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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Invited Faculty 

Program Information

For more information about registration, please call 800.62.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.


AAJ Members – $1,045
Nonmembers – $1,165

AAJ New Lawyers Discount-Attend at 25% Off
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend this college for 25% off the regular price. Please call to register.

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant.

AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney from the same firm with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 22

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

For more information or assistance, please call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612. 


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Michael P. Doyle concentrates his practice in personal injury, insurance, admiralty, maritime, and workplace injury litigation.  His personal injury practice includes the representation of the Jones Act and foreign seamen in disputes in U.S. and international waters, as well as workers injured as a result of the actions of multinational companies.  He served as president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2008 and on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee.  Mr. Doyle also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School and as President of the Strake Jesuit Alumni Association from 2002 to 2004 and as a member of the Houston Advisory Board of the AFL-CIO Community Fund.  He is a member of AAJ’s Admiralty Law and International Practice Sections and is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Doyle has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for eight consecutive years, named one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2009, and named as a Best Lawyer in Personal Injury Litigation, Transportation Law, and Admiralty & Maritime Law.  He lectures nationally on trial advocacy skills, maritime law, communication skills, and other topics.   He is a founding partner in the law firm of Doyle Raizner LLP, with offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. 

Render C. Freeman has dedicated his career to helping injured victims hold wrongdoers financially responsible for their carelessness. As a trial attorney, his litigation experience includes complex claims, involving wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, motor vehicle and trucking collisions, medical negligence, nursing home abuse and negligence, premises liability, negligent hiring and negligent security.  An active member of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, he is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory and has been a registered Mediator and Arbitrator with the State of Georgia since 2010.  Mr. Freeman is a member of Andersen, Tate & Carr, PC, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Erik S. Heninger concentrates his practice in professional negligence, medical negligence, products liability, and personal injury litigation.  He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Executive Committee, American and Alabama State Bar Associations, and American Association for Justice.  Mr. Heninger is the author of “A Brief Analysis of Nonverbal Communication in the Courtroom,” published in Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal.  Heninger Garrison Davis, L.L.C. is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thomas J. Manzella, Jr. concentrates his practice in personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, and motor vehicle collision litigation.  He is a partner in the law firm of Block, Klukas & Manzella, P.C. located in Joliet, Illinois.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and AAJ’s Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, the Will County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Sach D. Oliver conducts the opening and closing statements, jury selection, and direct and cross- examination of witnesses for the Bentonville, Arkansas based firm Bailey & Oliver.  A graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was awarded the Best Oral Advocate in the National Trial Competition and the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2008.  Mr. Oliver serves on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Leadership board and as Governor for AAJ’s New Lawyers Division.

Deirdre E. Ostrowski concentrates her practice in catastrophic personal injury, motor vehicle collision, premises liability, wrongful death, medical negligence, and products liability litigation. She is a member of the Colorado Bar, American Bar, Denver Bar, and Colorado Trial Lawyers Associations. She is listed as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyer magazine.  Ms. Ostrowski interned at Fogel Keating Wagner Polidori Free, P.C. during law school and is now a partner with the Denver-based firm. She is listed as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyer magazine. 

Emily Hawk Raley, course advisor, concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation.  She serves on AAJ’s New Lawyers Division Board of Governors and AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees.  She serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Women’s Caucus of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Etowah County Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association.  Ms. Raley is a partner at the firm Cusimano, Keener, Roberts, Knowles & Raley, LLC in Gadsden, Alabama.

Paul J. Scoptur is a founding partner in the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation firm of Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is a current member and cochair of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, as well as a past member of the AAJ Board of Governors and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Scoptur lectures on the state and national level in the area of trial skills.  He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, has extensive experience working as a trial consultant, and is a founding member of Miller, Scoptur, Vesper & Shar, a case consulting and litigation support firm.  He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2002 and is one of Wisconsin’s top 50 Super Lawyers in the area of personal injury.  Mr. Scoptur is a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA and has completed the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy curriculum offered by the NCA.

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