Meet Our Presenters
We work with today’s most talented continuing legal education presenters. Award winning practitioners and subject matter experts, they have authored more than a dozen books, including some of the best-selling legal treatises of all time. They have shared their expertise on Court TV, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS’ The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC, Fox Business, The Today Show, Keith Olbermann, CNN, Your Monday, NPR, and Voice of America, and they have been featured in or authored articles for The New Yorker, Voice of America, The Boston Globe, The Montreal Gazette, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The Arizona Republic, and many other publications. Read their profiles below to learn more.
Ed Adams (Minneapolis, MN)
Edward S. Adams is the Howard E. Buhse professor of finance and law, co-director of the Kommerstad Center for Business Law & Entrepreneurship, and Director of CLE Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he specializes in corporate law, corporate finance, and bankruptcy. Following graduation cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School where he served as managing editor of the law review, Adams clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and worked in the Chicago office of Latham and Watkins. An M.B.A. graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, he is the author of 15 books on business-related issues, a two-time recipient of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award, a past Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, and former co-holder of the Julius E. Davis Chair in Law. As an attorney and advisor, Adams has more than $1 billion in transactional experience. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Ed Adams are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Steve Armstrong (San Diego, CA)
Steve Armstrong is the founder of Armstrong Talent Development. Drawing on 20 years’ experience in leading talent-management programs and teaching professionals, Steve provides consulting and training services for law firms and other professional-service organizations. He emphasizes practical methods for improving the performance of professionals – at all levels of seniority – so that they can contribute more to their firms. For more than 20 years, he has taught writing programs for lawyers in the U.S. and Canada and for federal and state judges. With Professor Timothy P. Terrell, he is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd edition, 2008, Practicing Law Institute). Steve presents several programs in Canada in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including the best-selling Writing to Persuade, and Writing (and Editing) for Clarity and Impact half day and one-day seminars.
William Bernhardt (Choctaw, OK)
William Bernhardt spent ten years as a litigator and partner at one of Oklahoma’s most prominent law firms. While practicing law, he received awards from Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bar Association. Barrister Magazine named him one one of the top twenty young lawyers in America. After his Ben Kincaid courtroom drama books consistently hit the New York Times bestseller list, he left the practice of law to write and teach writing full-time. He has sold more than ten million books worldwide. In addition to his law degree, Bernhardt holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature, giving him a unique resume as the only legal writing instructor in the nation who has had academic acclaim, a successful, award-winning law practice, and numerous New York Times bestselling novels. He has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction, and has received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award. He is the youngest author inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.
Sean Carter (Mesa, AZ)
For 10 years after graduating from Harvard Law School, Sean Carter represented clients such as GNC, Experian, the Boston Beer Company, and J. Crew. In 2002, Sean left practice to become North America’s foremost (and perhaps only) Humourist at Law. From 2003 to 2006, he wrote a weekly ABA humour column for lawyers, and his syndicated legal humour column has appeared in general circulation newspapers nationwide, including The Los Angeles Times. Sean delivers over 100 programs a year for bar associations, law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and law schools, and has appeared on television programs, and is a frequent guest on talk radio shows across America. This is his first national webcast to Canadian lawyers.
Michael Cash (Houston, TX)
Mike Cash is a highly respected Texas “SuperLawyer” who has represented clients in high-stakes litigation for more than two decades. His practice focuses on commercial cases before juries, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His clients include such heavyweights as Exxon Mobil, PetSmart, Group 1 Automotive, and Lender Processing Services, Inc. A veteran trial advocacy instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Cash is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and Baylor University School of Law. He is a fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, and was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Litigation Counsel of America. When asked by a client what his “specialty” was, Cash responded, “I tell really compelling stories to twelve people at a time.” Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Mike Cash are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Dr. Gordon Cochrane (Vancouver, BC)
Dr. Gordon Cochrane is a Registered Psychologist, a member of the Heath Services Providers in Psychology, and is certified by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards in Canada and the US. He is on the Board of Directors of the Medical-Legal Society of B.C. and is a member of SportsMed BC. He has been published in The Journal of the New York State Bar Association, The Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology; Diagnosis, The Journal of the Canadian Family Physician, The Litigator, The Verdict, The Advocate and the Washington State Bar News. He has over 20 years’ experience providing psychological assessments, consultations and expert testimony for law firms in Canada and the US.
