I have just returned from attending the ATLA National Convention in Seattle, Washington.

On Friday afternoon, I was privileged to be invited to speak on the topic of the “Fake Bad Scale – An Invalid Scale Used by Defense Doctors”. The next morning, I was once again honored to be elected to serve as treasurer of the Melvin Belli Society.

Melvin M. Belli was the founder and a past president of ATLA and is recognized as one of the truly great lawyers of the 20th century. His courageous, innovative use of demonstrative evidence and his willingness to teach and share his techniques are legendary. The Belli Society is a group of trial attorneys dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Belli legal legacy. 

While in Seattle, I spent the remainder of the next three days attending numerous meetings and attending many legal education seminars to enhance the quality of my advocacy on behalf of my clients.

I was also privileged to attend numerous meetings where some of the country’s great leaders spoke. Senators Patty Murray (Wash.), Senator Durbin (Ill.) and Senator Gordon Smith (Ore.) all spoke about the major issues going on in Washington, DC and the country right now. We also heard from Governor Richardson of New Mexico and Senator Schweitzer of Montana.

It was an excellent long weekend in Seattle where I was able to network with lawyers, Judges, and our political leaders.