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 2023 AAJ Winter Convention in Phoenix, 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.

Please note: All times are Mountain Time
February 04, 2023
8:30AM - 12:05PM MST
Advocacy Track: Proving Damages at Every Point of Your Case Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Canyon 6 & 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Thomas D'Amore, D'Amore Law Group

8:35AM - 9:05AM MTArticulating Damages to the Post-COVID Juror
Deborah Nelson, Nelson Boyd, PLLC
9:05AM - 9:35AM MTProving Your Damages Through Demonstratives
Sach D Oliver, Bailey & Oliver Law Firm
9:35AM - 10:05AM MTHow to Maintain Credibility While Arguing Punitive Damages
Stuart N. Ratzan, Ratzan Weissman & Boldt
10:05AM - 10:35AM MTLessons Learned from Top Verdicts
Eric M Fong, Fong Law, PLLC
10:35AM - 11:05AM MTProving Damages in a Way that Touches the Heart Not Just the Checkbook
Randi McGinn, McGinn Montoya Love & Curry, PA
11:05AM - 12:05PM MTJury Research Project: 2023 Update
Gregory S. Cusimano, Cusimano Roberts Mills & Knowlton, LLC
David A Wenner, Snyder & Wenner
February 04, 2023
8:30AM - 11:55AM MST
Specialized Track: Building Blocks of the TBI Case Sponsored by Brain Mapping Solutions

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

John H. (Jack) Hickey, Hickey Law Firm, PA

8:35AM - 9:10AM MTStarting from the Beginning: Jury Selection and Trial Preparation
Artemis Malekpour, Malekpour & Ball
9:10AM - 9:45AM MTThe Invisible TBI Case: Realizing When a Traumatic Brain Injury Exists
Tanya Ortega, Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc.
9:45AM - 10:20AM MTCase Presentation in the Post-COVID Era
Andrew M. Abraham, Keches Law Group, P.C.
10:20AM - 10:55AM MTThe Power of Demonstratives in the TBI Case
Randall Rozek, Rozek Law Offices, SC
10:55AM - 11:55AM MTEthical Considerations When Representing Your TBI Client
Florence Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA

View live programs for February 5

February 05, 2023
6:30AM - 8:05AM MST
Litigation at Sunrise CLE Program

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Tamarah Prevost, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

6:35AM - 6:50AM MTFive Tips for Your Visual Aids
Geoff Hamby, Bailey & Oliver Law Firm
6:50AM - 7:05AM MTLitigation on Behalf of Victims of Human Trafficking
Kathryn L. Avila, Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O’Brien Barr & Mougey, PA
7:05AM - 7:20AM MTHow to Increase Diversity in Your Hiring Process
Carla Aikens, Carla D. Aikens, PLC
7:20AM - 7:35AM MTDrowning Litigation: The Visible and Invisible Dangers
Michael A. Haggard, The Haggard Law Firm, PA
7:35AM - 7:50AM MTStorytelling in Trial
Christopher Johnson, Waters Kraus & Paul
7:50AM - 8:05AM MTHair Relaxer Litigation Update
Priscilla Jimenez, Kline & Specter, PC
February 05, 2023
8:30AM - 11:30AM MST
Advocacy Track: Book Club for Success: Learning from AAJ Press Authors Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Canyon 6 & 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

8:35AM - 9:10AM MTHarvesting Witnesses' Stories: How To Get Your Client Their Second Best Life
Katherine James, ACT of Communication
9:10AM - 9:45AM MTAnatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit
John F Romano, Romano Law Group
9:45AM - 10:20AM MTLitigating Major Automobile Injury and Death Cases
Kenneth Levinson, Levinson & Stefani Injury Lawyers
10:20AM - 10:55AM MTTechnology in the Courtroom--Dropping the Digital Anchor
Jonathan Lomurro, Lomurro Law
10:55AM - 11:30AM MTDeposition Obstruction: Breaking Through
Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC
February 05, 2023
8:30AM - 11:55AM MST
Specialized Track: The Business of Law: Running a Successful Law Office

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Miranda Soucie, Spiros Law, PC

8:35AM - 9:15AM MTBudgeting Like a Pro: Software and Strategies
9:15AM - 10:15AM MTPanel: Non-Lawyer Ownership of Firms: The Current Landscape
Christopher T. Nace, Paulson & Nace, PLLC
Rachel Sykes, Pearson Butler
10:15AM - 10:55AM MTHow to Make Your Associates and Staff Feel Valued in Today’s World
Laura Yaeger, Yaeger Law, PLLC
10:55AM - 11:25AM MTDon’t Get Left Behind: Manage Your Growth Strategies from Small to Large Firms
Steven Gursten, Michigan Auto Law
11:25AM - 11:55AM MTBuilding Your Brand: Social Media Do’s and Don’ts
Micha Liberty, Liberty Law Office

