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Our Illinois Litigation Bundle includes the following audio recordings:

10th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp [4-Part Program]  (2020)

We cover everything from complaints to discovery to case management conferences, motion writing and issues, oral argument, trial prep, and trial techniques.  Faculty will teach both specific skills, tasks, rules and timelines related to Circuit Court as well as providing general litigation skills tips and advice. We have multiple judges as well as experienced attorneys teaching, from both sides of the isle, so you get a variety of perspectives.

With five sitting Illinois Circuit Court judges and speakers from both defense and plaintiff’s side of the aisle, small and large firms, you will come away with invaluable advice and information that you can’t get anywhere else.

You’ll learn the dos and don’ts, the most common mistakes, what judges love and what they hate, and the rules, timelines and tasks at each stage of your case from start to finish!

Perspectives from the bench include:  Hon. Alison Conlon,  Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (Ret.), Hon. Scott D. Larson, Hon. Patricia O’Brien Sheahan, and Hon. Sanjay Taylor.

 

Evidence: 7 Things you Need to Know  (2016)

This seminar is geared towards the litigator that wants to delve into evidence –  gathering and deploying it before and during trial (as well as using it for settlement). Faculty cover the top seven things you need to know to get what you need, when you need it and to use it well once you have it.

Perspectives from the bench include:  Hon. Thomas Durkin.

 

Federal Court Boot Camp (12th Annual): The Nuts and Bolts (2021)

Our Federal Court Boot Camp has taught thousands of attorneys about the ins-and-outs of Federal Court, as well as general litigation strategies and skills, all over the country. The program is both a litigation primer and a primer for litigating in Federal Court.

Perspectives from the bench include:  Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert and Hon. M. David Weisman.

 

The Art of Jury Selection: Getting it Right  (2018)

During this program, experienced trial attorneys and a sitting judge will teach you how to get it right, how to improve your skills at selecting a jury and how to avoid classic mistakes. They will walk you through the mechanics and rules, provide advice and strategies, update you on governing case law, and help you navigate the latest issues related to jury selection.

Perspectives from the bench include:  Hon. Thomas Lyons, Hon. Rena Marie Van Tine and Hon. Edward Washington (Retired and now in private practice with Nixon Peabody).

 

How to Master the Deposition (2020)

A very practical program, our expert litigators will guide attendees through the nuanced art of the depo, from the strategic differences between trial and discovery depos to witness prep, expert witnesses, dealing with hostile witnesses and difficult opposing counsel and more.

 

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What You Will Learn

Summaries for each program are below. Each program title is in red. For more details about each program, including the faculty list and CLE credits, please click on the links in each title.

10th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp [4-Part Program]

Part 1 of 4

Case Themes and Strategies

Complaints & Answers

  • Rules and timelines
  • How to do it
  • Strategies
  • Common mistakes

Motions Attacking Pleadings

Discovery and e-Discovery in State Court

  • Discovery
    • Regular Discovery Types
    • Motions that occur during Discovery, including motions for sanctions
    • Overlooked Deadlines
    • Procedural Issues that are often missed and common mistakes
    • Strategies and choices
      • For Settlements
      • For Trial
    • Superior Court v. Federal Court
    • RFPs
  • E-Discovery
    • Latest Rules
    • Strategies
    • Cost Saving Measures
    • Mistakes not to make
    • Important state cases
  • Motions to Compel

Part 2 of 4

Depositions

  • Rules Strategies & Timelines
  • State v. Federal
  • Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions – Mistakes not to make
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial in state court

Motions for Summary Judgment under section 2-1005

  • Timeline
  • Responses and Replies
  • Persuasion tips
  • Organization and effectiveness
  • What is effective and what is not
  • What judges look for
  • Common mistakes not to make

Oral Argument

 

Part 3 of 4

Heading to Trial

  • Final Status Conference
  • Trial Outline
  • Motions  to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom

Motions in Limine

Your Jury

  • Jury Selection in State Court
    • Procedure
    • Strategies
    • Questionnaires
    • Voir Dire
  • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdict Forms
    • Rules, form, customs
    • Your tasks and timelines
    • Deadlines
    • Mistakes not to make
    • Advice from the bench

Part 4 of 4

Getting your Evidence in for Trial

  • How to get evidence admitted / submitting exhibits
  • Rules and procedures
  • Strategic Use
  • Evidentiary Objections

