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#:

79192CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MN 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 MN - Credit Approval Expiration 10/17/2019 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Members: Hon. Nancy E. Brasel, Hon. Kevin S. Burke, Hon. Karen A. Janisch, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley and Hon. Susan M. Robiner
Moderator: James M. Susag

  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
Panel Members: Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh, Hon. Susan N. Burke, Hon. Francis Magill, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis and Hon. Mary R. Vasaly
Moderator: James M. Susag

  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. SHAWN M. BARTSH is a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District in Ramsey County.

HON. NANCY E. BRASEL is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. KEVIN S. BURKE is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. SUSAN N. BURKE is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. KAREN A. JANISCH is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. DANIEL H. MABLEY is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. FRANCIS MAGILL is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. M. JACQUELINE REGIS is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. SUSAN M. ROBINER is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

HON. MARY R. VASALY is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.

MODERATOR - JAMES M. SUSAG is a shareholder with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 1995, his commercial and real estate litigation trial practice has focused on franchise; dealer and contract disputes; and real estate, construction, and land use. He has extensive first chair litigation experience representing clients in numerous jury and court trials, domestic and international arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and appeals. Mr. Susag is member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County bar associations; the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising; and the International Franchise Association. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Fourth, and Eighth circuits. Mr. Susag is a frequent writer, public speaker, and panelist. He has been named a Super Lawyer from 2002 - present; a Best Lawyer in America and a Best Lawyer in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly Magazine; and one of the Very Best U.S. Attorneys in Franchising and a Franchise Legal Eagle by Franchise Times. Mr. Susag earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas; and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MN CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
10/17/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved for up to 6.0 hours of on-demand CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education. No more than 15.0 hours of on-demand CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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