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Reach a Civil Litigation Resolution as Quickly as Possible - With Insight From the Bench
When was the last time that you had an easy and convenient way to spend a day with the judges you come before - and hear their thoughts on the law, on legal practices and on personal likes and dislikes in their courtrooms? This unique program has been designed to give you the chance to interact directly with your local civil court judges - and ask them the questions that are on your mind. You'll gain insights that will help you to customize your presentation to each judge's specific likes and dislikes, maximize your interactions with court administrative staff, and avoid breaking unwritten rules that will cast you in an unfavorable light before the court. Take this day to listen, learn and get the answers to the questions that you have wanted to ask a civil court judge. Enroll today!
Learn what the judges prefer at case management and pretrial conferences.
Be confident that you're correctly handling motion hearings and motions for summary judgment.
Avoid discovery practices that are considered egregious by judges.
Learn tips and tricks to implement in your next set of voir dire questions.
Identify the most common witness and evidence errors that judges hope you'll avoid.
Include the elements that matter to judges when they make decisions about your cases.
Learn what the specific nuances are for each judge so that you can tailor your practices to suit that courtroom prior to trial.
Morning Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Members: Hon. Susan Bailey, Hon. Cherie L. Clark, Hon. Donald Hager, Hon. Steven L. Marquart, Hon Daniel D. Narum, Hon. Thomas R. Olson and Hon. Jay A. Schmitz Moderator: Ronald H. McLean
CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
Tips for a Productive Settlement Conference
Mistakes to Avoid at the Pretrial Conference
DISCOVERY ISSUES ENCOUNTERED BY THE COURT
Authorizations for Records
Notice to Admit
Discovery Delays and Extensions
Discovery Issues Judges Should Never Hear
MOTION HEARING - WHEN, WHY, AND HOW?
Motions in Limine
Filing Dispositive Motions
JUDGES' VIEWS ON TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTROOM
What is Allowed in My Courtroom
Advantages/Disadvantages of High-Tech Presentations
Evidentiary Issues Relative to the Use of Technology in the Courtroom
Afternoon Session 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM Panel Members: Hon. Susan Bailey, Hon. Cherie L. Clark, Hon. Donald Hager, Hon. Steven L. Marquart, Hon Daniel D. Narum, Hon. Thomas R. Olson and Hon. Jay A. Schmitz Moderator: Ronald H. McLean
LEGAL ETHICS - THE JUDICIAL VIEW
1:00 - 2:00
Best Practices in Communication Between Bench and Bar
Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
Candor and Fairness
The Attorney as Advisor
VOIR DIRE: DO'S AND DON'TS
TRIAL PRACTICE TIPS IN CIVIL COURT
How to be "Trial Ready"
Jury Instructions Beyond the Standard List
The Value of a Good Appearance
Top Things That Will Help Your Case Before the Judge
North Dakota attorneys completing this program may claim up to 5.50 North Dakota self-study CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit, on the Report of Compliance. No more than 15.0 hours of self-study CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.
HON. SUSAN BAILEY is a District Court Judge in the East Central Judicial District.
HON. CHERIE L. CLARK is a District Court Judge in the Southeast Judicial District.
HON. DONALD HAGER is the Presiding District Court Judge in the Northeast Central Judicial District.
HON. STEVEN L. MARQUART
is a District Court Judge in the East Central Judicial District.
HON. DANIEL D. NARUM is a District Court Judge in the Southeast Judicial District,
Judgeship No. 5.
HON. THOMAS R. OLSON is a District Court Judge in the East Central Judicial District,
Judgeship No. 6.
HON. JAY A. SCHMITZ is a District Court Judge in the Southeast Judicial District.
MODERATOR - RONALD H. McLEAN is a shareholder with the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo. Since 1975, Mr. McLean has practiced in the areas of products liability, personal injury, oil and gas, class action, business dispute litigation, insurance law, employment law, professional ethics disputes, and business torts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Mr. McLean is admitted to the State Bar Association of North Dakota, Minnesota State Bar Association, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, U.S. District Court of North Dakota, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States; and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow in the International Society of Barristers.
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