Litigation, Federal Law

2015 Amendments to the Federal Civil Rules (Effective December 1)

The Rules of the Game are Changing - What Lawyers and Judges Need to Know

On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Civil Rules will take effect. The amendments include changing the definition of discoverable information in Rule 26 by eliminating the phrase "reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence" and incorporating an express requirement that the discovery sought be “proportional” to the needs of the case. The amendments also address sanctions for discovery abuses, handling of electronically stored information (ESI), and other issues that frequently arise in civil litigation.  In addition, there are additional amendments in the pipeline, including amendments that could significantly affect Rule 23 relating to class actions.

This program will include speakers who participated in the rule making process, as well as lawyers and judges experienced in applying the civil rules.  The program will explore the text of the Rules and amendments, the practical implications of the amendments, and expected future developments.

The program is intended to benefit members of the bench and all sides of the bar.


This course is no longer available for purchase.

Course Information December 02, 2015
  • Registration: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  • Schedule: 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Bar Center, 2nd Floor
  • Premium Coffee
  • WiFi Access
  • Parking Validation (corner of 3rd and Avenue/Commerce St.)
  • New Rules
Course Credits Dual Credits: 0.00
General Credits: 3.00
Total Credits: 3

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please contact TBA for Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama credit.

Course Agenda

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