2019 Rising Professionals Symposium


This symposium will break the mold from your typical conference experience, while providing an informational opportunity to elevate your career. Educational sessions will focus on what’s ahead in the courtroom: charming the jury, delivering powerful depositions, and writing compelling briefs with a transition to current hot topics in the legal industry, such as medical cannabis, genomic evidence, and data breaches. Take the initiative to build your national network by interacting with peers, FBA leaders, and conference presenters during the program discussion and engage in conversation during the evening and after-hours receptions.

View the Symposium E-Brochure.


There are three ways to register for this national event:
1) Register Online
2) Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 for processing
3) Mail PDF Registration Form to the following address for processing
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2019 Rising Professionals Symposium
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

Registration Fees

 Member   $495
 Government Member  $395
 Student Member  $175
 Nonmember*  $580
 Government Nonmember*  $480
 Student Nonmember*  $195

*Registration for current nonmembers includes a year of membership to the FBA.

Refer a Friend – Rebate Terms & Conditions
Past attendees are eligible to receive a $50 rebate on his/her registration payment if they refer a new attendee to register for the 2019 Rising Professionals Symposium. In order to qualify, (a) the new attendee must write the past attendee’s name and email on his/her registration form, and (b) both attendees must be present at the symposium. Limit one (1) per customer. Rebates will be processed 2-4 weeks after the event date.
Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept exact cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, January 4, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Caitlin Rider at
crider@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests. 

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Power Hour

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:00-10:00 a.m.

GROUP 1: Practice Prowess

Voir Dire - Win Your Case and Charm The Pants Off The Jury
Marisa T. Darden, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Out of Thin Air: How to Create a Compelling Brief on a Novel Area of Law
Kristine Schanbacher, Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP
It's Your Deposition: Practical Tips for Commanding the Room Against Your More-Seasoned Opponent
Ben Barnes, Associate, Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst LLP

10:15-11:15 a.m.

GROUP 2: Practice Prowess

Using Speeches to Generate Business
Evan Gibbs, Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP
Find Out When That Hotline Bling: The Discovery of Telephone Records in Civil Litigation
Debashish Bakshi, Associate, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
The Future Is Now: Using Genomic Evidence and Genetic Sequencing Technology in Civil Cases
Adam M. Dinnell, Senior Counsel, Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel Content To Be Released
12:30-2:00 p.m.


2:15-3:15 p.m.

GROUP 3: In Your Newsfeed

Smart Contracts are Smarter Than You Think
Ronika J. Carter
Now that We've Found Standing, What are We Gonna Do With It? What's on the Horizon for Data Breach Litigation
Kate Baxter-Kauf, Associate Attorney, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
The Dark Side of Social Media: Where Do You Stand?
Andrew Rossow, Cyberspace and Internet Attorney, Rossow Law, LLC

3:30-4:30 p.m.

GROUP 4: Good to Know

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Law & Order, or Criminal Law for Everyone Else
Christian Grostic, Research & Writing Attorney, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio
Medical Cannabis in the Workplace: What Protections Do Employees Have?
Dustin Massie, Attorney, Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP
Why Our Profession is the Nation’s Least Diverse: Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession
Sybil Dunlop, Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Featured Speaker
5:30-7:00 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

After Hours Reception

9:00-10:00 a.m.


10:00-11:00 a.m.

Panel Content To Be Released

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ethics Session - To Be Released

12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunch

A discounted block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees from Thursday, January 31 - Sunday, February 3 at the Four Seasons (3960 S Las Vegas Blvd; Las Vegas, NV 89119) at $219/night (plus taxes and reduced $35 resort fee). Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 p.m.

Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2019. Any reservations received after the above date or until the block is full, whichever is sooner, will be accepted based on a room-type and rate-available basis.

Click Here to reserve your room online. To reserve over the phone, call 702-632-5000 today and reference the group name "FedBar Rising Professionals Symposium." Please have your arrival/departure dates and credit card information ready to expedite your reservation process.

In order to ensure the success of FBA meetings and programs, we encourage all participants to make their housing accommodations within the arranged room block. The Meetings Department makes every effort to keep expenses at this meeting as low as possible by negotiating the best hotel rate with its vendors. We appreciate your support and consideration.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Caitlin Rider, Sr. Meeting Planner.

February 1 - 2, 2019
Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

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