Team 1 - The CSI Effect
The public's perception of lawyers, life as a lawyer, and jury
trials in the era of "Law and Order" and "The Practice", the CSI
effect and expectation from jurors; how that impacts lawyers and
the judicial system.
Team 2 - Through the Looking Glass: Lawyers, Judges and
Even though judges were at one time practicing lawyers, it
sometimes seems as if the judiciary and the bar exist in two
different worlds, with neither fully understanding the pressures
and problems under which the other operates. What do attorneys need
to know about how things look from the bench? And what should
judges remember about what it was like to practice law? A behind
the scenes look at the professional lives of both.
Team 3 - Efficiency v. Justice: New Time Standards and
This program will explore the judicial pressure to deny
continuances and expedite case disposition as a result of the new
time standards and statistical session reporting, with perception
of "justice" and "fairness" in case administration.
Team 4 - The Lawyer - Law Firm Divorce: Leaving Your Law
What's the right way to do it and how much do you owe the firm as
you plan your exit? Pre-exit notice solicitations of associates or
support staff. Participating in firm life while you plan your exit
- are conferences and client entertaining on the firm dollar
appropriate? Do you aggressively pursue that new client or wait
until you leave? Should you take the associate or your secretary
with you? What do you need to do (or not do) to avoid hard feelings
or (even worse) litigation over the split-up?
Team 5 - The Media and Confidence in the
Discussion surrounding theory of "judicial activism" and judges
that will speak to or deal with the media, and whether a perception
of predetermination results; changes to the rules of judicial
ethics with regard to media relations and case comments;
exploration of attorneys and the media, whether failing to discuss
the case with the media or litigating the case through the media
and its impact on the client.
Team 6 - The Vanishing Jury Trial
Complaints about the vanishing jury trial persist, but is the
jury trial really vanishing? Reasons why cases try and why cases
don't try; is it really about managing the risk?
Team 7 - Experts: Do or Don't?
When is an expert really necessary? Where do you find experts?
How do you retain experts and what "baggage" comes with your
expert? Timely disclosing experts and what to do when experts
aren't timely disclosed by the other side. Use of audio/visual
depositions; Daubert hearings.
Team 8 - Merging firms … is there an effect on quality of
Is "bigger" better, or at least inevitable, in this
technological age where legal concerns are less local and more
national? Is the mid-sized firm being squeezed out? The realities
of merging firms; the realities and myths of big v. small firm;
electronics and "disappearing free time" (due to e-mails,
blackberry's, etc.) and client demand for availability.