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"How to Win a Case from a Judge's Perspective" 

The Federal Litigation Section of the FBA and The Wagstaffe Group kicked off the first two events of its national speaker’s series at American University – Washington College of Law (April 4, 2017) and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse – SDNY (April 6, 2017).  The events were comprised of two panels, both featuring James M. Wagstaffe, author of the recently released LexisNexis online platform The Wagstaffe Group Practice Guide: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial and national authority on federal civil procedure matters, and FLS Board Member Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Senior U.S. District Judge (SDNY).  Titled “How to Win a Case from a Judge’s Perspective,” the programs in D.C. and NY featured a collection of federal judges and practitioners in additional to Judge Preska.  The panel at American University – WCL included the Hon. Richard J. Leon, Senior U.S. District Judge – District of Columbia and Charles B. Molster III, a highly-regarded Washington Metro-based trial attorney and past Chapter President of the Northern District of Virginia Chapter.  Attendees of the NY event were also treated to an interactive panel of judges.  Judge Preska was accompanied by the Hon. Vernon S. Broderick, U.S. District Judge – SDNY, the Hon. John Gleeson, former U.S. District Judge – EDNY and now a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, and practitioner John P. McEntee, Partner at Farrell Fritz, P.C. and Board Member of the EDNY Chapter.  The Fed Lit Section is grateful to the local FBA Chapters that helped in plan and produce these events -- DC, Pentagon, Capitol Hill and ND of Virginia Chapters for the April 4 event and SDNY and EDNY Chapters for the April 6 event.  Both events were well attended and participants were able to network and ask questions to the panelists at the extended post-event cocktail receptions. The Federal Litigation Section and The Wagstaffe Group plan are planning to extend the speaker’s series with next stops during late Summer and Fall in Southern California, Ohio, Minnesota, Chicago and Michigan.  

(L to R): James Wagstaffe (standing), John McEntee, Judge (ret) John Gleeson, Judge Loretta Preska, Judge Vernon Broderick

U.S. Court of Appeals hears L.A. lawyer Robert E. Kohn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard argument from Robert E. Kohn on Oct. 9, 2014 in a dispute over intellectual property rights that were previously owned by Stan Lee, a renowned creator of comic-book characters. Click to watch the proceedings.

"McBride v. Estis: The Past, Present, and Future of Punitive Damages

On July 17, 2014, the Federal Litigation Section and recently formed Admiralty Law Section co-sponsored a CLE program in New Orleans entitled, “McBride v. Estis: The Past, Present, and Future of Punitive Damages.” The Honorable Rebecca Doherty of the Western District of Louisiana moderated a panel discussion from maritime law experts, Paul Sterbcow of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, Professor Michael Sturley from the University of Texas Law School, and Douglas Truxillo of the Onebane Law Firm.

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Sixth Circuit Practice Institute

The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky chapter, the Dayton, Ohio chapter, and the national Litigation Section jointly produced the Sixth Circuit Practice Institute held at the Westin hotel in downtown Cincinnati on May 6, 2014.

The last Practice Institute was held in 2009; the event is held every five years or so.

The 2014 Practice Institute was extremely successful, and more than 225 attorneys from throughout the Sixth Circuit (Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee) were in attendance.

The luncheon keynote speaker was the Hon. Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., the Solicitor General of the United States, who was introduced at the podium by Sixth Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton.

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50th Anniversary of Gideon V. Wainwright and the Criminal Justice Act

The Federal Litigation Section and the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the FBA, along with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, sponsored a well-attended CLE program commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright and the Criminal Justice Act. The program was held in the Historic Courtroom at the University of Memphis Law School.

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Obtaining and Admitting Electronic Evidence in Federal Courts

The Federal Litigation Section’s Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the FBA co-hosted an interactive CLE event on the acquisition and use of electronic evidence. The event in Alexandria was held in conjunction with the FBA’s midyear meeting in Washington, D.C. The CLE a panel discussion on the acquisition of electronic evidence, such as social media postings and emails, and its use as evidence at trial.

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First Annual Rule of Law Awards

To recognize a victory of the independent judicial process over international terrorism, the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association and the Southern District of New York Chapter have hosted the presentation of FBA Presidential Citations and Rule of Law Awards at the federal district courthouse in Manhattan. 

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Chief Judges and Experts Address New Rules, New Issues in Federal Practice

Jan. 17, 2014. Current and former Chief U.S. District Judges from Arizona, Michigan and New York have convened in Phoenix as part of a panel to address over 100 members of the Federal Bar Association and the public concerning recent developments and proposed changes in federal civil procedure. The event included a discussion by the chair of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, which has recently proposed significant amendments to the rules for discovery and case management in civil actions in federal courts. Co-sponsored by the Federal Litigation Section and the Phoenix Chapter of the FBA. Learn more.


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