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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Jun 9, 2021

 
Congratulations to the 2021 James J. May Trial Lawyers of the Year R. Bruce Owens and Eric R. Rossman.

Bruce and Eric will be honored  Friday, June 18th during the Trial Lawyer of the Year Presentation at the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar
Bruce Owens is a founding partner and Of Counsel at Owens, McCrea & Linscott, PLLC in Coeur d’Alene. Throughout his over forty years of practice, he has specialized in litigation involving medical negligence, premises liability, automobile negligence, insurance law, and contracts/commercial litigation. Bruce received his BA from Brigham Young University in 1969 and his JD from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1972. Bruce is a member of the Idaho and Washington state bar associations. He is also a longtime member of ITLA, AAJ, and the Washington State Association for Justice. An experienced litigator, Bruce has tried cases in all seven judicial district and is a former Certified Civil Trial Specialist. He has served as president of both the Idaho Law Foundation ITLA. Bruce currently serves on the Idaho Judicial Council. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and has received a A.V. Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Bruce is married to his wife Judith and together they have six children.
 
Eric Rossman has dedicated his legal career to representing clients in catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, and employment litigation in state and federal courts throughout Idaho. Eric is the founder and managing member of the Rossman Law Group PLLC. Eric has tried over fifty criminal and civil jury cases, numerous bench trials and arbitrations, and he has argued over twenty cases before state and federal appellate courts. He has recovered, through trial or settlement, in excess of eighty-million dollars for his clients. Eric is actively engaged in numerous dealings with the Idaho legislature on important legislation relating to employment, litigation, and immunity issues. A member of the ITLA and AAJ, Eric has been called upon to speak regarding matters within his areas of expertise. Eric is married to his wonderful wife Tiffany and he has five amazing children: Jordan, Kevin, Kelsey, Anthony, and Capri. Eric loves to ski, golf, travel, and spend time with his family at their second home in McCall.
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Jun 8, 2021

 
Please join fellow ITLA Members at the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar luncheon to celebrate the 2021 Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Award recipient John R. Kormanik
John R. Kormanik is a founding partner of the Boise firm Kormanik & Sneed LLP. He has been a member of the ITLA since 2003. John is also a member of the AAJ, the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Although John’s practice has historically been diverse, for the past decade or more, his attention has been focused on individuals accused of crimes in state and federal courts. John received his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 1997. He is a member of the Idaho and California state bar associations, as well as the District of Idaho and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals federal bars.

John is currently pivoting to the “Third Chapter of Service” in his adult professional life and has received his Certified Professional Coaching accreditation. In this new space, John meets solo and small law firm owners at the intersection of law, business, and life by helping them create and operate vision-based, goal-driven, practices that become vehicles for full, successful, and satisfying lives.
 

Thank you to the 2021 Annual Meeting Sponsor

 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on May 18, 2021

 
 
Cross-examination is one of the most exciting and challenging parts of trial work. Brush up on this critical trial skill at the 2021 Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar

In the presentation Of Drama Queens and Me-Monsters: The Revealing Art of Cross-Exam, Jessica Andrew will touch on issues like equipping the jury to set aside the witness narrative, maintaining control of the witness without alienating the jury, telling your story through the witness, and when and how to deploy an empathetic cross-exam. 

Learn more about Jessica below and take a look at the complete seminar schedule here.
Jessica Andrew is a partner with Lance Andrew, P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a proud member of the American Association for Justice, serves as the President of the Utah Association for Justice, and is the founding chairwoman of the UAJ Women’s Caucus. She teaches on the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College and would love to see many more Utah and Idaho lawyers participate in the College. Jessica loves good stories, great food, motorcycles, and backpacking, and she has never met a mountain she didn’t like. 

Don't Wait to Register...

When you register, you'll have the option to chose whether you'd like to attend in-person or virtually. Due to changing state, county, and local health measures, there may be a limit on the number of in-person attendees we will be able to accommodate. If we must limit in-person attendance, we will do so based on the order of registration.

