May

    How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer: Drafting Pleadings, Motions, and Memos Strategically

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    Do you know how to make the most of the complex federal court rules to achieve success? This program encompasses complaints, answers, affirmative defenses, counterclaims, crossclaims, third party claims, a variety of motions, and how to support and oppose them.

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    Pleadings control everything in your case—who the parties are, what the issues are, what discovery is permissible, what remedies are available, and what defenses are raised. Drafting strategically is the sine qua non to achieve your client's objectives, no matter which party you represent. Motions often determine the outcome of a case even before trial, and enable you to obtain pre-trial relief, limit or dismiss claims, add parties, and otherwise promote and defend claims.

    This program provides guidance on drafting pleadings, motions, and memos supporting and opposing motions, focusing on pleading strategies and pitfalls to avoid, applying the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with an emphasis on commercial litigation.

    Stewart Edelstein, author of How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer, Second Edition will discuss:

    • Deciding which causes of action, and which affirmative defenses, to allege and which to eliminate
    • Avoiding inadvertent waiver of the right to deny facts as alleged, and of the right to file pleadings and motions
    • Implementing the complex Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing counterclaims, crossclaims, and third party claims, to your client's advantage
    • Drafting pleadings strategically, with greater impact
    • Drafting effective motions and memos supporting and opposing them

    Event Details

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    Date

    May 21, 2019

    2019-05-21T13:00:00-04:00 2019-05-21T14:00:00-04:00 How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer: Drafting Pleadings, Motions, and Memos Strategically

    Do you know how to make the most of the complex federal court rules to achieve success? This program encompasses complaints, answers, affirmative defenses, counterclaims, crossclaims, third party claims, a variety of motions, and how to support and oppose them.

    Speakers

    Stewart Edelstein

    Cohen and Wolf PC

    Stewart Edelstein taught clinical courses at Yale Law School for twenty years, during his forty-year career as a commercial trial lawyer. He has frequently presented seminars for trial lawyers, and is the author of more than fifty articles and podcasts for trial lawyers, as well as a book, now in its second edition, How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer (ABA 2017). He is on the Neutral Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has served as a Settlement Special Master in federal court and Counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Cornell Law School, where he was on the moot court team. At Stanford Law School, he completed the Advanced Course in Trial Advocacy, and at Harvard Law School, he completed the Teacher Training Program, both under the auspices of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

     

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    MCLE Information

    The ABA will seek 1.00 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.20 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

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    Panelists

    Stewart Edelstein.

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