Building Your Civil Litigation Skills
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Indiana Wesleyan University - Merrillville Education & Conference Center
8415 Georgia Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
$349 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- IN CLE - 6.00
- Indiana Paralegal CLE - 6.00
- NALA - 6.00
Gain the Skills That Are Critical to Success in Civil Litigation
In the high-stakes world of civil litigation, how do you gain the advantage you need when every case is so different? Whether you're new to civil litigation or have practiced in this area in the past, having a firm foundation in the basics is essential to your success. Since each case needs special tailoring, your ability to handle the day-to-day issues with ease can really help when you get thrown a curve ball. Do you have a strong enough understanding of the fundamentals to handle whatever situation comes your way?
This comprehensive seminar will give you a good base to start with. Our experienced faculty will share with you their best strategies and techniques for achieving the most favorable outcome possible. After attending, you'll have enhanced methods for selecting the jury that will best support your side of the argument. Give a strong, persuasive delivery with our solid case presentation techniques. Know what your post-trial responsibilities are and how to carry them out in case of an appeal. Develop a reputation for integrity by adhering to strict ethical standards. Don't miss your opportunity to prepare yourself for success in the civil trial courtroom!
- Learn how to practically apply the rules of civil procedure to your case.
- Gain a better understanding of damages in civil litigation.
- Find out the latest court rulings regarding discovery and get advice on how to overcome current e-discovery obstacles.
- Overcome authentication and admissibility challenges.
- Unearth jury pool prejudices, attitudes, biases and values that may affect your case.
- Deliver outstanding opening statements and make your closing arguments memorable.
- Effectively present evidence in order to shore up your case.
- Gain insider's techniques for effective direct and cross-examination.
- Get practical strategies for ethically handling questions of jurors during voir dire.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed to assist civil litigators and paralegals in increasing their effectiveness in the civil arena.
- How to Settle Before Going to Trial
- How to Effectively Use Pleadings and Motions
- How to Apply the Law of Damages
- How to Apply Rules to Discovery and Evidence
- How to Select the Right Jury
- How to Present Your Civil Case at Trial
- How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *
Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *
National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *
National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- HOW TO SETTLE BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL
9:00 - 9:50, Written by Susan E. Cline. Presented by Matthew D. LaTulip in Merrillville and Susan E. Cline in Indianapolis.
- Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters
- Mediation Tactics
- Settlement Conference Strategies
- Arbitration Procedure and Tips
- HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS
10:05 - 10:55, Written by Tracy N. Betz. Presented by Kirk D. Bagrowski in Merrillville and Tracy N. Betz in Indianapolis.
- Applying State and Federal Rules and Procedure
- Pleading Standards
- Sufficiency of the Complaint
- Complaint Dismissal for Insufficient Pleadings
- When and How to Use Motion to Dismiss
- Motions for Summary Judgment
- Motion in Limine
- HOW TO APPLY THE LAW OF DAMAGES
10:55 - 11:45, Written by Cari L. Sheehan. Presented by Matthew D. LaTulip in Merrillville and Cari L. Sheehan in Indianapolis.
- Types of Damages in Civil Suits
- Quantifying Damages
- Documenting the Extent of the Injury/Damage
- Liens and Subrogation
- Handling Medicare Set-Asides: Calculating Past and Future Medical Expenses/Treatment
- Calculating Non-Economic Damages
- Pain and Suffering
- HOW TO APPLY RULES TO DISCOVERY AND EVIDENCE
12:45 - 1:35, Written by Michael A. Fish. Presented by Michael A. Fish in Merrillville and Janelle P. Kilies in Indianapolis.
- E-Discovery - Civil Rules and Procedure
- Handling Social Media, E-Mail and Text Messages
- Preservation of Evidence
- Authentication of Evidence
- Determining Admissibility of Evidence
- Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
- Recent Case Law
- HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT JURY
1:35 - 2:25, Written by Angela M. Agustin Fox. Presented by Kirk D. Bagrowski in Merrillville and Angela M. Agustin Fox in Indianapolis.
- Applying State Rules Including Challenges
- Preparing for Jury Selection
- Uncovering Cultural/Prejudicial Biases
- FAQs About Jury Instructions
- Making a Connection with Potential Jurors
- Uncovering Attitudes, Biases and Values
- What Jurors are Thinking
- Asking the Right Questions and Active Listening
- Jury Surveys and Questionnaires
- HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CIVIL CASE AT TRIAL
2:40 - 3:30, Written by Norris Cunningham. Presented by Brock P. Alvarado in Merrillville and Norris Cunningham in Indianapolis.
- Application of Civil Rules of Procedure
- Effective Opening Statements
- Direct and Cross Examination Procedure and Rules
- Use/Defense of Daubert Motions
- Expert Witness Impeachment
- Introducing Exhibits
- How and When to Make Objections
- Using Rebuttal to Cast Doubt on the Other Side
- Powerful Closing Arguments
- HOW TO AVOID ETHICAL PITFALLS
3:30 - 4:30, Written by Cari L. Sheehan. Presented by Michael A. Fish in Merrillville and Cari L. Sheehan in Indianapolis.