Opening Statements

  • Preparation and Approaches
  • Strategies and Advice
  • Delivery Tips

Direct and Cross Examinations of Lay and Expert Witnesses

  • Preparation, Outlines and Approaches
  • Strategies and Advice
  • What to Expect

Closing Arguments

  • Preparation and Approaches
  • Strategies and Advice
  • Delivery Tips

Preserving the Record for Appeal

Post-Trial Motions

  • Motion for a JNOV
  • Motion for a New Trial
  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • Determining “Prevailing Party”
  • Filing Notice of Appeal

Judgments and Recovering Judgments

  • Financial awards
  • Injunctive relief
  • Requirements for entry in jury trials
  • How to enforce

Evidence: 7 Things you Need to Know

Procuring and Producing Electronically Stored Information

  • Avoiding Spoliation Side-Shows with Proper Litigation Holds
  • Proportionality, cost-management, and efficiency in gathering ESI
    ◦         Includes recent changes to FRCP
  • Coping with party disparity as it relates to ESI
  • ESI protocols and cooperation as safe-harbors
  • Technology-assisted review

Investigating and Gathering Evidence from Challenging Sources

  • Archived records or old information
  • Non-cooperative witnesses
  • International discovery
  • Overcoming admissibility barriers

Effectively Using Pretrial Discovery to Settle Your Case

  • Informing the Court (in non-dispositive motion practice)
    ◦         Case Management/Status Conferences
  • Mediations and other settlement negotiations
    ◦         Mediations
    ◦         Non-Binding Arbitration
    ◦         Informal Settlement Meetings (Meet for Lunch)
  • Motion practice (e.g., summary judgment, Daubert, and other pretrial motions)
    ◦         Motions for Partial Summary Judgment
    ◦         Motions in Limine
  • Using technology to show the evidence
    ◦         Powerpoints and Videos
    ◦         Video Reenactments
    ◦         Putting the jury there

Opening Statements, with demo

  • What the evidence will be in the trial and what you are likely to see and hear in the testimony
  • Themes
  • Visual aids
  • Problems with your case
  • The other side’s case

Direct Examination

  • Strategic Planning
    ◦         Developing the theme of the client’s case
    ◦         Organization, presentation and order of witnesses
    ◦         Preparing the witness
    ◦         Ethical considerations
  • Persuasive Testimony
    ◦         Subcategories of the story
    ◦         Transitions that build on the testimony
    ◦         Eliciting facts and emphasizing strengths
    ◦         Holding the judge and jury’s attention
    ◦         Enhancing the credibility of the story
  • The Form of the Questions – tips and techniques
  • Anticipate & handle objections

Cross Examination (with demo)

  • Using the depo against a witness
  • Cross-examination, an art exhibiting the pinnacle of trial advocacy
  • Who is subject to cross-examination
  • When should I cross-examine
  • Cross examination of lay v expert witnesses
  • Techniques of cross-examination and key points to consider
  • Trilogies
  • Looping
  • Primacy/Recency
  • Word choice/ Connecting with Jurors
  • Whether to address witness by title
  • Dealing with non-responsive witness
  • How to not ask one question too many

Closing Arguments, with demo

  • Format the closing around the jury charge – addressing the elements of the claims and defenses
  • Use documents to resolve credibility questions
  • Use  demonstratives to summarize voluminous records
  • Showing how the evidence supports the themes introduced in opening statement

Experts

Demonstratives

Federal Court Boot Camp (12th Annual): The Nuts and Bolts

Part 1 Topics

Intro to Federal Court

We’re not in Kansas Anymore: Overview of Practical Differences Between State Court and Federal Court Practice

  • Material Differences Among Illinois’ Federal Districts
  • Highlights from the Local Rules and Local Practice (key practical rules, CM/ECF, forms, 28 USC § 636 Magistrate Judges)
  • Rule 1

Complaint and Answer Rules, Differences, Advice and Strategies

  • Plausibility Standard: Rule 8’s Short and Plain Statement
  • Forms of Complaints and Answers/Defenses
  • Defenses vs. Affirmative Defenses
  • Practice Pointers and Pitfalls
  • CMC
  • Rule 16.1
  • Case Management Reports

