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2021 Advanced Tactics & Strategies
2021 Advanced Tactics & Strategies

We are pleased to announce that RobinYoung & Company is a sponsor of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association 2021 Tactics & Strategies CLE taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on September 9 and 10, 2021. Earn up to 7.50 hours live MCLE credit including 1.25 hour Ethics.

Check out the schedule Below.

2021 Advanced Tactics and Strategies

Thursday , September 19, and Friday, September 10, 2021
La Fonda on the Plaza – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Thursday, September 9



8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome and Introductions
Lara Brock, VP of CLE

9:00am – 9:30am
30 min    0.50 MCLE

Preparing Your Expert for the Daubert Challenge
SPEAKER: David Bright, Corpus Christi

9:30am – 10:00am
30 min    0.50 MCLE

Tactics and Strategies for Trucking Cases
SPEAKER: Clay Miller, Dallas

10:00am – 10:30am
30 min    0.50 MCLE

Health Care Liability Update
SPEAKER: Paula Sweeney, Dallas

About topic:
•Tolling – you thought you had it….
•120 Day reports – suddenly easier than you think
•Parents come to see you – have they triggered the Statute?
•Early Determination – good idea, will it work?

10:30am – 10:55am
25 min


10:55am – 11:40am
45 min   0.75 MCLE

Focus Groups: Framing the Issues, Taking Through Focus Groups, and Presenting Based on Those Themes and Feedback at Trial
SPEAKERS: Jim Mitchell, Dallas and Kellye Raymond, Dallas

11:40am – 12:10pm
30 min    0.50 MCLE

Teaching the “Special Sauce” in Litigation, Trial, and Mediation
SPEAKER: Mike Guajardo, Austin

12:10pm – 12:40pm


12:40pm – 1:10pm
30 min    0.50 MCLE

How to Introduce and Use Post-Incident Evidence
SPEAKER: Nelson Roach, Daingerfield

1:10pm – 1:35pm
25 min    0.42 MCLE

Heavy Truck, Crash Avoidance Technologies, and Autonomy: Identifying Products Liability and Negligence Cases
SPEAKER: Julian C. Gomez, McAllen

About topic:
We will discuss the hype surrounding Crash Avoidance Technologies, Autonomy, and Heavy Trucks; review the history of Crash Avoidance Technologies, Autonomy, and Heavy Trucks; Discuss the Future of Crash Avoidance Technologies, Autonomy, and Heavy Trucks, and finish with the concrete factual criteria to identify today’s viable negligence and product liability Crash Avoidance Technologies, Autonomy, and Heavy Truck cases.

1:35pm – 2:15pm
40 min    0.67 MCLE

Political Update
SPEAKERS: Michael Gallagher, Houston, James Fields, TTLA and Dennis Speight, TTLA

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Welcome to Santa Fe Evening Reception sponsored by Durham, Pittard & Spalding, LLP on La Terraza Garden Patio

Friday, September 10



9:00am – 9:35am
35 min   0.58 MCLE

Texas Supreme Court Update
SPEAKER: Jay Harvey, Austin

9:35am – 10:05am
30 min   0.50 MCLE

Observations From an Appellate Attorney at Trial
SPEAKER: Kirk Pittard, Dallas

About topic:

  • Use of appellate counsel at trial
  • Critical phases of trial
  • Issues often encountered
  • Creative strategies

10:05am – 10:40am
35 min   0.58 MCLE incl. 0.58 Ethics

The Ethics and Pitfalls of Practicing Out of State
SPEAKER: John M. Black, Houston

About topic:

  • Who is your client?
  • Statutory wrongful death beneficiaries vs. loss of consortium claimants
  • Competing personal representatives
  • Who has settlement authority?
  • Division of funds (statute vs. agreement)
  • Role of the court (if any) in approving settlements
  • Choice of law concerns regarding distribution of funds

10:40am – 10:55am
15 min


10:55am – 11:20am
25 min   0.42 MCLE

Trying Cases Without Medical Bills
SPEAKER: Todd Kelly, Austin

11:20am – 11:45am
25 min   0.42 MCLE

Beating the Biomechanics Expert
SPEAKER: Javier Herrera, San Antonio

11:45am – 12:25pm
40 min   0.67 MCLE
incl. 0.67 ethics

The Mirror – The Most Important Tool in a Real Lawyer’s Arsenal.  Ten Tips for Having a Legal Career You Can Be Proud Of
SPEAKER: Mikal Watts, San Antonio



* Agenda subject to change


For registration, hotel information and more visit the Official TTLA Event Page.

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