Civil Litigation Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to give participants the feeling that they are starting work in a civil litigation law office. The first section provides case “stories” that demonstrate the kinds of events that may lead to litigation. The stories give the necessary factual settings to bring the cases to life. It also introduces the systems approach.
The second section aims to familiarize the participants with the variety of pleadings and procedures that will follow service of the complaint. It covers motions in general and motions to dismiss; removal to federal court; the answer, counterclaim, and cross-claim; motions on the pleadings; amendments to the pleadings; and summary judgment. This section also gives participants background information on disclosure and discovery, with considerable emphasis on the disclosure and discovery of e-information, its preservation, and the heightened relevance of pertinent ethics standards.
Following are some of the topics that will be covered in this workshop:
- Identify the different types of motions to dismiss under Federal Rule 12(b)
- Understand the purpose of removing a state action to federal court
- Draft an answer, affirmative defenses, counterclaim, and cross-claim
- Distinguish between amending and supplementing pleadings
- Prepare various responsive motions Understand the requirements and obligations of electronic discovery