Mark J. Cochrane (Vancouver, BC)
Mark J. Cochrane is a family law litigator practicing with Gordon J. Kopelow Law Offices in Vancouver since 2007. Mark has conducted successful trials in Provincial Court and BC Supreme Court, as well as successful appeals before the BC Court of Appeal Appeal involving such matters as property division, retroactive child support, and changes in child custody. With psychologist Dr. Gordon Cochrane, Mark has been a co-presenter of CLE seminars relating to the cross-examination of psychological and health care experts. In addition to practicing law full-time, Mark is a faculty member in the English Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has published in a number of areas.
Meg Spencer Dixon (Kensington, MD)
Meg Spencer Dixon is a lawyer and consultant specializing in time management, project management, and stress management seminars for lawyers and legal professionals. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude in economics, from Princeton University in 1982, and received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 1985. In 1992, Meg left the practice of law to found Spencer Consulting, and since then has been giving speeches, writing articles, and conducting public and in-house seminars on many aspects of time management and related subjects such as procrastination, project management, stress management and how to run effective meetings. Meg delivers numerous programs in Canada in association with Seminar Partners, including the popular Project Management for Lawyers, and its adaptation for advocates, Project Management for Litigators.
Roger Dodd (Valdosta, GA/Jacksonville, FLA)
Roger Dodd is an internationally-known trial attorney, author, lecturer, consultant and renowned expert on cross-examination techniques. His focus is on serious or catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, trucking cases, aviation accidents, and medical malpractice. In addition to his practice in Valdosta, Georgia, Roger is senior partner of Spohrer & Dodd of Jacksonville, Florida. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991, he is co-author of LexisNexis’ best selling title ever: Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques along with Media Skills: the Lawyer as Spokesperson (LexisNexis, 2008). Roger has been named a Georgia “Super Lawyer”. He is a frequent guest and commentator on Court TV, Good Morning America and numerous local Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC affiliate stations. Roger delivers several programs a year in Canada in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including Advanced Cross-examination Techniques, and Media Skills: The Lawyer as Spokesperson.
Katrina Dunn (Vancouver, BC)
Katrina Dunn is an award-winning professional director, respected producer and inspiring teacher. For over a decade she has been Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Touchstone Training teaches lawyers how to dramatically improve their performance using the skills and techniques of an actor. Touchstone’s critically acclaimed workshop, The Powerful Performance: Effective Advocacy Skills for Lawyers, has helped countless lawyers and judges develop and improve their advocacy and presentation skills. She has taught theatre at the University of British Columbia and in Touchstone Training workshops for the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, BC CLE and at numerous legal conferences and events. She received her training at SFU (Dance and Theatre programs) and the National Theatre School of Canada. Katrina offers one to two day open enrolment and private in-house programs across Canada through Seminar Partners.
Stephen Easton (Laramie, WY)
Stephen Easton is a trial lawyer and award-winning teacher. A former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, and past partner in the firm of Pearce & Durick, he was dean for 4 years of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he remains a Professor of Law. He previously taught law at The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is the author of How to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors, and co-author of Professional Responsibility: Problems, Case and Materials, 3rd Ed. His articles have been widely published in the legal and popular press. Steve received his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Stephen Easton are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Lenne’ Espenschied (Smyrna, GA)
Lenne’ Espenschied, Esq. practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation for technology -based businesses. She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association: Contract Drafting: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 2015, 2nd ed) and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals, 2011). After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law, Ms. Espenschied began her legal practice at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; she also served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own law office. Ms. Espenschied has taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting at Charlotte School of Law and at the University of Georgia. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars across Canada and the US. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.
Charles Fox (Vestal, NY)
Charles Fox practiced law for 22 years, the last 14 as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. He specialized in complex debt transactions and restructurings. In 2005, he left Skadden to start up Fox Professional Development LLC, which has become the foremost provider of training on transactional lawyering skills to United States law firms. He is the author of Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You, the leading book on contract practice for new lawyers. He is an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School and the University of Alabama Law School, and has presented at Cardozo Law School, Emory Law School, Pace Law School, and Northwestern University School of Law. He loves teaching deal lawyers how to do what they do, and believes it is very important work.
