The LCA's 2017 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows was held at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Bal Harbour-Miami Beach, Florida, October 18-20, 2017. Both tenured Fellows and new inductees were treated to a sunset cocktail reception overlooking the ocean on Wednesday evening, a presentation by the Trial Law Institute (TLI) followed by the Celebration of Fellows Gala and Induction Ceremony on Thursday, and a half-day of presentations on Friday morning. 2017 LCA President Rusty Hardin, of Rusty Hardin & Associates LLP in Houston, Texas, presided over the event.

For Thursday’s session, the faculty of the Trial Law Institute presented Overview, Themes and Stories: Combining Creativity and Analysis to Create a Winning Trial Technique. The agenda included Lea Carol Owen, of TeamHealth, Brentwood, Tennessee, Trying Cases to Win: Laying a Foundation; Joseph M. Fasi II, Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Miami, Florida, The Hard Work of Sitting; Kenneth J. DeMoura, DeMoura|Smith LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, All Good Trial Lawyers Tell Stories: Telling the Story That Sticks; Joseph C. Blanton, Jr., Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, LLC, Sikeston, Missouri, Professor Railton Was Right: Using the Lessons from Charlottesville; Michael A. Petruccelli, Petruccelli & Osher, Attorneys at Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Juror’s Rights; and concluded with a panel discussion by the faculty of the Trial Law Institute, From Soup to Nuts: Essential Lessons in Developing Themes and Conveying Stories. After lunch, sponsored by BestTrialExperts.com, Fellows were treated to a thought-provoking and riveting presentation by Ross Fishman, Fishman Marketing, Chicago, Illinois, titled, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Law and Ethics.Presentations during the Friday general session included Marguerite S. Willis, Nexsen Pruet, Columbia, South Carolina, along with D. Michael Costello, Sharon P. Hamrick, and Brent A. McDade, all of Elliott Davis, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Your “Guy” Did It Wrong: Countering the Plaintiff’s Financial Damages; Jerald P. Block, Block Law Firm APLC, Thibodaux, Louisiana, and James S. Crockett, Jr., Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia, Building Relationships with Winning Voir Dire Concepts, Developments, and Techniques; Roger W. Clark, Roger Clark Mediation & Settlement, Los Angeles, California, How a Mediator Approaches Mediation: Tips for the Advocate; and Donald A. Blackwell, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Coral Gables, Florida, The Next Step on the Road to True Civility: Embracing Our Shared Humanity; followed by some inspiring closing remarks by Rusty Hardin.

On Thursday evening, the gala and celebration of Fellows was held, where new Fellows were inducted into the society and Senior Fellows were recognized for their service. 2017 LCA President Rusty Hardin presented Peter Perlman Service Awards to Jonathan S. Caplan, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, New York; Gary S. Chilton, Holladay & Chilton, PLLC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Joseph M. Fasi II, Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Miami, Florida; Judith Hull, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, London, Ontario; Emilia A. Quesada, Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Gomez & Machado, LLP, Miami, Florida; Richard G. Sander, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Denver, Colorado; Jonathan D. Sasser, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Frank Scruggs, Berger Singerman LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for outstanding community service.

A record number of raves were received following the conference, which was widely described as engaging, informative, compelling, close, productive and personal.

Corporate Diversity Partners and sponsors of the conference included DecisionQuest; Elliott Davis; Fishman Marketing; Girardi | Keese; Fronteo USA, Inc.; Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor; Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP; Welter Law Firm, P.C.; Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC; Lawson Lundell LLP; Wade, Palmer & Shoemaker, P.A.; BestTrialExperts.com; Trial Law Institute; and the Diversity Law Institute.