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2014 Federal Practice Seminar
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2014 Federal Practice Seminar

Presented by The Iowa State Bar Association's Federal Practice Committee

When: 12/12/2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel
101 East Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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Please click here for a printable registration form (most up-to-date information can be found below).

Online registration is now closed.  Walk-ins are welcomed.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dahlia Lithwick from Slate magazine will not be speaking at this year's Federal Practice Seminar as was planned. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause registered attendees. Please contact ISBA CLE Director Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 or with any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

This year’s Federal Practice Seminar promises a deep insight into practicing before our federal courts in Iowa and beyond. Held on December 12, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines, the Federal Practice Seminar will range from practice tips from our annual and popular Article III and Magistrate Judges’ Panels to Hot Topics in Criminal Law presented by Ohio State Law Professor Douglas Berman, then from what’s ahead with New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to "Telling a Story” (Trial Advocacy) from University of Akron Law School Professor Dana Cole.

In addition, Judge Stephani Rose will discuss the tactics and trials of litigating in our multi-media world, and Judge Helen Adams will lead a stellar panel on the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Wayne State Professor Peter Henning will round out our seminar with a discussion of recent ethical decisions about federal court practice.

For federal court practitioners of all levels of experience, this seminar is a must! Even those who don’t set foot in federal court are sure to benefit from the depth of knowledge and experience of our speakers. Please put this on your calendar and register today!

Tim Hill, Chair, ISBA Federal Practice Committee


8:30 - 9:30 - Article III Judges' Panel
- Moderator: Prof. Emily Hughes, University of Iowa College of Law
9:30 - 10:30 - "Tell Me a Story” (Trial Advocacy) - Speaker: Prof. Dana Cole, University of Akron School of Law
10:30 - 11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:00 - Break Out Sessions
Criminal: Hot Topics in Criminal Law (including clemency rules and sentencing guideline 2-level reduction) – Speaker: Prof. Douglas Berman, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Civil: New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (eff. 12/1/15) – Speakers: Hon. Helen Adams, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; Prof. Laurie Dore, Drake Law School; Thomas Cunningham, Nyemaster Goode, PC; and Tim Semelroth, Riccolo & Semelroth PC

12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch (included with registration)
12:30 - 1:15 - Embrace the Horror: Litigating Cases in a Multi-Media World
- Speaker: Hon. Stephanie Rose, District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa
1:15 - 2:15 - Magistrate Judges' Panel - Moderator: Mollie Pawlosky, Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen PC
2:15 - 3:15 - The Roberts Court at Ten - Speaker: Prof. Melissa Hart, University of Colorado Law School
3:15 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:30 - An Update on Legal Ethics in the Federal Courts – Speaker: Prof. Peter Henning, Wayne State University Law School

Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after December 11th will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee.
ISBA Members - $180
Non-ISBA Members - $275

CLE CREDIT (approved)
6.75 hours of state CLE which included 6.75 federal hours and 1 ethics hour

This seminar is presented by The Iowa State Bar Association's Federal Practice Committee.

The Iowa State Bar Association • 625 East Court Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph. (515) 243-3179 • Fax (515) 243-2511