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New Attorney Basics: The Junior Litigation Associate



A good junior litigation associate can do legal research and write memos.  A stellar junior litigator communicates effectively, knows how to provide information in the manner expected by the supervising attorney, implements effective case management procedures, knows how to get briefs and their supporting documents filed without creating unnecessary stress, and understands his or her role in the case including helping prepare for depositions and hearings.

Become a stellar junior litigation associate by learning these essential practical skills at our full-day conference.  You can also earn up to five hours of general continuing legal education.

This conference is most beneficial for third-year law students, recent graduates, and litigators in their first two years of practice.  Second-year law students interested in litigation are also welcome.


San Francisco, CA

Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Sandbox Suites, 404 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Houston, TX

Friday, January 19, 2018

Haynes and Boone, 1221 McKinney St., #2100, Houston, TX 77010


Coming March 2018

Topics & Agenda:

(Regular breaks will be provided.)

8:30 – 9:00                 Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 10:30               From Law School to Practice

  • Skills of stellar junior attorneys
  • Elements of excellent work product & how to impress senior partners
  • Litigation timelines and why they matter
  • Implementing effective case management strategies

10:30 – 12:00           Nuts and Bolts of Pleadings and Motions

  • The basics of drafting and filing pleadings and motions
  • The important role of local rules and preliminary research
  • Calculating and confirming deadlines, and scheduling court hearings
  • Step-by-step guide to successful filings with the court

12:00 – 1:00             Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:00               Written Discovery & Depositions

  • Drafting and responding to written discovery
  • Managing the discovery process
  • Assisting supervising attorneys in preparing for depositions
  • Deposition logistics

2:00 – 3:00              eDiscovery Primer

  • Overview of document collection, document review, and document production
  • Managing electronic discovery
  • Ethical obligations and challenges of eDiscovery

3:00 – 3:30               Your First Court Appearance

  • Helping supervising attorneys prepare for hearings
  • Practical tips to excel at your first court appearance

3:30 – 4:30               Pre-trial & Trial

  • Overview of pre-trial submissions
  • Practical tips on drafting and responding to pre-trial submissions
  • Managing the pre-trial phase
  • Preparing witnesses for trial
  • Junior associate’s role during trial

CLE Information:

California & Texas – 6 hours of general CLE

Registration & Tuition:

Tuition: $ 385

Register HERE.

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Financial aid policy

Group discounts are available for organizations including law firms and law schools.  Please contact us at or 415-237-3703 for more information.


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New Attorney Basics: The Junior Litigation Associate
Case Management 101
Electronic Discovery
The Junior Litigator at Trial
Career Conference
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