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2014 Last Chance CLE Conference


Please register on-site at the Hyatt Regency for this event.
Online registration is closed.

With more than 25 dynamic credit courses from which to choose, it’s no wonder that the Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE Conference is Louisiana’s ultimate CLE experience. You can’t help but be impressed with the highly acclaimed  faculty that’s assembling for this conference.  You choose the courses you want and earn 14 CLE credits, including Ethics, Professionalism and Law Practice Management at this program that allows you to move freely between two dynamic programs, "Winning with the Masters" and "Review of Louisiana Law."

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One- and two-day registrants:
Click here to access the page from which you can download materials. (Passcode required to open papers)
Ethics- and/or professionalism-only registrations:
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Pre-registrants will also receive materials on CD at the program.

"Review of Louisiana Law" speakers to include:

Navigating Complex Products Liability Cases - Single Plaintiff vs. Mass Torts
Dawn M. Barrios of Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P.; New Orleans, LA (Biography); and
Irving J. Warshauer of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

How to Maximize Recovery in a TBI Case
Jeffery M. Bassett (Biography) of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett; Opelousas, LA; and
P. Craig Morrow Jr. (Biography) of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett; Opelousas, LA

Louisiana Election Law — Elections Update
Scott R. Bickford of Martzell & Bickford; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

Telling our Story: The Trial Lawyer’s Journey
Stephen J. Herman of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

Depositions and Your Discovery Plan
Robert E. Kleinpeter of Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg, L.L.C.; Baton Rouge, LA (Biography)

U S. False Claims Act — as Applied to Contractor Fraud
Hugh P. Lambert of The Lambert Firm, P.L.C.; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

Practical and Strategic Taking and Defending Expert Depositions;
Handling Scientific or Specialized Literature

Hunter W. Lundy of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South LLP; Lake Charles, LA (Biography)

More Than Ten Things  You Should Know About Handling Motorcycle Crash Cases
Glenn C. McGovern of Glenn C. McGovern, Attorney at Law; Metairie, LA (Biography)

Industrial Strength Torts — Recent Jurisprudence on Industrial Accidents in Louisiana
Michael C. Palmintier of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Frugé; Baton Rouge, LA (Biography)

What Attorneys Should Know About Digital Forensics
Todd R. Slack of Huber, Slack, Thomas & Marcelle, LLP; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

Class Actions, Mass Torts and Complex Litigation: Where Is It All Heading?
John Randall Whaley of Whaley Law Firm; Baton Rouge, LA (Biography)

Voir Dire
James M. Williams of Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams, LLP; Metairie, LA (Biography)

"Winning with the Masters" speakers to include:

You’ve Reached an Agreement ... Now What? Tackling Subrogation/Reimbursement Issues Head-On
David H. Abney of The Law Office of David H. Abney II; Frankfort, KY (Biography)


Preserving Access to Justice
Arthur H. Bryant of Public Justice; Oakland, CA (Biography)

Trial Presentation Techniques — Make Them Persuasive, Powerful and Moving
William C. Callaham of Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP; Sacramento, CA (Biography)

Cross Examination of the Professional Witness
Mike Davis of Slack & Davis, LLP; Austin, Texas (Biography)

Recent Developments in Louisiana Tort Law
Prof. Thomas C. Galligan Jr. of Colby-Sawyer College; New London, NH (Biography)

New Guidelines in Lumbar Disc Nomenclature and Hot Radiology Topics for Personal Injury Attorneys from the RSNA
Mark D. Herbst; MD, Ph.D.; Independent Diagnostic Radiology, Inc.; St. Petersburg, Florida 

The Origins of Persuasion; Aristotle, Cicero & Opening/Closing Arguments
Russ M. Herman of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC; New Orleans, LA (Biography)

Judo Law and the Reality of Jury Persuasion
Gary C. Johnson of Gary C. Johnson P.S.C.; Pikeville, KY (Biography)

Hot Topics in Electronic Discovery and Digital Forensics
Gavin W. Manes, Ph.D., of Avansic; Tulsa, OK (Biography)

One Great Story: Storytelling as a Trial Art Form
T. Thomas Metier of Metier Law Firm, LLC; Fort Collins, CO (Biography)

Latest Developments in Nuisance Litigation Involving Industrial Wastes
Richard H. Middleton Jr. of The Middleton Firm, LLC; Savannah, GA (Biography)

Leading the Jury
R. Rex Parris of R. Rex Parris Law Firm; Lancaster, CA (Biography)

Ethics Issues with eDiscovery and Social Media
Peter S. Vogel; Attorney at Law; Dallas, TX (Biography)

Registration fees
LAJ members $585
Non-members $655 
Paralegals, law clerks, public agency attorneys $445

LAJ members $385
Non-members $425;
Paralegals, law clerks, public agency attorneys $325

Ethics and professionalism only: 
LAJ members $95
Non-members $130

Ethics or professionalism only: 
LAJ members $55
Non-members $75

Because programs are planned months in advance and trial schedules can change, the agenda may require modification.




Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana (Second floor, Empire Ballroom)

To make hotel reservations, click here. Hotel will bill you directly. Cutoff date is November 20, 2014.

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Short-term valet hourly rates at the Hyatt:
0-1 hour: $10
1-2 hours: $15
2-4 hours: $22
4-10 hours: $30
10+ hours: $40

Overnight valet rates at the Hyatt (ask for 10 percent LAJ discount):
Standard overnight parking: $40 plus tax
Oversized vehicles: $48 plus tax
Fuel-economy vehicles: $30 plus tax



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