View live programs for February 6

February 06, 2023
7:00AM - 8:00AM MST
Early Morning CLE Program Sponsored by Balanced Bridge Funding

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Grace Chanin, Nichols Kaster, PLLP
7:00AM - 8:00AM MTRenewing the Trial Lawyer Soul - Tools to Live a Mindful Life
Dominic LoVerde, Power Rogers LLP
February 06, 2023
8:30AM - 12:15PM MST
Advocacy Track: Mini Depositions College Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Canyon 6 & 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Kevin Biniazan, Breit Biniazan, PC
8:35AM - 9:15AM MTTechniques of Exhaustion, Boxing-In, and Summarization
Rick Barrera, Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm
9:15AM - 9:55AM MTPreparing Your Client for Deposition: What You Must Know
Bridget Long, Allen Allen Allen & Allen, PC
9:55AM - 10:35AM MTDeposition Techniques: Mousetrap Fundamentals
Phillip Miller, Miller Law Office
10:35AM - 11:15AM MTVirtual Depositions
Dorothy Clay Sims, Law Office of Dorothy Clay Sims
11:15AM - 12:15PM MTA Trial Lawyer’s Journey: Getting Older – Thoughts on the Profession
February 06, 2023
8:30AM - 11:35AM MST
Specialized Track: Crossing the Divide Among Jurors, Clients, and Attorneys co-presented with AAJ’s Minority Caucus and LGBT Caucus

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Jackalyn Olinger Rochelle, Bailey Glasser, LLP
8:35AM - 9:15AM MTRace and Juror Perceptions
Diandra Debrosse Zimmermann, DiCello Levitt Gutzler, LLC
Larry Francis Taylor Jr., The Cochran Firm
9:15AM - 9:55AM MTCase Strategy for Connecting with Jurors Who Don’t Look Like You
Danielle Ward Mason, Bullock Ward Mason LLC
9:55AM - 10:35AM MTCase Strategy for Connecting with Jurors Who Don’t Look Like Your Client
Javier Herrera, The Herrera Law Firm, Inc.
Tiega N Varlack, Varlack Legal Services
10:35AM - 11:15AM MTCase Strategy for Connecting with Jurors When You or Your Client is a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community
Guy D'Andrea, Laffey Bucci Kent, LLP
Stephen Skinner, Skinner Law Firm
11:15AM - 11:35AM MTQ&A Session - All Speaker Panel

View live programs for February 7

February 07, 2023
8:30AM - 12:15PM MST
Advocacy Track: Settlement and Negotiation Strategies to Win Outside of Trial Sponsored by CAMG

Room: Grand Canyon 6 & 7

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Leon Walsh Jr., McKeen & Associates, PC
8:35AM - 9:15AM MTHow to Help Your Mediator Help Your Client
9:15AM - 9:55AM MTUtilizing Your Client During Settlement
Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP
9:55AM - 10:35AM MTThe Art of Writing the Demand Letter
Daniel Graves, Graves McLain PLLC
10:35AM - 11:15AM MTHow to Use Settlement Videos
Brian Snyder, Snyder & Wenner
11:15AM - 12:15PM MTYou’ve Settled – Now What? (ethics)
Mary Alexander, Mary Alexander & Associates
February 07, 2023
8:30AM - 11:55AM MST
Specialized Track: How to Handle Gun-Related Cases

Room: Grand Canyon 8

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Ridge

8:35AM - 9:15AM MTCurrent Landscape of Gun Violence Victims’ Rights to Bring a Case
Alinor Sterling, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC
9:15AM - 9:55AM MTOvercoming Qualified Immunity in Gun Cases
Jamal Alsaffar, Whitehurst Harkness Brees Cheng Alsaffar Higginbotham & Jacob, PLLC
9:55AM - 10:35AM MTWrongful Marketing from Gun Manufacturers
Joshua Koskoff, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC
10:35AM - 11:15AM MTLawsuits Brought by Cities
Ingrid Evans, Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Shayna Erin Sacks, Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC
11:15AM - 11:55AM MTGun Litigation: From the Client's Perspective
Antonio Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin

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