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AAJ swears in new officers in Baltimore

The American Association for Justice swore in its new officers Tuesday at the organization’s annual convention, which brought about 3,000 people to the Baltimore Convention Center.

The trial bar’s new president will be Lisa Blue Baron of Dallas-based Baron and Blue. Larry Tawwater of the Tawwater Law Firm PLLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will serve as president-elect, and Julie Braman Kane of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables, Florida, will be vice president.

The newly elected officers also include secretary Kathleen Nastri of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder P.C. in Bridgeport, Connecticut; treasurer Elise Sanguinetti of Sanguinetti Law in Oakland, California; and parliamentarian Bruce H. Stern of Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

AAJ spokeswoman Sarah Jones said the Washington, D.C.-based association of trial lawyers chose Baltimore this year in part because of the city’s growing reputation as a tourist destination. Earlier this month, the Huffington Post included Baltimore on a list of the world’s 15 best waterfront cities.

“We definitely thought it would be a nice opportunity to show how the city is really revitalizing, especially downtown,” she said.

Founded in 1946, the AAJ changed its name from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in 2006.

The convention proper, which featured group sessions on everything from asbestos, benzene and consumer privacy to Xarelto, Yaz and Zimmer Knee litigation, wrapped up Tuesday night with the Board of Governors reception. The board and the AAJ Foundation will also meet Wednesday.




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