Dear Litigation Section Members,
The leadership at our new bar association, the California Lawyers Association, is working hard to plant CLA firmly on the map. The CLA’s website (calawyers.org) is up and running and is a good resource of information. You will soon hear directly from CLA’s newly elected President Heather Rosing and CLA’s new Chair James Hill with more information about the evolution of CLA. And the CLA looks forward to relocating its office to Sacramento in January 2019. The Litigation Section continues to embrace this transition from the State Bar of California to the CLA and remains an active participant in the planning efforts.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Litigation Section, there are many committee level opportunities, some of which are highlighted below.
Thank you for your continued support of the Litigation Section.
Megan A. Rowe, Chair
Do you know an incredible California attorney who deserves recognition? The Litigation Section seeks nominations for its 2018 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award and for its inaugural 2018 Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame Award. These awards will be bestowed upon attorneys who have excelled as trial lawyers and appellate lawyers, respectively, and whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment.
To read about past Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award recipients and materials to include with your nomination, click here.
To read about the Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame Award and materials to include in with your nomination, click here.
By May 25, 2018, 12 noon, please email all nomination materials to Ana.Castillo@CAlawyers.org. Include "TLHOF 2018" in the subject line for Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame nominations and "ALHOF 2018" for Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame Award.
Open your closet for the 17th Annual Law Suits Statewide Clothing Drive! Drop off your gently used business attire (men’s or women’s) at any Men’s Wearhouse between July 1 and July 31, 2018. Shirts, blouses, slacks, skirts, ties, belts, and shoes in good condition are also urgently needed.
Learn how Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar went from a one-room school house to the California Supreme Court.Read the complete California Litigation Review interview by Jessica Barclay-Strobel where the Justice shares her thoughts on arbitration, preemption, and the importance of being a good study buddy. Read it HERE.
Scale the Litigation and Appellate Summits on October 5, 2018 at the Marriott Union Square in San Francisco! Highlights include California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (pictured right) as our luncheon speaker and Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky sharing his insights into the U.S. Supreme Court. Check back for registration and hotel information soon.
Then stay another day in San Francisco for an event on October 6, 2018, sponsored by our Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Enjoy a networking reception—while watching the Blue Angels! — and learn about important issues facing our vets. Stay tuned for details!
Save the date! A Week in Legal London, which offers an unparalleled behind-the-scenes tour of the English legal system, will begin September 29, 2019
The Litigation Section offers outstanding MCLE through its webinar programs. Please check out the following upcoming webinars:
An Inside Look at Ninth Circuit Motion Practice, (May 22, 2018, at 12 noon – 1 p.m.) This webinar replay will give both new and experienced attorneys a comprehensive overview of motion practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, insights into how motions are decided, and important tips for crafting and opposing motions. Two of the presenters have handled motions both as Ninth Circuit Staff Attorneys and as practitioners before the Court, and the other presenter currently serves as a Staff Attorney in the Motions Unit at the Court. This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit including legal specialization in Appellate Law.
Attacking and Defending Experts after Sargon (May 29, 2018, at 12 noon – 1:05 p.m.) An estimated 80% of all cases that go to trial in California involve one or more experts. The California Supreme Court’s decision in Sargon v. University of Southern California significantly changed the standards for the admissibility of expert opinion in California trial courts. Using an innovative argument structure to make key points, an experienced trial judge and two outstanding trial lawyers will provide key insights into Sargon and its progeny in this webinar replay. This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Coaching for the New Practitioner: What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School (June 4, 2018, at 12 noon - 1:58 p.m.)This webinar replay will provide direction and advice from three 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.This program offers 2 hours participatory MCLE credit.
How to Get More Out of Yyour Mediator and your Mediations ( June 7, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.) Why don’t more cases settle in mediation? Surely, mediation can be more successful than it usually is. Few situations re more uncomfortable than driving away from a mediation with your client in the car, after a case didn’t settle. This webinar looks at what attorneys can do in mediation, when advocating for their clients, to increase the probability that their mediations actually settle. Seasoned mediators have taken hundreds of hours of classes and workshops in mediation and negotiation strategy, and have facilitated hundreds or thousands of negotiations. Most attorneys never get to see all of the skills a mediator has because they never make the mediator work hard enough to see their mediator to utilize those skills. We will look at every stage of how advocates can influence the process, from pre-mediation and preparation to communication and negotiation, to overcoming would-be impasses and getting the deal done. Join a master mediator to learn how counsel can get even more out of their mediators and mediations, and enjoy more successful settlements. As a 24-year mediator, the presenter has seen literally thousands of attorneys work their craft in mediations. Learn from these experiences as he shares with you what makes attorneys successful and leave with settlements and with satisfied clients. This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Webinar Replay: Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Series: Direct and Cross Examination, June 11, 2018, 12 noon - 1:18 p.m. Litigation Section’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame member e. bob wallach, trial lawyer Daniel J. Callahan, winner of the largest jury verdict in Orange County history, and Orange County Superior Court Judge James Di Cesare, share their thoughts and practical advice on direct and cross-examination. This program offers 1.25 hours participatory MCLE credit.
Webinar Replay: Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Series: Storytelling at Trial, June 18, 2018, 12 noon - 1:26 p.m. The Litigation Section’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame honoree Morgan Chu will explain how to win at trial by telling a compelling story so the jury will understand your case and return a verdict for your client. This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit.
Webinar Replay: Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Series: Winning the Big Trial, June 25, 2018, 12 noon - 1:31 p.m. Top trial attorneys will share strategies, tactics and insights from their high-profile wins in 2015. This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit.
The Jury Instructions Committee reviews and comments on proposed revisions to CACI civil jury instructions and verdict forms to help ensure they are legally accurate and comprehendible.The Judicial Council issues an invitation to comment on proposed revisions twice yearly in late December and late July.The Committee's carefully considered comments often result in meaningful improvements in the instructions.To participate in the review and comment process, please contact the Committee Chair Ben Ginsburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.