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Handling Questions of Jurors During Voir Dire
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Social Media: How to Avoid Sanctions
April 17 - Merrillville
BROCK P. ALVARADO is a seasoned trial attorney with The Law Office of Walter J. Alvarez, P.C., who has represented clients (both plaintiff and defendant) in complex high profile personal injury, medical malpractice, and coverage matters. He served as plaintiff’s trial counsel in a nationally publicized case against Dr. Mark Weinberger. He also handles litigation involving premises liability, trucking, work site, and commercial matters, including; mediation and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Alvarado is skilled and experienced in all phases of litigation ranging from the composition of pleadings, briefs, motions, and discovery materials; as well as, medical review panel submissions. He is dually licensed in both Indiana and Illinois and practices in both state and federal forums. In addition, Mr. Alvarado has served as a continuing education instructor for Indiana attorneys in the areas of trial practice and coverage issues. Prior to working in private practice, he was a deputy prosecutor for the Lake County Prosecutor's Office in Crown Point, Indiana, where he served in the Felony Division. Of recent, Mr. Alvarado served as counsel for the Board of Directors of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. He earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University Northwest and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
KIRK D. BAGROWSKI is a partner with Eichhorn & Eichhorn, LLP, where he practices in the areas of general civil practice, commercial and business litigation, professional liability and licensing, medical malpractice defense, medical disciplinary proceedings, legal malpractice defense, products liability defense, medical device defense, appellate practice, insurance defense, workers' compensation defense, and utility law. He is a member of the Indiana State and Lake County bar associations, as well as the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Bagrowski earned his B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Indiana, Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Indiana, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
MICHAEL A. FISH is the owner of Michael A. Fish, Attorney at Law in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he practices bankruptcy and general practice law. Mr. Fish earned his B.S. degree from Indiana State University and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Fish is a member of the American, Indiana State, and Porter County bar associations.
MATTHEW D. LaTULIP is the owner of the Law Offices of Matthew D. LaTulip, P.C. in Northwest Indiana, where he focuses of his practice is in personal injury and criminal law. Mr. LaTulip earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University. He served on the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review and Executive Board member as well as Moot Court. Through his years of practice, Mr. LaTulip has been fortunate to represent injured plaintiffs and their families, as well as defendants, insurance companies, and municipalities, through all phases of civil litigation in state and federal courts (Northern and Southern districts of Indiana and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals). Presently, the majority of his injury practice focuses on helping injured persons and/or individuals.
April 20 - Indianapolis
ANGELA M. AGUSTIN FOX is a shareholder with Katz Korin Cunningham PC, where she practices in litigation and risk management. Ms. Fox is admitted to practice in Indiana and Kansas; and before the U.S. District Court, Northern districts of Indiana and the U.S. District Court, Southern districts of Indiana. She is a former deputy prosecuting attorney for the Marion County's Prosecutor's Office. Ms. Fox earned her B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
TRACY N. BETZ is a partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP's litigation group. She also serves as co-chair of Taft’s Gender Advancement Committee which is comprised of professionals from across the firm’s offices who lead the firm’s efforts to develop, promote and advance women attorneys within Taft, the legal profession and the community. The committee also oversees all of Taft’s gender initiatives, including the firm’s women affinity groups in each office. She routinely represents companies and individuals in matters involving a wide variety of commercial litigation, including business and contract disputes, injunctive relief, creditors’ rights and collections, receiverships, intellectual property, non-compete, and securities litigation. Ms. Betz is also experienced in matters involving product liability and personal injury, fiduciary and probate litigation, and criminal defense. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (Visibility Committee). She earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University - Bloomington and her J.D. degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
SUSAN E. CLINE is an attorney with Cline Law Group, LLC, and concentrates her practice in healthcare and medical malpractice. She also represents the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance in the defense of Indiana Patients Compensation Fund in claims for excess damages resulting from medical negligence. Ms. Cline has tried medical negligence cases before various state courts in Indiana and before the United States District Court. She has argued appeals before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Ms. Cline frequently speaks on the topic of medical malpractice, including an annual presentation to graduating nurses at her alma matter, the University of Indianapolis. She earned her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Indianapolis, her honors certificate from Roosevelt University, and her J.D. degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Ms. Cline is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, and the Indiana State and Indianapolis bar associations.
NORRIS CUNNINGHAM is a co-founder of Katz Korin Cunningham PC, where he concentrates his practice in healthcare dispute resolution, including trial practice, regulatory advocacy, and arbitration. Mr. Cunningham has tried and arbitrated numerous long-term care and medical malpractice cases throughout the nation. He is a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Cunningham is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern districts of Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Marion County Bar Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives, Defense Research Institute, and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Mr. Cunningham earned his B.A. degree from Aurora University, his M.S. degree from Central Michigan University, and his J.D. degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
JANELLE P. KILIES is an attorney with Lewis Wagner, LLP in their complex litigation group where she concentrates her practice in the defense of mass torts and consumer class actions. Ms. Kilies has litigated product liability, consumer fraud, false advertising, and deceptive marketing claims. She is admitted to practice in Indiana; and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. Ms. Kilies is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and Indianapolis Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University at Bloomington and J.D. degree, cum laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
CARI L. SHEEHAN is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Indianapolis office and is a member of the litigation department. Ms. Sheehan serves as professional responsibility counsel to the firm and focuses on various legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Ms. Sheehan worked on a wide variety of litigation matters, including Title IX litigation, employment discrimination, bullying and school litigation, complex torts, civil rights litigation, police misconduct, medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death claims, and criminal issues. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in Indiana and Illinois. Ms. Sheehan is admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois. She also is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana and Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Sheehan is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Saint Thomas More Legal Society. She earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern Indiana; and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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