Michigan lawyers, judges to take part in ABA program May 19

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies and a number of Michigan judges and lawyers will conduct a program addressing the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on Thursday, May 19, at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit. “Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments” will take place from 2-5 p.m. in Room 115.

The three-hour program features national experts who will provide an overview of the amendments, followed by candid and interactive discussions among local judges, magistrate judges and practitioners from both the plaintiffs and defense bar, who will examine the implications for civil discovery and case management.

Local experts include:

• Kathleen Bogas, Bogas & Koncius, Bingham Farms, Mich.

• David Christensen, Christensen Law, Southfield, Mich.

• David Grand, magistrate judge, Eastern District of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

• Elizabeth Hardy, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, Birmingham, Mich.

• David M. Lawson, U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit

• Anthony P. Patti, magistrate judge, Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit

• Victoria A. Roberts, U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit 

• Jeffrey Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Sixth Circuit, Columbus, Ohio

• Reginald Turner, Clark Hill, Detroit

• Kenneth Watkins, Sommers Schwartz, Southfield, Mich.

Moderators are Paul Grimm, U.S. District Court judge for the District of Maryland; and Steven Gensler, former Civil Rules Committee member and professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

After the program, the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will host a reception in the John Feikens Conference Center on the seventh floor of the courthouse.

The program is free for federal judges, magistrate judges and their law clerks; $100 for the general public; $60 for ABA Section of Litigation members and Duke Law School alumni; and $25 for government and public service lawyers.

This event is the final program in a 17-city series of dialogues exploring the discovery implications and best practices for case management under the December 1, 2015, amendments, which are intended to allow judges and lawyers to manage litigation more efficiently and reduce the costs and delays of discovery.

For a complete program schedule and to register, visit: www.federalrulesamendments.org.


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