Live Seminar

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

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79419ER

Location:

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South

164 Fort Couch Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15241

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NJ CLE - 7.20
  • NY CLE - 7.00
  • PA CLE - 6.00

Other

  • CJE - 6.00

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 Judicial Education – CJE: 6.00 *

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 7.20 -  NJ*
CLE 7.00 -  NY*
CLE 6.00 -  PA*

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session: 9:00 - 12:00 (Break 10:30-10:45)
Panel Members: Hon. Judith L.A. Friedman, Hon. Michael F. Marmo, Hon. John T. McVay Jr., Hon. James J. Ross and Hon. Kelley T.D. Streib
Moderator: Anthony J. Williott

  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

PM Session: 1:00 - 4:30 (Break 2:30-2:45)
Panel Members: Hon. Judith L.A. Friedman, Hon. Michael F. Marmo, Hon. John T. McVay Jr., Hon. James J. Ross and Hon. Kelley T.D. Streib
Moderator: Anthony J. Williott

  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. JUDITH L.A. FRIEDMAN is a Judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

HON. MICHAEL F. MARMO is a Judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

HON. JOHN T. McVAY JR. is a Judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

HON. JAMES J. ROSS is a Judge in the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas.

HON. KELLEY T.D. STREIB is a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County.

MODERATOR - ANTHONY J. WILLIOTT is a shareholder with the law firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. He practices in the area of civil litigation, with particular emphasis in defense of physicians, hospitals and long-term care facilities in malpractice cases. Mr. Williott also defends product liability, breach of warranty, defamation, and complex matters. He has lectured on and written about medical malpractice defense and the defense perspective in a number of other substantive areas. Mr. Williott received his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. degree from Duquesne University, where he was selected to the Order of Barristers for excellence in trial advocacy following his team's victory in the Gourley Cup Trial Moot Court Competition. He is a fellow in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and was chosen a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in 2005, and 2013-2015.

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 Judicial Education

PA CJE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NBI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education Board of Judges. This course is eligible for a total of 6.0 hours, including 5.0 hours of substantive CJE credit hours and 1.0 hour of ethics CJE credit.


Continuing Legal Education

NJ CLE: 7.20 Includes - Civil Trial Law: 6.00, Ethics: 1.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 7.2 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in Civil Trial Law.


NY CLE: 7.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00, Skills: 6.00
This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the skills requirement and 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement. This live format program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


PA CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for a total of 6.0 hours, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.


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