Rule 12 and Other Motions

  • Top ten tips for drafting Rule 12(b)(6) motions, responses, and replies.
  • How to enhance the effectiveness of memoranda addressing motions to dismiss.
  • How to address procedural issues that frequently arise when briefing motions to dismiss.
  • Additional Rule 12 motions
  • Ex Parte Motions
  • TRO or preliminary injunctions

Discovery & eDiscovery

  • Discovery:
    • CM/ECF brief overview/advice
    • Pilot program on mandatory initial disclosures  26(a)(1) initial disclosures;
    • Interrogatories, request to produce – differences between state and federal
    • 2015 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure
      • Scope of discovery / proportionality
      • Requests for production and responses
      • Failure to preserve / sanctions
      • How courts have interpreted them
    • E-discovery
      • Overview and considerations
      • Sources and preservation
      • Authentication
      • Federal Rule of Evidence 502

Motion/Oral Argument Tips, including online arguments

 

Part 2 Topics

Depo Strategies

  • Online Depo advice
  • Federal Rules related to Depos
  • Federal v. State differences
  • Subpoenas & affidavits
  • Deadlines
  • Strategy and Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial or for settlement

Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment

Pre-Trial Matters

  • Trial Briefs
  • Pretrial Statement
  • FRCP 16 – Pretrial conference and order
  • Your Jury:
    • What is unique about Jury Selection in Federal Court?
    • Questionnaire and Voir Dire Tips
    • Jury Instructions – pitfalls & best practices
    • Jury Verdict Forms – pitfalls & best practices
  • Motions in Limine – How do they differ from state court?

Trial Presentation

  • Introduction of Exhibits
  • Evidentiary Objections
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations
    • Purpose, audience and format requirements
    • Basic direct examination skills
    • Basic cross examination skills
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal

Depo Strategies

  • Federal Rules related to Depos
  • Federal v. State differences
  • Subpoenas & affidavits
  • Deadlines and rules
  • Strategy and Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial or for settlement

Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment

Oral Argument Tips

Heading to Trial

  • Trial Briefs
  • Pretrial Statement
  • Pretrial Conference and Order (FRCP 16)

Pre-Trial Matters

  • Your Jury:
    • What is unique about Jury Selection in Federal Court?
    • Questionnaire and Voir Dire Tips
    • Jury Instructions – pitfalls & best practices
    • Jury Verdict Forms – pitfalls & best practices
  • Motions in Limine – How do they differ from state court?

Trial Presentation

  • Introduction of Exhibits
  • Evidentiary Objections
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations
    • Purpose, audience and format requirements
    • Basic direct examination skills
    • Basic cross examination skills
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal

Post-Trial Motions & Judgments

 

The Art of Jury Selection: Getting it Right

Overview of Jury Selection 

  • Goal(s) of jury selection
  • Is it jury selection or jury de-selection?

The Law of Jury Selection (include ethics)

  • The rules pertaining to challenging jurors for cause
  • Batson/Wheeler motions in jury selection
  • The rules about monitoring jurors’ social media

The Mechanics – Critical Skills 

  • The basic mechanics of jury selection (12-packs, 18-packs, etc.)
  • Rating and tracking methods
  • Planting seeds and introducing themes and issues
  • The danger of demographics in jury selection
  • Challenges – Strike strategies
  • Juror Questionnaires:
  • Civil v. Criminal differences

Finding out about Jurors: Voir Dire

  • How Lawyers can ask good questions
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Voir Dire
  • Questions from the bench vs. questions from lawyers
  • How judicial voir dire can sometimes help
  • Efficient approaches to questioning the panel
  • Focus on identifying “bad” leaders
  • Voir Dire Time limits in state and federal court

Potential Impact of 21st Century Potential Juror Nuances on Selection

How Lawyers Should Deal with Juries During the Trial

  • Rules about contact with jurors
  • Tips on how to be polite without engaging
  • What to do if you observe improper juror behavior
  • Continuing relationship with Jurors without contact

A Few Comments about Jury Selection for Personal Injury v. Jury Selection for Commercial Disputes

Demonstration and Analysis of Jury Selection 

Reflections/observations/Q&A

 

