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Fed Court Boot Camp Conference (1st Annual): How to Practice in Federal Court (IL) (2010)

Learn the Nuts & Bolts of Federal Practice

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"Best CLE program I've been to, because it was comprehensive."  Ronald Boggs, Esq.

"Distilled complex information into terms relevant for a practitioner."

"Many of those 'easy to miss' rules were discussed, which is what I was looking for."

"Real, practical tips."

"Good tips from the bench - always good to know what the judge and court staff expect."

"There were no unnecessary topics - all were very relevant."  Jeffrey A. Goodloe, Esq.

"Excellent - very thorough!"  Steve McMullen, Esq.

"Solid, practical, common-sense pointers."

"This was an excellent program which gave a good big-picture presentation of practice in Federal Court."

"Insightful discussion as to what clerks and judges are looking for."  Richard Lehman, Esq.

"Good overview from start to finish."  Kevin Halverson, Esq.

"Very good to get a clerk's perspective and input." 

"Provided very clear, practical and useful advice." 

"Good foundation set and built upon." 

"Very effective and efficient presentation." 

"Great seminar!  Good interation between speakers and audience."

"Concise and comprehensive practical tips.  Great organization and presentation."

"Clear presentation of topics."  James L. Clarke, Esq.

"Good insight into judges' requirements and mindset."

"Good practical pointers and cautionary instructions."

"This was an excellent seminar!"  Charles P. Romaker, Esq.

"Excellent info!"

"Good practical illustrations."

"Outstanding practical advice!"

"Good tips on practice."

"Excellent presentation!"

"Very helpful practical information."

"Very useful examples and practical advice."

"Excellent practical tips!  I learned a lot."
 


Dates and Times

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Course Summary

 

 

Pincus Professional Education has been putting on it's seminal Federal Court Boot Camp for four years for a reason - it's that good.

Year after year attendees rave about the program.

Year after year we tweak the agenda based on input to make it even better.

Year after year we invite the same speakers back because their ratings are so good and attendees learn so much from them.

Year after year the same long term career law clerks - for federal judges - join this conference to give you the inside scoop!

We cover everything from complaints to discovery to case management conferences, motion writing and tricks, trial prep, and trial techniques. All from the Federal Court perspective.

All designed to teach you the mistakes not to make - how not to ruin your case and your reputation with Federal Court judges.

And Federal Court is not state court.

If you have an upcoming case or will be branching into federal court and want to know what to expect, this class is for you. If you're a new trial attorney, this class is for you. Just graduated law school - can't miss it. You don't get these skills and this practical advice in law school.

This is a beginner's boot camp focused on Federal Court practice.

And our faculty will talk about the differences between the districts.

Our handout includes materials from our faculty as well as a primer on Federal Court written by 20+ year career law clerks to Federal Court judges.

There is no better Federal Court primer CLE in Illinois. Our testimonials (below and above) can speak to that claim

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What You Will Learn if You Attend This Seminar

  • Introduction to Federal Court
  • Create your complaint without the usual Fed Court mistakes
  • The Answer: get it right in Federal Court
  • Easier E-Filing
  • Case Scheduling and the Case Management Conference: what to expect and what to do
  • Discovery In-Depth (Rule 26, Forms, disputes, motions, sanctions, e-discovery sticky issues)
  • Ex Parte Motions: why? how? why bother?
  • Injunctive Relief: when it matters and how to get it
  • More persuasive oral argument
  • Rule 12 Motions: use, misuse, and best use
  • The Summary Judgment Motion - it can make or break your case so do it better than everyone else
  • Don't bore your jury: More persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments [and the difference between the two]
  • Trial Briefs, Pretrial Statements, Pretrial Conferences and Orders (FRCP 16)
  • Motions in Limine: why? how? why bother?
  • Your Jury Questionnaire: why does it matter and what do you do about it?
  • Voir Dire: practical tips from the trenches
  • Fed Court Jury Instructions and Jury Verdict Forms - how not to end up with a mis-trial
  • Handling and Submitting your Exhibits - practical tips

 

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Topics to be covered in this seminar include:

