Audio CD + Course Book

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

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

79404CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 6.00
From Event: The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do's and Don'ts, held May 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

AM 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

PM 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 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 05/11/2020 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session: 9:00 - 12:00 (Break 10:30 - 10:45)
Panel Members: Hon. Dennis Hayashi, Hon. Brad Seligman, Hon. Winifred Smith and Hon. Julia Spain
Moderator: Matthew D. Haley

  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

PM Session: 1:00 - 4:30 (Break 2:30 - 2:45)
Panel Members: Hon. Steven K. Austin, Hon. Kimberly Colwell, Hon. Ioana Petrou and Hon. Charles Treat
Moderator: Matthew D. Haley

  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. STEVEN K. AUSTIN is a Superior Court Judge in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

HON. KIMBERLY COLWELL is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. DENNIS HAYASHI is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. IOANA PETROU is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. BRAD SELIGMAN is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. WINIFRED SMITH is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. JULIA SPAIN is a Superior Court Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court.

HON. CHARLES TREAT is a Superior Court Judge in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

MODERATOR - MATTHEW D. HALEY is the principal of The Haley Law Offices P.C., in Oakland, where he has a litigation practice concentrating in the areas of probate, personal injury, nursing home liability and medical malpractice since 1982. Mr. Haley is certified as a civil trial specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
05/11/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 1.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.


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