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Annual Meeting
My Annual MeetingSchedule for Sunday, October 2, 2016

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

State Bar Annual Meeting education programs are subject to change. This list represents information available at press time. Programs are listed in numerical order. The abbreviation after the program number is the sponsor code. Consult the Annual Meeting Program Partners list for the full sponsor name.

Program Title and Description

Program No. / Code

Sunday, October 2 | 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

The Expectation of Privacy: The Roles and Responsibilities of Businesses

Business Law Section with the Corporations Committee

This program discusses the legality in the collection of personal data by businesses versus your expectation of privacy. Topics include your right to access government data/information, Corporations’ right to privacy, and International privacy laws and considerations.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 102

Small Business: The First 60 Days

California Young Lawyers Association

Overviews the regulatory hurdles and common issues of opening a law practice, including employee issues, taxes, corporate formation, and leasing problems. Participants will learn how to efficiently set up a new business and recognize common issues.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 103

Cyber Principles for Attorneys

Committee on Group Insurance Program

With new cyber security threats developing daily, attorneys are in a unique position as they need to protect themselves and their personal data and their clients’ data. This program will review cyber security steps for the attorney and the client, legal ethic issues, and discuss what the Insurance market is doing to address these risks.

CLE: 1.5 Hours of Which .5 Hour Applies to Legal Ethics

Program 104

Environmental and Economic Impacts of California’s Bold New Cannabis Future

Environmental Law Section

alifornia’s new “Medical Marijuana Regulatory and Safety Act,” effective January 2018, creates a broad statutory scheme legalizing marijuana, issuing multiple environmental and other mandates and carrying enormous economic consequences across the state. The program will address the magnitude of change which the MMRSA and its mandates bring to California’s economy.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 105

Cultural Competency in Family Law Practice: Beyond Basics

Family Law Section

A greater understanding of cross-cultural experiences, biases, and perspectives is necessary to be an effective family law practitioner. Through the use of popular movies as well as lecture and discussion, the panelists will discuss issues of cross cultural marriage, the impact of immigration on marriages, establishing parenting plans taking culture into account, and other culturally nuanced topics.

CLE: 1.5 Hours of Elimination of Bias; Legal Specialization: Family Law

Program 106

Laying Solid Foundation Stones Early for Career Success

Law Practice Management & Technology Section

In this presentation, attendees will learn about professional development as a lawyer. The speakers will offer guidance about establishing relationships with colleagues & potential clients. The panel will share techniques for business development & engaging the community. The outcome is a blueprint for enjoying a fulfilling career as a lawyer, while also maintaining sanity & personal relationships.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 107

Thirty Years After a Hundred Year Flood: Judicial Elections and the Administration of Justice

Lawyering Skills Program with the California Supreme Court Historical Society and the Witkin Legal Institute

This program covers the California Constitution’s system for electing justices and judges, and how the elections can influence the administration of justice. Topics include an examination of the 1986 election at which three California Supreme Court justices were removed from the bench. The program will also involve discussion of campaign and campaign finance limitations on judicial candidates. Featured speakers include UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and former California Supreme Court Justices Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 108

The Rules of Evidence: A Trial Lawyer’s Version

Lawyering Skills Program

With over 240 cases tried to completion, trial lawyer Michael Schwartz presents his innovative and practical 7-step method for analyzing the admissibility of potential evidence.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 109

You Be the Judge – 2015 Revisited

Lawyering Skills Program with the Commission on Judicial Performance

What discipline, if any, should a judge receive for failure to disclose or disqualify when the judge has a financial conflict of interest involving opposing counsel? What discipline should a judge receive, if any, for telling an attorney to tone down a declaration before accepting it for filing to avoid embarrassing a judicial colleague? What discipline should a judge receive, if any, for making rude and sarcastic remarks to an attorney, threatening to relieve the attorney as counsel and report the attorney to the State Bar, when the attorney sought to continue a preliminary hearing on the day of the hearing (without advance notice to the prosecution) and contended that the attorney was unable to proceed? Geared to litigators and trial attorneys, members of the Commission on Judicial Performance discuss disciplinary standards and present case problems from 2015.

CLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 110

Sunday, October 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Vulnerability in the Legal Profession: Facing the Facts

Lawyering Skills Program with the State Bar Court & Lawyer Assistance Program

A national study conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association has revealed that as many as one in three lawyers is a problem drinker and one in four has some form of depression or anxiety. The panelists will discuss the study and its implications, and explore the psychology of addiction, how the culture of the legal profession may contribute to these problems, and some innovative solutions.

CLE: 1.5 Hours of Which 1 Hour Applies to Competence Issues

Program 111