  • Introduction to Fed Court, Magistrate and District Court Judges
  • Jurisdiction and Venue hot issues
  • Creating your Complaint post Bell Atlantic and Ashcroft
  • The Answer (to the complaint!)
  • E-Filing Tips
  • Case Scheduling and the Case Management Conference - what to expect and what to do
  • Discovery (Rule 26, Forms, dealing with disputes, critical motions, asking for sanctions)
  • Ex Parte Motions and how to handle them
    Injunctive Relief
  • Rule 12 Motions - why the matter and what to do about them (drafting tips: form and content, issues to expect, what to watch out for, responses)
  • Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment (rules, drafting tips: form and content, the Reply, helpful hints)
  • Pretrial Statement, Pretrial Conference and Order (FRCP 16)
  • Trial Briefs (in general)
  • The purpose and function of Motions in Limine
  • Your Jury Questionnaire and Voir Dire Tips
  • Jury instructions and Verdict Forms - pitfalls and best practices
  • Handling and Submitting your Exhibits
  • Improving your presence and your credibility
  • Post Trial Motions
  • Bench Trial pointers

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Agenda

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Introduction to Federal Court
  • Create your complaint without the usual Fed Court mistakes
  • The Answer: get it right in Federal Court
  • Easier E-Filing
  • Case Scheduling and the Case Management Conference: what to expect and what to do
  • Discovery In-Depth (Rule 26, Forms, disputes, motions, sanctions, e-discovery sticky issues)
  • Ex Parte Motions: why? how? why bother?
  • Injunctive Relief: when it matters and how to get it
  • More persuasive oral argument

Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Rule 12 Motions: use, misuse, and best use
  • The Summary Judgment Motion - it can make or break your case so do it better than everyone else
  • Don't bore your jury: More persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments [and the difference between the two]
  • Trial Briefs, Pretrial Statements, Pretrial Conferences and Orders (FRCP 16)
  • Motions in Limine: why? how? why bother?
  • Your Jury Questionnaire: why does it matter and what do you do about it?
  • Voir Dire: practical tips from the trenches
  • Fed Court Jury Instructions and Jury Verdict Forms - how not to end up with a mis-trial
  • Handling and Submitting your Exhibits - practical tips

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MCLE Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies this seminar is approved for 6.0 hours of Illinois MCLE credit, including 0.5 hour professional responsibility credit.

Pincus Professional Education certifies this seminar is approved for 6.0 hours of California MCLE credit, including 0.5 hour ethics credit.

Upon request, we will assist attorneys when they submit for CLE course credit in other states.

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Instructors

Faculty:

Miguel A. Ruiz, Esq.
Partner
Pretzel & Stouffer Chartered

Miguel is a partner in the law firm of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago. Pretzel & Stouffer is recognized as a leading defense trial firm and Miguel is recognized as one of the leading defense attorneys in Chicago. This distinction was recently conferred upon Miguel by the publishers of Chicago Magazine and Law & Politics (Illinois Super Lawyers 2006, published in the Chicago Magazine, February 2006). Throughout his career, Miguel has been involved in the defense of matters involving catastrophic injuries, professional negligence and business disputes. He has distinguished himself in the courtroom, earning praise from both his adversaries and members of the bench. Miguel is known for his professional demeanor and his tenacious advocacy on behalf of his clients.

Miguel obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law (‘92),  and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (‘89). He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the Wisconsin Bar (Inactive Status), and he is licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He is a guest lecturer at the Loyola University School of Law and he is fluent in Spanish. He is a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Miguel also serves by appointment of the Honorable Richard M. Daley as Chairman for the Board of Ethics for the City of Chicago, and he is a member of the Local School Council for the James G. Blaine Elementary School.

Ellen Robbins, Esq.
Partner
Sidley Austin

Ellen S. Robbins has been a partner of Sidley Austin since 1999. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a B.S. in Business Administration, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Robbins clerked for the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Robbins has extensive experience handling complex commercial litigation matters representing both plaintiffs and defendants, including particular experience in the areas of fraud, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, securities fraud, broker-dealer/customer disputes, insurance coverage and intellectual property.

Ms. Robbins actively practices in both state and federal courts throughout the country. She also regularly incorporates alternative dispute resolution into her practice in order to efficiently resolve disputes, and has first-chaired a number of arbitrations and mediations. In addition, Ms. Robbins has been involved in a number of corporate internal investigations.

Richard I. Levin, Esq.
Partner
Levin, Riback Law Group, P.C.

Rick has an exceptional command and keen sense of the court room.  His quick ability to observe and fluidly present his client's issues has resulted in more than 35,000,000 in settlements and verdicts in his last 15 high profile cases.  Rick has tried more than 35 cases through to jury verdicts and settlements and has arbitrated and mediated more than 100 cases to successful judgments and settlements.

