Continuing Legal Education

Tips of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar - 2018

June 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4.25 MCLE hours, including 1.75 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Federal Civil Practice
Co-sponsored by Federal Bar Association Southern District of Illinois

O'Fallon
The Regency Conference Center
400 Regency Park
(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 seven federal judges and several experienced attorneys on topics ranging from important pleading requirements through trial preparation and settlement negotiations. Attorneys with all levels of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Recent developments in federal jurisdiction;
  • Pitfalls to avoid and procedures to follow;
  • How to manage the costs and burdens of discovery, while uncovering key evidence;
  • The Bench’s perspective on federal civil practice;
  • Jury instructions and pre-trial orders;
  • Settlement conferences and the procedures for a successful mediation; and
  • Much more.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Jo Anna Pollock, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Alton

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Federal Court Jurisdiction: How to Land It and Avoid It
This comprehensive overview examines recent developments in personal and subject matter jurisdiction, including pleading requirements, removal, and remand. The pitfalls to avoid, procedures to follow and suggested best practice are also discussed.
Cynthia L. Fountaine, SIU School of Law, Carbondale
Katie A. Hubbard, Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli P.C., Edwardsville

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Tips from the Bench: The Bench’s Perspective on Federal Civil Practice
Get the Bench’s perspective with this informative presentation that discusses recent developments, best practices, and common mistakes.
Moderator: Jo Anna Pollock, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Alton
Hon. David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis
Hon. Nancy J. Rosenstengel, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis
Hon. Staci M. Yandle, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, O’Fallon

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  Effective Management of Discovery*
This panel presentation explores different ways to manage the costs and burdens of discovery, while uncovering key evidence. Specific topics include: discovery disputes, electronically stored information, and deposition tips.
Hon. Reona J. Daly, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis
Robert P. Marcus, Kujawski Marcus, LLC, O’Fallon
Hon. Stephen C. Williams, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Trial Preparation
Learn how to prepare your case for trial with this informative segment that focuses on motions in limine, jury instructions, and pre-trial orders. Recent developments in evidence admissibility and presentation are also discussed.
Shari R. Rhode, Rhode Law Firm, Carbondale
Russell K. Scott, Greensfelder Henker & Gale, P.C., Belleville

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Tips of Successful Settlement*
This segment offers the tips you need for conducting settlement negotiations, preparing for and participating in settlement conferences, and mediation.
William L. Niro, Johnson & Bell, Chicago
Hon. Clifford J. Proud, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis
Hon. Stephen C. Williams, U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval