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 S C H E D U L E    O F    E V E N T S

Friday, September 18, 2020


Effective Written Advocacy*-Presented by The Honorable John R. Stegner, Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court


IADC Membership Meeting


15-minute break


Essentials Of Psychological Reports & Exposing Red Flags*-Presented by Ronald Heredia, PhD, Westwood Evaluation & Treatment Center-Los Angeles, CA


Pushing Back On Claims For Non-Economic Damages*-Presented by Renée Welze Livingston, Livingston Law Firm-Walnut Creek, CA


*An application requesting 3.0 CLE credits (with 0 in Ethics) for the underlined activities above has been sent to the Idaho State Bar.

Saturday, September 19, 2020


A Sampling Of Recent Idaho Noteworthy Decisions*
Each panelist will present on their topic for 20 minutes.

Eldridge v. West:  The Underlying Case, The Appeal, It’s Significance & Where We Go From Here–Julian Gabiola, Hawley Troxell-Pocatello

Recent Medical Malpractice Decisions & Their Effect on Medical Malpractice Claims Going Forward–Stephen L. Adams, Gjording Fouser-Boise.

Recent Decisions Involving Insurance Issues & Their Future Impact–Jaclyn T. Gans, Elam & Burke-Boise


Ethical Issues In Mediation*-Presented by The Honorable Ron D. Schilling (Ret.), Second District Court Judge 1981-2001 & Mediator


15-minute break


Mediation Panel*
Each panelist will present on their topic for 10 minutes.  The remaining 30 minutes will be a question-and-answer session with all panelists participating.

Best Strategies For Preparing Your Client For Mediation-Deborah Ferguson, Ferguson Durham-Boise

Strategies For A Defense Lawyer In Dealing With The Insured & Insurer In Preparation For & During The Mediation–David W. Knotts, Hawley Troxell-Boise

Outside The Box Mediations, War Stories From A Mediator–The Honorable Ron D. Schilling (Ret.), Second District Court Judge 1981-2001 & Mediator

  *An application requesting 3.0 CLE credits (with 1 in Ethics) for the underlined activities above has been sent to the Idaho State Bar.

A B O U T    T H E    S P E A K E R S

Justice John R. Stegner is a native Idahoan, having been born and educated in Grangeville. He graduated from the University of Idaho in the spring of 1982 and was admitted to practice by the Idaho State Bar that same year.
Following law school, Justice Stegner clerked for U.S. District Judge Harold L. Ryan for two years in Boise. He then joined the Lewiston firm of Clements, Brown & McNichols and practiced law there for more than twelve years. His practice involved a broad range of civil litigation. He left the practice in January 1997 to be a district court judge in Latah County where he served until he was sworn in on June 5, 2018, as the 57th Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.

Dr. Ronald Heredia is a psychology professor at East Los Angeles College.  He is the Chief Operating Officer at Westwood Evaluation & Treatment Center, a mental health facility that provides psychological evaluations and Apricots™ in workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation.

Dr. Heredia earned a doctorate from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He has authored multiple academic papers presented at conferences including meetings of the American Educational Research Association.

Renée Welze Livingston, Founding Member of Livingston Law Firm‚ had the vision and resolve to build a preeminent civil trial firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Renée is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms from 2003 – 2012.  She takes an active role in mentoring women lawyers on the challenges and opportunities of being a woman attorney and business owner. An accomplished trial lawyer and member of ABOTA‚ Renée is often engaged to handle complex legal matters in state and federal court that require thoughtful evaluation‚ creative resolution strategy and effective trial presentation. She handles catastrophic injury‚ wrongful death and other high-exposure cases primarily in the areas of product liability‚ trucking and transportation‚ premises liability and aggravated sexual assault. She brings legal excellence‚ genuine enthusiasm‚ unending dedication and the utmost professionalism to each engagement. Renée served on the Board of Directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association from 2012 – 2018 and is currently President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.  She is a 1982 graduate of the University of California‚ Santa Barbara, a 1986 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, A-V (5.0) rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a multi-year Northern California Super Lawyer. 

Julian Gabiola is co-chair of the firm’s insurance practice group. He is a defense litigator, who specializes in medical malpractice, physician licensing, and other health care law issues with physicians and hospitals as clients, as well as personal injury claims. Mr. Gabiola also represents clients with issues involving professional malpractice, insurance defense, employment, and commercial litigation.

Stephen L. Adams has defended public and private clients, including school districts, cities, the State of Idaho, hospitals, insurance companies, businesses, and individuals, since he started practice in 2006. Mr. Adams has had appeals before Idaho’s appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has argued in front of the Idaho Supreme Court multiple times. He is an at-Large Board member of the Idaho State Bar’s appellate practice section and he was on the editorial board for the last two editions of the Idaho Appellate Handbook. He has published numerous articles in the Advocate on a variety of areas of civil practice. When he’s not lawyering, he can generally be found under a pile of his children, cooking in the kitchen, or doing battle with his chickens who are currently trying to destroy his garden.

Jaclyn T. Gans represents clients in complex business litigation, employment, and construction matters. She also has an active trust litigation, insurance, and product liability defense practice. Prior to joining Elam & Burke in 2014, Ms. Gans clerked for the Honorable Jim Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court. She later clerked for the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.
Raised in Idaho, Ms. Gans obtained her B.A. from California State University-Fullerton, where she was a 4-year member of the Div. I women’s soccer team. Her J.D. is from the University of Idaho.