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Pursuing the Judge's Guidance Outside of Conferences

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Length: 90 minutes

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration for Session Only: $199.00

Registration plus Session Recording and Written Materials: $268.00


Gain an understanding on what the appropriate communication should be when outside of conferences.

With over 30 years of combined experience as Magistrate Judges in the Northern District of California, Hon. Maria-Elena James and Hon. Nandor Vadas provide insight into communicating with Chambers from a perspective of having seen it all.

Generally speaking, the answer to the question, “Should I communicate with the Judge outside of Conference?” will be “No.” But Judge James and Judge Vadas will provide guidelines on appropriate subjects, along with plenty of colorful background on when not to seek Ex Parte contact.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Observing Local Rules
  • ABA Rule 2.9 Ex Parte Communications
  • Work Arounds
  • Appropriate Areas for Ex Parte Contact With Chambers
  • Scheduling Communications
  • Settlement Conferences and Mediations
  • Post-Settlement Conference/Mediation Contact
  • Discovery Rules

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):

  • CLE
  • NALA
For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Maria-Elena James, ADR SERVICES, Inc.

Hon. Maria-Elena James

  • Served on the bench for a remarkable thirty years, first as a Civil and Family Law Commissioner with the San Francisco Superior Court, and later for twenty-four years as a United States Magistrate Judge with the Northern District of California
  • Further served as the Chief Magistrate Judge of the Northern District for three years
  • In 2010, she was honored with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s “Federal Jurist of the Year” award
  • Known for professionalism and even-handed temperament, Judge James conducted thousands of settlement conferences as a Magistrate Judge and became highly regarded for her ability to settle disputes
  • Previously, as a Family Law Commissioner, she had established a formal program of procedures for settlements
  • Served as the Northern District’s ADR Magistrate Judge, where she was in charge of coordinating the alternative dispute resolution program with the Court
  • Can contact Case Manager Joanna Barron: or 415-577-3901

Nandor J. Vadas, ADR SERVICES, Inc.

Hon. Nandor Vadas

  • Retired federal Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Presided over many civil actions and criminal pretrial matters in the counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt, and Mendocino, while also presiding over cases in San Francisco and on the Hopland Indian Reservation in Mendocino County
  • Thirteen years of experience on the bench, Judge Vadas has handled a wide variety of cases and settlement conferences involving matters of civil rights, employment issues, real estate, insurance issues, personal injury, the Americans with Disabilities Act, commercial litigation, and the Endangered Species Act
  • Founded an early settlement program for civil rights cases brought by unrepresented prisoners, which has been applied in all state prisons in the Northern District of California and some prisons in the Eastern District of California as well
  • Career was preceded by extensive trial experience as a Deputy District Attorney for a combined eleven years with the City and County of San Francisco and Humboldt County, and as a federal prosecutor for nine years in the United States Attorneys’ Office
  • Can contact Case Manager Kathleen Emma: or 415-577-3901

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