June 8-10, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans


Schedule of Events



Thursday, June 8

11:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens, Registration Opens

12:00 p.m.

Women's Caucus Luncheon (sponsored by Momentum Funding)

Keynote Speaker: Vicki Slater

1:30 p.m.

Controlling the Case and the Client from the Very Beginning: Tips and Tricks on the Client Intake Process

Rogen Chhabra, Esq.

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. (Jackson, MS)

2:10 p.m.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire. How Defendants Are Going to Burn You with Rule 37

Ashley Ogden, Esq. 

Ogden & Associates (Jackson, MS)

2: 50 p.m. Order in the Court: An Update on MS Rules of Criminal Procedure

former MS Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar


3:30 p.m.


Criminal Defense Law Section Meeting

4:00 p.m.

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law

David Ware, Esq.

Ware | Immigration (Metairie, LA) 

5:00 p.m.

CLE Ends

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Honoring Incoming President Jennie Eichelberger

Friday, June 9
8:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens, Registration Opens
Past President's Breakfast (Invitation only)
8:30 a.m. Five Steps to Build a Whistleblower Case That Gets Government Attention
Eileen Leslie, CPA, CFE, MTx

Investigative CPA

9:30 a.m.


New Lawyers Division Meeting

10:00 a.m. Special Needs Trusts and Why Early Involvement of the Trust Attorney and Settlement Planner is Critical

Carole Neff, Esq. 

Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.C. (New Orleans, LA)

Charles "Charly" Schell, CSSC, CTEP, CLTC

Forge Consulting

11:00 a.m. How to Talk to Conservatives


Paul Byrd, Esq.

Paul Byrd Law Firm, PLLC (Little Rock, AR)

12:00 p.m.

Membership Luncheon (Underwritten by FORGE Consulting)

Keynote Speaker: Governor John Bel Edwards

2:00 p.m. Resolving Medicare, Medicaid and Private Health Insurance Liens – Latest Developments and Trends
Nicholas W. D’Aquilla, Esq.

​Garretson Resolution Group 

3:00 p.m. Lawyers in Transition (Ethics Hour)
Adam Kilgore, Esq.

Mississippi Bar General Counsel (Jackson, MS)

4:00 p.m.  Break
4:30 p.m. Lawyers and the Legislature: Recent Legislation and Its Impact on the Practice of Law

Representative David Baria

Representative John "Trey" Lamar, III

Senator Derrick Simmons

Senator Sean Tindell

9:00 p.m.

 Outgoing President's Party 

Bourbon Viuex (501 Bourbon St)

Saturday, June 10
10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting



For hotel reservations, please call The Ritz-Carlton at (800) 826-8987 and refer to the "Mississippi Association for Justice" block. The group code for reservations is UJG. Reservations may also be made online at www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans, using the group code UJGUJGA.  All attendees and their guests have access to complimentary internet access in guests' rooms, complimentary access to the Fitness Center, discounted valet parking, and 20% off any spa treatments booked during the convention. All reservations should be received to the hotel no later than Monday, May 15, 2017.



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