Last Friday, in conjunction with the Delaware chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the judges of the District of Delaware hosted a wide-ranging and candid CLE on the role of Delaware counsel in federal litigation. During the program, the first of many to come on Delaware practice, Chief Judge Robinson, Judge Farnan, and Judge Sleet each commented on their views from the bench: on judging, on patents, and on the roles both Delaware and pro hac vice counsel are expected to fulfill.
The discussion ranged from the procedural – the ramifications of late filing, the scope of the meet and confer requirement – to the strategic – how to construct an effective summary judgment appendix, the judges’ approaches to discovery disputes and the corresponding use of special masters, and communicating with chambers on emergency matters. The discussion also moved to the imperative – what not to do in your case. And, when the conversation turned to ways that practitioners could keep up to date on the judges’ preferred practices, the Delaware IP Law Blog was mentioned as a possible medium.
Thanks to the judges, John Shaw, Steve Balick, and the Federal Bar Association for both organizing this invaluable program, and for supporting the litigants that appear in this district.
To find out more about the work of the Federal Bar Association and to obtain a membership application, click here. As Judge Farnan emphasized, all members of the Delaware chapter of the FBA are entitled to attend the upcoming district court programs for free.