Toni Halleen (Minneapolis, MN)
Toni is the Chief Operating Officer for Schaefer Halleen, LLC in Minneapolis. Prior to taking her role at Schaefer Halleen in 2012, Toni practiced employment law for many years with The General Counsel, Ltd. (the “GCL”), a law firm which provides outsourced, in- house counsel services to business clients. An improvisation performer, Toni has combined her talents into a fresh, fun approach to professional development. Her “Think on The Spot!” seminars are presented across the United States, and are designed to build listening, thinking, communication, team-building, and presentation skills for lawyers. Her play “Soulless, Bloodsucking Lawyers: A Musical!” was the best-selling show and voted Best Musical at the Minnesota Fringe Festival for 2003. From 1997 to 2002, Toni was the director of employment law for ADC Telecommunications, a multi-national corporation headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Before that, she practiced employment law with Briggs and Morgan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.
Samuel D. Hodge (Philadelphia, PA)
Sam Hodge is an award winning teacher, and personal injury author and authority. Hodge has received multiple teaching awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award – Best Program from ACLEA, the International Association for Continuing Legal Education. He has been designated a Master Teacher by the Academy of Legal Studies and his interactive teaching style has been the subject of stores in The New York Times, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio and television. He lectures on anatomy to lawyers, physicians, judges, and insurance professionals. He has authored more than 150 articles which have been published in journals such as The Practical Litigator, Modern Medicine, the Insurance Counsel Journal, the Practical Lawyer, The Barrister and the American Business Law Journal. He has also written several legal texts including Anatomy for Litigators published by ALI-ABA. Hodge’s most recent book, The Forensic Autopsy for Lawyers, co-authored by Michael Panella. Hodge received his J.D. from Template University School of Law. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Sam Hodge are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Michael Johnson (Arlington, VA)
Michael W. Johnson is CEO of Clear Law Institute. As a former attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Johnson investigated and litigated cases against employers around the US. Mr. Johnson has trained thousands of human resource professionals, compliance and ethics officers, attorneys, auditors, and others how to effectively interview witnesses and spot deception in investigative interviews. The United Nations hired Mr. Johnson to train UN staff on investigative interviewing techniques in New York, the Congo, and Sierra Leone. He has served as an expert witness in cases challenging the adequacy of employer investigations. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
Gareth Jones (Toronto, ON)
Gareth Jones is a former Director of the Special Ombudsman Response Team at the Office of the Ombudsman of the Department of National Defense and Canadian Forces (DND/CF). Prior to that, he was an investigator with the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Before emigrating to Canada, he was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police, London, UK. He has conducted over 500 investigations in his career. He is author of Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, The Top Ten Things Not To Do When Setting Up A Police Oversight Agency and Workplace Investigations: Getting Beyond He Said, She Said. Gareth has been retained by counsel in the United States, Canada and the Cayman Islands to provide expert evidence in police shooting and pursuit cases. He delivers training to a wide variety of private and public organizations, and fact-finding agencies across the world, including United Nations bodies. Gareth Jones’ programs with Seminar Partners are presented in conjunction with the Workplace Institute.
Susan Jones (Alamo, CA)
Dr. Susan E. Jones is the founder of Jury Research Institute in Alamo, California, one of North America’s most respected jury consulting firms. A pioneer in the fields of jury research and persuasion, her studies have shattered many commonly-held beliefs. She has personally observed more than 3,000 juries deliberate, gaining unique insights possessed by few others. For over 25 years Dr. Jones has successfully assisted litigators in virtually every area of civil litigation, helping hundreds of Fortune 500 companies craft and pre-test winning trial strategies in cases with millions or billions of dollars at stake. Dr. Jones is a sought-after lecturer by hundreds of national, state and local bar associations and corporate counsel associations, and is often asked to lend her expertise to publications like the Wall Street Journal and Business Week. She has authored dozens of articles and book chapters for legal publications, including American Jury Trials, Trial Magazine, Law and Human Behavior and The Practical Litigator. She also served on the editorial board of Law and Psychology Review. A licensed psychologist in California, Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Sue Jones are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Irwin Karp (Sacramento, CA)
Irwin Karp is a leading legal time management expert. For 17 years he was the managing partner of a small environmental law firm. 12 years ago he started Productive Time, providing productivity and time management consulting to bar associations, law firms, and in-house legal departments. He increase productivity. has helped thousands of lawyers across Canada and the US be more productive. Irwin is a member of the State Bar of California, and previously served as Special Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section of the California Bar. He is a graduate of George Washington University Law School.
