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Litigating MAGA: Lessons in Advocacy of Controversial and Uncertain Claims

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  • Description
    Precedence is a key factor in court rulings, so how should attorneys deal with claims that may seem without precedent? Using Piatek v. Happiest Hour, wherein a business ejected a customer for wearing a Make America Great Again hat, as a springboard, this CLE course will offer tips and strategies for persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy in defending cases of this nature. Through a thorough examination of this case and others like it, the course will explain how these types of cases may be framed to withstand a motion to dismiss and provide the legal tools to manage these types of cases in federal and state court.
  • Instructor Bio

    Victoria Kennedy

    Victoria Kennedy’s practice focuses on contract negotiation and disputes, labor and employment matters, insurance defense including coverage analysis and premises liability, intellectual property and commercial litigation. She regularly appears in New York state and federal courts and has successfully represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Victoria also provides outside general counsel services to companies that either lack in-house legal departments or require additional legal support, advising on contracts, construction/real estate, and employment/HR matters.

    Previously, Victoria managed a solo general litigation practice, and held the position of Vice President and Senior Trial Counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. She honed her skills as a litigation and government compliance attorney while an associate with international law firms White & Case LLP and Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Post-Hurricane Katrina, Victoria took a one-year hiatus from New York to spend time with family in her hometown of New Orleans while serving as Special Counsel to Louisiana-based firm Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, LLP.

    Victoria graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2001, and she has been included among the prestigious National Black Lawyers: Top 100 in 2017 and 2018. She is currently Senior Counsel with Russo & Toner LLP and resides in New York City with her 4-year old son.