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Annual Meeting
My Annual Meeting Special and Ticketed Events

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

San Diego, California

Annual Meeting luncheons and special ticketed events may sell-out before the meeting, so sign up early. Events and speakers are subject to change.

General Sessions

Sean CarterOpening Day Annual Meeting General Session and The Spirit of CEB Awards Presentation
“Fail Better: Continuing Efforts to Eliminate Bias in the Practice of Law”

Thursday, September 29 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Limited Seating | Session # 1| 1 Hour of Elimination of Bias

Co-Sponsored by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

Opening Day Annual Meeting General Session and The Spirit of CEB Awards Presentation Co-Sponsored by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) “Fail Better: Continuing Efforts to Eliminate Bias in the Practice of Law” Opening day General Session and presentation of the 2016 Spirit of the CEB Awards to recognize California attorneys who have given their time and expertise to the legal profession through teaching and writing for CEB. After the awards presentation, enjoy the always entertaining attorney, Sean Carter, for his popular and thought provoking session. In his surprisingly funny seminar, Sean Carter, will illustrate how even hidden and seemingly benign biases prevent lawyers from effectively representing clients and creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. While these biases are somewhat unavoidable, it is possible for lawyers to “fail better” in a continuing effort to eliminate bias in the legal profession.

Closing Day Annual Meeting General Session
“Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Vulnerability in the Legal Profession: Facing the Facts”

Sunday, October 2 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Limited Seating| Session # 111 |1.5 Hours of Which 1 Hour Applies Competence Issues

Co-Sponsored by the State Bar Court & the Lawyer Assistance Program

A large and ambitious 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. Four experts discuss a growing awareness of these issues and what we, as legal professionals, can and must do to address the impact of substance abuse and behavioral health issues on ourselves, our colleagues and our profession. 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 offer innovative solutions.

Presented by Patrick Krill, Director, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professions Program; Hon. Catherine Purcell, Presiding Judge, State Bar Court; Dr. Robert A. Simon; and Richard Carlton, Director, State Bar of California Lawyer Assistance Program.

Thursday, September 29

Networking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, September 29 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Complimentary. RSVP Required. | Event # 112

Gather with your colleagues and meet with vendors who will show you the latest and greatest equipment, products, and services. There are no classes scheduled during this time, so grab a quick bite to eat and then peruse the exhibit floor. Pre-register for this activity to receive your ticket for the complimentary lunch (provided to registered attendees only).

Networking Hour in the Exhibit Hall – Connections for the Future

Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday, September 30 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Are you ready to create new connections for the future while reconnecting with old friends and colleagues? Stop by the Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday evening for these exhibit hall networking events. Light refreshments offered.

Janet NapolitanoThe California Women Lawyers Association 42nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | $150 pp | Event # 113

Join the California Women Lawyers (CWL) at its 42nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, with keynote speaker Janet Napolitano, 20th President of the University of California.

A ticket is required to attend the dinner and silent auction. Tickets may also be purchased at www.cwl.org.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Christopher DardenState Bar Luncheon

Friday, September 30 | 12:15 pm – 1:25 pm | Adults $49 pp | Event # 114

Co-Sponsored by the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section

Keynote remarks by Christopher A. Darden, Lawyer, Author, Educator and Legal Commentator.

Christopher A. Darden is a criminal defense attorney at Darden & Associates, Inc., where he specializates in white collar, narcotics, homicide, gangs and public corrupction cases. He wrote an autobiography, In Contempt, and co-wrote several crime thriller novels including The Last Defense with Dick Lochte. Darden was an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law and has appeared on national TV as a legal commentator for CNN, among other networks. Gaining celebrity status as a member of the prosecution team for the well-known O.J. Simpson trial, Mr. Darden tried more than 27 homicide cases during his 15-year tenure in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Leaving the public sector, Darden shifted to a criminal edefense practice in 2000.

A native Californian, Christopher Darden earned his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He and his family currently reside in Southern California Mr. Darden is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section. At the luncheon, we will hear his perspectives on lessons learned form taking part in a high-profile criminal case.

Not for MCLE credit.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

State Bar Breakfast

Co-Sponsored by the State Bar of California Business Law Section

Saturday, October 1| 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. | $35 pp | Event # 117

Presentation of The Business Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award and keynote address by Alan Nevin, Director of Economic and Market Research at Xpera Group. Not for MCLE credit.

Annual Swearing in Ceremony of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees and the California Judges Association Board of Directors

Saturday, October 1| 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Complimentary

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani CantilSakauye will administer the oath of offi ce to the President and incoming members of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees and The California Judges Association Board of Directors. Featuring the annual remarks of the Chief Justice and organizations presidents.

State Bar Luncheon and Alexander F. Morrison Address with California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu

Saturday, October 1 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. | $49 pp| Event # 118

The Morrison address will feature California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu offering "A Few Thoughts on Judicial Independence."

Not for MCLE credit.