2015 Federal Practice Seminar
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Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Committee

When: 12/18/2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites
101 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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Registration for this event is now closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted ($50 walk-in fee) at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines beginning tomorrow, Dec. 18.

Hard copy materials will not be available for walk-in attendees. Electronic copies will be provided via USB drive.

This year’s Federal Practice Seminar promises to be one of the strongest. Not only do we have strong participation from the Federal Bench of both the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, but also Judge Pratt will moderate a panel of former jurors, Judge Strand (currently pending confirmation to be the next ND IA Article III Judge) will be the lunch speaker and former Justice Streit will lead a panel on ethics. 

Our keynote speaker is Dahlia Lithwick, U.S. Supreme Court reporter for Slate Magazine: http://www.slate.com/authors.dahlia_lithwick.html, and Anne Kershaw, e-discovery expert, will moderate the Magistrate Judges Panel (focusing on the new Fed. R. Civ. P. (effective 12/1/15) and lead the civil law breakout session.  Finally, the Criminal Law Panel is extremely strong and includes C.J. Williams, who is set to become the new Magistrate Judge for the ND IA upon Judge Strand’s confirmation. Even if your practice is primarily in State Court, you are bound to gain great insights attending this year’s Federal Practice Seminar.


8:30 - 9:30 - Article III Judges Panel
 - Moderator: Professor Emily Hughes, University of Iowa College of Law
9:30 - 10:30 - Magistrate Judges Panel
- Moderator: Anne Kershaw, Founder and Managing Director of Knowledge Strategy Solutions
10:30 - 11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:00 - Women and the Supreme Court
 - Speaker: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine

12:00 - 1:15 - Lunch
(additional $20) - Speaker: Leonard Strand, Magistrate Judge
1:15 - 2:15 - Jury Panel
- Moderator: Hon. Robert Pratt, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Iowa

2:15 - 3:15
E-Discovery, Changes to Rules 26, 37 and
Other New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Speaker: Anne Kershaw, Founder and Managing Director of Knowledge Strategy Solutions

2:15 - 3:15

The Shifting Landscape of Federal Sentencing
Speakers: F. Montgomery Brown, Brown Law Firm; James Whalen, Federal Public Defender); and C.J. Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Moderator: Professor Ellen Yee, Drake Law School

3:15 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:30 - Ethics - Speaker: Michael Streit,
Ahlers & Cooney PC  

CLE CREDIT (pending)

6 state hours which includes 1 ethics hour and 6 federal hours

Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after December 17th will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.

ISBA Members - $175

Non-ISBA Members - $275
Students - Free
Lunch is not provided with registration. Cost for lunch is an additional $20.

Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Committee