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3 INCL Brief 1 (1973-1974)

handle is hein.journals/tbrief3 and id is 1 raw text is: October 1973 Volume 3, Number 1    Published by the Section of Insurance, Negligence & Compensation Law Im.

RARTechniques Committee, Past and
Projected Activities, 1972-73

Your chairman, filling the vacancy created by the
untimely Illness and death of Bill Nolan, first attempted
to make personal or semi-personal contacts with as many
committee vice-chairmen and members as possible. With
the help of the recommendations made by outgoing
chairman Don Jackson, the computer studies made by
then incoming chairman Bob Muchemore, the personal
study of the overall situation by chairman-to-be Dick
Maurer, and the responses to the personal inquiries
made, a vitalized committee was activated.
Approximately half the vice-chairmen who apparently
were not able to devote the attention necessary assumed
positions as regular committee members at the sugges-
tion of Mr. Maurer, and they were replaced as vice-chair-
men by other committee members who expressed an
active interest.
Committee members who had apparently lost interest
in participation were eliminated, and were replaced,
partly as the result of personal contacts which had been
attempted, through the other routines previously dis-
The program plan for the Washington meeting was
aimed first at demonstrating advanced trial techniques,
and, secondarily, at creating such audience appeal that
Section 'members would remain to attend the final
business session in order to observe the attractive
A separate goal of your chairman was to interest
committee members and vice-chairmen in attending the
annual meeting and participating in the function of the
committee itself. Personal letters and telephone calls
were involved in this effort.
THE RESULTS: The committee is now headed by a
somewhat reduced number of vice-chairmen who are
active. In response to a last-minute letter reminding
committee members of the innovation of a committee
business meeting breakfast at the annual meeting, over
50 percent of the committee responded, either by letter,
telephone, or personal attendance at the breakfast.
Copyright ©) 1973 American Bar Association

Perhaps most remarkable at the Washington meeting was
that some sixty lawyers attended the breakfast business
committee meeting when there was no other program
offered to encourage attendance.
The showcase demonstration at the annual meeting
succeeded in drawing one of the largest audiences of any
of the committee programs, although it was not as great
as expected, which an informal survey indicated was
largely because many members of the Section had
already checked out of their hotel rooms the morning
before this afternoon program, and this should be taken
into consideration in next year's programs.
Another innovation was to use committee members as
the performing lawyers in the mock trial to further the
idea that the committee should be composed largely of
outstanding trial lawyers in the nation. In the theme of
the trial, Lou Ashe, a committee vice-chairman, acted as
attorney for the plaintiff, and F. Lee Bailey, a ccmmit-
tee member, represented the defendant, with the trial
being presided over by your chairman.
The program was intended to carry out the role of the
committee as epitomized in the name itself, Trial
Techniques. Three new techniques were intended to be
demonstrated: first, changing approaches to be used by
plaintiff and defense attorneys in the relatively new field
of insureds suing their own carriers in no-fault cases;
second, the use of the results of a polygraph test as
evidence in the trial of a civil lawsuit; and, third, the
taking of a deposition by closed circuit television.
The program consisted of respective counsel actually
interrogating the witness by live television as if he were
in a distant city, and later the witness, Ray Weir, one of
the nation's top polygraph examiners, was brought onto
the stage for further direct and cross-examination in
The program at the annual meeting was Intended to be
a climax of this committee's efforts to keep abreast of
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