Confidently and Knowledgeably Represent Your Client in Federal Court.
If you are headed to federal court for the first time, or going back after a period of time, you need to do everything possible to ensure your success. This timely program will help both plaintiff and defense counsel tackle the critical rules and procedures that exist in the federal court system. Avoid mistakes and penalties with a complete knowledge of the steps necessary to stay on the right track throughout the process. Acquire a competitive edge with a thorough understanding of recent electronic changes that affect the federal court system. Get practical tips from veteran litigators and a federal judge that you can immediately apply to your practice. Register today!
- Learn the 5 most important things you need to know to win a case in federal court.
- What you don't know, but are expected to know: learn the unwritten rules of professional conduct in federal court.
- Accurately determine jurisdiction to avoid removal or remand.
- Increase your effectiveness with thorough preparation: know the stringent rules and guidelines of the federal courts.
- Expand your expertise in the electronic arena: understand the impact of paperless filing and e-discovery.
- Take advantage of electronic technology in the courtroom to enhance your presentation
- Develop a reputation of integrity by adhering to critical rules of professional responsibility.
- Insulate yourself from malpractice with a complete knowledge of the schedules and deadlines involved in federal court procedure.
- Gain insight on the federal courts with practical tips from experienced professionals.
- Utilize your team: find out how your paralegal can help you carry the load.
- Get a behind-the-scenes view of the federal court system from the bench.
GETTING SET FOR SUCCESS
9:00 - 10:00, Richard L. Darst
- Is Federal Court the Right Court?
- Filing in Federal Court
- Correctly Serving and Responding to the Summons
- Thorough Discovery
- Deposing Adverse Witnesses
- Document Production
- Requests for Admissions
- Preparing Your Client for Deposition and Trial Testimony
- Selecting and Retaining Experienced Expert Witnesses
- Drafting Pleadings and Motions
- Proactively Planning for Appeals
WHAT YOU DIDN'T LEARN IN LAW SCHOOL ABOUT TRIAL PRACTICE
10:15 - 12:00, Charles E. Bruess
- The Quintessential Lesson of the Day
- Technology in the Courtroom
- Voir Dire
- Dress Appropriately
- Style of Lawyers
LEARNING AND FOLLOWING THE RULES OF FEDERAL COURT
1:00 - 2:15, Patricia Polis McCrory
- Adherence to Federal Rules of Procedure
- Local Court Rules and Standing Orders
- Variances Between State and Federal Court Trials
- Mapping Out Deadlines and Obligations in Advance
MAINTAINING AN ETHICAL PRACTICE
2:30 - 3:30, Charles E. Bruess
- Conflicts of Interest Created by Outside Activities
- Adhering to Rules of Professional Responsibility
- Setting Attorneys’ Fees
- Schedules, Deadlines and Malpractice
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR A POSITIVE OUTCOME
3:30 - 4:30, Brian J. Paul
- Secrets to Surviving in Federal Court
- Managing and Positioning Your Case Effectively
- Avoiding Novice Mistakes