By way of introduction, my name is Megan Rowe and I am the new Chair of the Litigation Section. I am an attorney from Sacramento and I specialize in health care and business litigation on behalf of health plans and insurers. I would like to thank our prior Chair, Kathleen Brewer, who dedicated a substantial amount of time and effort on behalf of the Section and did an amazing job representing the Section during her term. I would also like to welcome our new Executive Committee members, Erik Silber (Los Angeles), John Derrick (Santa Barbara), and Kenneth Wang (Los Angeles). In addition, I would like to welcome the Honorable Elizabeth Feffer from the Los Angeles Superior Court as our newest judicial advisor.
Well, we are in exciting times! Senate Bill 36 was signed into law on October 2, 2017. The 16 Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association will become a new statewide bar association on January 1, 2018. We are actively planning all facets of the new association. This change will open a world of possibilities as to what we can do for our profession, increase the number of lawyers we reach, and embrace fully the technological advances now available for our work and our relationships.
The good news is that during the transition and after separation, you will continue to receive all of the services and benefits you have come to expect from the Litigation Section. The better news is that, without the regulatory limitations and costs that came as part of being in an agency of the State of California, we believe that you will get better service, have much more ability to impact how the Sections function, and be far more satisfied with the new entity that serves you.
I will continue to provide updates regarding our progress as we transition into our new association.
Megan A. Rowe, ChairState Bar 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
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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, November 14, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
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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