November Seminars - Recent Developments 2019, Veterans Treatment Court, Worst Voir Dire Questions, Downfall of Open & Obvious, And More…

10/23/2019 -November is right around the corner! You can earn up to 15 credits, including 3.5 ethics credits. Why not take a course and learn something new to improve your skills? There have been many changes, and it’s important to be prepared for your next case. Below are just some of the programs offered next month. Click on the links below to register and check out the CLE Calendar for all of our program offerings.

An Overview of the Veterans Treatment Court
Thursday, November 7, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a live webcast!

Emma Marietti, LCSW
Veterans Treatment Court
The first of a two-part series, this nuts and bolts program provides an overview of the mission, criteria for participation, charges, and access and conditions of the Veterans Treatment Court, designed for veterans and active-duty military personnel charged with criminal misdemeanors.

Recent Developments in the Law 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 6.0 credits + 1.0 ethics
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick


Lynn E. Riley, Esq.
Cameron & Mittleman, LLP

Thomas C. Plunkett, Esq.
Kiernan, Plunkett & Redihan

Courts & Civil Procedure
Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq.
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

Criminal Law
Thomas M. Dickinson, Esq.
Law Offices of Thomas M. Dickinson

Domestic Practice
Jane F. Howlett, Esq.
Howlett Law Offices

Probate & Trust
Leon C. Boghossian, III, Esq.
Hinckley Allen

Real Estate

Christopher J. Montalbano, Esq.
Pilgrim Title Insurance Co.

Receiverships & Bankruptcy Law
Steven J. Boyajian, Esq.
Robinson + Cole, LLP

Torts & Insurance

John P. Barylick, Esq.
Of Counsel
FoleyCerilli, PC

Faculty members have been preparing for several months, watching legislation, and researching this year’s hot cases to present the latest information to you. They will choose two or three of the most significant cases from the past year for their presentation and provide written case summaries of additional developments for a handbook that will become an invaluable reference in your law library.

How to Impanel a Civil Jury in Superior Court
Thursday, November 14, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a live webcast!

John S. Foley, Esq.
FoleyCerilli, PC

The process of civil jury impanelment in the Superior Court is controlled by statutory requirements and procedures that trial lawyers must know how to implement. This has become more important in recent years as trial judges have begun to use alternate impanelment methods, sometimes to a party’s disadvantage, to speed up the impanelment process or encourage juror engagement in the proceedings. The presenter will discuss several strategic aspects of impanelment, including identifying the worst and second-worst voir dire questions ever.

The Downfall of Open and Obvious
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also Available as a live webcast!

Henry Monti, Esq.
Gemma Law Associates, Inc.

The Rhode Island House and Senate passed, and on July 15, 2019 the Governor signed, perhaps the most significant change in our tort law since the 1974 comparative negligence statute. Forty-five (45) years later, that statute has been amended. The amendment abolishes open and obvious as a bar to recovery in premises liability cases but makes it a factor in determining whether there is comparative negligence. Attend this program and learn how this impacts your cases and strategies to win.