Join us for the premier educational event for attorneys who litigate in federal court in Pennsylvania.
What are the differences between trying a case in state court versus federal court?
What are the best strategies for bringing your case in federal court?
Do you know how to be the best advocate for your client in federal court?
The Institute provides all the tools you need to succeed in federal court. Using a hypothetical case, federal judges and seasoned practitioners will explore the latest developments affecting your federal practice. Advance your knowledge of federal practice and become a better advocate for your client while connecting with the federal judges and other practitioners who practice in the federal courts.
Hear from 9 Federal Judges in the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
Here is you chance to hear directly from the judges and take away tips and strategies for trying your case in federal court. Learn how the judges think about key issues. Understand the procedures involved in moving your case through the court.
Get the inside scoop on federal court practice
- Selection of forum
- Attempts at remand
- Initial case assignment
- TRO and PI practice
- Early Neutral Evaluation
- Case management
- Electronic discovery
- Pretrial orders
- Motions in Limine
- Jury Selection
- Bankruptcy filing
- Collateral appeals from preliminary orders
- Preservation of record for appeal
9:00 - 10:00 am
First Things: Case Assessment, Forum Selection and Interim Relief
Chief Judge Hornak, Judge Horan, Professor Hellman, Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. Mercer (moderator)
This panel will set up the hypothetical case to be used throughout the day. Come to hear a lively discussion on forum selection, removal, remand, jurisdiction, initial case assessment and TRO and PI practice.
10:00 - 11:00 am
Judge Bissoon, Judge Brann, Nancy Conrad (moderator)
Here is your opportunity to hear the judges discuss scheduling, electronic discovery, pretrial orders, Motions in Limine and jury selection.
11:00 - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Stay Where You Are: A Bankruptcy Has Been Filed!
Judge Fitzgerald (Ret.), Judge Taddonio, Mr. Campbell, Ms. John (moderator)
The filing of a bankruptcy petition under Title 11 triggers an automatic stay of the commencement or continuation of proceedings in state and federal court. This panel will discuss the impact of a bankruptcy filing on pending litigation from the perspective of the bench as well as both creditor's and debtor's counsel.
12:15 - 1:15 pm
1:15 - 2:15 pm
Better Preparing Law Students for the Future
Law schools are at a critical moment of change in how we provide legal education. For the past 15 years, we have increasingly offered more practical, hands-on learning opportunities. This has been an important change in legal education and these opportunities are vitally important to preparing our students. But we have yet to fully explore how we might rethink the rest of our curriculum to fit the evolving needs of legal practice today. We know, for example, our students need excellent interpersonal communication skills, agility with technology, effective teamwork and collaboration strategies, an understanding of the deep value provided by diverse teams and our need to be inclusive at every level, and a commitment to engage and lead in our communities. How do we ensure that our students acquire these important skills and knowledge? These is no one class or even series of classes that can cover all of these areas. Instead, they must be embedded in all we do, which has shifted our thinking to focus on how and when our students acquire these core competencies as much as we think about particular subject matter coverage. We believe this new approach will fundamentally change how we think about legal education and, in turn, how we educate our students, better preparing them for the challenges of a rapidly changing legal profession.
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Danger Beneath the Surface: When Civil Litigation Digs Up Criminal Conduct
Judge Lenihan, Professor Harris, Mr. Novara, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Sweitzer (moderator)
This panel will address issues arising from parallel proceedings, such as the line between civil and criminal fraud and the ethical handling of criminal allegations.
3:15 - 3:30 pm
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Knocking on the Door of the Court of Appeals
Judge Fisher, Judge Hardiman, Mr. Byer, Ms. Hersperger (moderator)
Join us for a discussion of collateral appeals from preliminary orders (PI, denial of remand, grand jury) and preservation of the record for appeal.
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Reception sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee
Reception sponsored by Pitt Law School
All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed version of the course book to be shipped.
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