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Y. lawyer series debuts

PROVO — The first annual Orrin G. Hatch Distinguished Trial Lawyer Series, "The Art of Courtroom Advocacy," will be held at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School on Friday and Saturday.

Lectures and panel discussions on critical courtroom techniques and tactics covering all aspects of trial practice (jury selection, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, difficult foundational issues and closing statements) will be led by a panel of expert trial attorneys and trial judges.

The keynote speaker will be Russ A. Herman, accomplished trial lawyer and former president of the American Trial Lawyers Association. Herman is one of the country's leading counselors for anti-tobacco litigation and serves as counsel in a number of state class actions brought on behalf of individual claimants, as well as the Louisiana suit to recover Medicaid benefits. He was a lead negotiator for plaintiffs in the $368 billion proposed settlement with the tobacco industry.

Other presenters include jurists Monroe G. McKay of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Dee V. Benson and Dale A. Kimball of the federal District Court of Utah, and California State Court Judge Douglas Miller, who will share the judge's perspective on trial practice. U.S. Attorney for Utah, Paul M. Warner, and BYU law professor Michael Goldsmith, former vice-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, will be joined by experienced trial lawyers James W. Parkinson, Maury A. Herman, David Schwendeman, Robert Davis, and Max Wheeler in presenting to students and lawyers.

Call 801-422-4278 for more information.