Live Seminar

As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation

Seminar

Date:

Monday, March 19, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

76711ER

Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula

3720 North Reserve Street

Missoula, MT 59808

$349.00

$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MT CLE - 6.00

Program Description

How to Impress the Judges and Build Your Reputation with the Court

This unique course brings you face-to-face with the triers of fact, the current civil court judges, to learn their expectations and preferences and help you make the best of your litigation efforts. Explore the egregious errors you must avoid at all costs so as not to jeopardize your case and damage your professional reputation. Register today!

  • Hear from the judges themselves what works and what doesn't in their courtrooms.
  • Find out where to get court information vital to your case.
  • Learn what judges take into consideration when making the ruling in evidence spoliation and privilege disputes.
  • Explore new and time-tested ways of helping judges resolve your case quickly.
  • Avoid looking unprepared with tips on what documents and information judges need in motion hearings and pre-trial conferences.
  • Learn what documentation actually helps your brief and what is unnecessary and frustrating.
  • Custom-tailor your case presentation to bench vs. jury trial.
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff: learn to make your oral argument in under a minute.
  • Know when to seek the judge's input/ruling and when to handle matters on your own.
  • Get the judges' candid answers to your questions.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for attorneys.

Course Content

  1. What Attorneys MUST Know about the Local Court Procedure
  2. Summary Judgment Hearings - What Information the Judge Needs to Make a Ruling
  3. Keys to a Successful Pre-Trial Conference
  4. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  5. Issues that Should be Resolved without the Judges' Involvement
  6. Motion Hearings
  7. Your Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly
  8. Legal Ethics
  9. Unacceptable Litigation Tactics
  10. How Judges Decide When and How to Use Sanctions
  11. Witness and Evidence Management
  12. Bench vs. Jury Trial: Case Presentation Tips
  13. Judges' View of Jury Selection and Communications

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session: 9:00 - 12:00
Panel Members: Hon. Deborah Kim Christopher, Hon. Dusty Deschamps, Hon. James A. Haynes and Hon. Karen Townsend.
Moderator: Robert Erickson.

  1. What Attorneys MUST Know about the Local Court Procedure
  2. Summary Judgment Hearings - What Information the Judge Needs to Make a Ruling
  3. Keys to a Successful Pre-Trial Conference
  4. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  5. Issues that Should be Resolved without the Judges' Involvement
  6. Motion Hearings
  7. Your Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly

PM Session: 1:00 - 2:00
Panel Members: Hon. Deborah Kim Christopher, Hon. Dusty Deschamps, Hon. James A. Haynes and Hon. Karen Townsend.
Moderator: Robert Erickson.

  1. Legal Ethics (1:00 - 2:00)
    1. The Meaning of "Justice" and the Role of the Judges and Attorneys in Upholding it
    2. Candor Toward Tribunal
    3. The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
    4. How Judges and Lawyers can Work Together to Improve the Justice System
  2. Unacceptable Litigation Tactics
  3. How Judges Decide When and How to Use Sanctions
  4. Witness and Evidence Management
  5. Bench vs. Jury Trial: Case Presentation Tips
  6. Judges' View of Jury Selection and Communications

HON. DEBORAH KIM CHRISTOPHER is a District Court Judge in the 20th Judicial District of Montana.

HON. DUSTY DESCHAMPS is a District Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District of Montana.

HON. JAMES A. HAYNES is a District Court Judge in the 21st Judicial District of Montana.

HON. KAREN TOWNSEND is a District Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District of Montana.

MODERATOR - ROBERT ERICKSON is a partner in the law firm of Rhoades Siefert & Erickson PLLC, in Missoula. Mr. Erickson focuses his practice on commercial and civil litigation, construction and real estate disputes, insurance disputes, probate, business and real estate negotiations and transactions; mediations, and civil appeals. He earned his B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Montana, and his J.D. degree from Tulane University Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Western Montana Bar Association, the State Bar of New Mexico, and the American Bar Association (Litigation Section).

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MT CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved for 6.0 hours of CLE credit by the Montana Commission on Continuing Legal Education, including 1.0 hour of ethics.


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