Hello “Proportionality,” Goodbye “Reasonably Calculated”: Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments- San Francisco
Phillip Burton Federal Building & US Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102-3661
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM PT
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies will jointly present a multi-city series of master classes on the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2015. Thirteen programs for judges, their law clerks, and practitioners will be held in major cities across the U.S., generally in federal courthouses, beginning in November 2015. CLE credit will be applied for.
Each three-hour program will feature intensive exploration of the Amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16, 26, and 37 – the most significant changes to discovery and case management practices in more than a decade. Judge Lee Rosenthal, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas and former chair of both the Civil Rules Committee and the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, and Steven Gensler, former Civil Rules Committee member and Professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law, will walk the audience through the Amendments, their genesis, and their implications for civil litigation. Judge Rosenthal and Professor Gensler will then moderate two spirited panel discussions among local District Court Judges, Magistrate Judges, and leading litigators about the Amendments’ practical discovery implications and best practices for case management under the amended Rules.
After discussion of application to a variety of hypothetical cases, attendees will leave with a toolbox of techniques for putting the Amendments into practice. The goal: 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.
Attendance at the programs will be free for federal judges and their law clerks. Registration fees for others, which cover the costs of putting on the programs, are: $100 (general public), $60 (members of the ABA Section of Litigation and Duke Law School alumni), or $25 (government or public service lawyers).