It is possible to be in person at the resort and still participate virtually from your hotel room if we must limit persons in the actual meeting room. 

Discounted room reservations can be made by calling the Sun Valley Resort at 800-786-8259 and referencing the ITLA Seminar or online here. Please book by May 27, 2021, to secure your discounted rate under our reservation block.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on May 13, 2021

 
The Employment Law Roundtable Discussion will take place Wednesday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m. MDT/11:00 a.m. PDT. The conversation will be hosted by Guy Hallam. 

The discussion will focus on trends and recent court decisions impacting employment law. Attendance will be limited to ITLA plaintiff attorneys. The event will take place on the Zoom Meeting platform and will require video participation. Registration is FREE but required.

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
REGISTER
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on May 7, 2021

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The Open Forum Roundtable Discussion will take place Wednesday, May 12th at 12:00 p.m. MDT/11:00 a.m. PDT. The conversation will be hosted by Russ Johnson and Scott Lundgreen.

The discussion will focus on trending topics and issues in settlements and trials. Attendance will be limited to ITLA plaintiff attorneys. The event will take place on the Zoom Meeting platform and will require video participation. Registration is FREE but required.

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on May 6, 2021

 
In some states, high school sports were played mostly by males until 1973 when Title IX was passed, allowing for more female participation in competitive sports. Tackling Equality: Federal Class Action Civil Rights Litigation for Female Athletes will highlight the ongoing efforts of attorneys fighting for fairness in women’s sports. 

At the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar, Brent Gordon and Loren Washburn will share their experience litigating a civil rights action for girls who want to play the same sports offered to boys, including formulating causes of action, certifying a class, taking discovery, filing dispositive motions, and trying the case over three weeks during a global pandemic.

Learn more about Brent and Loren below and take a look at the complete seminar schedule here.
Brent Gordon has twenty years of experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. He helped create the first all-girls tackle football league in the country. The league has grown from 50 to 500 participants. Brent filed a Title IX lawsuit on behalf of a group of high school girls against three school districts and the Utah High School Activities Association to add girls' football teams to the lineup of sports offered to girls. Brent is an owner of the Parke Gordon Law Firm and is an Eagle Member of ITLA.

Loren Washburn is a skilled trial lawyer who has tried dozens of trials in federal and state courts. Loren graduated from Harvard Law School and then clerked for the Tenth Circuit. After his clerkship, he became a trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuting white-collar crime. Loren then entered private practice representing individuals in complex and sometimes high-profile matters. He is currently a partner at Armstrong Teasdale. Loren loves the strategic elements of the law involved in developing and executing a winning game plan.

Don't Wait to Register...

When you register, you'll have the option to chose whether you'd like to attend in-person or virtually. Due to changing state, county, and local health measures, there may be a limit on the number of in-person attendees we will be able to accommodate. If we must limit in-person attendance, we will do so based on the order of registration.

It is possible to be in person at the resort and still participate virtually from your hotel room if we must limit persons in the actual meeting room. 

Discounted room reservations can be made by calling the Sun Valley Resort at 800-786-8259 and referencing the ITLA Seminar or online here. Please book by May 27, 2021, to secure your discounted rate under our reservation block.
REGISTER
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on May 4, 2021

 
Catch up on all the latest Idaho Supreme Court decisions at the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar. Past President Jarom Whitehead will summarize key ISC opinions and discuss the impact they have on your practice. 

Learn more about Jarom below and take a look at the complete seminar schedule here. 
Jarom Whitehead specializes in personal injury, product liability, and insurance matters. The entirety of his practice is devoted to plaintiff’s litigation. He has successfully resolved cases on behalf of clients at ev­ery stage of the legal process including mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeal. Jarom is a member of various civic and professional organizations. He is the immediate Past President of ITLA and proudly serves on the AAJ Board of Governors. He lives with his wife Jennifer, three teenage daughters, and an overly friendly golden doodle named Charlie. He enjoys living and working in Idaho and takes advantage of the variety of recreational and sporting activities that abound here.

Don't wait to register...