Egil “Bud” Krough (Washington, DC)
Egil “Bud” Krogh is a Senior Fellow on Ethics, Leadership, and Integrity at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. He served as Deputy White House Counsel from 1971 to 1973. During the five years between his disbarment from law practice in 1975 and his reinstatement to the bar in 1980, Mr. Krogh taught Ethics, Public Policy Analysis, and Administrative Law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is the author of Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House (Public Affairs Press, 2007) and an international speaker on decision-making, legal ethics, and personal and professional integrity. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Egil “Bud” Krogh are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Marty Latz (Phoenix, AZ)
Martin E. Latz, founder of Latz Negotiation Institute, is an internationally acclaimed expert on negotiation strategy and tactics. A Harvard Law School graduate, cum laude, Marty is an adjunct professor for negotiation at Arizona State University’s College of Law. He has taught over 50,000 business professionals and lawyers in more than 40 states and 6 provinces how to negotiate more effectively. Marty negotiated for The White House nationally and internationally on The White House Advance Teams, 1993–1995, is the author of, Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want(St. Martin’s Press 2004), appears as a negotiation expert on CBS’ The Early Show, is a negotiation consultant and trainer for major North American corporations and law firms. Marty delivers sell-out programs in Canada in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including Gain the Edge: Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers, Advanced Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers, and shorter one to two hour presentations.
Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch (Albuquerque, NM)
Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch are principals of Internet for Lawyers and internationally recognized full-time CLE speakers. Their areas of expertise are: Internet investigative, legal, and social media research; social media ethics; Google search; and Google cloud Apps. Together, they have authored hundreds of Internet research articles and six ABA Law Practice Division books. They have also co-authored thirteen editions of IFL Press’s The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet. In 2013, they were recipients of the “Fastcase Fifty” award, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law” and in 2014, they both became Fellows in the prestigious College of Law Practice Management.
David Mann (Minneapolis, MN)
David Mann is a speaker, trainer, and professional actor/director. He has presented for dozens of CLE providers across Canada and the U.S., and for such companies as General Mills, Boston Scientific, Mosaic, Merrill Lynch, HealthPartners, Mayo Health System, and the Hartford. He has a specialized focus on persuasive presentation for lawyers, and he is on the Faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Professional Education Group, and Loyola School of Law, and has been featured in The New Yorker, Village Voice, The Business Journal, and Minnesota Business. A professional theater artist for more than two decades, David has performed or directed for the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and many others, and has appeared in a number of American television and radio commercials. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring David Mann are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
David Markowitz (Portland, OR)
David B. Markowitz is considered to be among the best trial lawyers in the American Northwest. His keen instincts and commanding presence have made him a courtroom icon. He is a senior partner in the law firm of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, where he focuses on commercial litigation. Dave is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for “bet-the-company” litigation, is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon and by Super Lawyers magazine as the top Oregon Lawyer for 2013. In addition to his active trial schedule, Dave is a popular, internationally sought-after speaker. His deposition program, adapted for this presentation for Canada, is a nationally-recognized training seminar in the US, and was produced as a DVD by Trial Guides™. It is one of the company’s best-selling products.
Leonard Matheo and Lisa DeCaro (Golden, CO)
Leonard Matheo and Lisa DeCaro are internationally known speakers and co-founders of Courtroom Perfor-mance, Inc., an elite consulting firm specializing in jury research (mock trials and focus groups), witness preparation, theme & narrative development, and presentation training. Professional actors and directors, each has over 20 years of experience in theater, film, and television. Len and Lisa have helped thousands of lawyers and their witnesses prepare for deposition and trial, by employing the professional actor’s techniques of effective story analysis, story structure, and persuasive presentation. They are co-authors of the book, The Lawyer’s Winning Edge: Exceptional Courtroom Performance (Bradford Publishing, 2004). They have practical experience in hundreds of civil and criminal cases, and have assisted in victories involving many Fortune 100 companies on both the Plaintiff’s and the Defendant’s side of the courtroom. Both Len and Lisa are frequent CLE presenters, and have served as faculty for colleges including UCLA Law School and UC Boulder School of Law.
