Today cases are won or lost in the pretrial process. In their book, Pretrial Advocacy (National Institute of Trial Advocacy/Wolters Kluwer 2021), Authors Reuben Guttman and JC Lore refer to the pretrial process as “front-loaded.” Guttman and Lore explain that changes to the standards governing pleading, class certification, discovery, summary judgment, and experts — along with the advent of electronic information including social media – have changed the face of litigation.
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In this CLE, Guttman and Lore will highlight:
- The key evidentiary and procedural rules for the pretrial process
- Information collection and complaint preparation/investigation in the age of the internet
- Practical approaches for motions and arguments
- Effective methods for information gathering and client communication
Reuben A. Guttman, Esq.
Reuben Guttman is a founding member of Guttman, Buschner and Brooks PLLC. Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC (gbblegal.com) His practice involves civil rights, whistleblower representation, class actions and complex litigation. He has been counsel in False Claims Act cases that have returned over $6 Billion to the government.
The International Business Times has referred to him as “one of the world’s most prominent whistleblower attorneys.” He has been an adjunct professor at Emory Law School and a Senior Fellow in the school’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; he is currently a faculty member of the American University School of Public Affairs and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
He has taught advocacy in the United States, Mexico and China. He is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Guttman has published over 100 articles, opinion pieces, or book chapters. He is co-author with Rutgers Law Professor JC Lore of the text Pretrial Advocacy (National Institute for Trial Advocacy/Wolters Kluwer (2021). He is a founder of the website WhistleblowerLaws | The Source for Whistleblowers, Journalists, Legislators & Academics.
John C. Lore, III, Esq.
J.C. Lore III is a Distinguished Clinical Professor and Director of Trial Advocacy at Rutgers Law School. He is the co-author of Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice, one of the country’s leading books on trial advocacy. Prof. Lore has won numerous teaching awards, including professor of the year and the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He teaches for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and trains law students and attorneys nationally and internationally.
Prof. Lore has trained attorneys throughout the country and internationally. Professor Lore’s commitment to teaching was recognized by Rutgers when he was awarded the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement, the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and Lawyering Professor of the Year. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2006, Professor Lore served on the faculty at Villanova University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.
Throughout his career, Prof. Lore has litigated hundreds of trials and motions before a wide variety of courts and administrative agencies. He holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
About their book.
Pretrial Advocacy is the ideal textbook for law school clinics, law school pretrial litigation courses, and practicing lawyers. Both practical and theoretical, it teaches litigation as a process informed by rules and cases, but also by strategic considerations. Its hands-on and accessible text makes it a perfect reference for learning skills and a continuing reference. (Available in print and e-book here.)