Rick is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University.  He began teaching there in 1998.  He teaches trial advocacy.  Rick was selected by the student body as the school’s “Most Outstanding Adjunct Professor” in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Rick and his partner, Adam Riback, coach Northwestern’s national trial advocacy team, which has won multiple awards.  Rick is an instructor for the Mock Trial Institute at Northwestern University and from 1996 through 1999 Rick was an instructor for the Federal Trial Bar.  Rick also teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  Rick was the Co-Chairman of the Trial Techniques Division of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section from 1995 to 1998.

Rick has lectured on a variety of topics related to litigation techniques, police pursuits and civil liability. 

Rick has been voted an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2006 – 2010.  He has been part of the Illinois Leading Lawyer network since 2006, which includes the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois.  He was also selected by the Chicago Law Bulletin/Leading Lawyers Network as one of the “40 Attorneys Under the Age of 40 to Watch.”

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his law degree from Kent College of Law in 1986.  Rick is a member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Mary K. Curry
Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Mary Curry received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1999 and graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005.  Immediately following law school she clerked for the Honorable James F. Henry in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for two years.  In 2007, Mary began clerking for the Honorable Susan E. Cox, a United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, where she is currently. 

Mary is also active in the Chicago Bar Association where, in 2005 and 2006, she served as the Young Lawyers Division Chair for the Mental Health & Disability Law Committee, and more recently has served on the Young Lawyers Division’s board as the Secretary, Special Project Coordinator and currently serves as Project Officer. In addition, Mary serves on the board of the Federal Bar Association.

Cynthia Cohan, Esq.
Career Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Cynthia has spent over eighteen years working for the federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.  She is a career law clerk at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and previously served as a motions attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she taught an appellate advocacy seminar.  She was chosen to serve on the next generation CM/ECF project, where she was tasked with developing requirements to enhance the functionality of the federal judiciary’s electronic case management and docketing system.  Pursuant to an appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court, Cynthia sits as a member of the ARDC’s Hearing Board, which considers attorney disciplinary, disability, and reinstatement cases, and the ARDC’s Oversight Committee, which conducts internal quality reviews of a sampling of investigative matters concluded by the Administrator without reference to the Inquiry Board.  Before her clerkships, Cynthia practiced commercial litigation at Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson.  

Cynthia received her J.D. in 1991 from Cornell University.

Devlin Schoop, Esq.
Partner
Laner Muchin

Upon graduation from law school in 1997, Mr. Schoop (pronounced "Scope") served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Blanche M. Manning of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Upon completion of his clerkship, Mr. Schoop joined a large Chicago-based law firm where he specialized in complex commercial litigation, and employment and civil rights litigation, including lawsuits involving alleged employment and housing discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and age.

In 2003, Mr. Schoop joined Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin & Tominberg, Ltd. where his practice includes representing employers in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employment, civil rights litigation, and non-compete and restrictive covenant litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Mr. Schoop’s reported representative cases include:  Suarez v. Sacred Heart Hospital, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 12132 (7th Cir. May 16, 2007); Kolupa v. Roselle Park District, 438 F.3d 713 (7th Cir. 2006); Lake County Riverboat, L.P. v. Illinois Gaming Board, 730 N.E.2d 524, 313 Ill. App. 3d 943 (2d Dist. 2000). 

Mr. Schoop became a Partner in 2008.

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What attendees have said about this seminar:

Here’s what attendees have said about California Federal Court Boot Camp conferences, covering the same topics:

“Very happy. Not many CLE's specialize in federal law. I wish I had taken this course earlier!”

“I learned more about federal court civil procedure than any other class I have taken.”

“Very practical information. Very helpful for negotiating the federal arena.” H. Friedman, Esq.

“Excellent program!” J. Arendt, Esq.

“Outstanding! Top-notch! Answered my number one burning issue in the first 15 minutes.”

“This was one of the most interesting, helpful and useful MCLE programs I have ever attended! Good coverage of practical topics.” H. Schrieber, Esq.

“Overall, I was very pleased with this program. It is definitely worth the money and travel!” C. Milligan

“Great Job! An excellent course. Informative presentations!”

“Very good program – the law clerk perspective should be heard by all lawyers.”

“Great practical advice.”

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