December 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Production Date: March 10, 2016 Practice Areas: Litigation and Discovery & E-Discovery Estimated Length: 5605 minutes


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The most recent round of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015. Heralded by some as indicative of a sea of change in federal practice, and dismissed by others as much ado about nothing, the import of the 2015 amendments is just beginning to manifest itself in real-world case applications. Chief Justice Roberts noted in his 2015 year-end report on the federal court system that “[t]he amendments may not look like a big deal at first glance, but they are.”  Whether his assessment is confirmed in practice, however, remains to be seen.  


In this program, attorneys Jennifer H. Rearden and Gabriel Herrmann of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP summarize the key components of the 2015 rule amendments and assess the earliest indications regarding their impact on the conduct of litigation in the federal courts.  


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand the import of Rule 1’s “cooperation” amendment

II.    Evaluate the scope of 2015’s proportionality amendments and the standards governing proportionality under the amended rules

III.   Summarize the recent case-management amendments and consider their practical implications

IV.   Review amended Rule 37’s new provisions governing preservation of electronically stored information

V.    Identify any early trends in the implementation of the 2015 amendments

Ronald H.

Good program

James R.

Well done and easy to understand

John S.
New Hyde Park, NY

Excellent program

Malcolm D.
Humble, TX

Don't do much federal practice but this program helped direct me regarding some substantive changes.

Joseph R.
New Haven, CT

very comprehensive

Lisa O.
Quincy, IL

Good presentation

randal m.
Dallas, TX

Very nicely done. Thank you.

carol b.
Houston, TX

I put off watching this program because I thought it would be boring, but the presenters got me involved. Excellent.

George S E.
Rockville Centre, NY

Very useful presentation

Charles D.
Houston, TX

Very substantive and meaty. Covered a lot of intensive information thoroughly yet concisely.

Brian O.
Merrick, NY

They both did an excellent job.

Kirk L.
Black Mountain, NC


Robert G.
Inola, OK

I enjoyed having two presenters clarifying points as they listened to the other's presentation.

David S.
Lincolnshire, IL

Well presented

Brendan M.
Durham, CT

Very good presentation of the Federal Rules.

Joshua S.
New York, NY

good overview of changes.

Thomas C. R.
Mahomet, IL

Best researched program I've ever seen on lawline.

Marcia R.
Queens, NY

Outstanding presentation by knowledgeable attorneys.

thomas t.
chicago, IL

well done

Stephen D.
Laredo, TX

It was a well organized and informative program considering it is a pretty dry topic.

Joseph D.
White Plains, NY

Excellent job of combining text of changes with Official Comments and case history to show practical effects of changes and remaining issues in implementing proportionality. I also learned about a couple of changes I had been unaware of

Scott G.
Manhattan, NY


Rebekah D.
Dallas, TX

Thank you

William S.
Houston, TX

Actually was a useful course.

Shirlee B.
Burbank, CA

Good review

Clifford A.
Houston, TX


James D.
Chicago, IL

Good job pulling together a lot of material.

Shaun E.
Tucson, AZ

very good

Edward H.

So far this was one of the most practical and useful CLE courses I have listened to.

Thuy-Linh N.
Dallas, TX

Excellent CLE

B.Casey Y.
Newport Beach, CA

Good and thorough presentation of new FRCP Rules and practical applications.

Matthias G.
Homewood, IL

Good job - a corporate slant, but very informational.

Gregory B.
Naperville, IL

Exactly what I want from CLE.

Travis L.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presenters and substance!

John K.
New York, NY

Very well done.

Mark F.
Dallas, TX


Gail S.
White Stone, NY


Janine W.
Wildwood, MO

Very good written materials. Good presentation.

Lee H.
Arlinghton heights, IL

Excellent discussion of Rule 26 and Rule 37, but at the same time, pointing out the unknowns regarding interpretation and enforcement by the District Courts!!!

Michael W.
New York, NY

Great summary of the revisions to the FRCP

Misha W.
New York, NY

Well done, very knowledgeable instruction about the evolution of the amended rules discussed and the themes regarding the changes that have gone into effect.

Justin A.
Arlington, VA

Great seminar.

Donald B.
Pekin, IL

In many instances the speaker read the material to the audience.

David M.
Alpharetta, GA

Well done.

Ralph P.

The speakers spoke clearly, and the quality of the recording was excellent.

Alison C.
New York, NY

Well presented course.

Daniel O.
Bangor, PA

Very useful course; written materials helpful.

Janine F.
Allegany, NY

very helpful thanks

Kenneth G.
Manhattan, NY

Very informative

James K.
Pacific Grove, CA

Very helpful

Sharon P.
Jonesboro, AR

Excellent Presenters