Audio CD + Course Book

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

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

79418CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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From Event: What Judges Think: Real-World Scenarios in Civil Court - An Interactive Workshop , held May 2018.

Program Description

As you know all too well, different judges have different preferences when it comes to motion practice, discovery extensions, oral arguments and more. Don't blindly begin the litigation process before you know what the bench wants. Obtain this thought-provoking guide filled with situations you face every day and get to know what judges expect from you. Order today!

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

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Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session: 9:00 - 12:00; AM Break: 10:30 - 10:45
Panel Members: Hon. Margaret Carey-McCray, Hon. M. James Chaney Jr., Hon. John H. Emfinger, Hon. Steve S. Ratcliff III and Hon. Keith Starrett.
Moderator: Robert A. Biggs III

  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. Margaret Carey-McCray, Hon. M. James Chaney Jr., Hon. John H. Emfinger, Hon. Steve S. Ratcliff III and Hon. Keith Starrett.
Moderator: Robert A. Biggs III

  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. MARGARET CAREY-McCRAY is a Circuit Court Judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit in Mississippi.

HON. M. JAMES CHANEY JR. is a Circuit Court Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit in Mississippi.

HON. JOHN H. EMFINGER is a Circuit Court Judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit in Mississippi.

HON. STEVE S. RATCLIFF III is a Circuit Court Judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit in Mississippi.

HON. KEITH STARRETT is a United States District Court Judge in the Southern District of Mississippi.

MODERATOR - ROBERT A. BIGGS III is a member in the Jackson law firm of Biggs, Ingram & Solop PLLC. Since 1976, Mr. Biggs has focused his practice on a broad range of litigation, including products liability, catastrophic personal injury and commercial litigation. Mr. Biggs is a panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Previously, Mr. Biggs had served as law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is an active member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; listed in Best Lawyers of America in the areas of litigation for the defense and insurance law; and a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a member of the Hinds County and American bar associations, The Mississippi Bar (former chairman, Trial Practice Section), the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (past president), the Defense Research Institute (member, Trucking Law and Insurance committees), and the Transportation Lawyers Association.

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