U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia Discusses Winning Legal Arguments During Opening Plenary at ABA 2010 Spring Malpractice Conference

CHICAGO, March 9, 2010 – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will speak at the opening plenary of the _ 2010 Spring Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C., at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, at the J. W. Marriott Hotel.

Scalia and his co-presenter Bryan A. Garner will answer the question of how to make a winning legal argument.  The presentation is based on the book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, written by Scalia and Garner, who is president of the Dallas-based LawProse Inc.

Prior to that presentation, ABA President Carolyn Lamm will formally welcome the anticipated 500 conference participants to Washington.

The 2010 Spring Legal Malpractice Conference, sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, takes place April 14 -16.  It offers perspectives from the legal community and from insurance providers on such topics as legal malpractice trends and developments in real estate as well as the interface between social media and law firm culture.

“This conference offers a collegial setting that brings together lawyers and insurance professionals to learn about trends and other factors that affect liability issues and the legal profession,” said Edith Matthai, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. “Our focus is on improving understanding among all segments of the industry concerned with loss prevention for our clients while helping those in the profession stay current with new methodologies.”

A second plenary on April 15 – “The Game Changer: How Emergent Legal Technology May Be Shaping Legal Standards of Care” – looks at the changes technology is bringing to the profession in client interaction, legal research and communicating with opposing counsel.

Luncheon speaker on April 15 is Judge Laurence H. Silberman, a senior judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Friday, April 16, features two plenaries: “The Challenge of Social Media for the Ethical Practice of Law” and “Winning Strategies From Poker Players and Academia: Learning to Assess and Manage Risk to Your Advantage.”

Additional highlights include:

  • Emerging Claims Trends in a Depressed Real Estate Market – Something Old, Something New
  • Tech Innovations Making Lawyers’ Lives Easier…And More Affordable
  • When in Rome – Why U.S. Lawyers Should Tread Carefully Abroad.

The conference opens April 14 with an orientation program, “A Guided Tour of Social Media,” and a welcome reception.

The conference offers CLE credit for lawyers and CEUs for insurance professionals.  The complete conference agenda is available here.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.