Nuts & Bolts of Civil Practice in U.S. Federal District Courts


CLE credits earned: 2 GEN

This 2 hour CLE, co-sponsored with myLawCLE, will address the fundamentals of civil practice in federal district courts in the U.S., including discussions of the following subjects:

•  Pre-Filing Investigations & Developing Trial Strategies, Case Themes and Discovery Plans
•  Need for Local Counsel; Preserving Appellate Issues Generally; Initial Filings (Complaint, etc.); CM/ECF
•  Document Preservation, Litigation Holds and Electronic Discovery Issues; Retaining Experts; Removal
•  Local Rules and Local Practice; Assignment of Judges and Magistrate Judges
•  Service of Process; Extensions
•  Motions Practice Generally; Rule 12 Motions to Dismiss; Venue Challenges
•  Initial Discovery Procedures (including Rule 26(f) conferences); Initial Scheduling Conferences and Rule 16(b) Orders; the Discovery Process Generally
•  Depositions and Deposition Conduct; Motions to Compel; Filing Under Seal
•  Expert Witness Discovery; Mediations and Settlement Discussions; Markman Hearings in Patent Cases
•  Summary Judgment Motions; Motions in Limine/Daubert Motions; Final Pretrial Conference
•  Jury Selection (including Voir Dire); Special Verdict Forms
•  Trial Exhibits and Witnesses; Technology in the Courtroom
•  Opening Statements; Adducing Evidence at Trial; Objections at Trial
•  Preserving Appellate Issues (again); Impeachment; Damages Issues
•  Calling Adverse Witnesses; Motions to be Made at Trial
•  Closing Arguments; Jury Instructions; Jury Deliberations; Jury Verdicts; Entry of Judgement
•  Post-Trial Motions; Appeals

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Date / Time: October 29, 2018

•  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•  11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

•  Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•  On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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chip-molster1Chip Molster has had extensive experience as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts around the country for the past 32 years. He began his career as a Law Clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”), and after 30 years in the Washington D.C. office of two large law firms, including 20 years at the global law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP from 1996 to 2016, Chip launched his own law firm in early July, 2016.

Chip’s main areas of practice have included complex commercial litigation, patent infringement litigation, antitrust litigation, corporate governance/shareholder and securities litigation, employment litigation, trade secrets litigation, trademark and copyright litigation, and numerous matters involving arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Chip currently serves as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and Chair Emeritus of the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law.

He is a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Planning Committee for Eastern District of Texas Bench-Bar Conference, and a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Chip also serves as a Faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (regularly teaching trial advocacy for NITA at Georgetown University Law Center and privately), regularly conducts CLE programs regarding various legal topics, including in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Japan and Mainland China.

carla-brownCarla D. Brown, of Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the firm of Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. in 2006, and became a Partner in 2009. Ms. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996 and received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1999. Ms. Brown has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Brown handles contractual matters, including the negotiation and review of severance agreements, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. Ms. Brown also counsels employees who are subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association recognized Ms. Brown as “Lawyer of the Year – In recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice.” In 2015, the Washingtonian rated Ms. Brown a “Top Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Law. Ms. Brown has been recognized as a rising star in Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014, 2015 (named as one of the Top 50 Women in Virginia), and 2016. She was recognized as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star in 2013 and a Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Ms. Brown was invited to membership in The National Trial Lawyers Organization, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the area of Civil Plaintiff Law and Top 40 Under 40.

Ms. Brown is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Ms. Brown is also admitted to practice in the federal trial courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Accreditation on Formats: Live Video Broadcasts, “Live” Re-Broadcasts and On-Demand CLEs

Live Video Broadcasts
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“Live” Re-Broadcasts
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Many states allow for credit to be granted on a 1:1 reciprocal basis for courses approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction state. This is known as a reciprocity provision and includes the following states: AK, AR, HI, CT, FL, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, VT, NJ, NY, and WV. myLawCLE does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars or teleconferences in these states.

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