Continuing Legal Education

Tips of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar for Downstate Illinois

June 27, 2014
8:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4.00 MCLE hours, including 0.75 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Federal Civil Practice

Collinsville
Double Tree Hotel Collinsville/ St. Louis
1000 Easport Plaza Drive
(map and directions)

This comprehensive overview of the federal civil practice addresses the most common issues faced by practitioners and offers advice from the bench and experienced lawyers on how to handle them! Attorneys with all levels of experience who practice law in federal court will gain a better understanding of:

  • The issues that can arise while pleading in federal court, including jurisdiction issues, venue concerns, and removal/remand issues;
  • Disclosing electronically stored information during discovery;
  • How to prepare for and conduct successful settlement conferences;
  • The recent developments in admissibility of fact;
  • How to effectively present testimony during the trial;
  • Current trends in mass tort and class action practices; and
  • Much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Jo Anna Pollock
, Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, Alton

 

Agenda

8:25 – 8:30 a.m.  Welcome

8:30 – 9:15 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.
Courtney Cox, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C., Carbondale
Amy Garrett, Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, Alton

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  The Bench’s Perspective on Discovery Practice
Get the bench’s perspective with this informative presentation that discusses the disclosure and discovery of electronically stored information, discovery disputes, motions to compel, and protective orders.
Hon. Philip M. Frazier, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Benton
Hon. Stephen C. Williams, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  Settlement Conferences*
This segment offers tips and suggestions for conducting settlement conferences, including preparation, judicial standing orders, procedures for successful mediation, and the various formats for settlement discussions.
Hon. Philip M. Frazier, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Benton
Hon. Stephen C. Williams, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Presenting Trial Evidence
Don’t miss this presentation that gives you the tips and advice you need for a successful trial practice! Topics include: recent developments in admissibility of fact; expert witness testimony; and how to effectively present the testimony.
Hon. G. Patrick Murphy (ret.), Murphy & Murphy LLC, Marion
Shari R. Rhode, Rhode & Jackson, P.C., Carbondale

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Mass Tort and Class Action Practice
This session examines recent case law and the trends in mass tort and class action practice.
Beth Ann Bauer, HeplerBroom, LLC, Edwardsville
Robert D. Rowland, Goldenberg Heller Antognoli & Rowland, P.C., Edwardsville

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval