Live Seminar

The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do's and Don'ts

Seminar

Date:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79184ER

Location:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Phoenix Airport

3220 South 48th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85040

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AZ CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Learn What the Civil Court Judges Want You to Know to be a Better Advocate

Knowing what your judge expects will give you a leg up when heading to court. 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.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level judicial forum is designed for attorneys.

Course Content

Morning Session

  1. Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
  2. Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
  3. Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
  4. Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
  5. Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Cooperation Between Counsel
  7. Judges' View of Discovery
  8. Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
  9. Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics

Afternoon Session

  1. Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
  2. Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
  3. Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
  4. Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
  5. Legal Ethics
  6. Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
  7. How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
  8. Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session 9:00 - 12:00
Panelists: Hon. David Gass, Hon. Hugh Hegyi, Hon. Daniel Kiley and Hon. Teresa A. Sanders
Moderator: Scott I. Palumbo

  1. Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
  2. Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
  3. Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
  4. Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
  5. Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Cooperation Between Counsel
  7. Judges' View of Discovery
    1. Common Discovery Dispute Issues
    2. When You Should and Should Not Make Objections
    3. What is Appropriate for a Privilege Log
    4. When to Use a Motion to Compel
    5. How to Avoid Messing Up the Timing
    6. When are Sanctions a Possibility?
  8. Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
  9. Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics

Afternoon Session 1:00 - 4:30
Panelists: Hon. Kerstin LeMaire, Hon. Rosa Mroz, Hon. Karen Mullins and Hon. David M. Talamante
Moderator: Scott I. Palumbo

  1. Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
    1. When is it Appropriate to Contact the Judge or the Clerk
    2. What Questions are Acceptable?
    3. Is it Ok to Contact the Judge During a Deposition?
  2. Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
  3. Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
  4. Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
  5. Legal Ethics (2:45 - 3:45)
    1. The Meaning of "Justice" and the Role of the Judges and Attorneys in Upholding it
    2. Candor Toward Tribunal
    3. The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
    4. How Judges and Lawyers can Work Together to Improve the Justice System
  6. Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
  7. How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
  8. Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial

HON. DAVID GASS is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. HUGH HEGYI is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. DANIEL KILEY is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. KERSTIN LEMAIRE is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. ROSA MROZ is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. KAREN MULLINS is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. TERESA A. SANDERS is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

HON. DAVID M. TALAMANTE is a Superior Court Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona.

MODERATOR - SCOTT I. PALUMBO is a co-founder of Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo, a Phoenix based law firm repeatedly ranked as the number one plaintiff specialty law firm in Arizona. Mr. Palumbo obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Since becoming a practicing lawyer, he has dedicated himself to defending those who have been victimized by personal injury accidents and those who have lost loved ones to wrongful death. Super Lawyers® has selected Mr. Palumbo for inclusion in its 2013 - 2016 Super Lawyers lists, after naming him one of the Southwest Rising Stars® in 2012. Super Lawyers® also recognized Mr. Palumbo as one of the Top 50 Arizona Super Lawyers for 2014, 2015 and 2016, which made him the youngest Arizona attorney ever to receive that recognition. He has also been honored by AZ Business Magazine as one of the Top 100 Arizona Lawyers for 2015 and 2016. The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Mr. Palumbo as one of the Top 100 Trial Attorneys throughout Arizona since 2009. Mr. Palumbo has also been chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law and Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation. Beyond that, he maintains a membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - an organization that maintains membership exclusively for those lawyers who have recovered settlements or verdicts in excess of $2 million dollars.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AZ CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual MCLE requirement for the State of Arizona, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility.


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