Live Seminar

What Judges Think: Real-World Scenarios in Civil Court - An Interactive Workshop

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 06, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79407ER

Location:

Sheraton Clayton Plaza

7730 Bonhomme Avenue

Clayton, MO 63105

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
  • MO CLE - 7.20

Program Description

Engage With Your Local Judges in This Interactive Program!

As you know all too well, different judges have different preferences when it comes to motion practice, discovery extensions, oral arguments and more. Attend this interactive judicial workshop and get to know your local judges and what they want. Filled with thought-provoking hypothetical scenarios based on the situations you face every day, this program will allow you to get critical perspectives from the fact finders who hear your cases - and engage with your peers so you can pick up additional pointers. Register today!

  • Work through engaging scenarios regarding summary judgment, discovery extensions and more.
  • Master local court procedures and avoid critical errors with filings, communications and more.
  • Refine your motion practice skills by ensuring you are including the right information.
  • Know why judges deny summary judgment motions - and find out how you can make yours better.
  • Gain insight on how judges handle voir dire so you can better prepare for your next jury trial.
  • Determine what judges find reasonable and what they don't when it comes to discovery extensions.
  • Properly handle pro se litigants - know what the bench expects when your opponent doesn't have a lawyer.
  • Know what judges think is permissible and appropriate when it comes to oral arguments, witnesses and more.
  • Spot attorney actions that annoy judges, including ones you may not know you make.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is for attorneys.

Course Content

Morning Session

  1. Local Court Procedures: How do You Avoid Slip-Ups With Filings, Ex Parte Communication and More? (With Example Situations)
  2. Motion Practice: How do Judges Decide, and What do You Include?
  3. Summary Judgment: Why Does it Get Denied? (With Practical Hypotheticals)
  4. Juries: How do Judges Handle Voir Dire and Jury Instructions?
  5. Ethical Considerations

Afternoon Session

  1. Discovery: What are Best Practices for Handling Extensions, Disputes and Post-Discovery Periods? (With Compelling Case Studies)
  2. Dealing With Pro Se Litigants: What do Judges Expect From Attorneys? (With Sample Scenarios)
  3. Oral Arguments, Exhibits and Courtroom Behavior: What's Permissible and What's Appropriate?
  4. Witnesses: How do Judges Handle Credibility, Experts, Reports and Other Things? (With Examples)
  5. Attorney Actions That Annoy Judges: How Can You Avoid Them?

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 6.00 -  IL*
CLE 7.20 -  MO*

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session: 9:00 - 12:00; AM Break: 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Judy Preddy Draper, Hon. David C. Mason, Hon. Brian H. May, Hon. Mark H. Neill, Hon. Michael Noble, Hon. Steven Ohmer, Hon. Ellen H. Ribaudo and Hon. Joseph L. Walsh III.
Moderator: Amy Collignon Gunn

  1. Local Court Procedures: How do You Avoid Slip-Ups With Filings, Ex Parte Communication and More? (With Example Situations)
    1. Scenario 1: Ex Parte Uncertainties
    2. Scenario 2: Contact Me Any Time
  2. Motion Practice: How do Judges Decide, and What do You Include?
  3. Summary Judgment: Why Does it Get Denied? (With Practical Hypotheticals)
    1. Scenario 1: Motion Drafting Missteps
    2. Scenario 2: How Much Evidence?
  4. Juries: How do Judges Handle Voir Dire and Jury Instructions?
  5. Ethical Considerations (11:00 - 12:00)
    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

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:30; PM Break: 2:30 - 2:45
Panel Members: Hon. Judy Preddy Draper, Hon. David C. Mason, Hon. Brian H. May, Hon. Mark H. Neill, Hon. Michael Noble, Hon. Steven Ohmer, Hon. Ellen H. Ribaudo and Hon. Joseph L. Walsh III.
Moderator: Amy Collignon Gunn

  1. Discovery: What are Best Practices for Handling Extensions, Disputes and Post-Discovery Periods? (With Compelling Case Studies)
    1. Scenario 1: Discovery Extension Denials
    2. Scenario 2: Moving to Compel Discovery
  2. Dealing With Pro Se Litigants: What do Judges Expect From Attorneys? (With Sample Scenarios)
    1. Scenario 1: Uncooperative Pro Se Litigant
    2. Scenario 2: Enraged Pro Se Litigant
  3. Oral Arguments, Exhibits and Courtroom Behavior: What's Permissible and What's Appropriate?
  4. Witnesses: How do Judges Handle Credibility, Experts, Reports and Other Things? (With Examples)
    1. Scenario 1: Expert Witness Credibility and Bias
    2. Scenario 2: Blocking Expert Testimony
  5. Attorney Actions That Annoy Judges: How Can You Avoid Them?

HON. JUDY PREDDY DRAPER is an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit in St. Louis County.

HON. DAVID C. MASON is a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City.

HON. BRIAN H. MAY is a Circuit Court Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit in St. Louis County.

HON. MARK H. NEILL is a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City.

HON. MICHAEL NOBLE is a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City.

HON. STEVEN OHMER is a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City.

HON. ELLEN H. RIBAUDO is a Circuit Court Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit in St. Louis County.

HON. JOSEPH L. WALSH III is a Circuit Court Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit in St. Louis County.

MODERATOR - AMY COLLIGNON GUNN is an attorney with The Simon Law Firm, P.C., in St. Louis, where she focuses her practice on plaintiff personal injury work including product liability, medical negligence and medical device litigation. She is admitted before the state of Illinois; state of Missouri; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central and Eastern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Ms. Collignon Gunn is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Women in the Legal Profession Committee, the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis and the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She earned her B.A. degree, from Transylvania University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.

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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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