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#:

79208ER

Location:

DoubleTree Suites SouthPark

6300 Morrison Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28211

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NC 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; AM Break: 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Louis A. Bledsoe III, Hon. Christopher W. Bragg, Hon. Jesse B. Caldwell III, Hon. Jeffrey K. Carpenter, Hon. Joseph N. Crosswhite, Hon. Lori I. Hamilton and Hon. Vance B. Long.
Moderator: Mark P. Henriques.

  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. Louis A. Bledsoe III, Hon. Christopher W. Bragg, Hon. Jesse B. Caldwell III, Hon. Jeffrey K. Carpenter, Hon. Joseph N. Crosswhite, Hon. Lori I. Hamilton and Hon. Vance B. Long.
Moderator: Mark P. Henriques.

  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. LOUIS A. BLEDSOE III is a Special Superior Court Judge in District 26.

HON. CHRISTOPHER W. BRAGG is a Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 20B.

HON. JESSE B. CALDWELL III is a Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 27A.

HON. JEFFREY K. CARPENTER is a Superior Court Judge in District 20B.

HON. JOSEPH N. CROSSWHITE is a Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 22A.

HON. LORI I. HAMILTON is a Superior Court Judge in District 22B.

HON. VANCE B. LONG is a Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 19B.

MODERATOR - MARK P. HENRIQUES is a partner in the Charlotte office of the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. Since 1992, he has successfully litigated cases involving business issues, construction and education. Mr. Henriques is a state bar counselor, certified e-discovery specialist, and member of the Sedona Conference. He has spoken widely on education and e-discovery. Mr. Henriques earned his B.A. degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia; and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif.

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

NC CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with the North Carolina State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Attendance of this program will result in 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 ethics.


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