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Get Candid, Practical Litigation Advice from Presiding Judges

Spend a day with the local judges and let them tell you, in their own words, of their rules, preferences and pet peeves when it comes to case scheduling, exchange and use of exhibits, proportionality of discovery and conduct at voir dire and trial. This course offers you a unique opportunity to get answers to the questions you've always wanted to ask your judges. Learn what to do (and what not to do) to speed up your cases and build credibility with the court. Register today!

  • Get practical pointers from the judges for navigating the court system.
  • Hear local judges' thoughts on choosing the right resolution method based on the complexity of the case.
  • Draft summary judgment motions that contain all the information the judge needs to make the decision.
  • Discover how to efficiently and tactfully educate the judge on your case.
  • Ensure that all your motions comply with the court's requirements.
  • Understand how the bench views expert testimony.
  • Learn how to make the best of pre-trial conferences and what issues you want to cover ahead of time.
  • Get judges' viewpoints on desired and unacceptable attorney conduct at trial.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level judicial panel is designed for attorneys.

Course Content

  1. Mistakes in Electronic Court Filing, Initial Pleadings and Responses
  2. Scheduling Orders, Case Management Conferences and ADR
  3. Best Practices in Early Resolution of Simple Cases
  4. Settlement Conferences: What Cases Qualify and How to Make the Best Use of Them
  5. Effective Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Complex Cases: Special Rules and Tips
  7. Preventing Discovery Disputes: Timing, Sequence, Proportionality, Cooperation Between Attorneys
  8. Handling Case Delays without Disrupting Court Schedule
  9. Trial Briefs: Getting to the Point Quickly
  10. Crucial Things Lawyers Can Do to Help Judges Understand Their Case
  11. Oversights in Handling Witnesses, Experts and Evidence
  12. Legal Ethics
  13. Trial Readiness Conferences: What NOT to Do
  14. Voir Dire and Trial Disasters and Triumphs

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. David W. Abbott
Hon. David De Alba
Hon. Judy Holzer Hersher
Hon. Scott Kays
Hon. Alan G. Perkins
Hon. Michael G. Virga
Moderator: Gary Scott Decker

  1. Mistakes in Electronic Court Filing, Initial Pleadings and Responses
  2. Scheduling Orders, Case Management Conferences and ADR
  3. Best Practices in Early Resolution of Simple Cases
  4. Settlement Conferences: What Cases Qualify and How to Make the Best Use of Them
  5. Effective Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Complex Cases: Special Rules and Tips
  7. Preventing Discovery Disputes: Timing, Sequence, Proportionality, Cooperation Between Attorneys

Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. David W. Abbott
Hon. David De Alba
Hon. Judy Holzer Hersher
Hon. Scott Kays
Hon. Alan G. Perkins
Hon. Michael G. Virga
Moderator: Gary Scott Decker

  1. Handling Case Delays without Disrupting Court Schedule
  2. Trial Briefs: Getting to the Point Quickly
  3. Crucial Things Lawyers Can Do to Help Judges Understand Their Case
  4. Oversights in Handling Witnesses, Experts and Evidence
  5. Legal Ethics (2:45 - 3:45)
    1. Civility and Professionalism
    2. Ex Parte Communications
    3. When is Misrepresentation of Fact Sanctionable?
    4. Conflicts of Interest
    5. Improper Contact with Witnesses
  6. Trial Readiness Conferences: What NOT to Do
  7. Voir Dire and Trial Disasters and Triumphs
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