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Thursday, July 18, 2019

WDTL 2019 Annual Meeting and Convention

Start Date: 7/18/2019 1:00 PM PDT
End Date: 7/21/2019 12:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: Suncadia Resort

3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA  United States  98922

Organization Name: Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: 206.749.0319

Convention Brochure

Join us July 18 to 21 at Suncadia Resort as we go "Back to the Future" and celebrate the 1980s at WDTL's 2019 Annual Meeting & Convention


Registration includes Thursday evening reception, breakfast daily, Friday afternoon President’s Party, Saturday evening Cocktail Party & Awards Dinner, an extensive CLE Program, and a souvenir for each attendee and registered guest.

Children’s registration includes breakfast daily and dinner/entertainment on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

CLE CREDITS: WA 7.0 credits approved including 3.5 ethics credits. An additional 2.0 credits are available for the Practice Development session on Thursday.


Thursday, July 18

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Registration – Dine-Around Sign Ups

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Deposition Skills Practice Development (2 WSBA CLE credits are available for the session)
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV, Melissa Roeder, Foley & Mansfield, Jenna R. Goltermann, Forsberg & Umlauf, Rory Cosgrove, Carney Badley Spellman, Jennifer Gannon Crisera, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, Jeff Tilden, Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP
Sponsored by Betts Patterson Mines

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: Tanenbaum Keale & Nicoll Black

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dine Arounds – sign up at registration
Everyone Have Fun Tonight - Professional Development Get Together
Sponsored by Tyson Mendes and FAVROS

Friday, July 19

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Let’s Get Physical - Yoga
Chris Tavares, Preg O’Donnell & Gillett

7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Club
Sponsored by Keating Bucklin & McCormack

8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Rachel Reynolds, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, and Peter Ritchie, Meyer Fluegge & Tenney

8:15 - 9:15 a.m. The Hazards of Practicing Law
Philip Buri, Buri Funston Mumford

9:15-10:45 a.m. Practicing Law in the Age of Big Data
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by Witherspoon Kelley and Soha & Lang

11:00-12:30 p.m. That’s What Friends Are For: Things We All Should Know For Cocktail Parties
Jennifer Cannon-Unione, Dixon & Cannon, Michael Bolasina, Summit Law Group, Christopher Howard, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Araceli Amaya, McKinley Irvin
Moderated by Rory Cosgrove and Jenna Goltermann

1:00-5:00 p.m. Caddyshack Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Mix Sanders Thompson

1:00-3:00 p.m. President’s Party Kickball Tournament
Sponsored by JENSEN HUGHES, ExamWorks, ARCCA, RIMKUS, Northwest Medical Experts, J.S. Held, MSA Legal Nurse Consultants, ESI, T-Scan & MKA

My Prerogative
Enjoy an Evening on your own

Saturday, July 20

6:30-7:15 a.m. The Running Man Fun Run
Molly Kosten, Preg O’Donnell & Gillett

7:15-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Club
Sponsored by Lane Powell

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Creating the Line of Sight: Strategies for Developing Your Network
Marianne Trost, The Women Lawyers Coach

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Examining Implicit Bias in Advocacy and in Doctrine
Professor Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director, Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law, Jessica Levin, Staff Attorney, Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by Frey Buck and Bullivant Houser Bailey

10:45-11:45 a.m. GR 37 in Action – Judicial Panel
The Honorable Nicole Phelps, King County Superior Court, The Honorable Suzanne Parisien, King County Superior Court, The Honorable Timothy B. Fennessy, Spokane County Superior Court
Moderated by Erin Seeberger, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom

11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Women’s Networking Lunch
Marianne Trost, The Women Lawyers Coach
Sponsored by Christie Law Group and Smith Freed

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Save the Clock Tower Dance: Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction
Sponsored by Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, Lee Smart, and Bohrnsen Stocker Smith Luciani Adamson

Sunday, July 21

11:00 a.m. Hotel Check-Out


Suncadia Resort, 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, WA 98922


Lodge Deluxe Resort View Guestrooms: $ 239.00 per night
Lodge Deluxe River View Guestrooms: $ 249.00 per night
Lodge One Bedroom Resort View Suites: $ 289.00 per night

There is an additional resort fee of $29 per night per room

Reservations: (866) 904-6300

Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  Reservations must be made by June 18 to guarantee these special rates. Reservations made after June 18 are subject to room and rate availability.  All reservations require a credit card guarantee and a deposit of the first night’s room and tax.  This deposit is non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of the arrival date.  Convention Rates are available for 3 days before and after the convention dates, depending on availability.

Bring Fido & Fluffy - Suncadia is pet-friendly.


Yoga: Get your namaste on for an early Friday morning stretch led by Christine Tavares, a certified yoga instructor. She will lead a multi-leveled class with adaptations for individual level of flexibility. Meet in the lobby promptly at 6:30 am. Bring a towel, WDTL will provide a yoga mat and get your zen ohm.

The Running Man Fun Run: Go on a lovely 5K run or walk on Saturday morning, led by Molly Kosten. Meet in the lobby at 6:30 am for this at your own pace fun run/walk.

Friday Golf Tournament: Golf fees for the Prospector Golf Course are $150.00 per person including a box lunch, transportation, and cart. Players of all ability levels are encouraged to participate! No refunds for golf tournament registrations made after June 19. Substitutions welcome.

Friday Kickball: Don’t want to golf? Join other WDTL members and their guests for a spirited kickball game with adult & kid juice boxes and snacks for a fun Friday afternoon to celebrate Peter Ritchie’s fine year as president!

The youth activities on Thursday and Saturday nights are designed for kids ages 3 to 11 (diaper-free).  Our Campcadia program handles child care from 4 years and up and can be booked through Concierge or directly with the team at 509-649-6144.

Casual resort attire is appropriate for all events. 

Golf course dress code requires the following: Golf shirts must have both collars and sleeves and shorts must be of moderate length.  Halter tops, tank tops, and all jean-type clothes are not permitted.  Non-metal spikes only.

Cancellations prior to June 18 will receive a refund less a $50.00 handling fee.  No refunds after June 18.  Substitutions welcome.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 7/18/2019 9:00 PM

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