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Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is excited to host the 2017 Tournament of Champions (TOC), sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The tournament will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at the new Federal Courthouse and on the Loyola Law School campus. The competition will run from Wednesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 4th.

Once a team's participation is confirmed, please visit the tournament website to register. Registration will include team contact information and registration fee payment. We accept both credit cards and checks for registration fees. If you are paying via check, please select "offline payment" when checking out. Please note that we have extended the deadline for team registration fees. Please submit payment for the tournament by Friday, August 4th.

Teams will also find the schedule and hotel logistics on the tournament website. We have reserved a room block at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Rooms at the Omni must be booked by September 29, 2017 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the tournament website to access the room block reservation website.

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The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is proud to announce that it will honor Retired Judge Paul K. Leary with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leary, who retired in 2009 as associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court in Massachusetts, served as president of NBTA (formerly known as the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification) from 2005-07. Leary remains a member of the organization’s board of directors.

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With many members of Congress pushing anti-consumer legislation that will destroy protections for the constituents who elected them, NBTA member Benjamin Wagner, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, penned an ode to the 7th Amendment of the US Constitution for the Wisconsin Law Journal. The 7th Amendment, included in the Bill of Rights, protects citizens by preserving the right to trial by jury.

The right to a civil jury trial is firmly rooted in the vision of the founders of our state and country. The 7th Amendment emerged from the demands of small-government advocates who were wary of granting too much power to government officials — be they legislators, bureaucrats or judges.

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Four members of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Trial Team won the uber-prestigious Tournament of Champions sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, on Oct. 23.

3L Rachel Holt and 2L Philip Pasquarello were the team’s advocates, joined by 2Ls Brittany Green and Rachel Greenberg, who served as witnesses.

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Fay Arfa, NBTA certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, takes her place in our member spotlight this week. Attorney Arfa holds both undergraduate and Master's degrees from UCLA. After several years in public service, she attended law school at night and earned her law degree while continuing to work full time. Fay dedicates herself to helping all people accused of crimes. She prides herself on giving personal attention and pulling out all the stops, and she fights as hard as she can for all of her clients to make sure they get the most vigorous defense possible.

Where did you go to law school?
Southwestern University School of Law  

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In the NBTA spotlight this week is member Joshua Weisberg of Rapoport Law Offices in Chicago. NBTA certified in civil trial law, Josh has chosen to dedicate his career solely to representing those harmed by the negligence of others in order to help obtain justice for those who have been wronged, and to help make the community safer by enforcing public safety standards. His most recent trial verdicts include a record setting medical malpractice wrongful verdict in DeKalb County, Illinois, and a record setting verdict as lead trial attorney in Dupage County, Illinois. Welcome to the spotlight, Josh.

Where did you go to law school?
University of Illinois College of Law 

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Join NBTA and Thompson & Knight LLP for a CLE program next month! All attorneys are welcome, you don't need to be an NBTA member to attend. During the event, we encourage you to meet and get to know some of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) members who will be present.

NBTA Houston Area Chapter CLE Event
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM (Central Time)

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Board Certification in Social Security Disability takes the spotlight this week as we feature NBTA member Chris Cornaghie. Chris represents hard working individuals in Social Security Appeals, long term disability and related matters throughout the Mid South: including: Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Chris is admitted to practice in numerous United States Federal courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as president of the Memphis Mid South chapter of the Federal Bar Association and president of the University of Memphis Law School Alumni Association. Chris has also served on the board of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives).

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This week we welcome Arkadelphia, Arkansas, attorney Travis Berry to the NBTA member spotlight. Travis is a partner at Wright, Berry & White, PLLC, has 30 years of trial experience and has tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict. He has represented plaintiffs in cases ranging from medical negligence to product liability, fire claims, motor vehicle accidents, defective firearms and several other areas. He has also represented defendants in hundreds of motor vehicle defense cases over the years.

Travis was lead counsel for the plaintiff in a product liability multi-district litigation in Federal Court with cases in seven states and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in class action litigation, and he is the founder of the Gar Gig Continuing Legal Education event held each year at Cedar Lodge in Arkadelphia on the Ouachita River. Travis is also certified by the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator for Arkansas’ Circuit Courts.

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In the NBTA Member Spotlight this week is Pennsylvania attorney Marc Steinberg, Managing Partner of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford since 1980. Mr. Steinberg is NBTA certified in Criminal Trial Law and is a co-founder of the Criminal Defense Law Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association, where he served as chairman or co-chairman from 1988 until 1996. Mr. Steinberg is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Montgomery Bar Association in criminal and civil areas. He also teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy at Temple University School of Law, where he has been teaching law students the art of trial advocacy for the past 25 years.

