The Sections of The State Bar of California are pleased to present the 2017 Sections Convention – a networking and learning opportunity planned especially for California attorneys and legal professionals.
Friday-Saturday, August 18-19, 2017
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Spa
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will open at 7 a.m. on Friday.
This inaugural event is the new platform for the State Bar Sections’ stellar programs and events previously offered at The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
This webinar will address the approach to mediation and arbitration in the California Association of REALTORS®’ Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), including the prevailing party attorneys’ fee clause, the default mediation provider selection, and insights from a mediator and arbitrator on attorney practice when arbitrating and mediating disputes under the RPA.
Speakers: Wendy Fassberg and Neil D. Kalin
Presented by California Women Lawyers and the Litigation Section of The State Bar of California Bar
REGISTER for this program on the California Women Lawyers' website.
Friday, September 15, 2017
30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Federal Courthouse (Ceremonial Courtroom)
350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Program and Lunch
Josh Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Brown on Judicial Appointments
Other Guest Speakers Include:
Wylie Aiken, Aitken, Aitken & Cohn
The Honorable Kimberly Gaab, Presiding Judge, Fresno County Superior Court
The Honorable Steve Kim, Magistrate Judge, Central District of California
The Honorable Patricia Murphy, Ventura County Superior Court
The Honorable Virginia Phillips, Central District of California
The Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell, Central District of California
The Honorable Gail Standish, Magistrate Judge, Central District of California
Helen Zukin, Kiesel Law
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Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
The old adage that you never have a second chance to make a first impression is particularly true in the trial setting, and opening statements play such a critical role in a trial because they not only present the initial, and sometimes best, opportunity for you to provide the jury with a roadmap of your case, but also because they provide you with your first opportunity to present yourself to the jury and to establish the kind of credibility that will persuade jurors to trust the testimony and evidence that you will eventually submit for its consideration.
This webinar will explore the elements of an effective opening statement (presenting a theme to your case, setting the scene for the evidence you will present at trial, shaping the jury’s perspective of your case through a presentation that is persuasive but not impermissibly argumentative, the use of an effective “grabber” and closing remarks), issues that frequently present themselves when crafting an opening statement (fronting “bad facts,” personalizing your client), tips on presenting an effective opening statement (including tips regarding the use of visual aids), and the different challenges presented when delivering an opening statement on behalf of a plaintiff as opposed to on behalf of a defendant or when delivering an opening statement in a bench trial as opposed to a jury trial.
This webinar will feature a roundtable discussion on these topics that will include the perspectives of a current United States District Court Judge and three panelists with extensive federal trial experience.
Speakers: E. Martin Estrada, Brandon Fox, Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell and Jeffrey Rutherford
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. See the preliminary program and information about sponsorship opportunities HERE.
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.
See the preliminary program and information about sponsorship opportunities HERE.
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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The Litigation Section is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.