Live Seminar

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

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79212ER

Location:

Doubletree Hotel Collinsville / St Louis

1000 Eastport Plaza Drive

Collinsville, IL 62234

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
  • MO CLE - 7.20

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

Credit Hrs State
CLE 6.00 -  IL*
CLE 7.20 -  MO*

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session: 9:00 - 12:00; AM Break: 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Julia R. Gomric, Hon. Julie K. Katz, Hon. Patricia H. Kievlan, Hon. Maureen D. Schuette and Hon. Sarah D. Smith.
Moderator: David Fahrenkamp.

  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. Julia R. Gomric, Hon. Julie K. Katz, Hon. Patricia H. Kievlan, Hon. Maureen D. Schuette and Hon. Sarah D. Smith.
Moderator: David Fahrenkamp.

  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. JULIA R. GOMRIC is an Associate Judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in the counties of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

HON. JULIE K. KATZ is an Associate Judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in the counties of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

HON. PATRICIA H. KIEVLAN is an Associate Judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in the counties of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

HON. MAUREEN D. SCHUETTE is an Associate Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit in the counties of Bond and Madison.

HON. SARAH D. SMITH is an Associate Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit in the counties of Bond and Madison.

MODERATOR - DAVID FAHRENKAMP is a sole practitioner at Fahrenkamp Law Offices and has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Mr. Fahrenkamp specializes in family law and criminal law and has handled thousands of domestic and criminal cases, including many cases involving complex litigation. He has been an adjunct law professor for the Washington University School of Law for more than 10 years, where he is a coach for its nationally recognized Mock Trial Team program. Mr. Fahrenkamp has been a frequent lecturer and presenter at continuing legal education programs including the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, the Madison County Bar Association, and St. Clair County Bar Association. He has also been a guest speaker at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Scott Air Force Base, Bradley University, Lewis & Clark Community College, Meramec Community College, and at schools in the Bi-state region. Mr. Fahrenkamp has been a member of the Board of Directors for the State of Illinois Special Olympics Program, the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and an auditor for the Legal Services Corporation. He is currently on the Board of Directors and a founding member of the Colin P. Fahrenkamp Foundation whose “Save a Life Campaign” promotes courage in young adults. In this capacity, he has shared the stage with broadcaster Bob Costas, baseball Hall of Fame members Wade Boggs and “Goose” Gossage, and the rock group “The Fray.” Mr. Fahrenkamp received his J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1978 and previously received his B.S. degree form Bradley University in 1975.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, which includes approval for 1.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.


MO CLE: 7.20 Includes - Ethics: 1.20
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with Missouri Minimum Continuing Legal Education. This program qualifies for 7.2 hours of CLE credit, which includes 1.2 hour of ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention credit.


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