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NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL PART 1 - 2018


Working with Experts

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Expert witnesses are an integral part of modern commercial litigation. They can be used for everything from calculating damages to explaining software workflows to establishing  industry standards. This webinar begins with an exploration of the common types of cases that call for use of expert testimony. From there, we discuss the rules governing experts, including expert disclosures, discovery, and expert depositions. We also discuss the Daubert standard for excluding expert testimony, and discuss how a successful Daubert motion may be brought. This hour will help you figure out when and how to hire your own expert, and will give you some ideas on how to challenge your opponent’s expert when the time comes.

Working With Experts

Dispositive Motions

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Lawyers often tell their clients that while they must prepare as if every case will go to trial, more than 90% of cases are resolved before trial. If a settlement  is not reached, the resolution typically comes through the court ruling on a dispositive motion. This episode begins with a look at motions to dismiss, with focus on the still-developing Twombly-Iqbal standard, and how that standard is put into practice. We then discuss summary judgment motions. That discussion includes everything from making a summary judgment record to brief writing, to making a cross-motion for summary judgment. This webinar shines a light on what happens to the great percentage of cases that don’t make it to trial.

Dispositive Motions

Discovery Practice

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If you say the word “discovery” to a litigator, the reaction may not be kind. Discovery—the exchange of relevant information, usually in the form of documents or oral depositions, takes up the majority of a litigator’s time and costs clients the most money. This episode begins with a summary of the rules governing discovery. In particular, we discuss the new federal rules governing the preservation and discovery of electronic data and information, and the new concept of “proportionality” in discovery. We also discuss the practicalities of discovery: budgeting, tactics, and common opportunities and pitfalls. This hour  demystifies a mystifying process, and to provide listeners with what they need to know to not get tripped up in litigation. At the very least, you will understand why the acronym “ESI” causes our panel to wince.

Litigator School: Discovery Practice

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Refresher

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Has it been 10 years since you took Civil Procedure in law school? Are you a business owner that’s been sued for the first time? How does litigation really move through the Federal Courts? This webinar provides an overview of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with emphasis on recent changes and developments. By the end of the hour, the listener will have a clear understanding of how a case is initiated, how defendants and issues are brought into the case, and the required pre-trial steps. We also touch on settlement procedure and trial practice. Join us to hear one of the cornerstone law school classes condensed into a brisk and engaging hour long discussion.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure