Live Seminar

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

Seminar

Date:

Friday, May 04, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79193ER

Location:

Holiday Inn Bloomington Airport South - Mall Area

1201 West 94th Street

Bloomington, MN 55431

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MN CLE - 6.00

Program Description

How to Impress Family Court Judges and Build Your Reputation

This course brings you face-to-face with the current family court judges - hear them 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. Register today!

  • Hear from the judges themselves what works and what doesn't in their courtrooms.
  • Explore key factors that help the judges make custody and support decisions.
  • Get a better handle on court investigations and their role in specific cases.
  • Learn how dissipation and income disparity are reviewed by the local triers of fact.
  • Draft better briefs and motions with direct guidance from the judges.
  • Get tips for obtaining and admitting smartphone, email and social media evidence.
  • Learn to tackle sensitive client situations without overstepping the ethical rules.
  • Improve your courtroom presentation: find out what works and what doesn't.

Who Should Attend

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

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

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning session 9:00 - 12:00
Panelists: Hon. Nicole A. Engisch, Hon. Patrick D. Robben and Hon. Christian M. Sande
Moderators: Naomi S. Garfinkel and Zachary P. Marsh

  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
Panelists: Hon. Jeffrey M. Bryan, Hon. Thomas S. Fraser, Hon. Kristin Siegesmund and Hon. Bridget Ann Sullivan
Moderators: Naomi S. Garfinkel and Zachary P. Marsh

  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. JEFFREY M. BRYAN is a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District in Ramsey County.

HON. NICOLE A. ENGISCH is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. THOMAS S. FRASER is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. PATRICK D. ROBBEN is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. CHRISTIAN M. SANDE is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. KRISTIN SIEGESMUND is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. BRIDGET ANN SULLIVAN is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

MODERATOR - NAOMI S. GARFINKEL is a partner with the law firm of Garfinkel Marsh LLC. Ms. Garfinkel has focused the entirety of her legal career on divorce and family law matters. She has earned distinction in the peer-selected Super Lawyers Rising Stars list every year since 2009. Ms. Garfinkel is a qualified neutral under Minnesota General Rule of Practice 114 for civil and family law. She is guardian ad litem for adults deemed incompetent by the courts. Ms. Garfinkel is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her J.D. degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MODERATOR - ZACHARY P. MARSH is a partner with the law firm of Garfinkel Marsh LLC, a small firm located in downtown Minneapolis, representing clients exclusively in family law matters. Mr. Marsh focuses primarily on property, custody, and support issues. He helps clients navigate the complex issues surrounding discovery, negotiations, motions, and trial. Prior to becoming a founding partner of Garfinkel Marsh LLC, Mr. Marsh worked as an associate attorney at another Minneapolis family law firm and served as the senior staff attorney for Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. He has been selected to Minnesota Super Lawyer’s Rising Star list in every year since 2014. Mr. Marsh is a member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.

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Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MN CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 hours of credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics.


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