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  • January 08, 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another free CLE!  "The Juror Mindset; How They Evaluate & Decide Cases," by Eric Rudich, Ph.D., Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant,  Blueprint Trial Consulting, and Litigation Services.

    Friday, January 19, 10 AM or 1 PM AZ Time.

    It is widely accepted that going to trial is inherently risky. Attorneys and clients are always faced with uncertainty, ambiguity and variability in determining the likely outcome of a case if it proceeds to trial. There are many aspects of a case that are unpredictable – which witnesses will be believed, which arguments will resonate, and the amount of damages that may potentially be awarded. By understanding jurors’ decision-making process, the presentation will offer recommendations for developing successful trial strategies.

    FACULTY:  Eric Rudich, Ph.D. is Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant at Blueprint Trial Consulting.  He is a social psychologist who has worked on over 500 cases and appeared on CourtTV and MSNBC.  His doctorate degree is in Social Psychology from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has studied jury behavior at Duke Law School.


    Register here:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eexktrur8652ba98&oseq=&c=&ch=

  • January 08, 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Behind nearly every person who's achieved success in their field, you'll find a mentor who helped them get there.  https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/one-coworker-every-employee-needs-170026099.html

    The APA has mentors!  Members can search our online database for fellow members who are available to mentor you, in your chosen field.   For membership information, visit http://azparalegal.org/join

  • January 08, 2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Litigation Services is providing a free, one-hour CLE webinar on Friday, January 12 at 10 am OR 1 pm (AZ Time) on:  "ETHICS OF SELECTING & PERSUADING JURORS." 

    The prevalence of social media has provided attorneys with the potential to access a great deal of information (within minutes) on prospective jurors. Moreover, jurors also may use social media to post information about the attorneys and trial. We will discuss the ethical considerations of evaluating potential jurors and monitoring their social media during trial. We will also discuss the ethical considerations of using graphics to persuade jurors.

    FACULTY:  Dr. Eric Rudich is Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant at Blueprint Trial Consulting.  He has worked on over 500 cases and appeared on CourtTV and MSNBC.  His doctorate degree is in social psychology from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has studied jury behavior at Duke Law School.

    To register:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eexkq3nh9b79310c&llr=6ltf6crab

  • November 17, 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A prominent law firm is being accused as wilfully taking part in altering or destroying evidence.   Be very diligent with your legal holds and collecting and preserving ESI (electronically stored information).

    https://www.law.com/ctlawtribune/sites/ctlawtribune/2017/11/17/venable-accused-of-being-an-accomplice-to-destroying-evidence/

  • November 14, 2017 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Webinar on December 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. AZ time:

    "Challenges and Differences in Accommodating Religion, Pregnancy and Disabilities in the Workplace," by Peter J. Petesch and Dionysia L. Johnson-Massie of Littler Mendelson PC. 

    To learn more, visit:  https://www.lexology.com/events/details/4228?utm_source=lexology%2bdaily%2bnewsfeed&utm_medium=html%2bemail&utm_campaign=lexology%2bsubscriber%2bdaily%2bfeed&utm_content=lexology%2bdaily%2bnewsfeed%2b2017-11-14


  • November 09, 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free!  Three one-hour webinars on Thursday November 6th from our sponsor Litigation Services:

    November 16, 10:00 am AZ time: Smartphone Forensics (with CLE credit).  Smartphones have become a staple of daily life and can store unique evidence relevant to both civil and criminal litigation. This online Webinar will emphasize the important categories of evidence that can be recovered from smartphones and how to leverage same, both offensively and defensively in litigation.  Learn how to protect attorney-client communications from spying, and learn techniques that can be applied to unmask an anonymous, unfriendly party. Likewise, learn about the treasure trove beyond the device itself, thanks to social media.  To attend this FREE, one-hour CLE Webinar, register at the link provided, or call Michelle at (602) 317-3768 with attendee names.  Arizona certificates of attendance will be sent to attendees upon course completion.  Online registration: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=6oz8X&m=gZ7ypEX6mTcPnCo&b=ZHE84DazXmKeVXstUpxHQQ

    November 16, 1:00 pm AZ Time:  Electronic Evidence Locker Webinar.  It is common for corporations faced for the first time with electronic discovery to lack a documented, repeatable and defensible method to preserve electronic evidence.  Performing self-collection of electronic evidence without the appropriate tools can result in significant changes to the evidence being collected, changes which could materially impact the use of the evidence in a given matter.  This one-hour Webinar will provide students with methodology and tools to identify, document, preserve, and protect electronic evidence in a cost effective yet defensible manner.  To Register: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=6oz8X&m=iVUKcywbWTcPnCo&b=UBGxzK6GbMLdSoUyHQu1WQ

    November 16, 3pm AZ time: Theft of Trade Secrets.  This class will provide a defined roadmap and checklist of steps to take when presented with the specter of trade-secret-related significant business threats.  Important subjects covered in the class include: Defining “win” scenarios upfront to avoid mission creep; working with outside counsel and a 3rd party computer forensics expert; the identification, preservation and analysis of evidence to inform appropriate actions; special considerations for handling of smartphone based evidence; leveraging evidence derived from smartphones; reasonable steps to take to preserve attorney-client communication security; and the acquisition of phone and text records via subpoena.  To register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eeosfrlx304279a0&oseq=&c=&ch=

  • November 08, 2017 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EEOC sues on behalf of fired 74-year-old worker.  https://goo.gl/wkWKFV

    Ex-paralegal, who had worked in the county attorney's office for 16 years, is suing her employer of forcing her to retire early.  https://goo.gl/hu6gHV

    Blind man denied review of his disabilities rights case against the Coca-Cola Company because it was impossible for him to know what product he was choosing and at what price in two separate vending machines.  https://goo.gl/5bmUHJ.

    After wedding, an Associate's overbilling leads to suspension.  https://goo.gl/y9PBeB

    Employee found ineligible for unemployment benefits because he posted on Facebook that he "chose not to" work and that it was "time to relax for a while."  https://goo.gl/1fU9Ym.

  • October 11, 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to Ebony Meads, recently appointed by the APA Board of Directors to the office of Treasurer.  We look forward to working with Ebony!

  • September 14, 2017 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members:  The video recording and handout from Lynda Shely, Esq.'s CLE Ethics Webinar, "Billing Blunders," have been posted on our Members Only pages.  Go to:  Recorded Webinars, Handouts

    Not a member?  Join us!  Visit Join

  • August 22, 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free CLE from PLI (Practising Law Institute):  Representing the Pro Bono Client:  Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017.  Webcast to be held on September 20, 2017, 9 am Pacific time.  To learn more, visit: 

     http://www.pli.edu/Content/Seminar/Representing_the_Pro_Bono_Client_Advocacy/_/N-4kZ1z10lab?ID=299934

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