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

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April, 2018

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79196CDRA

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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

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 IL * 04/26/2020
CLE 6.00 KS * 04/23/2019
CLE 6.00 MO 04/27/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session: 9:00 - 12:00; AM Break 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Thomas C. Fincham, Hon. Janet Sutton, Hon. James Van Amburg, and Michael Manners.. Moderator - Robert D. Kingsland Jr.

  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; PM Break 2:30 - 2:45
Panel Members: Hon. Thomas C. Fincham, Hon. Janet Sutton, Hon. James Van Amburg, and Michael Manners. Moderator - Robert D. Kingsland Jr.

  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. THOMAS C. FINCHAM is a Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial Court in Platte County, Missouri.

HON. JANET SUTTON is a Circuit Court Judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Clay County, Missouri.

HON. JAMES VAN AMBURG is the Presiding Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial Court in Platte County, Missouri.

MICHAEL MANNERS is a trial attorney with Langdon & Emison Attorneys At Law. In November 2000, Mr. Manners was appointed by Missouri Governor Roger Wilson to serve as a Circuit Court Judge with the 16th Judicial Circuit, Division 2 in Independence. Prior to his appointment, he spent 24 years as a trial attorney with the firm that eventually became Welch, Martin, & Albano. Mr. Manners received his B.S degree, summa cum laude, from Central Missouri State Univ. and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

MODERATOR - ROBERT D. KINGSLAND JR. is a founding partner in the law firm of Dempsey and Kingsland, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Kingsland’s practice is limited to medical negligence, catastrophic injury, products liability, auto collision, and other serious personal injury cases. A frequent speaker on topics related to civil trial practice, Mr. Kingsland has also published various articles on trial advocacy. His peer-reviewed article, “Gallbladder Surgery Gone Wrong-Handling the Bowel Perforation Case” appeared in the October 2014 issue of the nationally-circulated magazine Trial. Mr. Kingsland is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also been selected for membership in Superlawyers of Missouri and Kansas. He is a long-standing member of the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and a former board member of the Jackson County Law Library. Mr. Kingsland is licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas, and he is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, among many others. Mr. Kingsland earned his B. A. and J.D. degrees from Georgetown University.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
04/26/2020
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.


KS CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
04/23/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for 6.0 hours of prerecorded format continuing legal education credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit. No more than 6.0 hours of prerecorded format CLE may be earned in one compliance period.


MO CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
04/27/2020
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with Missouri Minimum Continuing Legal Education. This program qualifies for up to 6.0 self-study CLE credit hours. No more than 6.0 hours of self-study CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period. Attorneys may not earn ethics credit with self-study.


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