Annual Attorney Education Events

Erwin Chemerinsky and Thomas A. Mauet

Twelfth Annual D. Brook Bartlett Lectures

This year’s Bartlett Lecture featured a discussion panel with judges, insight into the U.S. Supreme Court, and evidentiary tips and techniques. Hosted annually by the Western District in honor of the late D. Brook Bartlett, the event was held at the Whittaker Courthouse on June 29.

For the afternoon session, Judge Beth Phillips kicked things off by moderating a conversation with the court’s judges. The judges discussed a range of topics, including preferences and best practices on removal procedure, motions for summary judgment and local rules. The panel answered questions from the audience regarding the effectiveness of oral arguments, motions to dismiss following the Iqbal and Twombly cases, and electronic discovery issues.

Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, followed with his expert analysis of the Supreme Court’s cases this past term. The dean noted that analysts will typically refer to this as the “Kennedy Court.” However, there may be a shift due to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida ex rel. Attorney General, in which Chief Justice Roberts crossed the ideological divide and cast the decisive vote.

Dean Chemerinsky then reviewed some of the court’s most important cases over the term in the legal areas of criminal procedure, the First Amendment, civil rights and pre-emption. Despite the public’s focus on Arizona v. United States and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida as the most important decisions of the term, he expressed that Knox v. SEIU will have the most dramatic political significance. Under the court’s narrow holding, it is a violation of the First Amendment for a union to impose a special assessment or dues increase without providing a new notice and, second, a union cannot require nonmembers to pay the increased amount without their affirmative consent. Chemerinsky not only discussed the court’s holdings, but he also offered real-time insight into the legal reasoning and implications of each decision.
Attorneys Alleen Van Bebber and Jennifer Gille Bacon enjoy the FCAS Summer Social the evening prior to the Bartlett Lectures.

Attorneys Alleen Van Bebber and Jennifer Gille Bacon enjoy the FCAS Summer Social the evening prior to the Bartlett Lectures.

Following the Supreme Court review, Thomas A. Mauet, professor and director of trial advocacy at the University of Arizona College of Law, spoke about the law and techniques of impeachment during trial. Professor Mauet reviewed the most common impeachment methods and the legal consequences for failing to follow procedure. He then focused on the predominant impeachment method, which also takes the most skill and technique—prior inconsistent statements. Mauet provided practical tips and examples for something that’s often misapplied in the courtroom: effectively creating an impression with the jury when impeaching a witness with a prior inconsistent statement.

The court was delighted to present these distinguished speakers and thanks the members of the bar for their continued support of programming that honors the memory of Judge Bartlett.


Fifth Annual Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Pamela Pepper, Eastern District of Wisconsin and Professor Charles J. Tabb, University of Illinois Law School

Bankruptcy attorneys in the Western District of Missouri were once again treated to a morning of engaging conversation and lecture during the 5th Annual Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium held Friday, June 1. The Honorable Pamela Pepper, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, enlisted participation from local attorneys to enact a case scenario that highlighted various evidentiary issues. The participants and the audience wholeheartedly enjoyed the banter. Following Judge Pepper, Professor Charles J. Tabb, University of Illinois School of Law, shared his expert knowledge about consumer bankruptcy practice after the Lanning, Ransom and Schwab decisions. Attendees welcomed the latest information about both topics. The WDMO bankruptcy judges, along with local bankruptcy experts and the guest speakers, then joined together during the last portion of the program and answered questions from the audience prior to the traditional BBQ lunch.

As customary, the Bankruptcy Practitioners' Spring Social was held the previous evening. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to speak personally with Judge Pepper and Professor Tabb.

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