2021 WDC Annual Conference

Event Details

Start:
Thursday, August 12, 2021
End:
Friday, August 13, 2021
Location:
Wilderness Resort & Glacier Canyon Conference Center
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Hotel Information:

Reservations can be made by calling 800-867-9453. Be sure to mention you are with the room block Wisconsin Defense Counsel #832731. The group rate is $190 and the deadline to book your room is July 12, 2021.


Event Description

The Wisconsin Defense Counsel invites you to join us in-person on August 12-13 at the Wilderness Resort & Glacier Canyon Conference Center.

Health & Safety

As we return to in-person events, safety is a top priority for WDC. Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to the WDC Annual Conference. By attending, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:

  • Have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
  • Are not under any self-quarantine orders
  • Are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the CDC at CDC.gov, including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Attendees who cannot confirm all the above criteria must not attend the 2021 WDC Annual Conference.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attendees with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending the 2021 WDC Annual Conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and further acknowledge that you understand and will follow all health and safety protocols established by WDC and the Wilderness Resort & Glacier Canyon Conference Center. Failure to abide by all health and safety protocols implemented for the event is grounds for being asked to leave the event, without refund.

Registration Discounts

Registration discounts are available for Employment Law Attorneys, and those who have not attended a WDC conference in the last three years. Please reach out to the WDC office, info@wdc-online.org, for more details.

 

Registration Brochure Now Available!

 

 

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Agenda

August 12, 2021

8:00AM-8:55AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:55AM-9:00AM
Opening Remarks

9:00AM-9:20AM
Theory of the Case and Its Evolution through Trial
David Piehler, Piehler & Strande, S.C.

9:20AM-9:40AM
Do You Need an Expert?
Bill Wick, Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken, LLP

9:40AM-10:05AM
Pretrial Motions
Kara Burgos, Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd.

10:05AM-10:15AM
Break
Sponsored by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

10:15AM-10:35AM
Voir Dire
Michael Crooks, von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

10:35AM-10:55AM
Opening Statements
Christine Rice, Simpson & Deardorff, S.C.

10:55AM-11:15AM
Direct Examination
Heather Nelson, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm, S.C.

11:15AM-11:25AM
Break
Sponsored by Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.

11:25AM-11:50AM
Cross Examination
Ann Emmerich, Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.

11:50AM-12:10PM
Use of Depositions at Trial
Mark Budzinski, Corneille Law Group, LLC

12:10PM-1:20PM
Lunch & Annual Business Meeting
Featuring Past President Recognition and Awards Presentations
Lunch sponsored by Axley Brynelson

1:20PM-1:40PM
Foundations for Trial Evidence
Frederick Strampe, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C.

1:40PM-2:00PM
Motion Briefing During Trial
Emile Banks, Emile Banks & Associates, LLC

2:00PM-2:10PM
Break
Sponsored by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.

2:10PM-2:30PM
Jury Instructions, Special Verdicts, and the Jury Instruction Conference
Patrick Brennan, Crivello Carlson, S.C.

2:30PM-2:50PM
Closing Arguments
Erik Pless, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm S.C.

2:50PM-3:00PM
Break
Sponsored by Weiss Law Office, S.C.

3:00PM-4:00PM
Committee Meetings

4:00PM-5:30PM
Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Crivello Carlson, S.C.

August 13, 2021

8:00AM-9:00AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00AM-9:50AM
Insurance Agent Errors & Omissions
Ariella Schreiber, Rural Mutual Insurance Company

9:50AM - 10:00 AM
Break
Sponsored by Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.

10:00AM-10:50AM
Minimizing the Rising Risks of Employee Complaints
Rebeca Lopez, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

10:50AM - 11:00 AM
Break

11:00AM-11:50AM
Disability Discrimination Claims
Jenna Rousseau, Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.

11:50 AM
Adjourn