Paul Mellor (Richmond, VA)
Paul Mellor is an internationally recognized memory training consultant. A finalist in the USA Memory Championship, he remembered the names of over 90 people in less than 15 minutes, recalled in correct order over 100 single digit numbers after a five minute study, and recalled the exact order of a shuffled deck of playing cards after less than a three and-a-half minute review. Paul believes that everyone can build their brain power and improve their memory with the help of a few proven techniques. His methods have helped thousands of lawyers increase their efficiency and effectiveness in and out of the courtroom. “Making Your Case with a Better Memory” has been presented by over 25 American state and local bar Associations, and to Canadian lawyers, through the Canadian Bar Association. A popular radio and television guest, Paul has also written extensively on memory and been featured in such publications as Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and USA Today. Paul resides in Richmond, Virginia.
Joseph Novello (Metuchen, NJ)
Joe Novello began his career in accounting and management consulting at Ernst & Young in New York City. He obtained his CPA license in New York and his MBA in Finance from New York University. Joe’s wealth of experience was gained from working with American and international Fortune 500 companies as Controller, CFO and in other positions. Since founding the Financial Training Organization in 2010, Joe has presented his finance programs to hundreds of lawyers through bar associations in 13 U.S. states. His goal is to share an easy-to-understand approach that will make dealing with a client’s financial matters more manageable. He brings his real world experience to his programs and offers his candid opinions on key issues. Program participants consistently rate him as exceeding expectations.
Paul Paton (Sacramento, CA)
Paul Paton is a Professor of Law and Director of the Ethics Across the Professions Initiative of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Professor Paton spent over a decade in practice, first in the commercial litigation group of Davies, Ward & Beck in Toronto, then as Justice and Social Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, and as in-house counsel to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He teaches professional responsibility, corporate governance, business associations, legal ethics and the legal profession, and ethics for government and public lawyers and was twice named a Fellow of the U.S. National Institute on Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. He is a frequent media commentator on the role of lawyers in corporate scandal and has numerous publications in law reviews and journals. He is immediate past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Paul delivers programs in Canada in association with Seminar Partners including the case-based program Practical Ethics: Real Problems, Real Solutions.
Larry Pozner(Denver, CO)
Larry Pozner is a founding partner of Denver law firm Reilly Pozner LLP. Larry focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation—as well as the lecture circuit. He is litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club. Larry began his career as a public defender—and continues his high profile criminal defense work as a private practitioner. Larry supplements his civil and criminal practice with publishing, television and radio legal commentary, and lecturing on trial practice. He is co-author of the best selling title ever published by LexisNexis: Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques. Larry is regularly listed in Colorado Super Lawyers magazine and has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America for twenty consecutive years. He has provided legal analysis for the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Keith Olbermann, Fox News, CNN, NPR and Court TV. Larry delivers several programs in Canada each year in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including his signature tour-de-force Advanced Cross-examination Techniques seminar.
Molly Bishop Shadel (Charlottesville, VA)
Molly Bishop Shadel is a professor of oral advocacy and public speaking at the University of Virginia School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American literature and language and earned her law degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She practiced law in the litigation department of Covington & Burling in the Washington and New York offices, and also in the U.S. D.O.J.’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theatre at Northwestern University’s M.F.A. directing program and directed plays professionally in New York. She is the author (with Robert N. Sayler) of Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (Aspen Publishers, Spring 2011) and Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold-Calls, Job Interviews and Other Verbal Challenges (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming December 2012). Molly delivers programming in Canada with Seminar Partners including audience favorites The Woman Advocate: Proven Strategies to Improve Persuasion Skills of Women Lawyers, and Public Speaking & Oral Advocacy.
Richard Shekter (Toronto, ON)
Richard Shekter is recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigators. As the founding senior partner of Shekter, Dychtenberg LLP in Toronto, he practises in the field of criminal, civil, health, personal injury, corporate, medical malpractice, employment law and administrative litigation. He is general counsel to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario. He writes and lectures widely on legal matters, in particular expert evidence, and was the legal affairs columnist for Family Practice, a McLean-Hunter Publication. Mr. Shekter is a former Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and The Advocates’ Society, is a former vice-chairman of the Civil Liberties Section of the Ontario Bar Association and past Chairman of the Health Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Richard delivers top quality programming with Seminar Partners including Presenting and Challenging Expert Witnesses at Trial.
