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Lail Presents to NALA on Dram Shop Cases

Posted: May 23, 2017

The Yarborough Applegate team is passionate about the prevention of drunk driving and helping those whose lives have been affected by this unfortunate and highly preventable crime. Our attorney David Lail represents victims of drunk driving in an niche practice area called Dram Shop law. In the fall of 2016, he wrote a book on the topic for fellow lawyers and in early May, led the first of two webinars hosted by The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) which was moderated by our paralegal Amy Johnson, “What is a Dram Shop Case and Do I Have One?”

The webinar’s first section on May 10 reviewed the history of Dram Shop Law, helped attendees determine if they have a Dram Shop case, and advised on beginning to collect evidence. Part two takes place on November 17, 2017 and is slightly more advanced, focusing on comprehensive data collection, finding and calling on the right experts, and using these critical parts and pieces to build a valuable case.

Lail’s presentation reviews a Dram Shop case from start to finish, clears up misconceptions about liquor liability, shares technical insight into the toxicology of ethanol, and ultimately helps attendees build a case that proves the fault of the establishments or event hosts responsible for over-serving patrons or guests who later inflict harm or death while operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Webinar attendees will gain real-life practice tips for handling the common and not-so-common issues encountered in Dram Shop cases. Handouts include sample verdicts from across the nation, checklist of relevant evidence, sample subpoena and cover letters to request medical records and toxicology results for the drivers, and resources for how to check the applicable laws and statutes in your state. These webinars are ideal for professionals in plaintiff law, but also offer helpful insight for defense attorneys, paralegals, and firms.

The course may be considered for continuing legal education credit. Those interested in attending can register online here. Attendance for part one is not required for participation in part two.

The Yarborough Applegate team invites you to join them on September 17, 2017 in Greenville for Walk Like MADD and to find ways to get involved in your own community. Read on for more information.

More about NALA:

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is the leading paralegal association in the U.S. Its mission is to provide continuing education and professional development programs to all paralegals and interested legal professionals. NALA provides current information about the profession, continuing education programs (publications, courses and webinars), networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey reports, and publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace. NALA is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(6), representing more than 18,000 paralegals, who are individual members or members of NALA affiliated associations.

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