Litigation Track

Changing Times, Changing Rules: Litigation Transformed

The practice of litigation has changed greatly. Technology is part of the change, but so is the reality that legal services can be too expensive for persons and businesses with modest resources. The rules of practice, and practice itself, are changing rapidly to reflect these new realities. This three-day program focuses on revisions to the rules, and their implications for the practice of all Arizona civil attorneys. Learn from leading Justices, judges, and lawyers about major new changes in place in 2017, and even larger ones contemplated for 2018, in an interactive format that will provide a flavor of how the new procedures will work. Hear from a nationally renowned federal judge on changes to federal rules and practice, with a demonstration of how the rules should – and shouldn't – work. Gain insider insights on the appellate practice and process from Justices and appellate judges, enlivened by real-life examples of arguments.

Co-Sponsored by theTrial Practice Section of the State Bar of Arizona.
This program track may qualify for up to 12.0 hours MCLE (up to 4.0 hours MCLE daily). Attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, from 7:30 am to 8:15 am.

TRACK CHAIRS and MODERATORS: Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer LLP, and William G. Klain, Lang & Klain, PC

MONDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Meet the New Rules:
The Restyled Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure

On January 1, 2017, the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure – and with them, Arizona practice – changed significantly. The rules adopted the federal idea of proportionality in discovery, the rules governing ESI changed very significantly, and the rules governing disclosure itself changed, among many other important revisions. The amendments will be brought to life in a game-show format, as well as a lively and interactive panel discussion, featuring leading Arizona jurists and several of the lawyers who helped to craft the changes.

FACULTY: Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court; Judge Peter Swann, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Judge Randall Warner, Maricopa County Superior Court, Civil Presiding Judge; William G. Klain, Lang & Klain PC; Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm, Perkins Coie, LLP; Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

TUESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Better, Faster, Cheaper:
Case Management Reforms Coming to a Court Near You

The largest civil reforms since the Zlaket Rules are before the Arizona Supreme Court at its next rules agenda – aimed at making civil litigation cheaper, faster and more accessible to all. Leading jurists and lawyers involved in crafting these reforms discuss how and why your cases will change. The interactive discussion will include consideration of a hypothetical case that will encounter many of the new features of these rules that you may soon be working with in your practice. This panel will be an invaluable guide to these significant new changes, as well as a chance to discuss them with those involved in enacting them.

FACULTY: Justice Robert Brutinel, Arizona Supreme Court; Judge Peter Swann, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer, LLP; Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm, Perkins Coie, LLP; William G. Klain, Lang & Klain PC

WEDNESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

APPEALS:
The Lively Art, Arguments That Mattered, and Perspectives on Dissent

Leading Arizona jurists will discuss appellate advocacy as conversation, with video enlivening the discussion, what arguments have made a difference in their decisions (and why), and finally, the merits of dissent, and whether Arizona's appellate culture may be moving toward more dissent.

FACULTY: Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court; Justice Robert Brutinel, Arizona Supreme Court; Judge Patricia Norris, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Judge Peter Swann, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

The Changing Federal Rules:
Proportionality and More

One of the national leaders in federal rule reform will explain and discuss significant changes in the federal rules. The practical importance of these changes will be highlighted by a demonstration of how practice under the new rules should – and should not – be work.

FACULTY: Judge David Campbell, United States District Court, District of Arizona; Patricia Refo, Snell & Wilmer, LLP; William G. Klain, Lang & Klain PC




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