Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12 noon - 1:04 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
All litigators know that the client deposition is one of the key events of the case. This presentation will discuss methods to develop confident and knowledgeable clients and attorneys who will be able to competently perform in deposition.
Speaker: Neil Pedersen
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 12 noon - 1:02 p.m.
Learn how to separate yourself from the pack by being a persuasive and engaging speaker both in and outside of the courtroom. This program will help to hone the public speaking and presentation skills of both novice and experienced lawyers.
Speakers: Cynthia Elkins and Paul Marks
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to partipcipate.
Many newer attorneys don`t know how to get started developing cross-examination questions for trial, and then might not be confident about where to take the examination. This seminar offers practical advice and guidance.
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Learn effective skills for presenting your client’s case at each step in the litigation process, from law and motion to trial. Learn what judges, mediators, and juries want and need to hear from you, whether you are arguing points of law or presenting the story of the case.
Speakers: Patricia McCabe, Steve Mehta
The State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section is pleased to announce that San Diego County attorney L. Tracee Lorens is the honored recipient of the 2017 Attorney of the Year Award. The Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California presents its Attorney of the Year Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney, who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to the legal profession, contributed to the betterment of the practice of law, and has devoted significant service to the public and legal community. Mrs. Lorens fits the profile exceptionally. The award will be presented at the Solo and Small Firm Reception at the Section's Convention held on Friday, August 18, 2017, in San Diego at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marin.
Tracee Lorens is a very accomplished attorney (recently retired) who now divides her work time between a Mediation practice in California and Colorado, and her luxury vacation rental business. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and many admiringly nick named her “The Colorado Mountain Woman”, due to her tenacious litigation style and her never ending drive to win for her clients, every single time. READ MORE
By Steven L. Krongold
Scope of Anti-SLAPP Statute
Park v. Board of Trustees of Cal. State Univ., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 3170 (5/4/2017)
Denial of tenure based on alleged national-origin discrimination does not trigger anti-SLAPP protections. Court followed a trio of recent decisions holding that discriminatory actions do not meet the “arising from” prong simply because the discriminatory animus might have been evidenced by one or more communications by a defendant. Read more.
Dear Members: Our Section Magazine, The Practitioner (formerly known as Big News for Solo & Small Firms), is back as a quarterly publication. If you are a Section member, you should have been receiving our new and improved magazine. We are currently accepting articles. Please contact our new Editor-in-Chief Jeremy M. Evans at: Jeremy@CSLlegal.com.
Jeremy M. Evans
Published by The State Bar of California
As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. READ MORE
Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. READ MORE
A good source for webinars is the CLE Calendar in the California Bar Journal, showing all of the upcoming webinars from all of the Sections, as well as in-person programs.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section.
As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs 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.
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Online articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. See Solo and Small Firm Section self-study articles.
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.
Solo and Small Firm Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639