Learn Real-World Strategies for Using the Rules of Civil Procedure to Your Advantage
Do you know the most effective way to apply the Rules of Civil Procedure to get the best outcome for your client? Are you up to date with the latest changes? This practical course uses the experience of veteran civil litigation attorneys to build your own skills. From commencing an action to enforcing a judgment, you'll learn which procedural rules can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Stay a step ahead of your opponent with detailed knowledge of service of process, discovery and motions. Get insights into the rules judges enforce to the letter and which they let slide. No matter which side of the claim your client is on, our faculty will prepare you to master civil procedure. Register today!
- Evaluate the pros and cons of filing your claim in state or federal court.
- Prepare to respond to a suit with an affirmative defense.
- Protect your case with proper service of process.
- Get a handle on electronic discovery.
- Effectively draft and respond to motions for default or summary judgment.
- Win your case at jury selection with time-tested tactics.
- Lay the groundwork for a successful appeal.
- Maintain cooperation with opposing counsel using the Rules of Professionalism and Civility.
- Changes in the Rules of Civil Procedure
9:00 - 9:35, Leland Eugene Backus
- Commencing an Action
9:35 - 10:15, Leland Eugene Backus
- Whether to File in State or Federal Court or a Specialty Court
- Does Your Complaint Meet the Plausibility Pleading Standard?
- Should You Demand a Jury Trial?
- Note 120 Day Rule
- How and When to Amend Your Pleadings
- Avoiding Dismissal When Substituting Parties
- Answering or Responding to a Complaint
10:30 - 11:10, Russell G. Gubler
- Should You Answer or File a Motion to Dismiss
- How to Plead Affirmative Defense
- Managing Allocation of Fault to Your Advantage
- When to Ask for a More Definite Statement
- Rules for Bringing a Counterclaim
- How to Compute Deadlines
- Jurisdiction and Service of Process
11:10 - 11:45, Brian K. Berman
- Ensuring Personal Jurisdiction of the Defendant Through Proper Service of Process
- How to Claim Insufficient Service of Process
- When the Defendant is a Foreign Party
- Removing a Case to Federal Court
- Discovery: Scheduling, Conducting and Paying
11:45 - 12:25, Josh Cole Aicklen
- What Information Must be Disclosed in the Initial Disclosure?
- Using Protective Orders in Your Discovery Plan
- Electronic Discovery
- Effectively Taking and Defending Depositions
- Procedures for Issuing Subpoenas and Compelling Testimony
- Resolving Disputes Over Privileged Materials and Work Product
- Sanctions for Discovery Abuse
- Using Motions to Enhance Your Case
1:25 - 2:00, Russell G. Gubler
- How to Request and Secure Default Judgment
- Issuing or Opposing a Motion for Summary Judgment
- When Can You Move to Withdraw or Amend an Admission?
- Getting a Judgment as a Matter of Law
- Voir Dire/Jury Selection: Veteran Strategies
2:00 - 2:40, Brian K. Berman
- Voir Dire: Process and Procedure
- Strategically Addressing the Negative Points of Your Case
- Ferreting Out Which Jurors Have Biases
- Rehabilitating Potential Jurors That Might be Helpful to Your Client
- Setting Unfavorable Jurors Up for a Cause Challenge
- When to Move to Strike for Cause
- Top Jury Selection Mistakes Attorneys Make
- Additional Strategies and Pointers
- Judgment and Final Remedies
2:55 - 3:30, Peter M. Angulo
- Best Practices for Bench Trial, Jury Trial and Magistrate or Special Master Trial
- Rules for Assessing Court Costs
- Preserving the Record for Appeal and Getting (or Preventing) a New Trial
- Enforcement and Relief of Judgments or Orders
- How to Handle Offers of Judgment
- Ethical Practices for Civil Litigation
3:30 - 4:30, Peter M. Angulo
- Cooperation Among Attorneys
- Using Rules of Professionalism and Civility to Maintain Cooperation
- Confidentiality and Data Security
- Rules Against Ex-Parte Communications
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
This intermediate level seminar is designed for civil litigation attorneys. Paralegals and litigation support professionals will also benefit.