Employment Litigation Insights

Featuring the Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds, United States Federal District Court Judge

June 4, 2013

From Court structure, to pre-trial activity, to actual courtroom procedures and nuances, all employers must be aware of and prepared for the complexities of an employment lawsuit. Meet and hear from Federal District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds, and join Dykema attorneys John Entenman, Marty Galvin, Jim Hermon and Alexandra Wolfe in a far ranging discussion of what every litigant needs to know. Some 'inside baseball' strategies will be addressed.

And, feel free to ask Judge Edmunds whatever's on your mind!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program Start
11:15 a.m. Program Concludes

The MSU Management Education Center
811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48084

Registration Fee $25.00


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome, Presentation of Schedule, and Introduction of Participants
Presented by John Entenman

9:10 am - 9:25 am

The Court(s)—Why a Case Resides in a Particular Court (And do you really want to be there?)
Presented by Alexandra Wolfe

There are State Courts and there are Federal Courts. What are the jurisdictions of each? What are the practical differences between the two systems? Most important, where do you as a litigant want to be, and why?

9:25 am - 9:45 am

Legal processes/events leading to trial—Why We Do What We Do!
Presented by Jim Hermon

What takes place during a lawsuit before the actual trial begins? Better yet, why do all those things take place? Is there really a purpose for all the various legal machinations that occur before trial?

9:45 am - 9:50 am

Introduction of Federal District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds
Presented by: John Entenman

9:50 am - 10:20 am

"From where I Sit"—The Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit
Presented by: Hon. Nancy G. Edmunds

A discussion of the Judge's responsibilities during the pendency of a lawsuit, as well as the inner working of the Court. What are the criteria, qualities and conduct that are expected of a successful Defendant, Witness, and Attorney in an employment case? What are the issues, problems, and changes that have occurred in employment cases over the years?

10:20 am - 10:40 am

Questions from the Audience for Judge Edmunds

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Trial Preparation for an Employment Lawsuit
Presented by: John Entenman

What does it take to actually get ready for the trial of an employment case? What the lawyer will be doing and what will be required of you—the client!

10:50 am - 11:15 am

Trial of an Employment Lawsuit—What You Don't Learn in School and Won't See on TV
Presented by Marty Galvin

Prior to and during a trial many things happen which are below the surface. Jury selection techniques, participant appearance, witness conduct and movements, and other actions to 'influence' what is occurring. Hear about the strategies utilized during an employment lawsuit.

11:15 am

Conclusion—Thanks for coming!
Presented by: Marty Galvin

Dykema's Employment Group provides legal services to clients ranging from public employers to large and small businesses in such diversified fields as retailing, manufacturing, construction, transportation, banking and finance, health care, broadcasting, civic organizations, public utilities, warehousing and distribution, and many service industries.