Continuing Legal Education

Civil Practice and Procedure Update – 2014

May 2, 2014
8:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center
701 E. Adams
(map and directions)

Back by popular demand! Update your civil practice knowledge with this top-rated, full-day seminar that addresses all phases of the trial—from setting the proper foundation and successfully prosecuting/defending a case, to developing a powerful and effective closing argument! Topics include: filing the lawsuit; pleadings; good faith settlement of claims; motions to dismiss; discovery; requests to admit; Supreme Court Rule 213; motions in limine; closing arguments; post-trial motions; and obtaining circuit court and appellate review of administrative decisions. A discussion on temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief is also included.

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:
James A. Murphy, Mahoney Silverman & Cross, LLC., Joliet



8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Filing the Lawsuit
Setting the proper foundation for a successful prosecution or defense is paramount to any case. In this session, the speaker reviews pleadings, proper parties, amended complaints, and relation back doctrine.
Shawn S. Kasserman, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, Chicago

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Pleadings
This segment examines venue/forum non conveniens, removal to federal court, and other issues confronted during the pleading phase of a lawsuit.
Robert R. Duncan, Duncan Law Group, LLC, Chicago

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Third Party Practice
The speaker offers a comprehensive overview of various third-party actions, including contributions, indemnity, and good faith settlement of claims.
Lawrence R. Kream, Law Office of Lawrence R. Kream, LLC, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.  Dispositive Motions
In this segment, the speaker offers an in-depth review of motions to dismiss under Sections 2-615 and 2-619, as well as summary judgment motions.
Hon. Daniel T. Gillespie, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Discovery*
Preparing for trial is an important step in the judicial process. For this presentation, the speaker advises on the effective use of discovery to obtain all necessary facts before trial, including interrogatories, document production, and depositions, as well as Supreme Court Rule 216 request to admit, and electronically-stored data.
Sara Siegall, Chapman Spingola, LLP, Chicago

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Supreme Court Rule 213
The speaker examines the disclosure of opinion witnesses and Supreme Court Rule 213.
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

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

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.  Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctive Relief
Update your knowledge on the requirements and considerations for requesting or defending against temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief with this informative presentation. Employment and contract cases relating to this topic are also discussed.
James A. Murphy, Mahoney Silverman & Cross, LLC., Joliet

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.  Motions In Limine
Barring or admitting evidence can change the outcome of claims and defenses at trial. Join us for a discussion on the strategic use of motions in limine before the trial.
Todd M. Fine, Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, LLC, Chicago
John M. Stalmack, Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, LLC, Chicago

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

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Closing Arguments*
For this session, the speaker discusses how to effectively bring your case and your theory together into a powerful, concluding presentation.
Kimberly A. Davis, Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Administrative Review
This comprehensive overview offers a discussion on obtaining circuit court and appellate review of administrative decisions. Proper parties and timing of review are also examined.
Carl R. Draper, Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Cox, Springfield

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Post-Trial Motions Appellate Issues
This session discusses the various things that appellate counsel wishes trial counsel did – from preserving issues for appeal at the trial level, to motions for JNOV. The requirements for post-trial motion and relief requested are examined, as well as motions for a new trial.
Robert R. McNamara, Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago