Audio CD + Course Book

As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

79183CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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From Event: As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court, held May 2018.

Program Description

This legal guide brings you the wisdom of the current family court judges as they share their expectations and preferences to 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. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Local Family Court Procedure: What Attorneys MUST Know
  2. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  3. Parenting Time/Custody - Critical Factors That Help the Judges Make Decisions
  4. The Role of Psychological Evaluations and Court Investigations
  5. How Judges Determine Enforceability of Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  6. Support Orders and Deviation from Guidelines
  7. Legal Ethics Mistakes Attorneys Need to Stop Making
  8. Motions and Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly
  9. Equitable Assets/Debts Division: Specific Assets That Cause the Most Problems and Delays
  10. Dissipation of Assets: What Proof is Needed?
  11. How Income Disparity Between Spouses Affects the Judges' View of the Case
  12. Admissibility of Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence
  13. Issues that Should be Resolved Without the Judges' Involvement
  14. Case Presentation: What Judges Prefer and Prohibit
  15. Contempt in Family Court

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Agenda / Content Covered

Morning session: 9:00 - 12:00; AM Break: 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Beth Storey Byran, Hon. Thomas Smith, Hon. John Threet and Hon. Stacey Zimmerman. Moderator - Scott E. Smith.

  1. Local Family Court Procedure: What Attorneys MUST Know
  2. Case Scheduling and Keeping the Court Apprised of Case Updates
  3. Parenting Time/Custody - Critical Factors That Help the Judges Make Decisions
  4. The Role of Psychological Evaluations and Court Investigations
  5. How Judges Determine Enforceability of Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  6. Support Orders and Deviation from Guidelines
  7. Legal Ethics Mistakes Attorneys Need to Stop Making (10:45 - 11:45)
    • Communication Between Bench and Bar
    • Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
  8. Motions and Briefs: What Judges Don't Want to See and How to Get to the Point Quickly

Afternoon session: 1:00 - 4:30; PM Break: 2:30 - 2:45
Panel Members: Hon. Beth Storey Byran, Hon. Thomas Smith, Hon. John Threet and Hon. Stacey Zimmerman. Moderator - Scott E. Smith.

  1. Equitable Assets/Debts Division: Specific Assets That Cause the Most Problems and Delays
  2. Dissipation of Assets: What Proof is Needed?
  3. How Income Disparity Between Spouses Affects the Judges' View of the Case
  4. Admissibility of Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence
  5. Issues that Should be Resolved Without the Judges' Involvement
  6. Case Presentation: What Judges Prefer and Prohibit
  7. Contempt in Family Court

HON. BETH STOREY BRYAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Madison and Washington counties.

HON. THOMAS SMITH is a Circuit Court Judge in the Nineteenth West Judicial Circuit in Benton County.

HON. JOHN THREET is a Circuit Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Madison and Washington counties.

HON. STACEY ZIMMERMAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Madison and Washington counties.

MODERATOR - SCOTT E. SMITH is a partner with Taylor Law Partners, LLP, in Fayetteville. His practice focuses in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense (federal and state), divorce, family law, domestic relations, personal injury, and products liability. Mr. Smith received his B.S. degree from Arkansas State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Smith is a member of the Washington County, Benton County, Arkansas and American bar associations; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

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