Frances M. Haas, Chair, Federal Practice Committee
On behalf of the Federal Practice Committee, I encourage all of you to attend the upcoming Federal Practice Seminar on Dec. 14. The seminar serves as a valuable opportunity for attorneys to acquaint themselves with Iowa’s federal judges, who are taking time to meet with and speak to members of the bar at the seminar.
Both practitioners and the judges find this seminar to be a great opportunity to understand each other’s perspectives and enhance the relationship between the federal bench and the bar.
The content of the upcoming seminar is also useful for all attorneys, whether or not they practice in federal court. For example, Judge Amy St. Eve, who was recently appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, will be speaking with one of her former law clerks on a topic that interests all litigators: “What Jurors Really Think: Practical Guidance for Trial Lawyers.” Judge Mark W. Bennett will be moderating a panel discussion about a complex products liability case recently tried in the Northern District of Iowa. The trial lawyers in that case, Bruce Braley and Greg Lederer, will be on that panel.
The keynote speaker, Iowa native Professor Sonja West, will speak on a timely topic: “Protecting the First Amendment in an Anti-Press Age.” Another Iowa native, Anne Brafford, will speak about attorney wellness. We also have a criminal panel set for our lunch program, and panels with Iowa’s magistrate and Article III judges—a perennial favorite for attendees.