How to Master the Deposition

Overview, Strategy and The Online Depo

  • Depositions not a “one size fits all” process – trial deposition vs discovery deposition
  • Understanding your goals and keeping your deposition goal-driven
  • Is this depo really necessary?  Determining whether the depo is worth the time and money and what you plan to get from it for your case/trial
  • Who should attend and why
  • Preparing specific questions and outline of themes
  • Preparing for “unexpected” answers/objections or other difficulties
  • Other tips and tricks that may give you an edge.
  • Using the depo at your hearing or trial – strategies and techniques
  • Process and procedure

Witness Preparation

  • How to best prepare your witness
    • Tips and strategies
    • Difficulties to avoid
    • What happens when you have a witness who can’t or wont take the time to be prepared – what are your options
    • What happens when you have a witness that won’t listen to you when you are preparing them
    • What do you do if you realize during witness prep that the witness is going to be a disaster – including when you are working under a more senior partner or when you are the decision maker
  • The percipient witness vs. a PMK
  • Ethical considerations 

Expert Witness Depositions 

  • Effective opposition research options on expert witnesses
  • Strategies to qualify and/or attack expert witnesses
  • Attacking the expert with his/her own words from prior deposition, treatises, expert reports, etc.
  • Using Motions in Limine to exclude expert or testimony
  • Preparing Your Expert for Deposition 

Handling Documents & Exhibits – Making the Record; Get the Authentication You Need

Impeaching the Witness – Practical Advice and Strategies

Deposition Objections

  • Practical advice:
  • How do I do it?
  • Why do I do it?
  • Objection strategies
  • What to avoid
  • Biggest risks in objecting and not objecting
  • Specific objections and real world examples

Mock Demonstration and Discussion about Demonstration focusing on objections and impeachment

Handling the Difficult Witness and/or Opposing Counsel

  • Concrete tips and advice, such as:
    • The angry opposing counsel – what do you do?
    • When opposing counsel yells – how to handle
    • Opposing counsel that objects to everything, how do you handle?
    • The witness keeps obfuscating or saying “I don’t remember” to everything, now what?
    • You know the witness is lying – is there anything you can do?
    • How to keep the depo from getting out of control
    • How to avoid needing to call the judge
    • The times when it is worth bothering the judge in the middle of your depo

The Online Depo

  • Best practices
  • Advice from a judge
  • What to watch out for
  • Adapting traditional techniques and resources

Mock Demonstration and Discussion focusing on Difficult Witness and/or Opposing Counsel and Online Depos

 

Testimonials

The following testimonials are from our Circuit Court Boot Camp:

“Incredible program that provides valuable insight from judges and practitioners in a way that is accessible to younger attorneys.” – Marc Pawlus, Esq.

“It was very helpful to my practice, especially helpful having judges on the panel. Speakers were very informed and made specific reference to the rules.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.

“This is a great program for new attorneys or well-practiced attorneys looking to brush up on some practice skills. Great content and well presented.” – Matthew Dudek, Esq.

“I thought it was great. The presenters and slides were very informative. I found the pleadings session more relevant to my practice as a legal aid attorney. Everything was clear and the responses to the questions were helpful. Presentations were very clear and full of practice pointers.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.

“I found the program incredibly informational and helpful. I was also very impressed by the smooth transition from in-person to virtual format. It is always great to hear expert insight from practitioners on both sides of litigation as well as from an experienced Judge.” – Kaitlin Cutshaw, Esq.

“It was really great having a judge’s perspective. The other presenters were very knowledgeable.” – Seth McCormick, Esq.

“I found it very informative. I’m new to civil law practice and I found it helpful. I found it helpful to me in preparing a civil case.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.

“Motion for summary judgement presentation was excellent.” – Cheryl M. Polarek, Esq.

“Gave valuable needed information. Presenters explained topics well and had interesting and helpful feedback.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.

“I have nothing but positive comments. Good context, well presented, speakers were all prepared. I thought the program was effectively run- especially considering the circumstances. Well-coordinated amongst the speakers.” – Matthew David Duek, Esq.

“I loved how speaker Dennericka Brooks gave out checklists and concrete logistical advice.” – Caitlin Cervenka, Esq.

“Judge Dorothy French Mallen is a great judge with tremendous insight. Her tips to approaching the trial (not pre-trial aka “settlement conference”) were very useful.” – Marc Pawlus, Esq.

“I have been a practicing lawyer in Indiana for 21 years but am new to Illinois. Very helpful to have the authority, citations, etc.” – Cheryl M. Polarek, Esq.

“Very practical, helpful, and informative.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.

