I am happy to report that the Litigation Section and the other Sections of the State Bar, along with the California Young Lawyers Association, are on track to becoming a new statewide bar association. You can follow the legislation that will enable this transition—Senate Bill 36—as it moves through the Assembly over the summer.
As we enter the second half of 2017, your Executive Committee continues its vital work of developing programs to help sharpen your trial and practice skills. Be sure to register for our three 2017 inaugural events: our first pathway to the bench that will demystify the various routes to a judicial career in state or federal court; our first Litigation Summit that will offer a full spread of interesting fare for litigators of every experience level; and our Appellate Summit for both appellate specialists and trial lawyers.
I would like to take a moment now to highlight and thank our judicial advisors: the Honorable Suzanne Bolanos (San Francisco Superior Court), the Honorable Ernest Goldsmith (Ret., San Francisco Superior Court), the Honorable Eileen Moore (Fourth District Court of Appeal), the Honorable Stuart Rice (Los Angeles Superior Court) and the Honorable Edward Torpoco (San Francisco Superior Court). And congratulations to Judge Rice on being elected 2017-2018 President of the California Judges Association! We are honored and grateful to name such distinguished jurists among the advisors to our Executive Committee. Their multifaceted contributions benefit all of us immensely.
Finally, let me congratulate our two 2017 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame inductees, Juanita Brooks and Lawrence Wayte on their well-deserved honor! Read about these and other inspiring trial attorneys here.
Kathleen Brewer, Chair
State Bar of California Litigation Section
Bringing together legends of the bench and the bar
Presented by The State Bar of California Litigation Section
Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, 2017
Marriott Union Square
480 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Earn up to 13.5 Hours MCLE Credit, including Legal Ethics and Legal Specialization
You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.
October 6 Program Registration Deadline
For best rates, register by September 25
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The Appellate Summit /
Keynote Luncheon Speaker
California Solicitor General
Friday, October 13, 2017
Total 7.75 Hours of MCLE
Join the Litigation Section for its first ever Litigation Summit. This will be a unique gathering of notable jurists and courtroom legends who will spend the day sharing their insights and imparting their wisdom. Hear from Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye about her life experiences and her views on effective advocacy. Topnotch panelists will update you on 2017 litigation-related developments; Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame members will demonstrate key trial skills; a panel of accomplished in-house attorneys will tell you what they really want from their outside litigators; seasoned trial judges will teach you how to be more effective in the courtroom; and the exceptional lawyers who tried Oracle v. Google will dissect that hot trial for you.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Total 5.75 Hours of MCLE
Includes 5.75 Hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law and 1 Hour Legal Ethics
This inaugural Appellate Summit will update you on the latest developments in appellate practice and will provide invaluable insights from appellate justices, trial judges and appellate experts from across the state. The breakfast keynote will feature a lively presentation from Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert of the Second District Court of Appeal on brief writing, and the luncheon keynote will feature a not-to-be-missed discussion with California Solicitor General Ed Dumont.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
Federal class action litigation is an ever-changing area of the law, due to judicial developments and evolving rules and statutes. This class will cover key areas for those wishing to stay on top of — or ahead of — important changes with relevance to all class-action practitioners.
Issues to be discussed include:
Speakers: Matt Malone and Steven E. Swaney
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
What every litigator should know about attorney fee appeals will be discussed, including:
Speakers: Audra Ibarra and Richard Pearl
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
There are times when it is in the best interests of your client to get rid of your existing arbitrator. This webinar explains the law on how to disqualify an arbitrator where the arbitration is seated in California, including: (1) how to determine whether to apply the Federal Arbitration Act or the California Arbitration Act; (2) the differences between federal and state law on disqualification; and (3) when to pursue disqualification in court or with an arbitration administrative body (e.g., AAA, JAMS). This webinar also provides strategies for making and opposing disqualification applications.
Speaker: Jeffrey Dasteel
Are you the best litigator you can be? Join or renew your membership in the State Bar Litigation Section for access to resources that will help make you a great litigator.
The State Bar Litigation Section provides resources and opportunities for section members to enhance their professional development. The section offers continuing education through live programs, webinars, and an extensive library of recorded programs available online. Our programs are presented by distinguished litigators and judges from throughout the state.
Section members receive top quality publications free of charge, including California Litigation Review, an annual review of civil law developments; California Litigation, a journal published three times per year; and Litigation Update, a e-newsletter with case summaries of notable appellate opinions.
As a member of the Litigation Section you will have opportunities to join our standing committees that explore particular practice areas (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Food Law Committee, and Insurance Staff Counsel Committee), comment on proposed legislation affecting litigation practice (Rules and Legislation Committee), and comment on proposed revisions to CACI jury instructions (Jury Instructions Committee). The section also welcomes proposals for new committees and other programs and activities of interest to section members.
Learn more about the State Bar Litigation Section online at the section’s homepage and on Facebook and Twitter, and join the section or renew your membership.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
“Giving a Deposition” is a benefit of your membership in the Litigation Section. It will hopefully save you and your clients time and money, and allow you to prepare witnesses more effectively for their depositions. The video is intended to be shown to witnesses who have not had their depositions taken before, or for whom a refresher course would be worthwhile. Through a series of vignettes, the video explains the deposition process and provides advice about how to answer questions carefully, truthfully, and in a manner that expedites the completion of the deposition. The video obviously does not replace diligent witness preparation by lawyers and staff, but facilitates deposition preparation so that the lawyer’s time can be spent on the merits. For more information, see "Giving a Deposition".
The Litigation Section publishes California Litigation three times per year, under the supervision of the California Litigation Editorial Board. Each issue contains informative articles on themes of interest to litigators.
We have provided tables of contents from Volume 1, No. 1 to the present at California Litigation. And we have posted recent issues in our Members Only Area.
Copies of some back issues are still available. Please call 415- 538-2546 if you are interested in obtaining one or more.
California Litigation Reviewcomes out annually and is sent to members of the Litigation Section as a benefit of membership. The Review provides an annual overview of developments of interest to California's civil litigators and a review of many areas of practice that we do not regularly encounter, but need to know!
We have posted California Litigation Review in our Members Only Area.
For more information, see California Litigation Review.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
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