The Litigation Section is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to May 22, 2017. See the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame page for nomination guidelines.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
We will cover pre-election litigation regarding issues like ballot designations for candidates, whether impartial analyses or ballot arguments involving initiatives or referenda are false or misleading, and pre-ballot challenges to the validity of a ballot measure. We will discuss election contests, which occur after votes have been counted and one side alleges that enough illegal votes were counted to change the outcome of the election. We will also cover libel suits over campaign materials and enforcement actions brought by the Fair Political Practices Commission or local ethics commissions regarding reporting requirements. Finally, we will touch on issues involving redistricting at the state and local level.
Speakers: James Harrison, Robin Johansen and Margaret Prinzing
Friday, May 26, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice
5998 Alcala Park
University of San Diego
Earn 2.0 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit
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Presented by the Public Law Section and Litigation Section
Friday, June 2, 2017
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard, Room 3
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Earn 6.75 hours MCLE
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
The registration deadline is Friday, May 26, 2017.
Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form
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Thursday, June 8, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.
Moderator: Stephen Duffy
Speaker: Alex Jakle
Presented by the Litigation Section
Earn 2 hours of MCLE credit
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by no later than 5 business days prior to the date of your selected date.
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This program will provide direction and advice from accomplished judges on the unwritten rules and best practices for courtroom conduct, communication with other counsel and the impact of your overall approach to the law practice and your community reputation. Click here for all the details!
August 18-19, 2017. Plan to join the State Bar Sections for a special Sections Convention at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. This will be a multi-track CLE event with plenty of activities and networking opportunities. Watch your email for registration information.
Master Your Litigation Skills—and Reach the Summit!
Friday, October 13, 2017
Marriott Union Square
Earn 7.75 hours of MCLE Credit
With a special luncheon presentation with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye!
Panel Topics include:
The day will conclude with a hosted networking reception. More information will be posted HERE as the date draws nearer.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Marriott Union Square
Join us for this important summit where you will hone your appellate advocacy skills, learn from top California appellate practitioners and appellate court jurists, and earn Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law.
Featuring Justice Arthur Gilbert,
Presiding Justice, Second District, Division Six.
More information will posted HERE as the date draws nearer.
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 Review comes 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 Litigation Section, you're eligible for:
A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639Litigation@calbar.ca.gov
The Litigation Section is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.