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Eric Cottle

A View From The Top - An NBL Webinar Series - Part Three: Tying It All Together … Now Go Out and Take Control of Your Legal Career

Mr. Cottle is a seasoned trial attorney and litigation partner in the Firm’s New York and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Cottle has extensive jury and bench trial experience involving environmental and toxic tort claims, wrongful death claims involving catastrophic personal injuries and economic loss, and claims involving personal injuries due to claimed product design defects. His principal areas of practice focus on a wide range of commercial and consumer products litigation, including mass tort claims arising from alleged exposures to hazards from industrial machinery and equipment or exposures involving industrial premises. His clients include global manufacturers and suppliers of industrial machinery and consumer products, electrical equipment manufacturers and industrial premises owners.
December 3, 2020







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Twyla Carter

Bail Reform: A Path to Dismantling an Inherently Racist Criminal Legal System and Ending Mass Incarceration

Twyla Carter is the National Policy Director at The Bail Project. Prior to joining TBP, Twyla was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project at the ACLU national office, where she litigated local and state bail inequities and right-to-counsel protections in the federal courts, and designed alternative bail and representation policies and procedures for targeted jurisdictions. Prior to working at the ACLU, Twyla was a public defender for ten years. She was the Misdemeanor Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, where she oversaw all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions of the department. As a Staff Attorney at The Defender Association, Twyla handled felony and misdemeanor trial caseloads, represented juveniles, and appealed misdemeanor convictions. Twyla is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington State and she is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. Twyla is a frequent speaker on all aspects of the criminal legal system, including bail and police reform, right-to-counsel issues, and how to incorporate race and culture into criminal and death penalty cases.

October 29, 2020
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Toyja Kelley, Sr.

A View From The Other Side: Learn How to Develop a Successful Civil Defense Practice from Leading Black Rainmakers - Toyja Kelley, Sr. Interviews Douglas K. Burrell

Toyja Kelley represents large public and medium-sized businesses in complex commercial disputes. His successful track record is grounded in the belief that every case must be litigated with an eye toward the client's overall business situation. His representation is thus informed by deep familiarity with the companies he represents.

Toyja is an adjunct professor of law at Washington and Lee University. He also has been an active member of the DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar for several years. In 2015, the organization elected Toyja 2nd vice president. He currently serves as President for the nearly 22,000 member international organization. He also served as vice chair to DRI's Center for Law and Public Policy's Issues and Advocacy Committee. Prior to that, he served for two years as chair of DRI's Diversity Committee. He is also a past president of the board of directors of the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.

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Douglas K. Burrell

Douglas Burrell believes that his primary focus is to be a strategic partner with his clients. It is important that he understands his client's business, the people, the problems faced, and budgetary constraints that can impact the client's ability to resolve problems. Douglas has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 24 years. He developed comprehensive experience while serving as first chair on more than 40 jury trials and more than 100 bench trials. He has also taken and defended hundreds of depositions.

Douglas serves as the general counsel of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Counsel providing legal and strategic business advice to the Counsel including contract review and negotiation, employment matters, and other transactional matters. If litigation support is needed, Douglas serves as lead trail counsel on those matters.
September 22, 2020
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Bill Robinson

Rise: How I Became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a Fortune 500 Company

From January 2001 until December 2007, William C. E. Robinson (“Bill Robinson”) served as senior corporate counsel in the Office of General Counsel for GEICO. Since December 2007, Bill has been Corporate Secretary for GEICO Corporation and its various subsidiaries. In that role, Bill’s mission is two-fold: (1) provide corporate secretary services to the GEICO Companies and their Directors and Officers, including corporate governance oversight, records retention and maintenance, and various insurance department filings; and (2) provide the Human Resources Department with legal counsel relating to the legal compliance and other aspects of labor and employment issues confronted by the GEICO Companies.

Bill has been a presenter to several labor and employment law firm associations and in-house corporate counsel associations in the areas of labor and employment, e-discovery and complex class actions. Bill is also co-author of Corporate Counsel Solutions, Employment Policies and Practices (published by LexisNexis in 2007).

Bill is a 1983 graduate of the Howard University School of Law and successfully passed the July 1983 New York State bar exam. Bill is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland bars. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the D.C. Court of Appeals Equal Access to Justice Commission, is a member of the Resource Board for the National Association of Women Judges, and was a previous board member of the New York Urban League, as well as several non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining GEICO, Bill served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, has been a senior associate in a Washington, D.C. law firm, and has served as the managing attorney for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Staff Counsel firm operations for Aetna and Travelers Insurance Companies.

















September 15, 2020
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Kerri-Ann Griggs

Impact of COVID-19 on Employers of Foreign National Workers: Retention and Furlough

Kerri-Ann Griggs is a senior associate with Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group. Kerri advises clients on various aspects of corporate immigration law, including immigrant and non-immigrant visa options and related legal issues. Her knowledge includes B, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, and TN visas, labor certification applications/PERM process, I-140 petitions, adjustment of status to LPR, investment visa options, corporate compliance, employment verification, maintenance of immigration status, and other compliance matters associated with global people issues.

