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Friday, November 16, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hilton Meadowlands Hotel
East Rutherford, NJ


Meadowlands Seminar Special Offer

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Program Co-Chairs:

Beth G. Baldinger, Esq.
Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman
Roseland, NJ
Jonathan H. Lomurro, Esq.
Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC
Freehold, NJ
Michael S. Raff, Esq.
Raff & Raff, LLP
Paterson, NJ


6:30 am - 8:30 am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast & Registration • Exhibit Hall
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Getting Out In Front -- Print and Social Media Impact on Legal Issues 
Mark Di Ionno • The Star Ledger • Newark, NJ

Mark is a lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, primarily for his work on Hurricane Sandy. He is also a five-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. His columns appear regularly in The Star-Ledger, and its online partner, nj.com, with an estimated readership of over 1 million people. He is also a highly acclaimed author of several novels, including his latest, Gods of Wood and Stone.
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Getting Out in Front -- TV and Social Media Impact on Trials
Karen F. DeSoto, J.D., LL.M. • On-Air Legal Analyst for NBC and MSNBC • New York, NY

Karen DeSoto, J.D., LL.M. is an on-air legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC covering hot topic legal issues and trials of national interest. Off the air Karen is the Director and co-founder of the Global Mediation Exchange Center. She is also a professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. As an attorney she served as the youngest and first Hispanic and woman to serve as Corporation counsel for the City of Jersey City. Karen also was a prosecutor, defense attorney, and a trial attorney concentrating in civil rights and employment. 
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Media Panel, Q&A
Karen F. DeSoto, J.D., LL.M. • On-Air Legal Analyst for NBC and MSNBC • New York, NY
Mark Di Ionno • The Star Ledger • Newark, NJ 
Moderator: Beth G. Baldinger, Esq. • Roseland, NJ
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Coffee Break • Exhibit Hall
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Maximizing the Impact of Day in the Life and Case Specific Videos 
Catie & Mitchell Riggs • LifeNow Video • Belle Terre, NY
With over 350 winning cases including record settlements in Washington DC, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah, the Riggs' Plaintiff Documentaries have set a new standard for day-in-the-life video. Independent Spirit Award nominee, Mitchell Riggs, and veteran actress and director, Catie Riggs, have over 30 years of experience in filmmaking, theatre, and actor coaching along with founding two theatres in Manhattan. They train attorneys around the country on how to strengthen their mediation strategies and how to incorporate video that has a direct connection to our intuitive brain and our subconscious decision-making.
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Technology in the Courtroom
Uri Goldsmith • Courtcom, LLC • West Orange, NJ
For over 29 years, Uri Goldsmith has worked exclusively as a litigation consultant, handling some of the most complex and noteworthy cases of the past two decades. His extensive background with graphics & demonstrative evidence, coupled with his acute knowledge of discovery and courtroom presentation technology has been a boon to all of his clients wanting a ‘soup-to-nuts solution’ for their trial presentations.
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Panel Tips and Questions
Uri Goldsmith • Courtcom, LLC • West Orange, NJ
Catie & Mitchell Riggs • LifeNow Video • Belle Terre, NY
Beth G. Baldinger, Esq. • Roseland, NJ 
Jonathan H. Lomurro, Esq. • Freehold, NJ
Michael S. Raff, Esq. • Paterson, NJ

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Meadowlands Seminar 2018 features 19 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 Meadowlands Seminar registration.

If you join the New Jersey Association for Justice when registering for the Meadowlands Seminar 2018 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.

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

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

MCLE Credits
New Jersey - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)
New York - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 2.50 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 3.30 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 3.30 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on November 9, 2018.

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

Friday, November 9th 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 



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