Where did you go to law school?
Temple University School of Law

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At the National Board of Trial Advocacy, our members are our most valuable assets. Board certification by the NBTA takes out the question of whether an attorney is competent in a given area of law, by providing information to the consumer of legal services that is, unlike many lawyer organizations, verifiable and objective based. Board certification allows the client to know they are choosing someone ethical, knowledgeable, well respected with both their colleagues & the courts, and have a clear, proven level of proficiency.

We are excited to spotlight our members in our e-newsletters, on social media and here on our blog, but we need your help. Therefore, we have created a quick "spotlight survey" to gather information about members and use it to feature them in the future. If you are an NBTA member and would like to be considered for a future Spotlight, please fill out the form below.

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Florida attorney and NBTA member Matt Powell will proudly be sponsoring the Bright House Networks Pet Festival with the Humane Society of Pinellas on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The interactive event, which takes place in St. Petersburg, FL, consists of a dog walk, dog lovers and families. Adoptable pets will be available from HSP and many other area rescues. HSP’s Mobile Medical Center will also be on hand, offering affordable vaccines and microchips for pets.

“Our firm is full of pet lovers, and anything we can do to help support animals and the HSP, we try to be a part of,” said Powell. “I have volunteered with the HSP in the past and am honored to co-sponsor the pet festival.”

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In his forty-plus year legal career, NBTA member Mark Mandell has helped countless plaintiffs. He has tried many multi-million dollar cases to successful verdict and has received the highest negligence verdict in Rhode Island history - $25,590,000.

Attorney Mandell is a former president of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association and holds many other distinguished memberships and awards. He has recently put his experience on paper to help other attorneys in the book Case Framing, where he shares proven methods developed over the course of his esteemed career. Available from Trial Guides, the book “uses transcripts and other examples to show how readers can use the Case Framing method to succeed in depositions, settlement and mediation negotiations, cases with multiple defendants, and cases where the opposing party has admitted liability in an attempt to reduce your ability to obtain a just verdict.” Below is an excerpt:

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NBTA member Steve Laird of Fort Worth's Law Offices of Steven C. Laird was honored by fellow members of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association with the 2015 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award.

The annual honor is presented to a practicing lawyer who primarily represents injured plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Honorees must have exhibited a career commitment to high ethical standards, exceptional professional conduct, trial advocacy skills and legal accomplishments. The award is named for the late Fort Worth trial lawyer H.G. Wells, who served as a confidant, mentor and inspiration for many local attorneys before his death in 2008.

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Loyola Law School, Los Angeles triumphed over Georgetown University Law Center as the winner of the 26th Annual National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions, held late last month in St. Louis. The California-based institution topped 15 other elite trial teams to win the annual competition.

Hosted this year by Washington University Law School, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation. Each year, 16 schools are invited, based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions’ competitions.

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The Tournament of Champions is this week! Below is our original post with information about the event. Updates have been added at the end.

It's October, which means the NBTA Tournament of Champions Trial Competition is less than a month away. The "Thriller at the River" will be hosted by Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and held at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse downtown.

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Many of our NBTA members are frequently on the go, and even when they're not, they often choose to work from their handy smartphones or tablets rather than the desktops attached to their offices. Mobile apps can make life easier for the busy attorney, but with so many apps in the marketplace today, how does one separate the wheat from the chaff, and where does one even begin to look?

Luckily, over at the ABA's Law Technology Today Blog, Barrie Hadfield made a June post with his list of the top ten apps that can simplify attorneys' lives. Ranging in price from free to $54.99--with most free or $9.99--in the iTunes and Google Play stores, several recommended apps are designed specifically for attorneys, while others are targeted to anyone but help lawyers stay organized with file sharing, travel, time keeping, etc.

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Imagine teams of runners carrying the American flag across the length of the country, from San Francisco to Washington DC. It's called the Old Glory Relay 2015, and it's currently underway. NBTA Member and Kentucky attorney Karl Truman is proud to participate in the Louisville-to-Frankfurt 50 mile stretch on October 29, as part of Team Red, White & Blue.

Team Red, White & Blue is proud to be running on behalf of Veterans across the US. The team is raising money to help "enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity."

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NBTA's Houston Chapter held a CLE event on for 33 attorneys on September 24th. Open to both members and non-members, this 60-minute, SBOT Continuing Legal Education program and social hour was led by NBTA member Jim Perdue, Sr., once described as the "king" of Texas medical malpractice lawyers by Forbes magazine.

The event was held at Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Egan LLC. McGehee, Chang, Barnes and Landgraf, LP who hosted the social hour that followed. Below are some pictures from the event.

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*Updated 9/24/15* - Listen to the Edward Page podcast here.

NBTA member Edward Page of Tampa-based firm Carlton, Fields, Jorden & Burt will join Chuck Finney for our next “Your Legal Rights” podcast on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Page will discuss the topic of drones and the issue of public safety, privacy and public trust. We recently interviewed Page to learn more about the upcoming podcast. Here is what he had to say:

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