Daniel I. Small (Boston, MA)
Daniel I. Small has built a brilliant career on his ability to prepare witnesses to be compelling advocates for his client. As a federal prosecutor, general counsel, and as a partner at Holland & Knight, Small has used the same process that he will teach to you to introduce the witness to the foreign land of the deposition, hearing, or courtroom and to prepare them to tell the story in a way that connects to jury or judge and produces winning results. He is a respected author on this subject — Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, (3rd Edition, ABA). The breadth of his experience is reflected in the practical advice he offers in this acclaimed CPD program. Seminar Partners’ programs featuring Daniel I. Small are presented in conjunction with the Professional Education Group.
Steven Stark (Boston, MA)
Steven Stark, a writer, teacher, lawyer, and consultant, is the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, NPR, and the Voice of America. A former aide to Jimmy Carter, he has been a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette and has written extensively on American culture and politics in such publications as the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly. He covered Campaign 2008 for the Boston Phoenix and Real Clear Politics. A former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, he has a vast background in the fields of legal writing, communication, and inter-cultural studies and has taught writing and speaking to thousands of lawyers, judges, business people, and government officials around the world. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Steve delivers half and full day programs in Canada in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including his popular Writing to Win for Lawyers, Speaking to Win for Lawyers, and gender based communication programs.
Tina Stark (New York, NY)
Tina L. Stark has lectured at over 375 programs on law and business issues in the US, Canada, England, Italy, China, and Poland. Tina’s teaching emphasizes the relationship between law and business, and draws upon her experience both as a corporate lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and as a banker at Irving Trust Company. Tina is a Professor in the Practice of Law at Emory University School of Law and the Executive Director of the school’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice. She was previously an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School. Tina is the editor-in-chief and co-author of Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate (American Lawyer Media, 2003) and author of the textbook, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (Aspen, 2007). Tina delivers programs in Canada in conjunction with Seminar Partners, including Advanced Contract Drafting, Adding Value to the Deal, and What Every Litigator Should Know About an Acquisition Agreement.
Stuart Teicher (Camden, NJ)
Stuart Teicher is a professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law and writing instruction. A practicing lawyer for over 20 years, Stuart has taught legal writing courses for dozens of bar associations and law societies in the United States and Canada. Stuart is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys, and is an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey where he teaches professional responsibility and an adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he teaches undergraduate and upper level writing courses. He recently completed a national CPD speaking tour of six Australian cities for Thomson Reuters.
Paul Unger (Columbus, OH)
Paul J. Unger is an international speaker, writer and thought leader in the legal technology industry. He is a lawyer and founding principal of Affinity Consulting Group, providing legal technology consulting, training and continuing legal education. He has provided trial presentation consultation for 300+ cases. Paul is a member of The American Society of Trial Consultants, the American Bar Association, the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA, including as Chair of ABA TECHSHOW and the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. He is the author of Adobe Acrobat for Law Firms, PowerPoint for Legal Professionals, and co-author of Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals.
Todd Winegar (Salt Lake City, UT)
Todd Winegar is a dynamic,highly rated speaker with over 30 years of litigation experience who has taught CLE programs across Canada and the United States. His practice emphasizes civil trial litigation, including professional malpractice and product liability actions, and even a Minuteman missile accident case. Mr. Winegar is the author of several books and articles on litigation including The Ultimate Trial Notebook, an invaluable set of checklists and summaries to aid in preparing for trial. His Cross-examining Einstein, Trials of the Century and Power to Persuade seminars are among the most popular and respected CLE programs in the United States. Todd practises in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michael Woodworth (Vancouver, BC)
Michael Woodworth, PhD, is a Professor at UBC Okanagan. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in 2004 from Dalhousie University. His primary areas of research include psychopathy, criminal behaviour, and deception detection. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Stephen Porter and Dr. Zach Walsh, Dr. Woodworth was awarded Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding to create the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He has received additional grants to study language and psychopathy, and deception detection in on-line environments. Dr. Woodworth has collaborated on numerous research projects with the RCMP and Correctional Services of Canada, as well as forensic psychiatric services in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia. He regularly presents at national and international psychology conferences, consults with law enforcement agencies such as the RCMP and the FBI, and serves as an expert witness for the courts. He trains judges, police, lawyers, psychologists and others in understanding the truth about lie detection. This exclusive presentation is his first open enrolment continuing legal education program.