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Program Overview

Our speakers will focus on how lawyers and other litigation decision makers should account for and address race, gender, ethnicity and other diversity issues in claims alleging misconduct by law enforcement and other public officials. Our ability to address issues does not usually reflect our need to do so, and they too often remain a proverbial “elephant in the courtroom.” In other words, we all know such issues influence how people think and act, but we frequently don’t talk about them. Our thesis is that these issues must be addressed early and often, from the initial intake through discovery and, certainly, at trial. Those who ignore the elephant, or pretend it’s not there, are likely to get squashed.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Claims professionals
  • Others involved in the defense of claims against law enforcement and other public officials

What You Will Learn

  • Strategic decision making
  • Teambuilding
  • Discovery planning and implementation
  • Settlement and ADR considerations
  • Trial planning and tactics


Tillman J. BreckenridgeTillman J. Breckenridge is a partner with Bailey & Glasser, LLP in Washington, DC. Tillman represents individuals, companies, organizations, and foreign, state, and local governments before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for nearly every circuit, and state appellate courts. Tillman was named to the Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Virginia’s Legal Elite lists for appellate practice, and was named one of the National Bar Association’s 40 Trailblazers Under 40 in 2014.

Pamela B. GoldsmithPamela B. Goldsmith is a member of Harris Beach PLLC, in New York, NY where she practices in the Mass Torts and Industry-Wide Litigation Practice Group and serves on the Medical and Life Sciences Industry Team. Recognized in New York Metro Super Lawyers in the areas of Class Action/Mass Torts and Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Defense, Ms. Goldsmith represents clients as national, local and trial counsel in all phases of complex liability litigation. She has a special interest in issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples and is a member of DRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

JohnerJohner "J.T." Wilson is a lead trial attorney and partner at Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Chicago, IL. He manages a general litigation practice focusing on casualty, commercial, employment and public risk litigation. He works with public and private corporations of various sizes and helps his clients manage costs during the pre-litigation phase and minimize financial exposure at trial.

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