She has represented clients in appeals before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and responds to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for evidence (RFEs), notices of intent to deny (NOIDs), and notices of intent to revoke (NOIRs).

August 4, 2020
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Twyla Carter

Police and Bail Reform: Paths to Dismantling an Inherently Racist Criminal Legal System and Ending Mass Incarceration

Twyla Carter is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. Prior to joining the ACLU, Carter was the Misdemeanor Practice Director and a staff attorney for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, Washington. As the Misdemeanor Practice Director, she oversaw all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions of the department. As a staff attorney at The Defender Association division, she handled felony and misdemeanor trial caseloads, represented juveniles, and appealed misdemeanor convictions. Twyla received an Associate’s degree from Seattle Central Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Seattle University, and a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.



July 30, 2020
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Eric Cottle

A View From The Top - An NBL Webinar Series - Part Two: Preparing and Executing a Winning Business Plan

Mr. Cottle is a seasoned trial attorney and litigation partner in the Firm’s New York and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Cottle has extensive jury and bench trial experience involving environmental and toxic tort claims, wrongful death claims involving catastrophic personal injuries and economic loss, and claims involving personal injuries due to claimed product design defects. His principal areas of practice focus on a wide range of commercial and consumer products litigation, including mass tort claims arising from alleged exposures to hazards from industrial machinery and equipment or exposures involving industrial premises. His clients include global manufacturers and suppliers of industrial machinery and consumer products, electrical equipment manufacturers and industrial premises owners.




July 14, 2020
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Navan Ward, Jr.

Next Administration - New Federal Judiciary Opportunities

Navan Ward, Jr. is a principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm. He is the firm’s lead attorney on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, and practices from the Atlanta office. He is licensed to practice in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and New York. He was selected to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the DePuy “ASR” Hip Implant Recall MDL, as well as to the PSC for the DePuy “Pinnacle” Hip Replacement MDL.












June 24, 2020
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Cheif Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

Addressing Critical Challenges to Access to Justice: A Conversation with Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on March 17, 2017. As Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chairs the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to being designated Chief Judge, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President George W. Bush in August 2006 to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Before that, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby, nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton, served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000-2006, and served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1995-2000.
June 16, 2020
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Eric Cottle

Part One: Laying the Groundwork for Professional Success

Mr. Cottle is a seasoned trial attorney and litigation partner in the Firm’s New York and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Cottle has extensive jury and bench trial experience involving environmental and toxic tort claims, wrongful death claims involving catastrophic personal injuries and economic loss, and claims involving personal injuries due to claimed product design defects. His principal areas of practice focus on a wide range of commercial and consumer products litigation, including mass tort claims arising from alleged exposures to hazards from industrial machinery and equipment or exposures involving industrial premises. His clients include global manufacturers and suppliers of industrial machinery and consumer products, electrical equipment manufacturers and industrial premises owners.

April 29, 2020
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William "Billy" R. Martin

Lessons from One of the Most Notable Trial Lawyers of Our Time

William R. (Billy) Martin is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg. As one of the top trial attorneys in the U.S., Billy represents corporations and leading individuals in politics, sports and entertainment, and he has tried more than 150 jury trials across the country. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and the White Collar Practice Group.





March 31, 2020
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Tracey L. Brown

Impact Litigation: Identifying Social Issues and Combatting Them Through the Judicial System

Tracey L. Brown is Managing Partner at The Cochran Firm in New York, where she specializes in employment discrimination, civil rights and municipal liability and is National Chair of the Civil Rights Practice Group. Ms. Brown also leads business development, strategic planning, ethics guidance, corporate giving and diversity initiatives at the firm. Prior to joining The Cochran Firm, Ms. Brown was Senior Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC, where she litigated consumer fraud cases, including a $70 million judgment in a case on behalf of consumers who had been victims of Internet credit card fraud. Ms. Brown also served as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles where she tried more than seventy cases before juries and judges.




February 27, 2020
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Alliance for Justice - New Year, New Path: The Process for Becoming a Judge in 2020

Alliance for Justice is a national association of 120 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Since 1979, AFJ has been the leader in advocacy for a federal judiciary that advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. More information regarding Alliance for Justice can be found at https://www.afj.org/








January 15, 2020
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Benjamin F. Wilson

Resilience: The Key to Success

Ben Wilson is a leader on ethics, compliance, and diversity and inclusion. Ben has been lead counsel in numerous complex environmental litigation and regulatory matters for major consumer product corporations, retailers, oil and gas companies, municipalities, and developers.








November 14, 2019
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Nicole Austin-Hillery

Why Human Rights Should Matter to the African American Lawyer

Nicole Austin-Hillery is Human Rights Watch’s inaugural U.S. Program Executive Director. In this newly created role, Ms. Austin-Hillery leads Human Rights Watch’s efforts to end violations in abusive systems within the United States.
October 10th, 2019
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