American Bar Association Section of Litigation Roadshow 2.0, Precision Advocacy: Reinventing Motion Practice to Win

New York, NY
April 27, 2017

Far more cases are disposed of today through motions than through trials. Motion practice is the primary way that lawyers persuade judges. But ill-conceived, unfocused, unnecessary, or poorly crafted motions only weigh down the system, distract from the key issues, and backfire on the movant, while driving up judicial workloads and legal fees and slowing down and degrading resolutions.

This year’s ABA Section of Litigation Roadshow 2.0 addresses how to promote efficiency and improve the chances for success in motion practice. It will comprise two panels, moderated by the Hon. John Bates, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules, which will tackle the challenge of making motions better. National thought leaders will lead discussions with local judges and plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, analyzing problems with current practice and offering new, better, and cutting-edge approaches for resolving interlocutory disputes, including how to:

  • Employ novel informal processes to narrow disputes or obviate having to file a motion
  • Streamline motions to make them more efficient and powerful
  • Focus the judge’s attention on what really matters
  • Obtain faster decisions and better results

Partner Michael W. Stocker will participate in the first panel, “Minimizing Motion Practice: Resolving interlocutory issues through informal processes.” Other panelists include: 

  • Hon. Colleen McMahon, Chief U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, New York, NY 
  • Hon. Brian M. Cogan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, NY
  • Maeve O'Connor, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY 

For more details or to register, please click here.