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It is almost 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ground-breaking decision in Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing. Properly read and applied, Reeves should have led to a marked reduction in the number of summary judgment motions filed, and the number granted. Yet we see summary judgment motions in almost all of our cases. We cannot blame that solely on recalcitrant judges. Our panelists will take an interdisciplinary approach to discussing ways in which we can convince courts actually to apply Reeves and similar cases properly and as they were intended, as well as other ideas for convincing courts to deny dispositive motions.
This course has been approved in CA, OK, VT and IL. Please see your state's MCLE site for more information or to find out if attorneys may earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission.
Amanda A. Farahany Amanda A. Farahany is the managing partner at the Atlanta law firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP, representing individuals in employment, libel, overtime, and sexual harassment litigation. Through her practice, she is dedicated to pursuing civil justice...MoreAmanda A. Farahany is the managing partner at the Atlanta law firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP, representing individuals in employment, libel, overtime, and sexual harassment litigation. Through her practice, she is dedicated to pursuing civil justice for employees and victims of crime, as well as providing consultation and support to management employees. Prior to beginning her practice, she clerked for the Honorable John H. Ruffin, Jr. at the Georgia Court of Appeals. An experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Farahany has been awarded status as a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Farahany currently serves as co-chair of the American Association of Justice Wage and Hour Litigation Group and on the Board of the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. Ms. Farahany has previously served as the president of the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers; president of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia Chapter; member of the Executive Committee to the Atlanta Bar Association; member of the Advisory Council to the National Crime Victim Bar Association; and on the Boards of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Crime Victim Advocacy Council, State Bar of Georgia Younger Lawyers Division, and several domestic violence and women's rights organizations. Ms. Farahany has also spoken and been published extensively on litigating cases for civil justice for crime victims, sexual assault, and employment cases. Recently, Ms. Farahany was one of a selected few employment lawyers asked to serve on the Eleventh Circuit Committee to revise the Pattern Jury Instructions on employment related issues. Collapse
Jonathan J. Margolis Jonathan J. Margolis of Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP in Boston, MA concentrates his practice in representing plaintiffs in employment disputes, and in representing individuals in negotiating severance and similar agreements with employers....MoreJonathan J. Margolis of Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP in Boston, MA concentrates his practice in representing plaintiffs in employment disputes, and in representing individuals in negotiating severance and similar agreements with employers. He also represents clients in civil rights matters. With his partners Kevin Powers and Harvey Schwartz, Jon represented two of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay; the three shared—with other detainees’ counsel in Greater Boston—the President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association. In addition to representing plaintiffs in employment disputes, Jon has practiced in an uncommonly wide range of law during a career that goes back farther than he cares to admit. He has handled significant matters in areas as diverse as commercial, tax, real estate and personal injury litigation, as well as representing several theatrical producers. Collapse
Thomas A. Newkirk Thomas A. Newkirk is a practicing trial lawyer focusing exclusively in the areas of plaintiff-oriented civil rights and employment law. Mr. Newkirk has served as a law clerk for Judges Richard Schlegel and Rosemary Sackett of the Iowa Court of...MoreThomas A. Newkirk is a practicing trial lawyer focusing exclusively in the areas of plaintiff-oriented civil rights and employment law. Mr. Newkirk has served as a law clerk for Judges Richard Schlegel and Rosemary Sackett of the Iowa Court of Appeals. He holds degrees from Drake University and graduated from Drake Law School in 1989. Mr. Newkirk has been working for the last several years on methods of practice that are better designed to deal with the changing realities of modern bias based on race, sex and age, otherwise known as hidden bias. He focuses on methods of raising the court's awareness to these issues and raising our own awareness. In 2003, he was the only private practicing lawyer in the country to be invited to participate in the Radcliff Exploratory Seminar on the analysis of Implicit Bias, Social Cognition and the law along with social psychologists and law professors from Yale and Harvard law schools. Since that time he continued to work to enhance understanding of the true nature of bias both with the courts and with NELA members to try and break out of the polarized view of discrimination that harms both the development of the law and the ability of our clients to seek remedies in court. Collapse
June 29, 2018
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
Putting A Dagger In The Heart Of Summary Judgment - Audio
Putting A Dagger In The Heart Of Summary Judgment - Paper
How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed
internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below).
If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a
Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions.
Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing
all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.