“Helpful to have the judges’ insight.” – Seth McCormick, Esq.

“It was very thorough.” – Jacqueline Olivares-Heidenreich, Esq.

“Helpful information.” – Chandra Smith, Esq.

“Very informative. I’ve never conducted a trial myself and I feel much more prepared for having viewed this program.”

“Excellent and knowledgeable panel.”

“I think the program was excellent and the speakers were top-notch.”

“This as a really great program. I got a lot out of it.”

“Excellent and thorough presentations.”

“Great summary of the practice of law. Clear and practical information.”
“The combination of practitioners and a judge was useful. I appreciated the notes on strategy and the culture of the practice, which are hard to access through reading the rules.”

“I really enjoyed the program. It was great to hear from a judge’s perspective.”

“A well-organized, comprehensive, and practical presentation on the mechanics of IL trial practice. Judge Conlon’s advice was concrete and on point, and she added new information rather than simply endorsing what the presenters were saying–e.g., noting the importance of prepping witnesses on the parameters imposed by in limine rulings. I found her interjections the most helpful of all the judges we heard from over the course of this boot camp.”

 

The following testimonials are from our Evidence program in 2016:

“Great panel. Thank you!” Elizabeth J. Fragale, Esq.

“It was a great day, thank you! Much of the content was very helpful.”

“Great presentation of a cross-examination.”

“Great personal experiences in the cases he presented, as well as relevant case law to later refer to.”

“Very valuable training. Thank you.”

“Great presentation and practical tips for conducting statements and strategies which were applicable across the board.”

” Fantastic! Professional with a mastery of the content.”

“Terrific!”

The following testimonials are from our Federal Court Boot Camp:

“Very helpful. I recently was removed to federal court and this brought me up to date.” – Thomas Duda, Esq.

“Very satisfied.” – Kenderick Jordan, Esq.

“Great job!” – Delaney Hunt, Esq.

“A lot of information to process but good guidance for how to navigate this new journey. It was nice to hear from a judge about how the judiciary views actions that litigants and practitioners take.” – Rob Alexander, Esq.

“It was great.” – Dolores Ayala, Esq.

“Very satisfied.” Thomas Duda, Esq.

“Federal law is so strict, that boot camps/seminars like this are very helpful for someone only in Federal court on an infrequent basis. I liked how the speakers showed the Illinois v. federal rules. I liked hearing a Judge’s perspective.”

“Very satisfied.” – Delaney Hunt, Esq.

“Excellent seminar with lots of practical advice.”

“Excellent program. Judge’s perspective is always great insight. Nieves Bolanos gave great strategy pointers.”

“Great program to introduce new lawyers to federal court.”

“Nice to have a refresher on federal procedures. Great advice for newer associates. Got a lot of great advice in regards to procedures and motion practice at the federal level.”

“Amazing! Loved Bhavani Raveendran’s presentation. She was very knowledgeable and she knew when to draw on the knowledge of the group.”

“Speakers were well-prepared and provided relevant practice tips that I will be able to use. Lots of good insights. It was very valuable hearing from a judge’s point of view.”

“Great program to introduce new lawyers to federal court.”

“Great advice for newer associates. Got a lot of great advice in regards to procedures and motion practice at the federal level.”

“As a new attorney, it has been really helpful. I am learning the ins and outs of litigating in federal court.”

“Very helpful. I recently was removed to federal court and this brought me up to date.”

“Very effective program. It was helpful to see the comparison between Federal Court and State Court. Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert gave real-life examples for each rule discussed which proved helpful for me as a new attorney. Nieves Bolanos provided excellent practice tips and was well prepared in answering questions.”

“Very satisfied. The format of the presentation, soliciting practice tips from multiples speakers on the panel, was engaging and effective.”

“Great content, great commentary, great perspectives.”

“Motions for Summary Judgment section was thoughtful and entertaining!”

“Very helpful overview especially for those of us who took civ pro/ bar exam what seems like an eternity ago. Good nuts and bolts overview along with real-world examples.”

“Good program. Andrew Porter was excellent. Bhavani Raveendran is a bright new star with a great firm.”

“They were all very informative and held my attention well. It was great having a judge on the panel. That was a very rewarding experience.”

“I enjoyed the tips on preparing for a deposition and trial strategy.”

“Really enjoyed it. Great overview of all aspects of a fed court case.”

