Speaker Spotlight – ATLA Convention!

ATLA’s 2017 Annual Convention is just a few short weeks away. For the ATLA family, this is a wonderful time to cultivate friendships and grow as attorneys. Every year attendees come back ready to implement new learnings. And as the excitement around convention builds, so does the interest in featured speakers! Robot cars, new ways to prepare for trial and how to connect with the jury are hot topics that today’s featured speakers will broach. Read on to learn more about today’s featured speakers, Elise Sanguinetti, Betsy Greene, and Vicki Slater.

Elise Sanguinetti of Oakland, CA, is a founding partner at Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos LLP with offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montreal. Ms. Sanguinetti’s main focus of expertise is serious injury, wrongful death cases, civil appeals and legal malpractice. Elise graduated from the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.).  She was admitted into the California state bar in 1997. When not in the courtroom, she is a frequent speaker at seminars and writes articles that are featured in various legal publications. Ms. Sanguinetti is currently the Vice President of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC  – The Future Is Here: Robot Cars

Elise Sanguinetti pic Elise Sanguinetti

Betsy Greene of Bloomington, IN, was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1982; was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit and 6th Circuit, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Ms. Greene has represented injured people for 28 years. Ms. Greene has been partners with Fred Schultz in the law firm of Greene & Schultz Trial Lawyers, in Bloomington, Indiana, since 2005. Ms. Greene has personally tried over one hundred jury trials in her career.

Ms. Greene is a past president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (2006-2007) and has served in the leadership of many other legal organizations, including the Indiana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She currently serves on the Board of Governors and various committees for the American Association for Justice. She was also appointed by the Monroe County Board of Judges to the Monroe County Public Defender Board.

Ms. Greene received her first certificate in Civil Trial Advocacy from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1995 and has been certified every 5 years since. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Greene has been named a “Super Lawyer” every year the ratings have by been published (and has three times been named as one of Indiana’s top 50 lawyers by the Super Lawyer magazine.). In April, 2015, Ms. Greene was named a “Distinguished Barrister” by the Indiana Lawyer newspaper.

In 2005, Ms. Greene graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Ms. Greene taught Trial Advocacy at the Indiana University School of Law for the spring, 2008 semester. Ms. Greene was President of the alumni board and served on the Board of Directors of the Trial Lawyers College, 2009 to 2011. In 2009, Ms. Greene joined the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College. In addition to teaching for TLC, she is a frequent speaker at American Association for Justice, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum seminars.

ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC – Innovative Ways to Prepare for Trial

Greene Betsy pic.jpg Betsy Greene

Vicki Slater of Madison, MS, received her J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University in 1992. She became a member of the Louisiana Bar in 1993 and a member of the Mississippi Bar in 1994. She is President and Owner of Vicki R. Slater, Attorney at Law, P.A. Ms. Slater’s practice is dedicated to representing individuals and small businesses that have been injured through acts of negligence, fraud and other wrongful conduct. She also served as a contract public defender with the Office of Capital Defense Counsel. Her practice is 100% devoted to obtaining justice for individuals and small businesses against corporate and government wrongs.

She is Current Chair of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Past President of Mississippi Association for Justice, Chair of the Council of State Trial Lawyer Presidents, and served on the 2013-2014 American Association for Justice Executive Committee. Vicki is a graduate of The White House Project’s Go Run program. She serves on the faculty of the Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming where she has taught for twelve years. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Ms. Slater received the following awards: 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Mississippi Association for Justice, 2014 Outstanding Mississippi Woman Lawyer Award presented by the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, 2014 Distinguished Service Award presented by the American Association for Justice, 2013 Wiedemann & Wysocki Award presented by the American Association for Justice, 2013 Chicks We Love presented by the Jackson Free Press for outstanding community service, 2010 Mississippi Business Journal Leadership in Law, 2009 Mississippi Association for Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2009 Mississippi Association for Justice Woman Advocate of the Year and 2008 Mississippi Association for Justice Consumer Advocate of the Year.

Ms. Slater has mentored many attorneys through scholarships and sponsorships for legal education programs to assist them in furthering their training as lawyers. She is currently supporting women attorneys through her efforts on behalf of the American Association for Justice by supporting the establishment of women’s lawyer caucuses in the various state trial lawyer associations throughout the country. She is a founding member of the Mississippi Association for Justice Women’s Caucus.

In 2015, Ms. Slater ran for Governor of Mississippi.

She and her husband Scott have been married for 22 years, they have a blended family of six children and seven grandchildren. Scott and Vicki are members of Galloway United Methodist Church.

Ms. Slater is creating a women’s political network in Mississippi. She serves on the Hillary Clinton Finance Council, the Hillary Clinton Lawyers Council and represents the Hillary Clinton Campaign as a Mississippi surrogate.

ATLA CONVENTION TOPIC – Voir Dire: Connecting with the Jury

Vicki Slater pic Vicki Slater


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