Don't Waste Time! Use Every Contact with the Judge to Convey Information and Propel the Case Forward
Communication between the judge and attorneys is essential to the smooth running of the courts system. Are you making the best use of every contact with the judge to ensure clarity and to facilitate effective handling of each case? This unique course will put you face to face with your local civil court judges and give you the opportunity to address the essential questions you've always wanted to ask. Learn how to build your reputation with the court and provide zealous representation without wasting valuable time. Explore what works and what doesn't in motions practice, in-person contact and interactions through court staff. Improve your trial presentations and avoid ex parte problems. Register today!
- Hear your local civil court judges share their experiences and recommendations for effective communication.
- Explore how to improve on your dispositive motions and conferences.
- Get tips for apprising judges on the law and facts of complex cases.
- Discover the judges' rules and preferences for email and phone contact.
- Learn how to disagree with judges and get your point across without crossing the civility line.
- Gain practical guidance for effective jury trial presentations.
- Understand how to effectively use side bar conferences.
- Clarify what is acceptable in informal contact outside the courtroom.
MORNING SESSION 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Presenters: Hon. Jason D. Dodson, Hon. John R. Lasater, Hon. Brian H. May, Hon. Mary Elizabeth Ott and Hon. Ellen H. Ribaudo.
Moderator: Amy Collignon Gunn
- Getting Your Point Across in Writing: Motions, Pleadings, Briefs, Electronic Filing, Scheduling, Special Assignment
- Requesting the Judge's Decision: MSJs, MTDs and Summary Judgment Conferences
- Letting the Judge Know What You Need in Discovery, Evidence Rulings and Preferences, Disputes
- Apprising Judges on the Law and Substantial Issues of the Case
- Addressing Emergencies and Urgent Questions to the Judge
- Maximizing In-Person Contact: Preliminary, Compliance, Settlement, Pre-Trial and Other Conferences
- When You Disagree with the Judge: Addressing Common Issues, What Arguments Work and Knowing What Matters to Let Go
- Calling and Emailing the Judge and the Judge's Staff: What's Appropriate?
AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Presenters: Hon. Lorne J. Baker, Hon. Hon. John Newsham, Hon. Virginia Lay, Hon. Stanley J. Wallach and Hon. Joseph P. Whyte.
Moderator: Amy Collignon Gunn
- Communicating with Court Staff and Other Adjudicators
- Bringing Improper Behavior to the Judges' Attention
- Communicating with Judges at Trial: Oral Argument Do's and Don'ts, Objections, Witness Tactics, Exhibits, Non-Verbal Cues, Pet Peeves
- Ensuring Understanding in Side Bar Conferences
- Legal Ethics: Ex Parte Communication and More 2:45 - 3:45
- Attorney Duty of Candor
- The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
- Attorney Duty to the Court, Opposing Counsel and Third Parties
- Ex Parte Communications Rules in Practice
- Effective Client Communications
- Speaking with the Judge After the Case Concludes: Cert Petitions, Settlement of the Record and Other Issues
- Informal interactions with the Judges: What's Appropriate? ("Social" Situations, Social Media, etc.)