Half-Day, Friday, June 21st & Full-Day, June 22nd, 2013 • Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, NB

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Join APTLA at Atlantic Canada’s premiere annual legal education conference for the Plaintiffs Bar as we put Pain, Impairment and Disability under the microscope. Learn from a mix of leading local and US plaintiffs lawyers how to value chronic pain and other personal injury cases and how to use proven psychological principles to present these cases to a judge or jury. Hear from leading medical practitioners and researchers how you can apply cutting edge research on chronic neuropathic pain and its link to cognitive dysfunction and impairment in your next chronic pain case and get the inside track on how medical practitioners evaluate medical restrictions and impairments.

We’ll give you the ammunition you need to move your minor injury case over the threshold as we recap 10 years of minor injury regulation in the region, analyze the insurance industry approaches to minor injuries in the four Atlantic Provinces and gain insight on cap case strategy from Alberta, the jurisdiction with the longest history of minor injury regulation in Canada. You’ll also look at the latest cases on the tests for Own Occupation and Any Occupation in disability insurance claims and rediscover the role of circumstantial evidence in proving your case. Finally you’ll learn how to turn litigation loans into taxable disbursements at the end of trial and get up to date on the latest cases of interest to the Plaintiffs’ Bar in Atlantic Canada.

** This conference represents TEN (10) HOURS of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development credits.**

Our Moncton conference will include:
• APTLA Young Lawyer Section Supreme Court of Canada Case Review
• Turning Litigation Loan Interest into a Disbursement
• Inferences: The Role of Circumstantial Evidence
• Panel Review: What’s This Case Worth? 
• Persuasion in Personal Injury Cases: Psychology, Preparation and Planning to Win Your Case by Jim B. Lees
• Minor Injury Regulation in the Atlantic Provinces: A 10 Year Review
• Cap Case Analysis: Differences & Similarities Across Jurisdictions
• Minor Injury? I don't think so! - Strategies for ALL Your Soft Tissue Cases by Derek Allchurch
• Section B Treatment Protocols: Good, Bad or Ugly?
• Proving Disability: Own Occupation vs. Any Occupation
• Medical Restrictions vs. Impaired Abilities in Chronic Pain Cases
• Neuropathic Pain Conditions: Finding the Link to Cognitive Dysfunction & Depression

AND a Luncheon Address by The Hon. Marie-Claude Blais, Q.C., Attorney General & Minister of Justice for New Brunswick.

Our excellent faculty includes:
• APTLA Members: Mathieu Picard, Cantini Law Group; Micheal Cabot, Gittens & Assocates; Maurice Bourque, Q.C., Bourque Voyer & Cie; Chris Correia, Q.C., Correia & Collins; Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, Bossé Viola LeBlanc; Barry Mason, Pressé Mason (NS); John Brennan, McLellan Brennan (PEI); Kevin Preston, Easton Hillier Lawrence Preston; David Gauthier, Gauthier & Associates; Jamie MacGillivray, MacGillivray Law Office; David Brannen, Resolute Legal and John McKiggan, Q.C., Arnold Pizzo McKiggan.
• Guest Keynotes by: James B. (Jim) Lees, Hunt & Lees of West Virginia and Derek Allchurch, Litwiniuk & Company of Alberta.
• Guest presenters: 
J. Charles Foster, Q.C., Foster & Company & Jim Higgins, Atlantic Claims Manager, Intact Insurance.
• Medical experts: Dr. Richard Dumais, Pain Management/Physical Rehabilitation, and Dr. Barbara Ross, Psychiatrist.

APTLA is delighted to welcome Derek Allchurch, Litwiniuk & Company (AB) to our conference. Derek has extensive legal experience and expertise in personal injury, with a focus on brain injuries and chronic pain suffered as a result of motor vehicle accidents. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Personal Injury section, and served eight years as a Board member for the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. Derek is an energetic peer contributor to legal education seminars, and a spokesperson on the Minor Injury Regulation at conferences and seminars. In November 2011, he represented the Canadian Bar Association as part of a two-person presentation to the Alberta caucus regarding legislative changes to the Minor Injury Regulation. He will bring his experience with Alberta auto cases and their Minor Injury Regulation to our program, sharing strategies for "Minor Injury? I don't think so! - Strategies for All Your Soft Tissue Cases". The strategies, techniques and file preparation presented will be of value to all APTLA Members of all four jurisdictions as they prepare their auto cases. Derek will also give a short review of the workings of Alberta's Section B Treatment Protocols, a system that will be implemented in NS in April, and may soon follow in NB and PEI.

