'Roadshow' to roll into Detroit, May 19

By Tom Kirvan
Legal News

It’s being billed as a “Rules Amendment Roadshow” and it’s coming to the federal courthouse in Detroit on Thursday, May 19.

The legal program, which will run from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Detroit Room of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse on West Lafayette, is being jointly 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 in each city,” according to Dan Quick, a Dickinson Wright attorney who serves as regional chair of the ABA Section of Litigation.

The program sports the catchy title of “Hello ‘Proportionality,’ Goodbye ‘Reasonably Calculated’: Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments.” It’s a lead-in that area litigators are likely to love as they attempt to “further the understanding of the case-management techniques that will help courts and litigants realize the Amendments’ full potential to make discovery more targeted, less expensive, and more effective in achieving justice,” according to organizers of the conference.

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

Among the local panelists for the May 19 program will be 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 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.”

Following the program, a reception will take place in the John Feikens Conference Center on the 7th Floor of the federal courthouse.

The cost of the program is $100, while a discounted rate of $60 will apply for ABA Section of Litigation members and Duke Law alumni. The program fee is $25 for government and public service officials, while judges and law clerks can attend free.

To register, visit www.federalrulesamendments.org.

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