kathleen L. Nastri, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC
9:50AM - 10:15AM CTCreating a Lasting Opening Statement
Felix Luna, PWRFL
10:15AM - 10:40AM CTPresenting Damages to the Jury
Randi McGinn, McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, PA
10:40AM - 11:05AM CTDemonstratives at Trial
Lloyd Bell, Bell Law Firm
11:05AM - 11:30AM CTKeys to a Successful Closing Argument
Larry R Rogers Jr., Power Rogers LLP
11:30AM - 11:55AM CTVoir Dire
Margaret R Simonian, Dillon Findley & Simonian
February 11, 2024
8:30AM - 11:30AM CT
Specialized Track: Environmental & Toxic Torts Update and Looking Ahead Sponsored by Forman Law Offices, P.A.

Room: Lone Star B/C, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Leslie LaMacchia, Beasley Allen Law Firm

8:35AM - 9:00AM CTHow to Preserve Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases (Recent Train Derailment Examples)
Adam Gomez, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
9:00AM - 9:25AM CTPFAS Litigation
Rebecca Newman, Douglas & London, PC
9:25AM - 9:50AM CTCamp Lejeune Water Contamination Litigation Update
Carl Solomon, Solomon Law Group, LLC
9:50AM - 10:15AM CTCase Updates and the Impact on Environmental Cases: Roundtable
Peter Kraus, Waters Kraus & Paul
Gale D. Pearson, Nachawati Law Group
10:15AM - 10:40AM CTHandling Medical Records in Medical Monitoring Cases
Kevin Hannon, The Hannon Law Firm, LLC
10:40AM - 11:05AM CTHot Topics: Looking to the Horizon
Stephanie Biehl, Sher Edling LLP
11:05AM - 11:30AM CTUpdate on Hair Relaxer Litigation
Kendra Y. Goldhirsch, Chaffin Luhana, LLP

View live programs for February 12

February 12, 2024
8:30AM - 11:35AM CT
Advocacy Track: Revolutionize Your Practice: Artificial Intelligence and the Latest in Technology Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Ballroom 6, Level 4

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Margaret E Mabie, Marsh Law Firm PLLC
8:35AM - 9:05AM CTHarnessing AI in Your Practice
Matt Wetherington, Wetherington Law Firm
9:05AM - 9:35AM CTEthical Rules for Using Chat GPT/AI In Your Practice (ethics)
Stephen Herman, Fishman Haygood
9:35AM - 10:05AM CTDigital Marketing Best Practices and Pitfalls of Avoid (ethics)
Brenda Fulmer, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA
10:05AM - 10:35AM CT15 AI Uses Every Litigator Should Have in Their Back Pocket
Julian C Gomez, The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC
10:35AM - 11:05AM CTTechnology to Aid Your Visuals at Trial
Jennifer Mae Hoekstra, Aylstock Witkin Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
11:05AM - 11:35AM CTHigh Stakes and Deepfakes: Trial Evidence in the AI Era
Laurie Higginbotham, National Trial Law
February 12, 2024
8:30AM - 11:30AM CT
Specialized Track: Pools, Roads, and More: Discovering Your Next Premises Case Sponsored by Forman Law Offices, P.A.

Room: Lone Star B/C, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Michael Neff, Neff Law
8:35AM - 9:00AM CTConstruction Cases: Litigation to be Aware Of
Victor Paul Bucci, Laffey Bucci Kent, LLP
9:00AM - 9:25AM CTTrafficking Cases and Negligence on Hotels
Kristina Aiad-Toss, Babin Law, LLC
9:25AM - 9:50AM CTIt All Starts with a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Richard P. Neuworth, LeBau & Neuworth
9:50AM - 10:15AM CTDodging Potholes: Premises Liability on the Roads
Celine Cutter, Cutter Law, PC
10:15AM - 10:40AM CTDuties of Care and Tragedy at the Water Park
Robert Hammers Jr., Hammers Law Firm, LLC
10:40AM - 11:05AM CTTips for the Inadequate Security Deposition
Michael Haggard, The Haggard Law Firm, PA
11:05AM - 11:30AM CTUpdate: Wildfire Litigation
Paul Starita, Singleton Schreiber

View live programs for February 13

February 13, 2024
8:30AM - 12:05PM CT
Advocacy Track: Position Your Case for Success Before Trial Even Starts Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Lone Star D, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Tiega Varlack, Varlack Legal Services
8:35AM - 9:05AM CTCrafting Your Complaint
Laura Tamez, The Herrera Law Firm
9:05AM - 9:35AM CTBrief Writing: What You Need to Know to Get a Step Ahead
Andre Mura, Gibbs Law Group LLP
9:35AM - 10:05AM CTMastering the Pre-Trial Oral Argument
Annika K. Martin, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
10:05AM - 10:35AM CTEffective Use of Appeals: Advice from a Practitioner Turned Judge
Erin Nowell, Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals
10:35AM - 11:05AM CTRecent Appellate Issues
Eric Citron, Gupta Wessler LLP
11:05AM - 11:35AM CTChoosing and Preparing the Plaintiff’s Expert
Les Weisbrod, Miller Weisbrod Olesky, LLP
11:35AM - 12:05PM CTPanel: Expecting Daubert: How to Prepare
Christopher L. Ayers, Seeger Weiss, LLP
Kelly McNabb, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Jonathan Orent, Motley Rice, LLC
February 13, 2024
8:30AM - 10:40AM CT
Specialized Track: Trucking Litigation Group CLE Program Sponsored by Forman Law Offices, P.A.

Room: Lone Star B/C, Level 3

Venue: JW Marriott Austin

Andrew Young, The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP
8:35AM - 9:00AM CTEthical Implications of Secret Settlements – Say No to Confidentiality in Your Trucking Case (ethics)
Bridget N. Long, Allen Allen Allen & Allen, PC
9:00AM - 9:25AM CTProving Failure to Properly Maintain a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Christy Crowe Childers, Childers & McCain, LLC
9:25AM - 9:50AM CTTrucking Law Update: Preemption, Jurisdiction, Vicarious Liability
Rena Leizerman, The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP
9:50AM - 10:15AM CTGetting Sanctions for Spoliated Evidence in a Trucking Case
Deena Buchanan, Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
10:15AM - 10:40AM CTRecognizing and Defeating Unsavory Defense Tactics
Maxey Scherr, Scherr Law Firm

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