Federal Court Practice 101: An Introduction to the Nuts & Bolts of Federal Civil Practice

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Program Chair:

Andrew Rhys Davies
Allen & Overy LLP

  • This program is designed to introduce attorneys, particularly those in the first three years of practice or transitioning from practicing in state court to practicing in federal court, to the nuts and bolts of federal civil practice.  By focusing on real-life scenarios and practical skills, the panelists will share their advice on how to succeed at each stage of federal court litigation, from the initial conference to the close of discovery. The focus will be on providing attendees with practical knowledge that they can apply to their own cases. The panelists, including both practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary, will walk attendees through federal civil procedures while discussing strategies and sharing their own experiences in court.

    Live Program: $149 for Members | $249 for Nonmembers
    Government/Nonprofit/Academic: Free for Members | $199 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Newly Admitted Lawyers (earliest admission 2017-2019 in any state or country), In-House/Corporate Counsel, or Judges (and their staff) attend this program for free.


  • Honorable Michael H. Dolinger
    Retired United States Magistrate Judge, SDNY
    Case Manager, JAMS

    Richard Hong
    U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

    Steven L. Penaro
    Alston & Bird LLP

    Honorable Steven L. Tiscione
    United States Magistrate Judge, EDNY


  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introduction
    Andrew Rhys Davies
    6:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Considering and Initiating Federal Court Litigation
    Steven L. Penaro
    6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Initial Conference and Other Early Steps in Federal Court Litigation
    Richard Hong
    6:50 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Document Discovery
    Hon. Steven L. Tiscione
    7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Break
    7:30 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. Depositions
    Andrew Rhys Davies
    7:55 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Pre-Trial Strategy and Considerations
    Hon. Michael H. Dolinger
    8:15 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. Settlement & Mediation
    Hon. Michael H. Dolinger
    8:35 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Practitioner Insights, and Q&A


  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    3.0 Skills
    New Jersey:
    3.1 General
    3.0 General
    2.5 General


  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Federal Courts | Harry Sandick, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships Manager | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org