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88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California
My Annual MeetingSchedule for Thursday 

The State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, 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.

Courses are noted as Basic/Practical Skills Course, or Advanced Course, or Recent Developments Course.

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

 

Super Google and Beyond: Conducting Legal and Investigative Research

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

There’s so much more to Google than the simple search box on the home page…if you know where to look.  At the 2015 Annual Meeting opening session, Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, authors of Google for Lawyers and The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet, will reveal hidden Google search features, secrets, and shortcuts so you can quickly conduct legal and investigative research for all your client matters. They will also take you beyond Google to show you how to search anonymously and how to recover web pages that have disappeared (or been altered) that you need as evidence.

MCLE: 1.0 Hour

Program 1

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 11:15 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.

Delights, Diversions, and Discriminations: The Bias and Business of Show Business

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 11:15 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

“White, male, 20s.” If included in most job descriptions, we would immediately denounce this language as illegal. What is it about the entertainment industry that stops most of us from batting an eye? Some popular television shows running for multiple seasons have never hired female directors or directors of color. As television writers age, their employment opportunities diminish. Geena Davis remarked in a recent NPR interview, “[I]f we add female characters at the rate we have been for the past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years.” So why isn’t the legal community more vocal about these discriminations? Join us as we examine bias and its perpetuation by the entertainment industry as well as the role of law and the courts

MCLE: 1.0 Hour of Elimination of Bias

Program 2

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for Non-Profit Boards and their Advisors

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will cover ethical considerations for non-profit boards especially for practitioners who serve both as a board member and represent the board and/or organization.

MCLE:  1.5 Hours of Legal Ethics

Program 3

BLS

Strict Mediation Confidentiality? Not So Fast!

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will provide an overview of California’s mediation confidentiality statute and how the courts have interpreted its provision, including the recent case of Milhouse v. Travelers.  Topics include rampant mediator testimony nationwide and the ongoing California Law Revision Commission study concerning whether there should be exceptions to mediation confidentiality for malpractice, other civil claims, or State Bar disciplinary matters.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 4

CADR

It's All About The Record: Protecting And Presenting The Record On Appeal

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

Panelists will discuss how to protect and present the appellate record.  Topics will include what to look out for in the trial court, how to get everything before the appellate court, what to do when things go wrong, and what ethical issues are involved in presenting the record.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours of Which 0.5. Hour Applies to Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Appellate Law

Program 5

CAC

Finding Coverage: Practical Tips on Locating Insurance for Your Practice

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Advanced Course

Insurance either funds or is involved in two-thirds of all civil litigation.  This program will review strategies and methods of uncovering insurance policies which can be applied in every litigators practice.  Presentation will address hypothetical situations where both first party and third party coverage's are commonly overlooked by both plaintiff and defense counsel.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 6

COGIP

A National Survey of Social Media Issues Impacting Lawyers: More Problems on the Horizon Here?

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Advanced Course

Social media issues are impacting lawyers on a national scale, and some of the issues raised in other jurisdictions have problems which have yet to impact California lawyers. This program will address social media developments in other states including ethics rulings on attorney advertising, and protecting client confidentiality and privileged communications.

MCLE:  1.5 Hours of Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 7

COPLI

Competence Issues: Coping with the Unique Challenges of Legal Practice

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will examine the stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse challenges often encountered by legal professionals and the resources available to address these challenges.

MCLE: 1.5  Hours of Competence Issues

Program 8

LAP

50 Shades of “Brady”: DA Discovery Obligations and Sanctions for Violations

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will analyze prosecution and defense attorney discovery obligations pursuant to Evidence Code section 1054. Panelists will give an overview of Brady v. Maryland and its progeny for what the prosecution must do to comply with the law and what the defense should be asking for in its discovery motions.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours of Which 1.0 Hour Applies to Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Criminal Law

Program 9

CRIM

Understanding Attorney Client Trust Accounts

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will review the State Bar's Client Trust Accounting Rules. Learn about IOLTA, preserving the identity of funds and avoiding commingling, handling of retainers and advance fees, disbursements, and recordkeeping.

