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Learn What the Civil Court Judges Want You to Know to be a Better Advocate
Knowing what your judge expects will help you navigate your case through court without detrimental bumps and hiccups. That's why we've gathered the local civil court judges to tell you up front what the rules and expectations in their courtrooms are. Take the opportunity to ask your questions and hear what other attorneys may struggle with. Up your litigation game - register today!
Hear first-hand about the judges' pet peeves and preferences.
Find out how you can speed up your case and promote settlement.
Learn when to resolve issues on your own and when to involve the judge.
Clarify the rules of evidence as they're applied in specific situations.
Identify unacceptable litigation tactics that can get you sanctioned.
Avoid common mistakes in discovery, pre-trial conferences and trial presentation.
Make your interactions with the judge positive and effective.
Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
Cooperation Between Counsel
Judges' View of Discovery
Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics
Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial
HON. KELLY MARK EASTON is the Chief Regional Circuit Court Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit Division 3 in Hardin County, Kentucky.
HON. CHARLES R. HICKMAN currently is serving as Vice-Chief Regional Judge for the Sixth Supreme Court District and Chief Circuit Judge for the 53rd Circuit which covers Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties, Kentucky
HON. ANNIE O'CONNELL is a Circuit Court Judge in the 30th Judicial Circuit Division 2 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
HON. JOHN DAVID SEAY is a Circuit Court Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit Division 2 in Hart, LaRue and Nelson counties, Kentucky.
HON. JAMES M. SHAKE is a retired Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge with the Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitration.
MODERATOR - PETE LAY is one of the founding partners of Adams Landenwich Walton, PLLC. He has had an incredibly active trial practice, acting as co-counsel or lead counsel in at least 20 jury trials within the first five years of practice. Mr. Lay is licensed to practice law in both state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Lay earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Louisville-Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
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