“Hon. M. David Weisman provided great insight on what judges expect and how to be well prepared when appearing in Federal Court. His comments were very valuable!”

“Pre-trial matters are typically rushed and glazed over. Mr. Porter made it a point to emphasize their importance and gave a good overview for new attorneys. Great conversation about what to do when preparing for depositions and how to act during them. Great perspective on Motions for Summary Judgment from the Plaintiff’s point of view. Good advice on strategies for responding as well. Ms. Church presented a lot of information in a really short time! Great discussion about what to expect and how to prepare for trial.”

“Great program.”

“Very useful information.”

“I thought all of the speakers were great.”

“Very informative.”

“Very good content.”

“Very informative information.”

 

The following testimonials are from our Jury Selection programs:

“Great seminar – particularly compared to something I listened to on CD from another MCLE provider.” – Ardith Juan, Esq.

“I was very satisfied. I picked up a lot of very useful insights from a panel with obviously experienced and talented attorneys.” – Luke Ryan, Esq.

“Very professional and informative presentation. Panelists worked so well together – very impressive.” – Ardith Juan, Esq.

“Excellent program full of practical examples; loved the demonstrations at the end.” – Kimberly Smith, Esq.

“Appreciated insights from perspective of both judge and attorney.”

“I’ve practiced and picked juries for 44 years – but it’s always good to get more ideas.”

“Very good seminar!” – Scott T. Kamin, Esq.

“Very good course! Thank you!” – Aileen Flanagan, Esq.

“Excellent program.” – Paul Blatz, Esq.

“The live demonstration was incredibly helpful in illustrating the lessons discussed during this seminar.” – Fitzgerald A. Javellana, Esq.

“As a defense attorney, I am regularly staring down the barrel of jury selection with little or no time to prepare. This program helped point out the major points I should focus on during jury selection.” – Anthony Burchell, Esq.

“Gave great nuts and bolds on Jury Selection, not just topical but in-depth.” – Michael Lynott, Esq.

“I’m brand new to jury trials, so the fundamentals and discussion were very helpful.”

“Great! Very helpful mock jury demonstration to see how it all goes down!”

“I found it very helpful and worthwhile.”

“This was very interesting and helpful.”

“The lectures were very important and covered some really good subjects.” – George Ford, Esq.

“The materials are great.”

“Informative and practical.” – Barbara Paige, Esq.

“Very helpful.” – Raul Aspuru, Esq.

“Very helpful and well organized. It was good to hear both sides of various issues.”

“Very informative, a lot of great insight from trainers.”

“Very good information; learned a lot.”

“I liked it, very useful.”

The following testimonials are from our Mastering the Deposition seminar:

“Wonderful program for a new lawyer such as myself to learn about the fundamentals of depositions. I thought all the speakers were fantastic. The set-up of the course was great, and everything seemed to be well done.” – Josephine Tintera, Esq.

“I thought this was an excellent course. I would wholeheartedly recommend, for both new attorneys and folks who have been doing this for years.” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.

“I thought both sessions were excellent. Presenters were all clearly experienced and presented the material very well.” – Dolores Ayala

“Great speakers and information. Very satisfied with the material covered. Enjoyed the mock deps.” – Delaney Hunt, Esq.

“Excellent depth of the content and application to real-life problems. It made the lesson meaningful and far more helpful.” – Teresa Russo, Esq.

“As someone just starting in civil practice, I felt these explanations were basic enough without being boring, and absolutely helped me understand the different aspects of depositions and the depth of preparation needed.” – Josephine Tintera, Esq.

“Well laid out! It was very informative and helpful! I learned some-things I didn’t know about deposition, so it was useful for even those of us who have done a few of them!” – Elizabeth Homsy, Esq.

“I thought the presenters did a great job of going over relevant rules and how they apply in practice.” – Nathan Nash, Esq.

“Excellent program. Very informative and easy to follow.” – Mohammad Owaynat, Esq.

“As a brand-new attorney, I appreciated the speakers not glossing over topics that are likely well-known by experienced attorneys. Instead, they took the time to explain basic topics and talked about information that someone new like me would not necessarily be able to read-between-the-lines about. Great speakers!”

“I thought the speakers were great!” – William Ruffing, Esq.

“All presenters were well prepared and the slides were helpful.” – Daniel P. Fitzgerald, Esq.

