Audio CD + Course Book

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

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

Product ID#:

79187CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
From Event: The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do's and Don'ts, held April 2018.

Program Description

Knowing what your judge expects is the best way for attorneys to practice. That's why we've gathered the wisdom of the local civil court judges to help you learn up front what the rules and expectations in their courtrooms are. Get answers to questions you may not have thought to ask and learn what other attorneys may struggle with. Up your litigation game - order today!

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 IL - Credit Approval Expiration 04/19/2020 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session 9:00 - 12:00
Panelists: Hon. Janet Adams Brosnahan, Hon. Kathy M. Flanagan, Hon. John Joseph Hynes, Hon. Daniel J. Kubasiak, Hon. Casandra Lewis and Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
Moderator: Robert A. Kezelis

  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. Margaret A. Brennan, Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Hon. Lynn M. Egan, Hon. Jerry A. Esrig, Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard, Hon. Diane M. Shelley and Hon. Irwin J. Solganick
Moderator: Robert A. Kezelis

  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. MARGARET A. BRENNAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JANET ADAMS BROSNAHAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. THOMAS MORE DONNELLY is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. LYNN M. EGAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JERRY A. ESRIG is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. KATHY M. FLANAGAN is a Supervising Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. ARNETTE R. HUBBARD is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JOHN JOSEPH HYNES is an Associate Judge in the Municipal Department and is assigned to the Fifth Municipal District and is additionally assigned to the Law Division.

HON. DANIEL J. KUBASIAK is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. CASANDRA LEWIS is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. CLARE ELIZABETH MCWILLIAMS is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. DIANE M. SHELLEY is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. IRWIN J. SOLGANICK is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

MODERATOR - ROBERT A. KEZELIS is a sole practitioner in Palos Heights, Illinois, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, and complex litigation. He is a former adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and, in 1991, he was the first American professor invited to teach in Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Mr. Kezelis has spoken for various professional groups on topics related to his areas of practice. He earned his B.A. degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Kezelis is a member of the Chicago (member, Professional Responsibility, Civil Practice and Judicial Evaluation committees), Illinois State, and Lithuanian American (former president) bar associations, as well as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
04/19/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit, which includes approval for 1.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.


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