When you register, you'll have the option to chose whether you'd like to attend in-person or virtually. Due to changing state, county, and local health measures, there may be a limit on the number of in-person attendees we will be able to accommodate. If we must limit in-person attendance, we will do so based on the order of registration.

It is possible to be in person at the resort and still participate virtually from your hotel room if we must limit persons in the actual meeting room. 

Discounted room reservations can be made by calling the Sun Valley Resort at 800-786-8259 and referencing the ITLA Seminar or online here. Please book by May 27, 2021, to secure your discounted rate under our reservation block.
REGISTER
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Apr 30, 2021

 
We're going high tech for the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar. ITLA Member Bill Smith will discuss the use of virtual reality (VR) technology in the courtroom in Sun Valley. From an introduction to VR, to how this technology is already being used, and how you can use VR to leverage better outcomes for your clients this is a presentation you won't want to miss. 

Learn more about Bill below and take a look at the complete seminar schedule here. 
Bill Smith is an experienced trial attorney focused on leveraging technology to better serve his clients and the outcomes of their cases. With over twenty years of experience in virtually every type of legal forum including arbitration, mediation, court, and jury trials, he has positively resolved thousands of legal conflicts.  Bill loves helping the injured maximize their case value. The use of virtual reality and the application to improving legal practice are his latest passion.

Don't wait to register...

When you register, you'll have the option to chose whether you'd like to attend in-person or virtually. Due to changing state, county, and local health measures, there may be a limit on the number of in-person attendees we will be able to accommodate. If we must limit in-person attendance, we will do so based on the order of registration.

It is possible to be in person at the resort and still participate virtually from your hotel room if we must limit persons in the actual meeting room. 

Discounted room reservations can be made by calling the Sun Valley Resort at 800-786-8259 and referencing the ITLA Seminar or online here. Please book by May 27, 2021, to secure your discounted rate under our reservation block.
REGISTER
 

Posted by: Taylor Mossman-Fletcher on Apr 29, 2021

 
"All Members of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association in accordance with Article III, Section 3(d) of the Bylaws of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, I hereby issue the official call to the 48th Annual Meeting and Election of Officers to be held at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho, Friday, June 18, 2021, at 12:00 p.m."

– Taylor Mossman-Fletcher, ITLA President

Elected Officer Nominations

The ITLA Nominating Committee is interested in your recommendations for the next ITLA leaders. You may nominate any qualified ITLA member, including yourself, to serve as ITLA Secretary, AAJ Governor*, and AAJ Delegate*. After consideration of all the nominees, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of nominees during the ITLA Annual Meeting on June 18th. 

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary (open position)
  • AAJ Governor (open position)*
  • AAJ Delegate (open position) *

Please, take a moment to nominate a colleague or yourself for ITLA leadership here. The Nomination period ends April 30th at 5:00 p.m. MDT. 

*AAJ nominees must be members in good standing of AAJ and ITLA.

The Seminar in Sun Valley 

After a long and challenging year, we are thrilled that the 2021 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar will take place at the Sun Valley Resort June 18-19. If you are not quite ready to gather with your colleagues, we will be streaming the CLEs and Annual Meeting. A successful, safe, and healthy event is our goal and we are working closely with the facility to participate in their best practices for safety.

While some of our social events may look a little different this year, one thing that won't change is our phenomenal presentation lineup. Take a look at the complete seminar schedule a speaker lineup here.

When you register, you'll have the option to chose whether you'd like to attend in-person or virtually. Due to changing state, county, and local health measures, there may be a limit on the number of in-person attendees we will be able to accommodate. If we must limit in-person attendance, we will do so based on the order of registration.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Apr 22, 2021

 
The Workers' Compensation Roundtable Discussion will take place Wednesday, April 28th at 12:00 p.m. MDT/11:00 A.M. PDT. The conversation will be hosted by Darin Monroe. 

The discussion will focus on emerging trends in Idaho workers' compensation and attendance will be limited to ITLA claimant attorneys. The event will take place on the Zoom Meeting platform and will require video participation. Registration is FREE but required.

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
REGISTER
 

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