JSH Reporter JSH Reporter - Fall 2017 - Page 41

JSH FIRM ANNOUNCEMENTS 041 J. Russell Skelton Honored Invited to Join American Board of Trial Advocates Russ is the ninth lawyer at JSH to receive the distinction of being invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). The purpose of ABOTA is to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession. In addition, they seek to aid in the further education and training of trial lawyers, improve methods of procedure, serve as an informational center, and study and discuss matters of interest to trial lawyers. Inducted Into American College of Trial Lawyers Russ has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (“ACTL”), which is one of the premier legal associations in North America. Membership in the ACTL cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 members in the United States and Canada, includ ing active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. John DiCaro Serves as Co-Chair and Faculty Member for Arizona College of Trial Advocacy For the past five years, John DiCaro has served as a Co-Chair and Faculty Member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy (“ACTA”). The ACTA is an intensive, five-day workshop that provides practical hands-on training for trial lawyers. The college is strictly limited to 48 students. It culminates in a half-day mock trial with live jurors and judges in a Maricopa County Superior Court courtroom. The program is designed to significantly develop and refine the skills necessary for excellence in trial practice. Marci Seek Re-Elected as Vice President of the Arizona Paralegal Association Marci Seek, the firm’s Litigation Technology Analyst, has been re-elected as the Vice President of the Arizona Paralegal Association (“APA”). She has been a member of the APA since 2010. Her duties as Vice President include coordinating monthly CLE seminars and webinars and writing technology-driven topics and tips to be published in the APA Newsletter. Donald Myles Named President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Don Myles has been named the 2017–2018 President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”). Don has been a member of the FDCC since 1991 and previously served as its Secretary/Treasurer. The FDCC is an invitation-only organization that consists of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and individuals from the insurance industry.