Whether you are a relatively inexperienced litigator or an experienced litigator, the understanding of the practice of law in the state court system is important to any attorney. There are many similarities between the rules of state and federal civil procedure. However, it is the differences that can be the pitfall to an attorney practicing on the state level.
Important for the attorney, is an understanding of the local state rules of civil procedure which can impact discovery, motion practice, trial and attorney's fees. You'll want to sign up early for this one.
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
I. The Role Of Civil Litigation In
A. Common Law Models Of Judicial Warfare
B. The New Litigation Models
C. Ethics The New Arizona Ethical Rules
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
II. The Automated Blueprint
A. Preparing For Trial From The Outset
B. Dovetailing With The Disclosure Rules
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
III. The Pre-Complaint Investigation
A. Legal Research: Statutes Of Limitation
B. Legal Research: Evidence Issues Arizona Rules Of Evidence
C. Legal Research: Procedure
D. Fact Research: Informal Discovery
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
IV. The Complaint
A. Rule 11 Ethical Considerations
B. Rules Of Pleading
C. Jurisdiction, Venue, Mandatory Arbitration
D. Service Of Process
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
V. Organize! Organize! Organize!
A. Case Files
B. Document Control
C. The Trial Notebook
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
VI. The Disclosure Statement
A. Rule 26.1: The Purpose Of Disclosure Statements
B. Ethical Considerations
C. Ethical Issues
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
VII. Formal Discovery
A. Rule 33: Interrogatories
C. Rule 34: Requests For Production
D. Other Rules: Admissions And Other Requests
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
VIII. Pretrial And Discovery
A. Deadlines And Court Administrative Orders
B. Complex Litigation
C. Discovery Wars
D. Settlement And ADR
E. Pretrial Motions
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
IX. Preparing For Trial
A. Legal Research And Pocket Briefs
B. Outline Of Liability
C. Demonstrative Evidence
D. Preparing Witnesses
E. Preparing For Defense Witnesses
F. Selecting, Marking, Preparing Exhibits
G. Annotated Jury Instruction Requests
H. Jury Research And Voire Dire
I. Day-Of-Trial Pretrial Motions
J. Working With Court Personnel
K. Settlement On The Courthouse Steps
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
X. The Trial (Why Do You Think They
Call It A 'Trial'?) Hypothetical
A. Trial Strategy
B. Examining Fact Witnesses
C. Examining Expert Witnesses
D. Performance Issues
E. The Jury
F. Opening Statement: All the Marbles
G. Closing Statement: Weave The Strands Into Whole Cloth
H. Managing Trial Stress And Anxiety
I. The Verdict
J. Last Tab In The Trial Notebook
K. But.... It's Not Over Yet