The Court conducts an initial calendar conference, which must be attended in person by counsel, preferably lead counsel. A notice generally will be sent within two to four weeks after a responsive pleading is filed. The notice informs the parties to submit (but not file) a short statement describing the case and addressing matters that will be discussed at the conference.
If a dispositive motion has been filed before the filing of an answer, the conference generally will be held after the Judge issues his ruling on the motion, often the same day as the motion hearing if the Judge rules from the bench. Occasionally, where the Judge deems it appropriate, a conference will be scheduled after the briefing on the dispositive motion is completed but before a ruling is issued. At the initial schedule conference the parties are expected to be prepared to summarize the case and the issues and to discuss subject matter jurisdiction. Parties also must discuss alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options with their client. A calendar conference order is completed at the initial scheduling conference, with input from the parties.
Subsequent status conferences are also scheduled periodically by the Court. Counsel may request additional status conferences to be conducted in person or by telephone by contacting the case manager.
A final pretrial conference and settlement conference is scheduled approximately two weeks before the trial date. The proposed Joint Final Pretrial Order must be submitted to Chambers, not e-filed, at least one week prior to the scheduled final pretrial conference date. Please note that the section of the Case Management and Scheduling Order prescribing the contents of the Joint Final Pretrial Order may supercede portions of E.D. Mich L.R.16.2 in some instances. The Case Management and Scheduling Order controls.
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