Federal Court 101: How to Take a Federal Court Case


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Participants can expect to learn the essential basics of how to take a federal court case from the very beginning up to trial. This insightful course will provide you with an understanding of the processes and procedures for federal court, teach you how to stay on top of federal court deadlines, and show you how to successfully apply federal rules to key tasks. Confidently navigate through the federal court with your firm’s next case.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Procedural Timing and Requirements in Federal Court Civil Cases
•   Discovery Rules and Strategies
•   Rules for Experts in Federal Court

Date / Time: March 25, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: August 7, 2019

Brian P. Worthington, Esq. is the principal attorney at Worthington Law, a San Diego firm founded in 2012. Before starting this firm, Mr. Worthington was a partner at Wingert, Grebing, Anello & Brubaker, and then Ryan, Mercaldo & Worthington. With 24 years’ experience litigating an array of civil cases in state and federal courts, Mr. Worthington’s practice now focuses primarily on Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith law for policyholders, and civil appeals and writs. Mr. Worthington is a past chair of the San Diego Appellate Court Committee, and is a past Board Member of the Conference of California Bar Associations. Mr. Worthington graduated with honors with a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and received his J.D. from the University of San Diego.

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Section I. Complaints and Counterclaims

Section II. Removing a Case to Federal Court and Remand

Section III. Electronic Filing and Service

Section IV. Rule 26(f) Conferences and Initial Disclosures

Section V. Discovery Standards – “Proportionality”

Section VI. Written Discovery

Section VII. Expert Reports and the Daubert Standard