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What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know

Audio CD + Course Book

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December, 2017

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73127CDRA

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From Event: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know, held December 2017.

Program Description

Reaching civil litigation case resolution depends on your ability to present your case in the best possible light. Order today to receive practical suggestions for enhancing your courtroom performance - from discovery and motion hearings, to evidence and handling juries - and increase your chances of success in the courtroom!

Course Content

  1. Case Management and Pretrial Conferences
  2. Scheduling Orders
  3. Discovery Issues Encountered by the Court
  4. Motion Hearing - When, Why, and How?
  5. Judges' Views on Technology in the Courtroom
  6. Legal Ethics - The Judicial View
  7. Voir Dire: Do's and Don'ts
  8. Trial Practice Tips in Civil Court
  9. Witnesses and Evidence: Mistakes to Avoid
  10. Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 CA * 12/15/2019
CLE 6.00 HI * 12/15/2019

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. Jeffrey P. Crabtree, Hon. Melvin H. Fujino, Hon. Rhonda I.L. Loo, Hon. Dean E. Ochiai and Hon. Kathleen N.A. Watanabe
Moderator: Thomas E. Cook

  1. CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
    1. Case Management
    2. Tips for a Productive Settlement Conference
    3. Mistakes to Avoid at the Pretrial Conference
  2. SCHEDULING ORDERS
  3. DISCOVERY ISSUES ENCOUNTERED BY THE COURT
    1. Authorizations for Records
    2. Interrogatories
    3. Notice to Admit
    4. Depositions
    5. E-Discovery
    6. Objections
    7. Discovery Delays and Extensions
    8. Discovery Issues Judges Should Never Hear
  4. MOTION HEARING - WHEN, WHY, AND HOW?
    1. Motions in Limine
    2. Discovery Disputes
    3. Filing Dispositive Motions
  5. JUDGES' VIEWS ON TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTROOM
    1. What is Allowed in My Courtroom
    2. Advantages/Disadvantages of High-Tech Presentations
    3. Evidentiary Issues Relative to the Use of Technology in the Courtroom

PM Session 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. Jeffrey P. Crabtree, Hon. Melvin H. Fujino, Hon. Rhonda I.L. Loo, Hon. Dean E. Ochiai and Hon. Kathleen N.A. Watanabe
Moderator: Thomas E. Cook

  1. LEGAL ETHICS - THE JUDICIAL VIEW (1:00 - 2:00)
    1. Best Practices in Communication Between Bench and Bar
    2. Ethical Conduct in the Courtroom
      1. Decorum
      2. Competence
      3. Candor and Fairness
      4. Unrepresented Parties
      5. Confidentiality
      6. The Attorney as Advisor
  2. VOIR DIRE: DO'S AND DON'TS
  3. TRIAL PRACTICE TIPS IN CIVIL COURT
    1. How to be "Trial Ready"
    2. Jury Instructions Beyond the Standard List
    3. The Value of a Good Appearance
    4. Top Things That Will Help Your Case Before the Judge
  4. WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE: MISTAKES TO AVOID
    1. How a Witness Ruins a "Good" Case
    2. Expert Witnesses
    3. Introducing Evidence at Trial
    4. The Proper Way to Object in Court
    5. Learning When Not to Object
    6. When is a Side Bar Appropriate?
  5. OPENING STATEMENTS AND CLOSING ARGUMENTS
    1. The Significance of an Opening Statement
    2. Effective Closing Argument Strategies
    3. Objecting During Argument

HON. JEFFREY P. CRABTREE is a Circuit Court Judge in the O`AHU-First Circuit Court.

HON. MELVIN H. FUJINO is a Circuit Court Judge in the Hawai'i -Third Circuit Court.

HON. RHONDA I.L. LOO is a Circuit Court Judge in the MAUI-Second Circuit Court.

HON. DEAN E. OCHIAI is a Circuit Court Judge in the O`AHU-First Circuit Court.

HON. KATHLEEN N.A. WATANABE is a Circuit Court Judge in the KAUA`I-Fifth Circuit.

MODERATOR - THOMAS E. COOK is a partner with Lyons, Brandt, Cook & Hiramatsu. His practice is limited to civil litigation with a particular focus on personal injury, insurance litigation, and the defense of claims against health care professionals, attorneys, corporate officers and directors, and product manufacturers. His practice includes the representation of physicians in administrative disciplinary matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court in Hawaii, including medical and legal malpractice cases, insurance bad-faith cases, personal injury cases, and commercial and real estate disputes. Mr. Cook is included in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Honolulu Magazine's Best Lawyers in Hawaii in the categories of medical malpractice and personal injury. In the 22nd edition (2016) of The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Cook was named Lawyer of the Year for Honolulu in the category of personal injury litigation-defendants. He is a member of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Cook is invited to speak frequently on trial practice and related issues and lectures annually to third-year students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine on medical malpractice law. He served two terms on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, and maintains his interest in the professional conduct of attorneys by serving on the Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Hawaii State and American bar associations and a member of the ABA’s Committee on Professional Liability. He earned his A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/15/2019
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.


HI CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/15/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NBI, Inc. is an Accredited Provider with the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education. This alternative format activity has been approved for up to 6.0 hours of credit for the state of Hawaii, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics or professional responsibility education.


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