The first Case Managment Conference is generally not a "big deal." The purpose of the Conference is generally to set a schedule for discovery, i.e. when cetain act are to be completed by, i.e. Case Information Statements shall be filed by "x"; Interrogatories should be served by "x"; Interrogatories shall be answered by "x"; certain appraisals shall be completed by "x"; etc...
The attorney who is going to see the litigation through should, in a perfect world, participate in the Case Management Conference as that attorney is going to be bound by what occurs during that Conference.
Kenneth A. White, Esq.
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It never makes sense to stay with an attorney with whom you are displeased. The case management conference/order can be a very important "roadmap" for your case, so you need to consider that as you make your decision about counsel.
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Case Management Conferences are supposed to be procedural in nature-- that is, the focus is supposed to be on fixing deadlines for discovery and evaluations. Of course, there is always the possiblity that counsel can seek to have a substantive issue raised (often under the guise of the request "moving the case along), and it is your attorney's job to make sure that the other attorney be required to raise the issue by way of a formal application so that you are afforded the opportunity to respond.
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