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13th Annual TDLA Meeting

  • 19 Sep 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 20 Sep 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Portland, ME


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Earn 3 CLE: 2 general and 1 ethics credit* 

13th Annual TDLA Meeting

September 19 & 20, 2019 

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

Portland, Maine

20 Milk Street

in the heart of the Old-Port

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Thursday, September 19

6pm   Reception with open bar, followed by Dinner at 7pm

and a presentation on 

The Duke Lacrosse Case

by special guest, DRI speaker

James P. Cooney, III

Partner, Womble Bond Dickenson LLP

Charlotte, NC

Defense Attorney James P. Cooney was counsel for Reade Seligmann, one of the wrongfully accused players in the “Duke Lacrosse” Rape case. Working with a team of lawyers for the other wrongfully accused players, exposed prosecutorial misconduct in the suppression of favorable DNA evidence which resulted in the removal and eventual disbarment of the District Attorney and a dismissal of all charges and a declaration by the Attorney-General that the players were innocent.

Friday, September 20

After breakfast and a short TDLA business meeting, 

Friday's lineup of CLE Topics

begins at 9am and ends at Noon. 

Earn 3 CLE: 2 General and 1 Ethics Credit*

Ethical Challenges of the High Profile Case

James B. Cooney III, Partner, Womble Bond Dickenson LLP (Charlotte, NC)

Attorney Cooney will share the ethical challenges to consider when representing high profile cases, especially when interacting with the media. The operative rule is 3.6 Trial Publicity. He’ll give an overview of this rule and the intricacies of how it can play out. He will discuss the ethical considerations when your case is tried not only by a jury, but by the public eye as well.  


30(b)(6) Depositions

Moderated by Marrielle Van Rossum, Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C. (Concord, NH)

with panelists


Adrianne Fouts, Drummond Woodsum (Portland, ME)

Edward M. Kaplan, Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C. (Concord, NH)

Craig S. Nolan, Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6), along with corresponding state rules, provides a tremendous but sometimes overlooked discovery tool for defense attorneys needing to efficiently gather a corporation’s systems, policies, and practices.  Attorneys Fouts and Kaplan will present a general overview of the rule, as well as the subtle differences between deposing or defending a corporate entity in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Topics will also include why an attorney may want to depose a corporate designee in a variety of matters, the distinctions between a 30(b)(6) deposition and a deposition of an individual witness, and factors to consider when deciding whether and how to proceed with a 30(b)(6) deposition.


Corporate Counsel's Relationship with Defense Counsel

Moderated by Matthew V. BurrowsGallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C. (Concord, NH)

with panelists

Matt CairnsAssociate General Counsel, Textron (Providence, RI)

Dave Herzer, General Counsel, Constant Energy Capital (Portland, ME)

Two seasoned New England defense attorneys recently transitioned to working as in-house corporate counsel. Attorneys Cairns and Herzer are bringing decades of private defense experience now to one client, instead of multiple clients, and have new perspectives on working with outside counsel. They will share tips on how to make the relationship between corporate counsel and defense counsel a successful one. 


Thank You to Our Sponsors


TDLA CARES!  As part of our participation in the DRI CARES InitiativeTDLA will be collecting food and monetary donations to support Wayside Food Programs - fighting hunger and strengthening communities in the greater Portland, Maine, area.


*New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit,

and self-report their attendance. NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the

NH Minimum CLE requirement.

TDLA believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify

for 180 minutes (including 60 minutes ethics) toward the annual NHMCLE requirement. 

Sheri M. Leahan                     Mark G. Filler, CPA/ABV, CVA, AM, CBA

Executive Director TDLA Treasurer

C/O Berry Talbot Royer, P.A. Berry Talbot Royer, P.A.

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Falmouth, ME 04105