Live Seminar

What Judges and Seasoned Litigators Want You to Know

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79337ER

Location:

Embassy Suites Hotel Detroit-Southfield

28100 Franklin Road

Southfield, MI 48034

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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  • continuing education credits,
  • please contact us at 866-240-1890
  • or credit@nbi-sems.com

Program Description

Gain Fundamental Skills From Civil Court Judges and Seasoned Litigators

We recently surveyed attorneys across the United States, asking them what fundamental issues they have regarding their local civil courts. We compiled the answers and created this full-day, real-world, practical program taught by experienced lawyers AND civil court judges - so that you are able to get BOTH perspectives on the issues that matter most. In the morning session you'll hear from civil court judges and get answers to real-life courtroom problems that happen every day. In the afternoon, you'll get fundamental advice from seasoned litigators on the topics you care about. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from BOTH civil court judges and seasoned litigators. Register today!

  • Find out exactly what judges want to see regarding motions, memorandums and briefs.
  • Gain advice from lawyers AND judges on issues attorneys have with discovery.
  • Get fundamental advice regarding expert witnesses.
  • What are the judge's pet peeves? Find out!
  • Understand how judges feel about recusals and Writs of Mandamus legal principles.
  • Find out what judges expect from attorneys, including courtroom etiquette must-knows.
  • Get advice from experienced lawyers regarding arguments.
  • Receive exclusive guidance from veteran trial attorneys on how to handle voir dire and jury instruction conferences.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.

Course Content

  1. Motions, Memorandums and Briefs 101: What Judges Want to See
  2. Issues Attorneys Have With Discovery: Advice From a Judge
  3. Expert Witnesses: Credibility Questions and Report Inquiries
  4. Judicial Pet Peeves: What Lawyer's do to Irritate Judges
  5. Recusals and Writs of Mandamus Legal Principles: A Judge's Perspective
  6. Judicial Expectations and Courtroom Etiquette Guidance From Seasoned Litigators
  7. Effective Arguments Seen by the Pros: Legal Principles
  8. Advice From Veteran Trial Attorneys: Voir Dire and Jury Instruction Conferences
  9. Expert Witnesses 101: A Fundamental Overview
  10. Discovery Issues and Advice From Experienced Attorneys
  11. How a Seasoned Litigator Creates Exceptional Motions, Memorandums and Briefs
  12. Legal Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

AM Session 9:00 - 12:00
Panel Members: Hon. Denise Langford Morris, Hon. Carl J. Marlinga, Hon. Brian R. Sullivan and Hon. Joseph Toia
Moderator: Mark A. Wisniewski

MORNING SESSION: Advice From Civil Court Judges

  1. Motions, Memorandums and Briefs 101: What Judges Want to See
  2. Issues Attorneys Have With Discovery: Advice From a Judge
  3. Expert Witnesses: Credibility Questions and Report Inquiries
  4. Judicial Pet Peeves: What Lawyer's do to Irritate Judges
  5. Recusals and Writs of Mandamus Legal Principles: A Judge's Perspective

PM Session 1:00 - 4:30
Panel Members: Milton H. Greenman, Margaret Holman Jensen, Edward G. Lennon and Ronald K. Weiner
Moderator: Mark A. Wisniewski

AFTERNOON SESSION: Advice From Seasoned Litigators

  1. Judicial Expectations and Courtroom Etiquette Guidance From Seasoned Litigators
  2. Effective Arguments Seen by the Pros: Legal Principles
  3. Advice From Veteran Trial Attorneys: Voir Dire and Jury Instruction Conferences
  4. Expert Witnesses 101: A Fundamental Overview
  5. Discovery Issues and Advice From Experienced Attorneys
  6. How a Seasoned Litigator Creates Exceptional Motions, Memorandums and Briefs
  7. Legal Ethics - 3:30 - 4:30
    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

MILTON H. GREENMAN is an attorney with Thurswell Law. Mr. Greenman specializes in medical malpractice and complex litigation. He has obtained substantial jury verdicts and settlements for his clients in courts throughout Michigan since joining Thurswell Law in 1982. Mr. Greenman received an undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1982. He is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice and State Bar of Michigan. In July of 2011, Mr. Greenman was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

MARGARET HOLMAN JENSEN is a partner and manager of the Asbestos Department at Zamler Mellen & Shiffman. Ms. Jensen has trial experience in both asbestos cases, as well as other types of injury cases. She has more than 20 years of experience in handling asbestos injury cases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis cases. Ms. Jensen received her B.S.E. and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Wayne County Asbestos Steering Committee, which works with the court in setting procedures for the handling of asbestos cases.

HON. DENISE LANGFORD MORRIS is a Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court in Oakland County.

EDWARD G. LENNON is an attorney with the law office of Edward G. Lennon PLLC, in Birmingham, Michigan. Mr. Lennon practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional responsibility matters and family law. Mr. Lennon received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

HON. CARL J. MARLINGA is a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Macomb County.

HON. BRIAN R. SULLIVAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Wayne County.

HON. JOSEPH TOIA is a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Macomb County.

RONALD K. WEINER is a partner in the Southfield firm of Lipton Law. He practices automobile negligence, no-fault, premises liability and medical malpractice. After law school, Mr. Weiner was an assistant prosecutor in Macomb County until 1990. He spent two years with an insurance defense firm and since 1992 has been representing plaintiffs. Mr. Weiner is an executive board member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and has been a presenter and moderator of seminars for MTLA and National Business Institute. He is a case evaluator in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and serves on arbitration panels. Mr. Weiner graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984 with a degree in political science and earned his J.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1987.

MODERATOR - MARK A. WISNIEWSKI is a principal in the Detroit office of the law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. He presently serves as the firm's chairman and CEO. Since 1990, Mr. Wisniewski has practiced in the areas of complex and multi-district litigation, personal injury defense, premises defense, asbestos personal injury and medical malpractice defense. He earned his A.B. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and his J.D. degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.

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