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This intermediate-level program is designed for civil litigators. Paralegals may also benefit.

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Learn how to strategically apply key federal rules to the most critical aspects of your case. (see full course description)

 

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A Practical Guide to Federal Court: E-Discovery, Evidence and Experts  -  Attorney / Legal Training Seminar

A Practical Application of the Federal Rules - Filled with Sample Forms and Real-Life Examples

The divergence in rules governing experts, discovery, pleadings and evidence in state and federal courts can create many obstacles for civil litigators. Not just knowing the federal rules, but being able to apply them practically to your case is critical to obtaining a favorable ruling in federal court. This practical federal court guide is full of sample forms, real-world examples and case studies that go above and beyond a "glazing over" of federal standards and procedures. If you're looking for something that's more than an overview of federal rules, this course is for you. Learn how to strategically apply key federal rules to the most critical aspects of your case. Register today!

  • Avoid mistakes and penalties with insight from a federal court judge.
  • Gain a better understanding of how the new proposed federal rules will affect your upcoming cases.
  • Find out how federal court judges analyze the case - and how dismissals are decided.
  • Get real-world tactics for handling pleadings and evidentiary issues in federal court.
  • Overcome procedural pitfalls surrounding data mining of social media, email and text messages.
  • Understand how to handle common expert witness disclosure and discovery issues.
  • Find out how to overcome hearsay admissibility and authentication obstacles.
  • Explore specific archiving and compliance pitfalls of social media in federal court.


  1. New Proposed Federal Rules That are Currently Under Review
    9:00 - 10:00, Christine I. Gannon
  2. Pleadings in Federal Court: Practically Applying the Federal Rules
    10:15 - 11:15, Edwin F. Chociey Jr.
    1. To Remove or not to Remove?
    2. Filing Pleadings Electronically: Step-By-Step
    3. How Federal Court Judges Analyze the Pleading/Case
    4. Trial Documents Required: Type, Scope, Do's and Don'ts (with Examples)
  3. Ethical Issues That Arise in Federal Court
    11:15 - 12:15, Edwin F. Chociey Jr.
    1. Federal Rule 11 - Key Ethical Considerations
    2. Discovery Enforcement
    3. Sanctions in Federal Court
    4. Ethics of Witness Preparation
    5. Protecting Privilege
  4. Federal E-Discovery and Evidence: Tips from a Retired Federal Court Judge
    1:15 - 2:15, Ronald J. Hedges
    1. Planning For and Participating in the Rule 26(f) Meet-and-Confer or it's State Equivalents
      1. What Should You be Prepared to Ask Your Adversary?
      2. What Should You Expect Your Adversary to Ask of You?
      3. What Role, if any, Should a Consultant Have?
    2. Cooperating in Civil Litigation
      1. What Does Cooperation Mean?
      2. What Are the Benefits and Risks of Cooperation?
    3. Sanctions in Civil Litigation
      1. Why and on What Basis are Sanctions Imposed?
      2. What Conduct May Lead to the Imposition of Sanctions?
      3. What Might be a Sanction, as Opposed to a Remedial Measure?
    4. Protection of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product
      1. The Purpose and Structure of Federal Rule of Evidence 502
    5. The Proposed Amendments to the Rule
      1. What They Are
      2. What Might the Amendments Accomplish?
  5. Authentication and Admissibility of Evidence: Practically Applying the Federal Rules
    2:30 - 3:30, Ronald J. Hedges
    1. Social Media Evidence: Real-World Examples
    2. Email Evidence: Real-World Examples
    3. Text Messages: Real-World Examples
    4. Self-Authenticating Evidence: Real-World Examples
    5. Hearsay Exceptions: Real-World Examples
  6. Expert Witnesses in Federal Court Cases: Practically Applying FRE
    3:30 - 4:30, Christine I. Gannon
    1. Qualification of Experts
    2. Expert Reports/Opinions (with Examples)
    3. Expert Witness Disclosure and Discovery Issues
    4. Preparing Your Client for Deposition
    5. Deposition Objections
    6. Exhibits in Deposition: Strategically Applying Federal Rules
    7. Getting Expert Testimony Excluded and Admitted
    8. Challenging Experts Admissibility
    9. Cross and Direct Examination of Experts

Seminar Summary:

Learn how to strategically apply key federal rules to the most critical aspects of your case. (see full course description)

 

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