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How to Impress the Judges and Build Your Reputation with the Court

This unique course brings you face-to-face with the triers of fact, the current civil court judges, to learn their expectations and preferences and help you make the best of your litigation efforts. Explore the egregious errors you must avoid at all costs so as not to jeopardize your case and damage your professional reputation. Register today!

  • Hear from the judges themselves what works and what doesn't in their courtrooms.
  • Find out where to get court information vital to your case.
  • Learn what judges take into consideration when making the ruling in evidence spoliation and privilege disputes.
  • Explore new and time-tested ways of helping judges resolve your case quickly.
  • Avoid looking unprepared with tips on what documents and information judges need in motion hearings and pre-trial conferences.
  • Learn what documentation actually helps your brief and what is unnecessary and frustrating.
  • Custom-tailor your case presentation to bench vs. jury trial.
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff: learn to make your oral argument in under a minute.
  • Know when to seek the judge's input/ruling and when to handle matters on your own.
  • Get the judges' candid answers to your questions.

Morning Session: 9:00 - 12:00
Panel Members: Hon. Margaret Bakker, Hon. Timothy G. Hicks, Hon. Alexander C. Lipsey, Hon. Amy L. McDowell, Hon. George J. Quist and Hon. Jon A. Van Allsburg. Moderator: Dale L. Arndt.

  1. What Attorneys MUST Know About the Local Court Procedure
  2. Summary Judgment Hearings - What Information the Judge Needs to Make a Ruling
  3. Keys to a Successful Pre-Trial Conference
  4. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  5. Issues That Should be Resolved Wthout the Judges' Involvement
  6. Motion Hearings
  7. Your Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:30
Panel Members: Hon. Margaret Bakker, Hon. Timothy G. Hicks, Hon. Alexander C. Lipsey, Hon. Amy L. McDowell, Hon. George J. Quist and Hon. Jon A. Van Allsburg. Moderator: Dale L. Arndt.

  1. Legal Ethics (1:00 - 2:00)
    1. The Meaning of "Justice" and the Role of the Judges and Attorneys in Upholding it
    2. Candor Toward Tribunal
    3. The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
    4. How Judges and Lawyers can Work Together to Improve the Justice System
  2. Unacceptable Litigation Tactics
  3. How Judges Decide When and How to Use Sanctions
  4. Witness and Evidence Management
  5. Bench vs. Jury Trial: Case Presentation Tips
  6. Judges' View of Jury Selection and Communications
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WA Seattle12/1/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day359.002039528
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FL Tampa12/1/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day359.002039512
OH Dayton12/1/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day349.002039523
FL Jacksonville12/8/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day349.002039516
WA Kennewick12/8/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day349.002039522
WA Vancouver12/8/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day359.002039526
TN Nashville12/8/2017 9:00:00 AM<span class="course-type type-c" style="cursor:default;word-wrap:normal;display:inline-block;" onmouseover="showHoverInfo(this, 'ProductTypeDescription' ,'ILT')" onmouseout="clearHoverInfo()">C</span>1 day349.002039520
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