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2016 Fall Trial Lawyers Seminar
November 4, 2016
Portland Regency, Portland, Maine

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Come join us for our annual fall trial lawyer seminar and enjoy three great CLE hours for trial lawyers .This year's program tackles trial essentials, navigates thorny ethical issues concerning loss of consortium, and leveraging the use of technology and tone in mediation.


9 AM - Enough Already? Evidence Necessary to Prove Causation in a Personal Injury Case
Alicia F. Curtis, James E. O'Connell III, Berman & Simmons
Even the strongest liability case can be lost on the issue of causation. From unwitnessed falls to complex mechanisms of injury, personal injury cases can pose challenges to the party with the burden of proof on causation. This interactive presentation will explore the types and quality of evidence necessary to survive summary judgment and prevail at trial. The presenters will discuss both recent Law Court decisions on this issue and practical tips from a successful trial practice. 

10 AM - Loss of Consortium Claims - Don't Forget the Spouse?
Dawn M. Pelletier, Audrey Bryant Braccio, Pelletier & Faircloth
are a myriad of ethical concerns surrounding loss of consortium claims.The ethical issues start at the very beginning of the case and can get worse if marital discord erupts. The current status of the Maine law regarding these ethical issues and regarding the division of the judgment or settlement into marital and non-marital assets will be reviewed. Against this background of issue identification and a review of Maine law, practical solutions will be offered.

11 AM - Effective Openings at Mediation: Use of Technology and Tone
Robert C. Hatch, Thompson Bowie & Hatch, Jason M. Jabar, Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord
Mediation occurs at a crucial time in the life of a lawsuit. The opening statement offers litigators an unfettered opportunity to speak about their client's case, making it important to own the moment . This presentation will discuss how to give an effective opening statement by setting the correct tone, personalizing the client, making the necessary concessions, and using technology to convey key points. See what other attorneys have used at mediation to achieve solid results for their clients, and learn how to transition your presentation for a jury if the case doesn't resolve.

Program Details

$95 for MTLA Members
$125 for Non-Members 
Check-in Starts at 8:30 AM 
Program Ends 12:10 PM
Light Continental Breakfast 
3.0 Hours of CLE Credit, Including 1.0 of Ethics (Professionalism) Credit

Portland Regency, 
20 Milk Street 
Portland, Maine

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