ABA 'Roadshow' to roll into Detroit May 19

By Tom Kirvan
Legal News

It's billed as a "Rules Amendment Roadshow" and it's coming to Detroit on Thursday, May 19.

The legal program, set 2-5 p.m. in the Detroit Room of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, is presented by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and Duke Law Center. It is part of an 18-city series of dialogues, led by national thought leaders and including local judges, magistrates, and top practitioners.

The program sports the title of "Hello 'Proportionality,' Goodbye 'Reasonably Calculated': Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments."

Serving as moderators are Judge Lee Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and Steven Gensler, a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Local panelists include Judge Victoria Roberts and Judge David Lawson of the U.S. District Court in Detroit; federal Magistrate Judges Anthony Patti and David Grand; Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and attorneys Kathleen Bogas of Bogas & Koncius in Bingham Farms, Elizabeth Hardy of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton in Birmingham, David Christensen of Christensen Law in Southfield, Reginald Turner of Clark Hill in Detroit, and Kenneth Watkins of Sommers Schwartz in Southfield.

The three-hour program will feature "leaders from the Rules Amendment process, who walk the audience through the Amendments and their implications for civil litigation," according to Dan Quick, a University of Michigan Law School grad who specializes in IP and commercial litigation work at Dickinson Wright. The conference also will include panel discussions exploring the "Amendments' practical discovery implications and best practices for case management."

A reception will follow in the John Feikens Conference Center on the 7th Floor of the courthouse.

The cost is $100; or $60 for ABA Section of Litigation members and Duke Law alumni. The program fee is $25 for government and public service officials; judges and law clerks attend free.

To register, visit www.federalrulesamendments.org.

Published: Thu, May 05, 2016

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