MCLE:  1.5 Hours of Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 10

LSTF

Examining Opening Statement Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defense Attorneys

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will examine the key strategies for delivering effective opening statements.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 11

LIT

Local Public Entity Employee Discipline, Discharge and Procedure: Avoiding Costly Mistakes

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Advanced Course

Sloppy disciplinary practices can have disastrous consequences.  This program will provide a procedural overview of local public agency employee discipline and discharge, and how to avoid common mistakes that lead to costly litigation.  Attendees will learn effective techniques to manage and document employees, including drafting performance reviews, investigating misconduct, and complying with procedural requirements before imposing progressive discipline and discharge.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 12

PL

Legal Issues for California Domestic Violence Shelters and Youth Shelters

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will focus on legal issues which attorneys may encounter when dealing with clients living in domestic violence shelters and youth shelters.  Learn about privilege and confidentiality in domestic violence and youth shelters; child custody and visitation in restraining order, parentage, and dissolution of marriage actions; and mandatory child abuse reports.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Family Law

Program 13

SOLO

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Basic Legal Skills Necessary for Advising Clients Doing Business Online

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will cover recent developments in Cyberspace Law and offer practical tips for handling data breaches, writing privacy policies and terms of use; handling online defamation; complying with online advertising online rules; protecting your client’s intellectual property on social media and online marketplaces. Panelists also will review how to promote your law practice on the Internet in an ethical manner.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours of Which 0.5 Hour Applies to Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 14

BLS

Recent Developments in Federal and California Securities Laws

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Recent Developments Course

This program will survey recent developments in federal and California securities laws, including the current status of rulemaking under the JOBS Act and proposed changes to Regulation D. Panelists will emphasize developments with an impact on a wide range of businesses, management and investors.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 15

BLS

California Language Access Plan: Language Barriers Preventing Access to Justice

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Recent Developments Course

California has expanded language access to limited English proficient residence and potential court users.  Learn about the policies and procedures, and how to take advantage of these resources to efficiently and effectively represent clients.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Criminal Law

Program 16

CYLA

Navigating Minefields in Fee Disputes: It's Not Just About Fees!

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Advanced Course

Fee disputes are stressful. They also pose dangers for attorneys beyond losing the right to collect or having to refund fees: potential malpractice claims, State Bar discipline, disruption to a practice and loss of reputation. Panelists will explore these risks and offer tips to minimize exposure without resorting to litigation or arbitration.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours of Legal Ethics; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 17

CMFA

Aerospace, Defense and Export Controls: A Regulatory Minefield

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will provide a comprehensive overview of export control regulations. Panelists will review the relevant rules and processes, and the obligations associated with the manufacture, custody, access, use, transmission and shipment of export-controlled items.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 18

IL

Mastering Employment Mediations

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Advanced Course

Experts, which include a defense employment attorney, a plaintiff employment lawyer, and an employment mediator, will reveal their cutting-edge strategies and tactics for resolving tough employment cases in mediation.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 19

LL

Competency and  Consciousness Through Mindfulness

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.- Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will focus on how to practice mindfulness to become more focused and increase competence.  When attorneys practice mindfulness they are more present and better equipped to handle professional and personal stressors. Learn how to be more mindful, relieve stress, enhance memory, and manage emotions to better manage your practice.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours Competence Issues

Program 20

LPMT

Converting Public Housing to Private Ownership Under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Recent Developments Course

The program will examine the legal issues and complexity of converting traditional public housing owned by public housing authorities to private ownership under HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. RAD is being used as a method of providing private financing for capital improvements for public housing developments.  Panelists will review several projects which have recently converted using the RAD program.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Program 21

RP

Introducing Social Media into Evidence

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will cover the necessary steps to introduce social media evidence into the record.  Panelists will demonstrate how to prepare different media, such as video from phones, for introduction. Learn how to authenticate and lay the foundation for social media evidence, as well as respond to objections.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Legal Malpractice

Program 22

SCDLS /
AJC

Overview of Tax Issues that Arise in Bankruptcy

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Basic/Practical Skills Course

This program will review the taxes that are and are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and the effect of a bankruptcy filing on the statutes of limitations for assessment and collection.  Panelists also will cover cancellation of indebtedness income and the limitations on the use of tax attributes.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Taxation Law, Bankruptcy Law

Program 23

TAX

Medi-Cal Long Term Care:  Estate Planning Strategies Under New and Proposed Regulations

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Recent Developments Course

Medi-Cal Long Term Care Planning must now deal with Affordable Care Act Expanded Medi-Cal and the State's new Mandatory Managed Care Program, as well as existing rules, new recovery regulations, and the possible revision of the entire recovery program. This course will review the planning for Medi Cal eligibility, protection of estates for singles and married couples, new regulations affecting RDPs and same sex couples, coping with the state's expanded managed care program, and devising recovery avoidance strategies.

MCLE: 1.5 Hours; Legal Specialization: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Program 24

TE