Live Seminar

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

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79196ER

Location:

Hampton Inn & Suites Country Club Plaza

4600 Summit

Kansas City, MO 64112

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
  • KS CLE - 7.00
  • MO CLE - 7.20

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

Credit Hrs State
CLE 6.00 -  IL*
CLE 7.00 -  KS*
CLE 7.20 -  MO*

* 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. Jennifer M. Phillips, Hon. Janet Sutton and Hon. James Van Amburg. 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. Jennifer M. Phillips, Hon. Janet Sutton and Hon. James Van Amburg. 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. JENNIFER M. PHILLIPS is a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson 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.

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.

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

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


KS CLE: 7.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for 7.0 hours of continuing legal education credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit.


MO CLE: 7.20 Includes - Ethics: 1.20
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with Missouri Minimum Continuing Legal Education. This program qualifies for 7.2 hours of CLE credit, which includes 1.2 hour of ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention credit.


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