2014 in review

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John Evers was a faculty member at the AAJ Case Plus Workshop Program in Nashville, a three day program where lawyers came from all over the country to work with lawyers, trial consultants and focus groups to better improve the presentation of their cases.

John Evers was co-counsel in a three week trial    in Burlington resulting in a substantial verdict against a large utility company on behalf of a lineman who was severely injured due to the company’s unsafe practices. It is one of the largest verdicts in the history of Vermont.

John Schraven was a guest instructor in the Mediation Advocacy course at Vermont Law School. John covered subjects such as persuasion, negotiation tactics and client preparation. In addition to presenting, John also acted as mediator in mock meditations in which the students role played the parties in dispute.

John Evers was a faculty member at AAJ Case Workshop Program in Chicago, a three day program where lawyers came from all over the country to work with lawyers, trial consultants and focus groups to better improve the presentation of their cases.

John Schraven moderated the 4th Annual VTAJ Medicare Update Seminar. For four years, John has either moderated or presented on Medicare or related subjects at what has become an annual event. This year presentations included Social Security Offsets with Toni Harrington of the SSA office in Rutland, the annual CMS update provided by April Pettengill and Truthiness In Workers Compensation Psychological Evaluations presented by William Nash Phd.

John Evers moderated the VTAJ program, “What Do Jurors Think?” The program addressed the use of focus groups to help lawyers better understand how jurors might respond to their case.

John Evers concluded his 14th year teaching advanced trial advocacy at Vermont Law School.

John Schraven and John Evers presented at VTAJ annual meeting on the subject of negotiation. John and John discussed the difference between participating in a negotiation and controlling the negotiation. Using video clips and examples from recent studies in the field, they examined the psychology and tactics that separate the average from the expert in negotiation.

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