WSAJ 2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION Making A Difference Together: Friday
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
$135 for Regular Member
Duration: 210 minutes
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WSAJ 2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION
Making A Difference Together
Chairpersons: Jason Amala & Amie Peters
Suncadia Resort & Spa • Cle Elum
June 23 - 26, 2016
FRIDAY – 3.5 CLE CREDITS
Transformative Law – Don’t Just Ask for Money, Ask for Change (2.5 credits)
Randi McGinn, Albuquerque, NM
A Path to Justice for Victims of Crime: Compensation and Accountability in the Civil Courts (1.5 credits)
Jeff Dion, Director, National Crime Victim Bar Association
| Amie C. Peters|
Amie C. Peters is the founding member of Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firm dedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act & Defense Base Act. She is admitted to...MoreAmie C. Peters is the founding member of Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firm dedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act & Defense Base Act. She is admitted to practice before all Washington State courts, the U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Peters is an active member of the legal community. Currently, she holds the following leadership positions:
• Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group: Treasurer and co-chair of the Longshore Section
• Washington State Association for Justice: 2016 Convention Co-Chair & Board of Governors member
• American Association for Justice: Washington State Delegate
• DOL-Joint Bar Association: Board Member and Past-President
Ms. Peters also regularly speaks at Continuing Legal Education seminars for Washington State Association for Justice, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and Loyola University’s Annual Longshore Conference. However, Ms. Peters’ favorite bar activity is mentoring other lawyers and law students.
Ms. Peters is routinely recognized by her peers for her work assisting injured people. Ms. Peters has a 10.0 rating from AVVO.com and has been named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers.com in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2011, Washington State Association for Justice awarded her the “New Member of the Year – Ready to Soar” award. In 2015, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group gave Ms. Peters the “Longshore/DBA Excellence in Practice Award,” which recognizes an attorney who excels in assisting individuals with Longshore Act claims and has demonstrated a willingness to help other attorneys in their practice under this Act.
In her free time, Ms. Peters can be found, camera in hand, enjoying everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She particularly enjoys the Edmonds Farmers’ Market, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series. You can also follow her on twitter, @amiecpeters. Collapse
| Jason P. Amala|
JASON P. AMALA has devoted his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from representing consumers who are severely injured by defective products, to...MoreJASON P. AMALA has devoted his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from representing consumers who are severely injured by defective products, to numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Jason primarily practices in state and federal trial court, but has also obtained favorable decisions from the Washington Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Washington.
Jason was raised in Salem, Oregon, but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Honors College. He then enrolled in the Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class and received the Faculty Scholar Award. Although Jason tries to make the world a better place through his legal practice, he also gives back to the community through different charitable organizations. In their spare time, Jason and his wife, Tamara, can be found camping in the summer and skiing in the winter Collapse
| Randi McGinn|
Interesting stuff: Randi McGinn is the senior partner with her four women partners in the law firm MCML, PA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence to visualize...MoreInteresting stuff: Randi McGinn is the senior partner with her four women partners in the law firm MCML, PA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination and closing argument. She has destroyed adverse witnesses by leaving a pretentious Beverly Hills doctor standing in front of the jury covered with post-its and clutching a grapefruit to his chest, by grilling a government snitch until he threw up and by exposing the fact that a world-renowned polygraph expert had been polygraphing his own sperm cells in the dead of night. She was asked to be the special prosecutor in the first prosecution in 50 years of two Albuquerque Police Department police officers for shooting a homeless camper in the Albuquerque foothills. Trial in that case is set for September 19, 2016. She started her career by giving birth to daughter Heather, now age 36, the day before the 3 day bar examination.
Boring stuff: President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, double listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers in America; International Academy of Trial Lawyers fellow; past AAJ Governor; past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers' Association; NACDL board member, NITA-NCDC-UNM instructor. Collapse
| Jeffrey R. Dion|
Jeff Dion has championed crime victims’ rights for more than two decades. Jeff began advocating for victims in 1982, when his twenty-three year old sister, Paulette, was murdered by a serial killer. Only 14 years old himself, Jeff pressed the police...MoreJeff Dion has championed crime victims’ rights for more than two decades. Jeff began advocating for victims in 1982, when his twenty-three year old sister, Paulette, was murdered by a serial killer. Only 14 years old himself, Jeff pressed the police for information on his sister’s case and, after it was solved, decided to pursue a career in law to help other crime victims. In honor of his sister’s memory, Jeff lobbied the Virginia General Assembly, resulting in 13 victims’ rights bills being enacted into law. These statutes established a victim’s right to be present in the courtroom, the right to offer oral impact testimony at sentencing, the right to confer with the prosecutor, a civil cause of action for stalking, an expanded civil statute of limitations for victims, and an expanded legal definition of “victim.”
In 1998, Jeff joined the staff of the National Center for Victims of Crime, where he currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director. He also serves as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. In that capacity, he lectures throughout the country to foster greater communication and understanding among crime victims and attorneys. Having trained advocates and attorneys in 37 states, Jeff is a nationally recognized expert with strong ties to direct service providers and leaders in the field of victim services. In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Jeff worked with more than 1,500 victims and surviving family members to help them understand their rights, and he helped train more than 2,000 attorneys on the dynamics of victimization and understanding the special needs of survivors.
From 2002 to 2010, he was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, which distributes Victims of Crime Act and Violence Against Women Act grant funds to local programs throughout the Commonwealth. Jeff served on the Victim Services Grant Review Committee, and was Chairman of the Victim-Witness Issues Advisory Committee.
Jeff, who is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, served as president of his local rape crisis center, Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Service of Prince William County, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of ACTS, the social service organization which includes the sexual assault and domestic violence programs for Prince William County, Virginia. He is a former board member and advisory council member for the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.
In 2005, Jeff was presented the Allies for Justice Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and was honored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as one of the individuals who has had the greatest impact on crime victims’ rights in Virginia over the previous 10 years. In 2006, the Attorney General of the United States presented him with the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award. This award honors an outstanding individual whose leadership, vision, and innovation have led to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims, and is one of the prestigious National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards, which are the highest honors in the field of crime victim services. Collapse
June 24, 2016
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Convention Book
- Transformative Law - Video
- A Path to Justice for Victims of Crime: Compensation and Accountability in the Civil Courts - Video
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Duration: 210 minutes
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