Continuing Legal Education

Tips of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar – 2014

May 7, 2014
8:55 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours, including 2.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Federal Civil Practice
Co-sponsored by Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Chicago
Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court
(map and directions)

Back by popular demand! Join us for this unique opportunity to hear tips on all aspects of federal civil practice directly from more than 20 federal judges on topics ranging from the initial pleading through post-trial motions. Attorneys with all levels of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Federal court pleadings and the issues that confront a lawyer practicing in federal court;
  • Discovery practice, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Northern District;
  • Post-discovery issues, such as summary judgment and final pre-trial orders;
  • Settlement conferences and the procedures for a successful mediation;
  • Trial practice and advocacy, including use of technology; and
  • An attorney’s ethical and civility obligations.

 

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Kathryn A. Kelly, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of IL, Chicago

 

Agenda

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Paula H. Holderman, President, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Pleading in Federal Court
This comprehensive overview examines the complaints, answers, motions to dismiss, jurisdiction, venue, and removal/remand issues that confront attorneys practicing in federal court, as well as the pitfalls to avoid, procedures to follow, and suggested best practices.
Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Robert M. Dow, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Milton I. Shadur, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Michael Lied, Howard and Howard, Peoria

 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Discovery Practice
This panel presentation focuses on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the disclosure and discovery of electronically stored information. Discovery disputes, motions to compel, and compliance with the local rules of the Northern District are also discussed.
Hon. Geraldine Soat Brown, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Sheila Finnegan, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Andrea R. Wood, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney ModeratorDaniel R. Thies, Sidley Austin, Chicago 

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Post-Discovery Issues
This roundtable discussion examines motions for summary judgment and final pre-trial orders, with an emphasis on complying with both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and local rules.
Hon. Sara L. Ellis, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Iain D. Johnston, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Elizabeth B. Herrington, McDermott, Will & Emery, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Settlement Conferences*
In this segment, our judicial panel presents tips and suggestions on preparing for and conducting settlement conferences, including judicial standing orders, client preparation, procedures for successful mediation, and the various formats for settlement discussions.
Hon. Susan E. Cox, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Michael T. Mason, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Mary M. Rowland, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – William Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago 

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Trial Practice and Advocacy
Get tips and advice for a successful trial practice from the perspective of the bench, including the use of technology, effective advocacy, and insights into the declining use of civil trials.
Hon. Edmond E. Chang, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Jeffrey Cole, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. John W. Darrah, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Amy J. St. Eve, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. James B. Zagel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Kathryn A. Kelly, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of IL, Chicago 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Ethical and Civility Obligations*
Through the use of various scenarios, this panel presentation offers tips for conducting oneself in an ethical and civil manner.
Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Arlander Keys, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Maria G. Valdez, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Michael T. Brody, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval