Thursday, June 7, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance to participate.
In May, the Supreme Court of California filed an order approving the first comprehensive amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California in 29 years. The court approved forty-two rules as modified by the court, twenty-seven rules as submitted by the State Bar. Learn how these changes will affect your practice!
Speakers: James Ham and Megan Zavieh
For members: Get all six webinars for $195, a savings of $135!
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
The majority of our litigation practice focuses on depositions. It is important that you ask the right questions and get the information you need to win your case. This webinar will discuss how to ask good questions, how to finish out a line of questioning, how to make a proper outline, how to handle defense counsel, how to pin down the deponent, and will answer questions from the attendees.
Speaker: Jessica Klarer Pride
Conducting voir dire with a goal of inclusion versus exclusion and a point of view that is emotionally centered on the juror. Often we use a checklist of questions to find jurors to kick off our juries - this CLE will look at a different method of building a jury.
Speaker: Phillip Stackhouse
A lot has been written on opening statements. Most of us read “volumes” of material dealing with opening statements and attend countless seminars covering these trial practice tools. There are methods that work for some and those that do not bear much fruit.
First impressions are often lasting, and the impression one leaves with a jury at the opening statement is no different. Cases are won and some lost at the critical moments when the jury is first forming their mind about the facts, about your client, and about YOU. All of us have the gift to be great trial lawyers, but few have the opportunity or courage to deliver the message that has been bestowed upon us.
There is no one right way to tell a story, but there is a wrong way to delivering an opening statement. This webinar focuses on the second most important part of a trial OPENING STATEMENT: The Art of Telling a Story.
Speaker: Parisima Roshanzamir
Many advocates believe that direct examination is one of the easiest elements of trial, but in truth, it is one of the hardest. The ability to hold a jury’s attention while also covering the facts that must be proven, laying foundation for evidence, and insulating your witness from cross examination can easily render your direct exam disjointed and boring. By using simple, straight-forward preparation methods, best practices for the technical elements, and crafting a persuasive story the advocate can avoid losing the jury and the case.
Many people try to cut a witness to pieces during cross-examination. While there may be a time and place for that, there are other, more effective methods to cross-examination which include the “empathetic cross” and the “storytelling cross” Fill your quiver with more arrows. Trial is never one-size fits all.
Closing Argument is the lawyer’s time to tie everything together that happened in the trial and make sure the jury understands and feels empowered to come to the decision you, the lawyer, is asking for.
Speakers: Renee Galente and Phillip Stackhouse
Request for Nominations - Due May 15, 2018
The Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to request nominations for the Solo and Small Firm Attorney of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting held on September 14, 2018 in San Diego.
The Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association presents its Attorney of the Year Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney, who has demonstrated 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.
Click Here for the Application Form
The Solo and Small Firm Section has two publications: The Practitioner, our quarterly magazine; and the ePractioner, our monthly electronic newsletter. We are always looking for content. Because this section is not in a particular substantive area, we are able to publish all kinds of subject matter. And we have great discretion as to length - so a great idea of one paragraph can be considered!
If you like to write, please send ideas and articles to the editors:
Marilyn A. Monahan, email@example.com and Nancy B Goldstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Robert M. Klein, Esq., A Law Practice Devoted to Helping Personal Injury Victimsrobert@rkleinlaw.com
You need to set up a meeting with the client and after talking on the phone you realize your client cannot make the trip to your office. Or maybe you cannot make the trip to your client. You consider your options: do you send a car service to bring the client to your office? Do you send a substitute to your client’s residence or place of business for the meeting? Do you meet the client on a weekend? There is a simple alternative - a video conference (or video chat). Read More
Posted on March 21, 2018 by Julie Brook, Esq., CEBReprinted by permission.
Although most attorneys never get involved with probate administration outside the United States, you might encounter practical problems if your client, who’s a California domiciliary, dies abroad. The first thing to do when a U.S. citizen dies in a foreign country is to contact the U.S. Department of State or the American consulate of the country in which the death occurred. This is for a few very practical reasons. Read More
California Supreme Court: The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) invites public comment on a draft opinion on whether a judge may give an educational presentation to a specialty bar association, such as a district attorney or public defender association. The deadline for comment is May 15. Read More
The State Bar of California notified members of the Bar last week that it intended to file a request with the California Supreme Court for approval of a proposed California Rule of Court regarding re-fingerprinting of attorneys. The change will allow the State Bar to obtain criminal record information in compliance with state law.
In the interim, the State Bar encourages attorneys to immediately notify the State Bar of any mandatory reportable actions. As a reminder, failure to report mandatory reportable actions in and of itself constitutes violations of various sections of the Business & Professions Code and may subject attorneys to disciplinary action.
The State Bar has posted FAQs on its website:http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Conduct-Discipline/Self-Reporting-FAQ
Mark your calendars for the inaugural California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting—a terrific opportunity to learn and to network. The CLA Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego this year:
Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, 2018Sheraton San Diego Harbor IslandSan Diego
This event follows in the footprints of the Sections Convention of 2017, and more than 30 years participating in the Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California. In fact, this event will feature many of the events you associated in the past with the Bar’s Annual Meeting. The Solo and Small Firm Section hopes to see you there!
Solo and Small Firm Section
California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639