“Great speakers; great content.” – Wayne Barry Slaughter, Jr., Esq.

“Program was excellent.” – Dolores Ayala, Esq.

“This was excellent! I have done a few depos in my time, and I still learned a lot!”

“I appreciated how things moved quickly. I also appreciated real world advice and experience.” – Julie Meglan, Esq.

“Good content. Got what I hoped to get regarding content.” – Matthew Ndonwi, Esq.

“I thought all of the speakers did a fantastic job explaining their presentations as well as giving examples and tips of how they generally handle preparation, experts, and taking a deposition generally.”

“Great program. Very detailed, lots of great information but clear and comprehensive, not too overwhelming.”

“I learned a lot! I enjoyed all the speakers and the topics that they covered. They were all helpful and did not shy away from explaining very basic details that someone new to practice would not understand.”

“Great program. Provided practical recommendations for conducting and defending depositions, both in person and virtual.”

“It helped with some areas that I generally have questions on. Additionally, I appreciate hearing other attorney’s strategies or tactics with regards to depositions.”

“Great speakers – loved the live examples and mock depos.”

“Thought the program was excellent. I think even though my practice doesn’t involve civil litigations, I can apply the lessons to taking and defending testimony in arbitrations.”

“Speakers were engaging, material covered balanced well between overview and specific practice tips.”

“Very good presentations. Great program.”

“I enjoyed the mock deposition. Webinar gave me more insight in what goes on or can go on in a deposition.”

“I found the mock deposition helpful.”

“The program was valuable and worthwhile.”

“I thought it was very useful.”

“Knowledgeable and engaging speakers.”

“It was very helpful.”

“Good program for newer attorneys.”

“Very insightful.”

“Very informative with skilled presenters.”

“Excellent.”

“As I have just a basic understanding of depositions, these detailed explanations are helpful to help me expand upon my (limited) knowledge.”

“Thoughtful, valuable content.”

“It was overall good and helpful that it dove into specific rules.”

“Organized. The speakers were knowledgeable and focused on relevant content.”

“Receiving tips and advice on depositions was helpful.”

“I really enjoyed all of the speakers and would be happy to attend other trainings they are involved in.”

Faculty

Please click on the program name to see the full list of faculty for each program.

10th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp [4-Part Program]  (2020)

Evidence: 7 Things you Need to Know  (2016)

Federal Court Boot Camp (12th Annual): The Nuts and Bolts (2021)

The Art of Jury Selection: Getting it Right  (2018)

How to Master the Deposition (2021)

Fees

Save $813 by ordering the bundle! If you ordered each program individually, the cost would be $1912.50.

Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $1099

For CDs please add $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

* Important note regarding claiming CLE for recorded programs: The MCLE Board of IL charges us to submit your CLE, which we include in the price of your audio purchase. However, they charge an additional $15 late fee if your CLE is not submitted to them by the end of the month in which you listened to the program. Any late fees charged by the MCLE Board of IL will be passed on to an attorney claiming CLE for a recorded program and not providing us that information within the MCLE Board’s deadline.

Please be sure to email us with your verification codes you hear while listening to each program, or your affidavit swearing you have listened to it, immediately after you listen to it. If you wait to send us that information past the MCLE Board’s deadline, or without giving us enough time to meet that deadline (we require one week), we will have to pass on their $15 late fee charge per audio course.

CLE Credit

IL General*:  The full bundle is approved for 25 units of general CLE in Illinois. Please check the individual seminars to see when each program expires.

Professional Responsibility: 15 units
Please check the individual seminars to see when each program expires.

CA General:  This program is approved for 39 units of general CLE in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

* Important note regarding claiming CLE for recorded programs: The MCLE Board of IL charges us to submit your CLE, which we include in the price of your audio purchase. However, they charge an additional $15 late fee if your CLE is not submitted to them by the end of the month in which you listened to the program. Any late fees charged by the MCLE Board of IL will be passed on to an attorney claiming CLE for a recorded program and not providing us that information within the MCLE Board’s deadline.

Please be sure to email us with your verification codes you hear while listening to each program, or your affidavit swearing you have listened to it, immediately after you listen to it. If you wait to send us that information past the MCLE Board’s deadline, or without giving us enough time to meet that deadline (we require one week), we will have to pass on their $15 late fee charge per audio course.

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Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $8.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

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