The Federal Practice Bench-Bar Symposium

Thursday, April 11 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

 

Earn up to 6.7 credits.

 

Presented in cooperation with Withum

 

Registration for in-person attendance is now closed.
However, registration for the live webcast is still available.

No in-person door registrations will be accepted.

The Federal Practice Bench-Bar Symposium

Pricing
Member: $215
Non-Member: $260

While our in-person seating has sold out, the online webcast still has space available – register now for the live webcast using the button below.

Earn up to 6.7 credits.

Note: There is a discounted tuition rate available for government attorneys. Call customer service at (732) 214-8500 or email [email protected] for details and to register. Click here for a PDF of the program.

The New Jersey State Bar Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, in cooperation with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, are proud to present the inaugural Federal Practice Bench-Bar Symposium designed specifically for state court practitioners.

Join U.S. District Court Chief Judge Renee Bumb along with 16 federal judges and 14 esteemed practitioners at this inaugural Federal Bench-Bar Symposium, sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. Designed primarily with state court practitioners in mind, the comprehensive program will focus on the essentials of federal civil and criminal practice.

Attendees can enjoy a networking lunch and then choose a breakout session that is right for them – a federal criminal practice primer and hot topics in federal civil practice. This special program will conclude with an insightful roundtable of plenary judges, followed by a cocktail reception.

Faculty

 

MODERATORS: PRESENTERS:
Hon. Renée Marie Bumb, Chief Judge
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Jessica S. Allen, U.S.M.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Robert Kirsch, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Victor Afanador, Esq.
President, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
Lite Depalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC, Newark
Hon. Robert B. Kugler, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Christine A. Amalfe, Esq.
First Vice President, NJSBA
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
President, NJSBA
Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran LLC, Ocean
Hon. Julien X. Neals, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Robert C. Scrivo, Esq.
Mandelbaum Barrett P.C, Roseland
Hon. Christine P. O’Hearn, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Ricardo Solano, Jr., Esq.
Immediate Past President, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Hon. Evelyn Padin, U.S.D.J.
Past President, NJSBA
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Karen M. Williams, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Joel Schneider, U.S.M.J. (Ret.)
Montgomery McCracken, Cherry Hill
Hon. Matthew J. Skahill, U.S.M.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. J. Brendan Day, U.S.M.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Ann Marie Donio, U.S.M.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Andre M. Espinosa, U.S.M.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Kerri E. Chewning, Esq.
Archer & Greiner PC, Voorhees
Rebekah R. Conroy, Esq.
First Vice President, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
Stone Conroy LLC, Florham Park
William P. Flahive, Esq.
Law Office of William P. Flahive LLC, Lambertville
Adam E. Gersh, Esq.
Chair, Federal Practice & Procedure Section, NJSBA
Flaster Greenberg, PC, Cherry Hill
Michael P. Koribanics, Esq.
Koribanics & Koribanics, Clifton
Susan M. Leming, Esq.
President-Elect, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Brown & Connery, Westmont
Arthur M. Owens, Esq.
Immediate Past Chair, Federal Practice & Procedure Section, NJSBA
Clark Guldin, Montclair
Rajiv D. Parikh, Esq.
PEM Law, LLP, West Orange
Jamie Hoxie Solano, Esq.
Ford O’Brien Landy LLP
G. Glennon Troublefield, Esq.
Treasurer, NJSBA
Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello, Roseland
 
Program Agenda

 

9:00 Welcome from the Leaders 
9:15 Welcome Remarks
9:30 The Interplay Between Federal Civil Procedure and State Court Litigation
There are important differences between state and federal civil practice. Federal district court and magistrate judges and seasoned practitioners will highlight some of the most important distinctions. Topics include:

 

  • Removal to Federal Court – A discussion of the types of cases handled in federal court and when it is appropriate to seek removal
  • Nuts and Bolts of Federal Pleadings – Drafting tips and requirements for pleadings including joinder and amending complaints upon motions to dismiss
  • District Judge vs. Magistrate Judge – Roles and Responsibilities of Each
  • Discovery
    • Initial Disclosures
    • Procedure for Presenting Discovery Disputes to the Court
  • Rule 16 – Pretrial, Scheduling and Management Conferences – Purposes, requirements, what the court may consider, actions that the court can take and why and what the judges would like you to know
  • Administrative Termination
  • Ways to Stay a Case
  • The “Entire Controversy Doctrine”
  • The “Rooker-Feldman Doctrine” that prohibits litigants from challenging state court orders in federal court as a means to relitigating a case
  • Settlement In’s and Out’s – Why settling on the courthouse steps could be costly for your clients
  • Scheduling conflicts between federal and state courts including abstentions in federal court
11:00 Break
11:10 Thorny Substantive Issues in Federal Court
Our look at the vital differences between federal and state courts continues with a discussion of important federal substantive issues. Topics include:

 

  • Final pretrial orders – This order, unique to the Federal Courts, sets forth a motion in limine schedule and deadline, the date for a future pretrial if needed, the date for a final pretrial and a trial date
  • Daubert motions
  • Motions in limina
  • TRO’s and Preliminary Injunctions
  • How to navigate Pro Se actions filed in both courts
  • Artificial intelligence
12:40 Lunch
1:30 Breakout Session – Choose from Two
  Federal Criminal Practice Primer
This is a vital primer for state court practitioners who represent defendants charged with federal crimes. Experienced federal court practitioners will point out some of the most important differences between state and federal court. Topics include:

 

  • Federal client initial interview
  • The Federal Investigation: Dealing with agents and prosecutors pre-indictment
  • Navigating the Federal Criminal Justice system: Arrest through plea/trial
  • Basics of federal sentencing
  • Q&A session with the presenters
  Hot Topics in Federal Civil Practice
Topics include:

 

  •  Motions and More – When to file, scheduling of motions, how to get a motion decided, whether to request oral argument
  • Scheduling of trials
  • Settlement ins and outs, including whether to send a case to arbitration or mediation
  • Q&A Session with the presenters
2:35 Break
2:45 Federal District Judges’ Roundtable
There are many new federal judges in New Jersey, each with their own likes and dislikes. Hear from several of them as they discuss how to present your case for the greatest success. Topics include: brief writing, proffers of evidence, oral arguments, preserving the record for appeal and more.
4:00 Adjourn. Cocktail reception begins.

 

 

CLE Credits

NJ CLE: NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.7 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 6.7).
NY CLE: NY Professional Practice Transitional: 6.5
PA CLE: PA Substantive Credit: 5.5
New: No PA CLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.
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