Your Guide to Navigating State and Federal Court Systems
Going to federal court can be stressful and intimidating. Don´t let simple procedural differences jeopardize your case! Let our team of experienced litigators and court clerks guide you in a comparative analysis of state and federal civil procedure and offer practical tips for applying the rules to ensure your cases´ smooth travel through the court corridors. Register today!
- Weigh all the pros and cons of removing a case to federal court.
- Learn about preliminary issues that you need to be aware of when moving a case to Federal Court.
- Review federal electronic filing procedure and ensure all the crucial documents are submitted in order to give your case the best chance of success.
- Explore the ADR practices in both state and federal courts and find out what trial alternatives may work better in particular cases.
- Hear about comparative discovery and evidentiary rules
- Learn to determine when a summary judgment motion is a viable option.
- Analyze the mandatory disclosures rule and learn how to ensure compliance.
- Gain valuable case management tips from experienced state and federal court litigators.
9:00 - 10:15, Written by James T. Shearin. Presented by Thomas J. Finn, Terence J. Gallagher and James T. Shearin.
- Determining State and Federal Substantive Law
- Key Considerations in Removing a Case to Federal Court
- ADR – Mediation/Binding Arbitration
Comparative Review of State Court and Federal Court Civil Procedure Rules
10:30 - 12:00, Written by James T. Shearin. Presented by Thomas J. Finn, Terence J. Gallagher and James T. Shearin.
- Commencing an Action
- Service of Process
- Electronic Filing and Service of Documents
- Case Management
- Dismissal Procedures
- Offers of Judgment
Comparative Discovery and Evidentiary Rules in State and Federal Court
1:00 - 2:30, Written by Terence J. Gallagher. Presented by Thomas J. Finn, Terence J. Gallagher and James T. Shearin.
- Written Discovery
- Requests for Admissions
- Rule 26 Mandatory Disclosures
- Rule 502(d) and its Effect of Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product and Limitations on Waiver
Summary Judgment and Trial Procedure in State and Federal Court
2:45 - 4:30, Written by James T. Shearin. Presented by Thomas J. Finn, Terence J. Gallagher and James T. Shearin.
- Summary Judgment
- Settlement Conferences
- Pre-Trial Conferences
- Proceeding Before a U.S. Magistrate
- Expert Testimony
- Admissibility and Presentation of Evidence at Trial