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REGISTER FOR BOARDWALK SEMINAR® 2017

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This program is offered on Wednesday and repeated on Thursday.
Wednesday program is Restricted to Regular Members Only*!  
Thursday program is is open to all registrants.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017*
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harrah's ResortAtlantic City, NJ

Program Speaker:
Eric Oliver, Esq.
MetaSystems, Ltd.
Canton, MI

Program Moderators:
Richard J. Albuquerque, Esq.
D'Arcy Johnson Day
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Sherri L. Warfel, Esq.
Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman
Princeton, NJ


Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harrah's ResortAtlantic City, NJ

Program Speaker:
Eric Oliver, Esq.
MetaSystems, Ltd.
Canton, MI

Program Moderators:
Kathleen F. Beers, Esq.
Westmoreland, Vesper, Quattrone & Beers
W. Atlantic City, NJ

Stephen D. Brown, Esq. 
Law Office of Stephen D. Brown 
West Orange, NJ


SEMINAR AGENDA

The press, pollsters and political pundits have begun to wonder if, as a result of the recent election cycle, there is a large, newly emboldened part of the American population that has become totally indifferent to what were once universally accepted values of justice, mutual concern and the right to expect fairness at work and/or at play.

Plaintiff’s attorneys have run up against the same issues and concerns when presenting to, and trying to persuade, the American jury pool (regardless of demographics and/or court district geography).

Thousands of words have been broadcast, written and blogged about how the current socio-political landscape is different from anything that has gone before. None of the “old rules” apply. As one plaintiff attorney recently said, “If over 60 percent of them don't care that foreign nationals used computer hacking to interfere with the nation's most highly valued election process, then how can we hope to interest them in a mundane issue in an injured plaintiff’s case, or extol the system of civil justice when they don't care?”

Could it really be true that the American jury pool has changed so much in attitudes that it is unrealistic to expect decision makers to respect the civil legal system and the crucial role jurors play?

Yes, and……. No. 

Yes — If you walk into the room telegraphing your expectation that they now hold no respect for the courts or the jury system under any circumstances). 

No — If you are fully prepared to engage with them at the level of where their thinking is and to invite them to take a different, more productive view of serving as jurors. 

There is strong, credible evidence that well known anti plaintiff biases are being ratcheted up considerably in the current climate.

The irrational resentment that has led to these current concerns is very real.

Is this dangerous?  Yes? Is this insurmountable? No. 

As a result, the one thing plaintiff attorneys cannot do in this environment is not only what they have been taught to do, but also regularly reinforce by habit in their practices: telling jurors — or any decision maker — what to see, what to think, and what to feel. 

If you are dedicated to keeping the “playing field” of our civil justice system balanced, it's time for you to do some ratcheting up of your own.

This program introduces specific approaches to persuading jurors that respect the “whole brain” (experience and perceptions) of even the most “difficult” juror in this complicated climate.

Indirect Suggestion — How to avoid telling or showing people what they should think.

Focus Groups — Learn what you're missing and may be "leaving on the table" if your focus groups lack depth, and stick too close to the surface of decision makers’ perceptions.

Delivering a Case as a Story — Always easier said than done, but you will learn how to overcome many of the hurdles.

Managing Mental Images — Learn to manage the “Mind's Eye” of your decision makers in three persuasive ways. 

Story Sequencing and Presuppositions — Learn ways to employ indirect suggestion to make points that may otherwise prompt suspicion or rejection by jurors.

Opening Statement — Learn to set anchors and frames in your opening statement for testimony that relies more on images than words to make key points more clear.

Damages and Anchor Effects — Learn how to double perceived values of losses and harms, while avoiding built-in conflicts common to damage deliberations.

 

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Regular Members Only! The seminar is offered as a service to Regular* Members of NJAJ only. If you would like to join NJAJ, you can call NJAJ Headquarters at 609.396.0096 or you can submit an application at our web site (www.nj-justice.org) and click on Join NJAJ.


*A Regular Member is an attorney, who, for the most part, represents the plaintiff in personal injury cases.


ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2017 features 32 seminars over three days. The advantage of this unique format is that you may move from seminar to seminar, hearing different topics as desired and thereby creating a seminar tailored to your specific needs.

* * * Special Offer * * *
Join NJAJ & Save $300 on Boardwalk Seminar registration.

If you join the New Jersey Association for Justice when registering for the Boardwalk Seminar 2017, you will receive the member registration fee ($200 less than the non-member rate) and as a part of this special offer you will receive an additional $100 off of the registration fee. Join NJAJ.


MCLE Credits
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
New Jersey - (Earn 5.70 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)

New York - (Earn 5.70 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (N/A)

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey for 5.70 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 5.70 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law
.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
New Jersey - (Earn 4.20 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)

New York - (Earn 4.0 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 3.0 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.20 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 4.20 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law
.


Full-Time Judges, Full-Time Law School Professors, 
Judicial Law Clerks & Law Student Members

Registration is complimentary for the seminar.
Pre-registration is required.

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on April 21, 2017.
Each registrant will receive a flash drive containing the course material.

Onsite Registration: 
An additional $25 will be added to all program fees for onsite registration.

Friday, April 21st is the last day for a refund (minus $20).
All cancellations must be in writing.

After Friday, cancellations and no shows will receive a credit (minus $20)
automatically good for 1 year for a future seminar or an on-demand seminar at www.theCLEstore.org.

REGISTER FOR BOARDWALK SEMINAR® 2017

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