We are also delighted to include noted American Trial Lawyer and Trial Consultant, James B. Lees, Hunt & Lees (WV), in our program. Jim is presenting our Conference Keynote: Persuasion in Personal Injury Cases: Psychology, Preparation and Planning to Win Your Case. This special presentation will highlight fundamental psychology principles that can be used in structuring your case presentation to both judges and juries. Subjects will include using the Availability Bias to learn where to begin your personal injury case and why; using Fundamental Attribution principles to help frame the behavior of your client in a positive light while framing the conduct of the defendant in a negative one; and using Anchoring to communicate key portions of your case in a persuasive fashion. Jim will include examples of direct and cross examination techniques that can be used in all personal injury cases to help strengthen the persuasion aspects of your case; and he will give case examples of techniques to maximize damage awards in soft tissue injury cases. Jim Lees is a Diplomat of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and former Co-Chair of the NCA’s Board of Trustees. He has tried over 250 trials to verdict in the United States and has conducted over 800 individual focus groups as part of his ongoing litigation consulting service. He is a frequent lecturer and teacher for AAJ, as well as individual American state trial lawyer organizations. He has also lectured to our colleagues at the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association... and now he is bringing his skill and knowledge to APTLA.

Our Moncton Conference will have excellent, skills sharpening legal education, together with an opportunity to experience the collegiality of lawyers/APTLA Members and events that are fun for all who attend.
Details will be updated once the full program has been set. Until then, please check back and please put APTLA Conference in your plans for June.


WHO CAN REGISTER?  APTLA'S MINOR INJURY OR SERIOUS IMPAIRMENT CONFERENCE is open to APTLA Members and Non-Members, lawyers and non-lawyers.

$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Lawyer Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Associate Members
$299.00 + HST = $343.85 for APTLA Young Lawyer Section Members
$199.00 + HST = $228.85 for APTLA Clerks & Students
$565.22 + HST = $650.00 for Non-Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for Non-Member Clerks & Students

Conference Registration includes conference attendance, refreshment breaks, the conference luncheon, a ticket for the Presidents' Reception, a CD of conference materials and HST. A discount, as above, in registration fee is given to APTLA Members.




WHO CAN JOIN THE ASSOCIATION?  APTLA welcomes both plaintiff lawyers and non-lawyers to Membership. We would love to welcome you to Membership in the Association. Non-Members may wish to consider joining APTLA if they qualify for Membership. New Members immediately qualify for reduced pricing for this conference. If you wish to join us and avail yourself of Member pricing, please contact the office.

WHAT ARE THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS?  APTLA Members receive education discounts; exclusive us of our Members' ListServ; a subscription to APT Law Magazine; use of our state of the art website; and other annual benefits!


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APTLA has established a preferred room rate of $149 for Delta Rooms and Premier Rooms and $189 for Signature Rooms at the Delta Beauséjour for those attending the conference. This rate is subject to availability and you must advise the reservations department that you are attending the APTLA Conference when you are making your reservation. You can reserve a room
by using the APTLA/Delta Conference Reservtion Link or by calling 1-888-351-7666. Please make your booking as soon as possible and before Friday, May 24th, 2013. After that date, the Delta will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.

CANCELLATIONS & CUT OFFS - Conference registration cancellations must be received in the APTLA office no later than Friday, June 7th, 2013. We will issue a refund for the registration fee paid less a $50.00 processing fee. APTLA cannot accept cancellations after June 7th, 2013 and refunds will not be issued after that date. Substitution of another attendee from the same category of registration is always permitted, although we would appreciate notice of such substitutions. Hotel reservations must be made on or before end of day on Friday, May 24th, 2013. After that date, the Delta will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.