Continuing Legal Education

Motion Practice from Pretrial through Post Trial - Fall 2016

November 11, 2016
8:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
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Back by popular demand! Lawsuits are often lost or won based on motion practice…so don’t miss this seminar that reviews motion practice from the initial filing of the lawsuit through post-trial motions. Attorneys involved in litigation and trial practice with intermediate to advanced levels of experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How to file a motion for change of venue and forum non conveniens;
  • Motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions;
  • Motions to obtain and preserve evidence, including electronic data;
  • The strategic use of motions in limine before the trial;
  • The requirements for requesting/defending temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief;
  • The post-trial motions appellate issues that counsel wishes you knew; and
  • The recent ethical issues that have confronted the legal profession.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Robert H. Hanaford
, Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford, LLC, Fox River Grove


8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Introduction

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Motions for Change of Venue and Forum non Conveniens
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

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Dispositive Motions
Don’t miss this 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
P. Shawn Wood, Seyfarth & Shaw, Chicago

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

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Motions to Obtain and Preserve Evidence
This presentation explores motions to obtain and preserve evidence, including how to preserve accident sites and the intrumentalities involved and obtain electronic data.
Kimberly A. Davis, SpyratosDavis, LLC, Lisle

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Motions in Limine
Motions in limine to bar or admit evidence can change the outcome of claims and defenses at trial. This segment explores the strategic use of motions in limine before the trial.
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Circuit Court of Cook County, Western Springs

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

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctive Relief
Like poltergeist, litigating a motion for emergency relief can result in early factual findings and rulings that continue to haunt you throughout the litigation. This segment discusses recent cases on the use of injunctions and restraining orders in various areas of law--such as arbitration, real estate, environmental, discrimination, administrative law, trade secrets, and others--with a specific focus on current judicial interpretations of what it means to have a protectible interest, no adequate remedy at law, a fair question and irreparable harm.
Cathy A. Pilkington, Pilkington Law Offices, Chicago

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Post-Trial Motion Appellate Issues
Gain some insight on the various things that appellate counsel wishes trial counsel did – from preserving issues for appeal at the trial level, to motions for JNOV, requirements for post-trial motion and relief requested, and motions for a new trial.
Robert R. McNamara, Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Overview of Recent Ethical Issues Confronting the Profession*
Join us for a look at several ethical issues that have recently confronted the legal profession and how you can avoid falling into unethical dilemmas.
Jonathan Wier, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago