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The Do's and Don'ts of Discovery and Trial Practice Civil Court Judges Want You to Know
This insightful discussion will guide your litigation efforts by putting you face to face with the judges to see trial practice from their perspective. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to ask the decision-makers crucial questions on best discovery and trial practices. Gain practical advice for likely scenarios, uncover specific judges' opinions and preferences, and prevent common mistakes. Find out what judges think attorneys need to keep in mind in this candid discussion - order today!
- Follow proper discovery procedures to the letter to ensure thorough and admissible evidence supports your case.
- Be confident that you're using expert depositions correctly.
- Challenge your opponents' experts with effective use and defense of Daubert motions.
- Identify the most common voir dire errors that judges hope you'll avoid.
- Don't miss any elements of trial presentation that matter to judges when they make decisions about your cases.
- Find out how local judges feel about the use of technology in the courtroom - what is helpful and what is simply distracting.
All times are shown in Central time
Morning Session 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Panel Members: Hon. Kevin S. Burke, Hon. Thomas S. Fraser, Hon. Thomas A. Gilligan Jr., and Hon. Daniel C. Moreno
Moderator: James M. Susag
- Recent Developments in State Evidentiary Laws
- Obtaining, Requesting and Spoliation of Evidence
- How to Prepare and Win Your Discovery Motion
- Demonstrative Evidence vs. Demonstrative Exhibits
- Expert Evidence and Gatekeeping: Effective Use and Defense of Daubert Motions
- Pretrial Conferences/Statements and Issues Involving Late Disclosure of Evidence
- Effective Use of Motions in Limine on Evidentiary Issues
- Handling Voir Dire
- Submitting and Objecting to Proposed Jury Instructions
- Jury Views and How to Deal With Them
Afternoon Session 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Panel Members: Hon. Susan N. Burke, Hon. Jennifer L. Frisch, Hon. Robyn A. Millenacker, and Hon. Mary R. Vasaly
Moderator: James M. Susag
- Legal Ethics (1:00 - 2:00)
- The Meaning of "Justice" and the Role of the Judges and Attorneys in Upholding it
- Candor Toward Tribual
- The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
- How Judges and Lawyers Can Work Together to Improve the Justice System
- Hearsay/Other Most Common Evidentiary Issues
- Getting Your Evidence Admitted at Trial
- Using Technology in the Courtroom
- Using Expert Depositions at Trial
- Mediation Best Practices/Issues
- The Significance of an Opening Statement
- Diffuse the Issue or Ratify the Argument
- Making and Handling Motions in Objections at Trial
- When is a Side Bar Appropriate?
- Did You Get Everything on the Record?
- Post Trial Relief/Issues
- Preserving the Right to Appeal
This intermediate-to-advanced level program will give civil litigation attorneys a chance to have their specific questions answered by working civil court judges.