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Clifford Law to Participate in 34th Annual ISBA Ask-a-Lawyer Day

Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner, Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, will be participating in the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) 34th Annual "Ask-a-Lawyer Day" event this Saturday, April 25th, 2014. The event is available at no cost to anyone with a question about a legal matter. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer Speaks at IADTC Spring Symposium

Colin H. Dunn premises liability lawyer and Clifford Law Offices partner spoke at the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC) Spring Symposium last Friday, April 17th. Dunn participated in a point-counterpoint with Lipe, Lyons, Murphy, Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd. partner, Bradley C. Nahrstadt. The attorneys discussed the following topics:

Robert Clifford Presents Opening Argument in Mock Trial

Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices, Robert A. Clifford is presenting a demonstration of an opening argument today, Wednesday, April 15, at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Annual Meeting. Clifford's demonstration will consist of an opening argument in a "re-trial" of the high-profile case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants who were convicted of killing a guard and another man at a shoe factory in Massachusetts in 1920. Both men were convicted in 1921 by a jury and were executed by the electric chair in 1927. The case drew worldwide attention. The full day of panel discussions and mock trial takes place at the United States District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana. The "2015 Anatomy of a Trial" includes a panel discussion with judges and all-star litigators from around the country on the important step-by-step aspects of trying a case.

Robert Clifford's Video Deposition Advice

Chicago personal injury attorney, Robert A. Clifford provided specific advice on preparing for a video deposition in his Chicago Lawyer article called "Skill at Taking Depositions Brings Victories in the Courtroom." His advice from that article was shared in a recent American Bar Association (ABA) piece titled "Video Depositions: Essentials, Resources." In the piece Clifford is quoted as cautioning that "long pauses or frequent 'OKs'...can become aggravating in a recording." The ABA goes on to recommend using DepPrep, a witness preparation tool to help with video depositions. DepPrep is an electronic tutorial created by LexisNexis that makes it easy to groom witnesses for their recorded depositions. Clifford recently ranked at #76 for the second consecutive year in a row on Chicago Magazine's Power 100 List of most powerful Chicagoans of 2015. Clifford speaks regularly at webinars and workshops for law school students and experienced attorneys. He was invited by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) this year to give the closing arguments at their annual Damages Seminar. As founder of Clifford Law Offices, Clifford sponsored and moderated the Continuing Legal Education program, "The Ethics of Conflicts of Interest" webinar this Winter.

Chicago Personal Injury Law Firm

Clifford Law Offices, based on Chicago, Illinois, is a top-ranked personal injury law firm serving victims and their families nationwide. We provide a glossary of legal terminology on our website to provide a general understanding of legal definitions in the areas in which our firm practices.

Pam Menaker Writes Article for ABA Litigation News on Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, wrote an article for the American Bar Association Litigation News for which she serves as a Contributing Editor. The article that was published Feb. 11, 2015, dealt with the issue of professional liability insurance coverage involving a False Claims Act case. In a complex case to come out of Pennsylvania, the court discusses the issues of professional liability insurance coverage that was precluded even when the insured is not served with an underlying sealed lawsuit during the policy period and had no formal notice of a potential claim. The case revolves around the definition of "claim" and lawyers are advised to be careful in their drafting of policies so that the contract clearly covers prior or pending litigation. If it means increased premiums because the language is broader, the cost may be worth it for some. To read the article in its entirely, please visit: https://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/litigationnews/top_stories/021115-insurance-exclusion-coverage.html Also, Menaker has been asked to serve on the ABA Host Committee for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago in July-August. It is expected to be jam-packed with events and a tremendous turnout. To view more about this week-long event, go to the ABA website at www.americanbar.org.

Chicago Law Firm Sponsors Webinar on Ethics of Conflicts of Interest

Clifford Law Offices of Chicago is sponsoring a free two hour continuing legal education program webinar on "The Ethics of Conflicts of Interest" next Thursday, February 19, 2015. This is the eighth annual Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Series. The webcast will provide interested lawyers and judges answers to the following questions:

Chicago Trial Lawyer Talks Credibility in the Courtroom

In 2014 Robert A. Clifford, Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation at a 3-day conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Clifford participated in a panel discussion during the all-day program titled "An Anatomy of a Trial." Clifford disseminated the following legal advice to a packed room where many of the attendants were law school students:
"Credibility is the most important thing you will ever have in a courtroom." ~Robert A. Clifford, Chicago trial lawyer, Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices, Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates (one of 100 of the Best Plaintiff Lawyers in the United States)

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