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Reach a Civil Litigation Resolution as Quickly as Possible - With Insight From the Bench

When was the last time that you had an easy and convenient way to spend a day with the judges you come before - and hear their thoughts on the law, on legal practices and on personal likes and dislikes in their courtrooms? This unique program has been designed to give you the chance to interact directly with your local civil court judges - and ask them the questions that are on your mind. You'll gain insights that will help you to customize your presentation to each judge's specific likes and dislikes, maximize your interactions with court administrative staff, and avoid breaking unwritten rules that will cast you in an unfavorable light before the court. Take this day to listen, learn and get the answers to the questions that you have wanted to ask a civil court judge. Enroll today!

  • Learn what the judges prefer at case management and pretrial conferences.
  • Be confident that you're correctly handling motion hearings and motions for summary judgment.
  • Avoid discovery practices that are considered egregious by judges.
  • Learn tips and tricks to implement in your next set of voir dire questions.
  • Identify the most common witness and evidence errors that judges hope you'll avoid.
  • Include the elements that matter to judges when they make decisions about your cases.
  • Learn what the specific nuances are for each judge so that you can tailor your practices to suit that courtroom prior to trial.

AM Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Break 10:30 - 10:45)
Panel Members:
Hon. Eric Bentley, Hon. Deborah Eyler, Hon. Thomas K. Kane, Hon. Mark A. MacDonnell, and Hon. Jill S. Mattoon
Moderator: Gregory M. O'Boyle

  1. CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
    1. Case Management
    2. Tips for a Productive Settlement Conference
    3. Mistakes to Avoid at the Pretrial Conference
  2. SCHEDULING ORDERS
  3. DISCOVERY ISSUES ENCOUNTERED BY THE COURT
    1. Authorizations for Records
    2. Interrogatories
    3. Notice to Admit
    4. Depositions
    5. E-Discovery
    6. Objections
    7. Discovery Delays and Extensions
    8. Discovery Issues Judges Should Never Hear
  4. MOTION HEARING - WHEN, WHY, AND HOW?
    1. Motions in Limine
    2. Discovery Disputes
    3. Filing Dispositive Motions
  5. JUDGES' VIEWS ON TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTROOM
    1. What is Allowed in My Courtroom
    2. Advantages/Disadvantages of High-Tech Presentations
    3. Evidentiary Issues Relative to the Use of Technology in the Courtroom

PM Session 1:00 - 4:30 PM (Break 2:30 - 2:45)
Panel Members:
Hon. Eric Bentley, Hon. Deborah Eyler, Hon. Thomas K. Kane, Hon. Mark A. MacDonnell, and Hon. Jill S. Mattoon
Moderator: Gregory M. O'Boyle

  1. LEGAL ETHICS - THE JUDICIAL VIEW (1:00 - 2:00)
    1. Best Practices in Communication Between Bench and Bar
    2. Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
      1. Decorum
      2. Competence
      3. Candor and Fairness
      4. Unrepresented Parties
      5. Confidentiality
      6. The Attorney as Advisor
  2. VOIR DIRE: DO'S AND DON'TS
  3. TRIAL PRACTICE TIPS IN CIVIL COURT
    1. How to be "Trial Ready"
    2. Jury Instructions Beyond the Standard List
    3. The Value of a Good Appearance
    4. Top Things That Will Help Your Case Before the Judge
  4. WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE: MISTAKES TO AVOID
    1. How a Witness Ruins a "Good" Case
    2. Expert Witnesses
    3. Introducing Evidence at Trial
    4. The Proper Way to Object in Court
    5. Learning When Not to Object
    6. When is a Side Bar Appropriate?
  5. OPENING STATEMENTS AND CLOSING ARGUMENTS
    1. The Significance of an Opening Statement
    2. Effective Closing Argument Strategies
    3. Objecting During Argument
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