Keynote Speaker: Dan Abrams
Chief Legal Affairs Anchor at ABC News and Founder of Abrams Media

Aug. 1, 1:15 p.m.
Covering the Courts: The Convergence of Law and Media in Today’s Highest Profile Cases 

Join keynote speaker and Good Morning America legal analyst Dan Abrams as he gives an insider’s view of today’s hottest cases and the media’s effect on them. Jodi Arias, Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox—these are names that we know only because the media decided their trials were newsworthy. How did the attention these cases received affect their outcomes and the general perception of justice in the courts? How has media coverage of legal cases evolved over time? As a lawyer and media insider, Abrams brings a unique and dynamic perspective to this topic. Don't miss his fascinating discussion of the media's impact on how we view the legal system and today's headline cases.

Dan Abrams is the CEO and Founder of Abrams Media, Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent for ABC News, and the host of top-rated cable series “Live PD “ on A&E Network. He recently launched a SiriusXM radio show The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets The Law which broadcasts every weekday on the POTUS channel. He was previously the co-anchor of ABC's Nightline, host of “The Abrams Report” and the acclaimed “Verdict with Dan Abrams” on MSNBC, as well as the long time Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News. Dan also served as General Manager of MSNBC, where he presided over a period of unprecedented growth, with ratings and profits each increasing well over 50% during his tenure. During that time Dan was also a member of the NBC Universal President’s Council.

Featured Speakers

 Featured Speaker: Bree Buchanan

Aug. 2, 2:45 p.m.
How to Get Your Bounce Back: Using Resilience to Preserve Your Fitness to Practice

This session will provide an overview of the lawyer well-being movement in the United States and will offer strategies for individual lawyers who seek to improve their own well-being in furtherance of the ethical duties to maintain competence and fitness to practice. 

Bree Buchanan, MSF, JD, is a founding co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and is a co-author of its groundbreaking 2017 report: The Path to Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. She is chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and served as Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program from 2013 until retirement in 2018. 
Upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law, Buchanan practiced in the public and private sector with a focus on representing both adult and child victims of family violence. She worked on public policy initiatives and systems change at both the state and federal level as the Public Policy Director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. After this position, she was appointed Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Children's Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Featured Speaker: George Baker

Aug. 2, 9 a.m.
Meet John Adams—A Lively and Revolutionary Conversation with America's Second President

John Adams talks about his life and times in a humorous and inspiring performance and discusses, among many other incidents in Adams' life, the Boston Massacre Trial of 1770 where Adams defended 14 British soldiers charged with murder for firing into a mob of 500 Bostonians, killing six of them.  This case was the first time in a Colonial court where the judge instructed the jury that you cannot convict unless you are convinced of the defendant's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Since 2008, George Baker has portrayed the character of President John Adams in a one-man show throughout the country at national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Missouri, the New York Historical Society and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360.  A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law School ’73, George practices law in Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.

 Featured Speaker: Joel Oster

Aug. 3, 11 a.m.
Deal or No Deal: Ethics at Trial

Legal ethics is the name, putting lawyers on the hot seat is the game! As it turns out, everyone loves game shows, including lawyers. This class presents real life scenarios involving attorneys facing real ethical punishment. This class will be given with the option of accepting a deal for the ethical violation, or taking chances at a full-blown hearing. We will cover inappropriate contact with jurors, fist fighting judges, lying attorneys, inappropriate romantic interludes with clients, substance abuse and much more.

Joel Oster is a constitutional litigator and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He is in private practice in Kansas City, specializing in constitutional litigation, campaign finance, attorney discipline and appellate advocacy. He was lead counsel for the Town of Greece, New York, in Galloway v. Greece, where he successfully defended the Town against a challenge to its practice of opening its sessions with an invocation. He argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of new York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also on the litigation team that successfully presented the case to the United States Supreme Court.

Featured Speaker: Sanford M. “Sandy” Brook

Aug. 1, 6:45 p.m.
Clarence Darrow—A One-Man Play Starring Judge Sandy Brook

Clarence Darrow (1842-1938) is widely recognized as the best and most influential trial lawyer of the 20th Century. Darrow’s work in the courtroom addressed head on the most controversial issues of the day long before these causes were accepted or popular. In a series of landmark cases, Darrow advocated for racial equality, the rights of workers, the teaching of evolution and the abolishment of the death penalty. Darrow believed that his client’s circumstances arose from larger philosophical and social wrongs. Darrow defended these cases not only for his clients, but also for the hearts and minds of the American people.

Sanford M. (Sandy) Brook is former Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals and served on the bench for 16 years. Twelve of these years were spent as a trial judge. While on the Court of Appeals, he authored over 200 appellate opinions. As a lawyer in private practice and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Brook tried 100 jury cases to verdict. He now serves as a private judge, providing alternative dispute resolution and mock jury services with the Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG) in Denver, Colorado. Brook has had a lifelong interest in acting and theater, his secret passions. His real life experience with the art of storytelling and persuasion, coupled with his commitment to the critical importance of an independent judiciary makes his presentation of Clarence Darrow a natural fit. Brook has performed “Darrow” for audiences in Indiana, Illinois, Colorado and Florida.