The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will be the site for the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will be the site for the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

Today, another in a series of posts describing legal seminars at the upcoming State Bar Convention. (All the detail is here. And the complete Convention brochure is here.)

What follows are questions I asked seminar chairs, followed by their responses.

Today, I share the responses of chairs of a Civil Litigation seminar, scheduled for the first afternoon of Convention, Wednesday, June 15.

Click on the seminar title to read more detail as published in the Convention brochure.

Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

W-15: Where We’re Going, We Still Need Rules: Back to the Future in Civil Litigation

Co-chairs: Sara Agne, Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm

Who should attend this seminar?

Civil practitioners and civil appellate practitioners.

What is the one main takeaway a lawyer will gain by attending this seminar?

Lawyers who attend will get a trilogy of rules updates first (pending and adopted rule change petitions, overview of recent federal rule changes, and an Arizona rules-related case law update), followed by an in-depth panel discussion of the work of the Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.

A record-number of legal seminars are on offer at the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

A record-number of legal seminars are on offer at the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

How is this seminar timely? (That is: Why do attorneys need to learn more about this topic right now? What’s going on now in the world or in law practice that makes this topic important?)

Multiple, concurrent rule-change processes are likely to impact civil practice in Arizona, beginning as early as January 1, 2017. These include the Arizona Supreme Court’s regular, Rule 28 petition-and-comment process, the work of the Task Force to restyle the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure in their entirety, and now also the work of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Justice Reform (expected to report and propose rule changes by October 1, 2016).

What is the most common misconception about this issue? In other words, what do lawyers think they know, but don’t?

Rule changes and revisions have been rapid and expansive, particularly in the past three years, and are poised to continue for the next three. Once these changes begin to take effect, lawyers who think they know the current civil rule standards may wish to read the new rules to know for sure. This seminar will give practitioners a preview of what is on tap and poised to affect the future of civil litigation in Arizona.