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.


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. 

View the Final Program!

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Power Hour
Kick-off the program with a kick boxing inspired aerobics workout lead by the FBA’s very own Executive Director!

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast
Time to refuel and get ready for a full day of inspiring educational sessions.

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 for the Northern District of Ohio
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, Senior Associate, Reid Collins & Tsai LLP

10:15-11:15 a.m.

GROUP 2: Practice Makes Perfect

Using Speeches to Generate Business
Evan Gibbs, Attorney, 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. General Session with General Counsel
  • Jennifer Lohse, Vice President and General Counsel, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Thomas Ting, General Counsel, Starkey
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of food stations while you connect with other participants, presenters, and FBA Leadership.

1:30 p.m. Remarks
Chief Judge Gloria M. Navarro, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

2:15-3:15 p.m.

GROUP 3: In Your Newsfeed

Smart Contracts are Smarter Than You Think
Ronika J. Carter, President & CEO, Resolute Management and Consulting
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, Partner, Greene Espel PLLP

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Featured Speaker
C.J. Vranca, SVP, Legal & Business Affairs, Funny or Die
5:30-7:00 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
Guests will enjoy cocktails and light appetizers with a scenic view from the private hospitality suite on the 38th floor of the Four Seasons.
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

After Hours Reception
In it for the long haul? Come back after taking in the Vegas scene to sip a night cap or enjoy a late-night snack.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Start your Saturday morning on a high note with a full hot breakfast and beverages.

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Featured Speaker
The Road Less Traveled: Following Your Dreams After Law School
Allison Leotta, Critically-Acclaimed Author, former federal prosecutor

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

Ethics Session
Joel Oster, President and General Counsel, Comedian of Law LLC

12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunch

The cut-off date for reserving within the Four Seasons room block has now passed. Contact Caitlin Rider (crider@fedbar.org) if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.

Please find a list of nearby hotels within walking distance to the event hotel:

Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Delano Las Vegas
3940 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Luxor Hotel & Casino
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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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