March, 2014- Cosgrove Law Group’s Kurt J. Schafers served as program chair and was instrumental in organizing this year’s Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL) Open Bench: Informal Discussion on Litigation with Judges from the US Eastern District of MO CLE. Panelists for this valuable CLE program included Judge Catherine Perry, Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Rodney Sippel, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge John Ross, United Stated District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, and Judge David Noce, Federal Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
The topics discussed included:
Explanation/discussion of the Court’s new pro bono service volunteer panel, New Local Rules in the Eastern District of Missouri, Where is, and where should, the line be drawn for attorney-judge interactions, and How should attorneys address Court delays without the potential of prejudicing their client’s rights and position in the case.
Attendees found the CLE informative and a valuable networking opportunity. Stay tuned for more BAMSL CLE opportunities by the Federal Litigation & Practice Section.