Audio CD + Course Book

What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

Product ID#:

79194CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MN CLE - 6.00
From Event: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know, held April 2018.

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 – CLE: 6.00 MN - Credit Approval Expiration 11/29/2019 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Members:
Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo, Hon. Jill Eichenwald, Hon. David M. Johnson, Hon. Theresa M. Neo, and Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti
Moderator: Robert C. Barnes

  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. Michael J. Cuzzo, Hon. Jill Eichenwald, Hon. David M. Johnson, Hon. Theresa M. Neo, and Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti
Moderator: Robert C. Barnes

  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. MICHAEL J. CUZZO is the Assistant Chief District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District serving in Lake County.

HON. JILL EICHENWALD is a District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District serving in St. Louis County.

HON. DAVID M. JOHNSON is a District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District serving in St. Louis County.

HON. THERESA M. NEO is a District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District serving in St. Louis County.

HON. GARY J. PAGLIACCETTI is a District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District serving in St. Louis County.

MODERATOR - ROBERT C. BARNES is a founder and partner of McCarthy & Barnes, PLC, in Duluth. He is AV-rated, an MSBA-certified civil trial specialist, ABOTA member, and has tried over 100 civil cases to verdict in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a past president of the Eleventh District Bar Association, served on the District Ethics Committee, and has been named a Super Lawyer on multiple occasions including 2017. Mr. Barnes received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law.


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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MN CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
11/29/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved for up to 6.0 hours of on-demand CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education. No more than 15.0 hours of on-demand CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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