Litigation and Advocacy Track
Federal Practice Section
Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
About the Program
A significant proportion of cases in our federal court involve self-represented parties, many of whom are incarcerated. To ensure that such litigants receive appropriate representation, the court has recently amended Local Rule 83.10 to encourage more lawyers to accept pro bono appointments. In this program, a panel of federal judges and practitioners will review the local rule, discuss reasons why you should volunteer to accept a pro bono appointment in Connecticut’s US District Court, and offer practical advice for handling these cases.
You Will Learn
- What substantive law applies to claims by prisoners, and where to find more training and education on the law
- Procedural tips and tricks applicable to prisoner cases, including how to arrange to visit your incarcerated client and how to make sure your client appears for court proceedings
- Approaches to settlement in prisoner cases
Jonathan B. Orleans, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport
Kristen L. Zaehringer, Murtha Cullina LLP, Stamford
Hon. Donna F. Martinez, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Connecticut, Hartford
Hon. Michael P. Shea, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut, Hartford
Sean M. Fisher, Brenner Saltzman & Wallman LLP, New Haven
Antonio Ponvert III, Koskof Koskoff & Bieder PC, Bridgeport
1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 Skills)