September 12, 2019 view from the bench

In Federal Court, Never, Ever...

Seven mistakes that lawyers should never make in federal court

By Hon. Karen L. Stevenson

What do you really need to know to succeed in federal court? You are familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, you have mastered the facts of your case and written a strong, persuasive brief. Isn’t that enough? Not by a long shot. All your hard work may not matter if you do things that annoy the federal judge or, worse, demonstrate you have not taken the time to be familiar with your judge’s preferred procedures.

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Here are seven mistakes that lawyers should never make in federal court. As our chief district judge commented recently, these are things that can “make a grown judge weep.” Worse yet, they could spell disaster (or sanctions) for you and your client.

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