2018 FJA Annual Workhorse Seminar

March 20th kicked off the 2018 Annual Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida. Image Resources has attended this seminar the last three years as an exhibitor, the official videographers for the seminar sessions themselves, and photographer.

As alluded by the name of the conference, “Workhorse”, the week is known for being extreme with the first CLE of the day kicking off at 7:00 a.m. and the last CLE ending around 10:00 p.m. including short breaks for lunch and dinner in between. The four-day seminar is chock-full of talented presenters discussing topics ranging from “How a Good Attack Can Destroy a Law Firm” to “Taking Your Client from Victim to Visionary”. Since there are over 75 sessions taking place, every single attorney went home with a plethora of new information to incorporate into their practices.


Each day, a special guest spoke during the lunch hour. Tuesday’s featured luncheon program was presented by Sach Oliver from Bailey & Oliver in Rogers, Arkansas. Mr. Oliver discussed, “The Art, Science, and Methodology of Showing the Story to the Judge and Jury.” One thing he capitalized on was the importance of using multiple visual aids at depositions. He spoke about how he puts relevant paperwork in front of the witness, writes on things, uses boards, TVs and whatever means necessary to fully portray his information to the other side. Mr. Oliver even uses two videographers when needed. He was a huge advocate of going above and beyond if you believe that the case will go to trial. Sach also endorses getting visual aids out early. 

Wednesday’s lunch program was presented by the National Memory Champion and Renowned Brain-Athlete, Ron White, from Grapevine, Texas. Mr. White captured the audience’s attention at the beginning by having around 50 people he met prior to his presentation all stand and then quickly naming off their names one by one with little to no hesitation followed by memorizing 50 random numbers chosen by the audience. Mr. White started his memory journey in his teens and has worked hard to be recognized all across America as a memory champion. When trying to remember virtually anything, Ron recommends these five steps, 1. focus 2. file 3. picture 4. action and 5. review. He briefly mentioned that a proper diet and exercise can assist a sharp mind, but 99% of memory is technique. Ron White has definitely fine-tuned his technique over the years!

The last luncheon speaker of The Annual Workhorse Seminar was Dr. Bennet Omalu. Dr. Omalu is a world-renowned forensic pathologist whose credited for being the first to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes. He called the disease CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which he discovered by performing an autopsy on NFL Center, Mike Webster. The 2015 Award-nominated film, Concussion, starring Will Smith, was inspired by Dr. Omalu and his breakthroughs regarding brain damage in football players.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we take a closer look at a few of the seminars from the week and how they relate to the work we do at Image Resources, Inc.

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