Live Seminar

What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know

Seminar

Date:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79176ER

Location:

University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

333 John Q. Hammonds Pkwy

Springfield, MO 65806

$349.00

$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
  • MO CLE - 7.20

Program Description

Reach a Civil Litigation Resolution as Quickly as Possible - With Insight From the Bench

When was the last time that you had an easy and convenient way to spend a day with the judges you come before - and hear their thoughts on the law, on legal practices and on personal likes and dislikes in their courtrooms? This unique program has been designed to give you the chance to interact directly with your local civil court judges - and ask them the questions that are on your mind. You'll gain insights that will help you to customize your presentation to each judge's specific likes and dislikes, maximize your interactions with court administrative staff, and avoid breaking unwritten rules that will cast you in an unfavorable light before the court. Take this day to listen, learn and get the answers to the questions that you have wanted to ask a civil court judge. Enroll today!

  • Learn what the judges prefer at case management and pretrial conferences.
  • Be confident that you're correctly handling motion hearings and motions for summary judgment.
  • Avoid discovery practices that are considered egregious by judges.
  • Learn tips and tricks to implement in your next set of voir dire questions.
  • Identify the most common witness and evidence errors that judges hope you'll avoid.
  • Include the elements that matter to judges when they make decisions about your cases.
  • Learn what the specific nuances are for each judge so that you can tailor your practices to suit that courtroom prior to trial.

Who Should Attend

This unique, basic-to-intermediate level program will help civil litigation attorneys take their knowledge of civil law issues to the next level so they can offer their clients the solid, straightforward advice they need during a civil law case.

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
CLE 6.00 -  IL*
CLE 7.20 -  MO*

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. Jason Brown, Hon. Michael Cordonnier, Hon. Robert E. George, Hon. Jennifer Growcock, Hon. Laura Johnson, Hon. David Munton, Hon. Scott Sifferman, Hon. Mark Stephens, and Hon. David T. Tunnell

  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. Jason Brown, Hon. Michael Cordonnier, Hon. Robert E. George, Hon. Jennifer Growcock, Hon. Laura Johnson, Hon. David Munton, Hon. Scott Sifferman, Hon. Mark Stephens, and Hon. David T. Tunnell

  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. JASON BROWN is a Circuit Court Judge in the 31st Judicial Circuit in Greene County, Missouri.

HON. MICHAEL CORDONNIER is a Circuit Court Judge in the 31st Judicial Circuit in Greene County, Missouri.

HON. ROBERT E. GEORGE is an Associate Circuit Judge in the 39th Judicial Circuit in Lawrence County, Missouri.

HON. JENNIFER GROWCOCK is a Circuit Court Judge in the 38th Judicial Circuit in Christian County, Missouri.

HON. LAURA JOHNSON is the Presiding Circuit Court Judge in the 38th Judicial Circuit in Christian and Taney counties, Missouri.

HON. DAVID MUNTON is the Presiding Circuit Court Judge in the 28th Judicial Circuit in Barton, Cedar, Dade and Vernon counties, Missouri.

HON. SCOTT SIFFERMAN is an Associate Circuit Judge in the 39th Judicial Circuit in Lawrence County, Missouri.

HON. MARK STEPHENS is an Associate Circuit Judge in the 39th Judicial Circuit in Stone County, Missouri.

HON. DAVID T. TUNNELL is an Associate Circuit Judge in the 30th Judicial Circuit in Webster County, Missouri.

MODERATOR - NEIL CHANTER has been with the law firm of Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C. in Springfield, Missouri since 1998, becoming a shareholder in 2002. Mr. Chanter's areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and medical malpractice litigation. Originally from the United Kingdom, he received his Bachelor of Laws degree, with honors, from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, Great Britain in 1995, first moving to the United States in 1996. Mr. Chanter is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Board of Governors), the American Association for Justice, and The Missouri Bar.

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.


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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