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Litigation Boot Camp


Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Spring Litigation Boot Camp.

Stay at the cutting edge of developments in our industry by gaining the tactical know-how to use legal action as a means of debt collection. 

This seminar is designed especially for the young or new attorney, or any attorney looking for a refresher in the nuts and bolts of litigating creditor claims.  This intensive 6 hour program will cover the entire lifecycle of a claim, including pleading mechanics, pretrial practice, depositions, trial practice, evidence, examination of witnesses, and defensive concerns, all presented by NARCA’s faculty of experienced trial attorneys.

Official Conference Hotel  Book early - hotel will sell out

NARCA has negotiated a special conference rate of $285 with The Sheraton Grand Chicago, the official conference hotel. Please note: full pre-payment is required when the reservation is made. Cancellations must be received by 4:00 p.m. April 12 in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. 

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The hotel offers self- and valet parking options based on availability. The fee is $53 - $63 per day.  

CLE Credits

NARCA is applying for CLE with those states that require CLE credits for their licensed attorneys. The Litigation Boot Camp portion of the conference includes a possibility of (6) credits (1 ethics).  The amount of credit varies from state to state.  All attendees will receive a CLE Attendance Record form they will submit to NARCA at the conference or shortly thereafter.  Attendees will, in turn, receive Certificates of Attendance either at the completion of the Boot Camp or via email.

*Price includes lunch. 

Curriculum & Schedule
8:30 -
9:00 a.m.
Coffee and Pastries 
9:00 -
9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:10 -
10:10 a.m.
Pretrial Practice
Barbara A. Sinsley, Barbara A. Sinsley, Esquire
In this opening session, our presenters will introduce the basics of commencing litigation. Included will be the theories upon which collection litigation can be brought, drafting pleadings that meet legal requirements and the administrative elements of filing suit, including fees, costs and service of process.
10:10 -
11:10 a.m.
Initial Litigation Events
Ronald S. Canter, The Law Offices of Ronald S. Canter, LLC
What to expect after filing a complaint? This session will cover the range of possible consumer responses, including informal disputes from pro se consumers, answers, preliminary objections, counterclaims, and associated responses and hearings. Why and what types of discovery might be used and discovery basics will also be discussed.
11:10 -
11:25 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:25 a.m. -
12:25 p.m.
Evidence I - An Overview of Evidentiary Concepts
Alane Becket, Becket & Lee LLP
Rules of evidence are critical, even in the relaxed environment of some small claims courts. This introductory session will cover common evidentiary concepts of admissibility, judicial notice, introducing evidence into the record, hearsay and its exceptions, all essential elements to proving claims based on unpaid debt.
12:25 -
12:40 p.m.
Break and Lunch Served
12:40 -
1:40 p.m.
Ethics, Presented by the Defense Bar Section
June Coleman, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
Collection litigation can generate ethical issues, especially in today’s climate where attorneys can be placed in conflict with their clients by regulatory requirements. How much of a consumer’s personal information can be included in pleadings? What attorney conduct in the course of litigation could lead to allegations of an FDCPA violation? Interactions with pro se debtors and considerations when counterclaims are filed, and more will all be addressed in this luncheon session.
1:40 -
2:40 p.m.
Evidence II - Introducing Business Records
James P. Dady, Gerner & Kearns Co., LPA
Almost every collection case will rely on business records. It has become common for courts to require complete documentation when litigating a claim. This vital session will include advice on the evidentiary predicate for the admission of business records in both motion practice and trial, especially those originating with remote account holders. The session will also provide effective techniques to help your client prevail at trial and at the appellate level. 
2:40 -
2:55 p.m.
2:55 -
3:55 p.m.
Evidence III - Witness Examination
Mike Starzec, Blitt and Gaines, P.C.
The essence of every trial attorney’s practice is the ability to effectively examine live witnesses. This final session will cover the who, what, how, when and why’s of witness examination. Direct and cross examination, and use of prior witness statements are core tools that will be covered in this session.
3:55 -
4:00 p.m.

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