Sweet Dreams: Management Tips to Avoid Nightmare Trials

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: June 22, 2018
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  • Pretrial Conference
  • Motions in Limine
  • Jury Instructions
  • Civil Trial Time Limits
  • Jury Selection & Voir Dire
  • During Trial
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: June 22, 2018


Learn how to have a smooth-running trial from two very experienced trial judges.

Trial judges will share their thoughts on pretrial and trial strategies and offer techniques to achieve a smooth-running trial, which makes for happier judges and less anxious counsel and their clients. No matter what your experience level, you will leave this program able to sleep a lot better at night before an upcoming pretrial hearing or trial.

This program was recorded on June 22nd, 2018.

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American Bar Association


Hon. Ioana Petrou

Superior Court of California

Ioana Petrou is a judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County in California. She was appointed in October 2010 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[1] Petrou won the primary election on June 5, 2018.

Prior to becoming a judge for the Superior Court of Alameda County, Petrou served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California from 2004 until 2010. She also served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for one year in 2002. Petrou has also worked as an attorney in private practice.

Petrou received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Hon. Haywood Gilliam

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr. is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to joining the court, he was a partner for the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. President Barack Obama nominated Gilliam to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on August 18, 2014.[1] The United States Senate confirmed Gilliam on December 16, 2014, on a voice vote.

Gilliam earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1991 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1994

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