About the Event
Learn how employee-side attorneys draft complaints to best meet the Iqbal and Twombly pleading standard, hunt for relevant information necessary to prove the employee’s case in discovery, and resist defense attempts to bar a trial by jury through summary judgment motions.
Hear from management attorneys on how they hold their opponents to the plausibility standard at the pleading stage, cabin discovery to embrace only what is appropriate and proportional to the case in controversy, and draft effective summary judgment motions.
Finally, hear from three of our judges who will share their wisdom on how both sides can improve their pleading and motions practice.
The CLE is organized into three panels:
1. Motion to Dismiss Panelists:
United States District Judge Trevor N. McFadden
Carla Brown, partner at Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.
Nancy Delogu, shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
2. Summary Judgment Panelists:
United States District Judge Christopher R. Cooper
Susanne Harris Carnell, co-founder Lorenger & Carnell , PLC
Jennifer Klar, partner Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC
3. Discovery Panelists:
United States Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather,
Cathy Harris, co-manager at Kator, Parks, Weiser, & Harris, PLLC
Leslie A. Stout-Tabackman, principal at Jackson Lewis, P.C.
We anticipate judges, law clerks, and practitioners in attendance. This will be an excellent opportunity to network while learning.
Cancellation is accepted for registrations made two business days before the event. All no-shows will be billed.
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