On November 1-4, 2017, Jim Richardson represented the National Board of Trial Advocacy at the Tournament of Champions national mock trial competition in Los Angeles. The tournament was held at the U.S. Courthouse, hosted by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and sponsored by Robinson Calcagnie of Newport Beach, California. Presented by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, only sixteen law schools with the best three-year record of success are invited to compete.
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law won the intensely competitive tournament for the second consecutive year. The final round was judged by the Honorable Andre Birotte, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Phil Pasquarello took top honors with the Best Advocate Award.
First photo: U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte, Jr. and Jim Richardson following the final round of competition.
Second photo: Hunter McMullin, Jim Richardson, Phil Pasquarello, Jessica Falkenstein, and Najah Jacobs, representing the winning team, Drexel University School of Law.
The “Essential Trial Advocacy Workshop,” hosted by Jackson Walker LLP on October 27, 2017, featured judges and trial lawyers in an all day workshop on topics that included demonstrations on offering digital evidence, techniques for oral argument of courtroom motions, and use of demonstrative evidence.
Richardson co-chaired the workshop with Professor Tracy McCormack, Director of Trial Advocacy at University of Texas School of Law.
Below: Bree Buchanan, Executive Director, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program; Hon. Andrew Hathcock and Chari Kelly; Jim Richardson
At the ABOTA national board meeting in Nashville last week, Karen Burgess co-moderated a panel of judges and actual jurors at the National Jury Summit.
Additionally, California lawyer Mark Robinson nominated Karen Burgess to serve as treasurer of the national organization, and she was elected by the board of directors.
With a membership of 7,500 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, ABOTA works to promote constitutional rights, in particular the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury.
On August 16 Karen Burgess spoke at Baylor University School of Law’s Legal Mapmaker™ on Business Planning on a panel with Michael V. Bourland that was moderated by Baylor’s Scott Fraley.
On August 16 Karen Burgess presented on Extraordinary Remedies to lawyers from across the state at TexasBarCLE’s 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Law Course at the Westin Galleria in Dallas.
Jim Richardson has been elected President-Elect of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a non-profit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to provide board certification for attorneys in civil trial advocacy, civil pretrial practice, criminal trial advocacy, family trial advocacy, and social security disability. He was elected last week during the organization’s national Board of Directors meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
The forty-three members of NBTA’s Board of Directors are nationally renowned trial lawyers, professors, and judges dedicated to bettering the quality of trial advocacy in our nation’s courtrooms and helping the public find experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers.
For further information about becoming a nationally board certified attorney or to find a board certified attorney in your area, please visit the NBTA website at http://www.nbtalawyers.org/ or contact the NBTA office at (866) 384-6565.
Photo: Jim Richardson and NBTA Immediate Past-President, David Rapoport