Litigation Summit Schedule

Earn up to 13.25 hours of MCLE credit, including Implicit Bias and Legal Ethics and 5.25 hours of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law – plus access to an additional 12 hours of MCLE credit through our library of programs in order to fulfill all your CLE compliance requirements.

Litigation and Appellate Summit Schedule

Thursday, May 4, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open

Litigation, Appellate, and ADR Update

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | 1.5 Hours of MCLE Credit Including 1.5 Hours of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law

Witty James Wagstaffe will bring you up to date on the latest federal case and procedural developments. Thoughtful Jordanna Thigpen will discuss legislative developments and recent cases crucial to practitioners as well as her annual list of laws and procedures that need changing

Moderator: George Wailes
Panelists: Jim Wagstaffe and Jordanna Thigpen

Implicit Bias and Disability

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | 1.0 Hour Implicit Bias

Panelist: Bryce Young

Judicial Roundtable

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 1 Hour CLE Credit

Listen to a panel of jurists answer questions about the challenges they face, what they like to see practitioners do, and how the judiciary is adapting in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic.

Panelists: Hon. Mary Greenwood, Hon. Alexandra Gordon, and Hon. Laurel Beeler

Thursday lunch sponsored by Daily Journal

Daily Journal

Brief It Like Brandeis: The Use of Social Science and Other Non-Legal Sources in Appellate Advocacy

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | 1 Hour of MCLE Credit Including 1 Hour of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the history of and best practices for “Brandeis briefs.” The program will provide insight, advice, and expertise on why, when, and how advocates can best employ non-legal sources in briefing and argument.

Moderator: Julia C. Shear Kushner   
Panelists: Hon. Therese M. Stewart, Prof. Ellie Margolis. Leslie Ellen Shear

Statutory Interpretation Is Everywhere

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 1 Hour of MCLE Credit Including 1 Hour of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law

Statutory interpretation arises in every area of practice but is not a core competency for many attorneys. This program will cover the ins and outs of statutory interpretation, including the plain text, context, canons of construction, legislative history, constitutional avoidance, and the rule of lenity. It will also touch on the significant differences between the state and federal approaches.

Panelists: Leah Spero, Hon. Danny Chou and Chris Micheli

Keynote Address from California Solicitor General Michael Mongan

Michael Mongan

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | .75 Hours of MCLE Credit Including .75 Hours of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law

California’s Solicitor General will share a perspective from his position as the chief appellate lawyer at the state Department of Justice and will answer questions from the audience..

Panelists: Solicitor General Michael Mongan

Reception Sponsored by Hanson Bridgett

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we socialize with attorneys and judicial officers from across the state.


Friday, May 5, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration Open

Another Momentous Term in the Supreme Court:  October Term 2022

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | 1 Hour of MCLE Credit Including 1 Hour of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law

Erwin Chemerinsky

A Momentous Time in the United States Supreme Court. October Term 2022 was filled with blockbuster cases involving affirmative action, election law, free speech, and much more. The presentation, featuring University of California Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will review these cases and examine what they mean for California appellate courts.

Moderator: Glenn Danas
Panelist: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Core Skills/Jury Selection

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | 1.5 Hours CLE Credit

This presentation will explore the process of jury selection through discussion with Judge Armando Pastran and a leading jury consultant and live voir dire demonstration by top trial attorneys.  We will examine the implications of CCP 231.7 on jury selection and the implications of a world beyond Batson and current trends in juror attitudes and beliefs.   Presented jointly by the Criminal Law and Litigation Section. 

Panelists: Hon. Armando Pastran, Tehanita Taylor, Casey Hultin, and Will Rountree

Navigating Complex Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Issues in a Rapidly Changing Environment

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | 1.5 hours Implicit Bias

This panel will feature several nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders. These distinguished leaders will provide guidance regarding how to navigate complex diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the legal profession. Lawyers and Judges who attend this lunchtime plenary program will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while learning valuable information.

Moderator: Terrance Evans
Panelists: Kevin Benedicto, Jeff Kosbie, Luara Hurtado, and Judge Bolanos

Friday lunch sponsored by ILYM Group

ilym group

Winning Strategies for Summary Judgment: Why, How, and When

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | 1 Hour CLE Credit

Experienced practitioners and judges will discuss strategies on whether, when, and how to file summary judgment motions and how to sharpen their motions. Not just a powerful tool in defendants’ toolbox, this seminar will also cover summary judgment motions from plaintiffs’ perspective. Judicial panelists will explain how they examine summary judgment motions and oppositions and what they consider key to a winning motion.

Panelists:  Denyse Clancey, Dave Schultz, Justice Ioana Petrou, and Hon. Sam Feng

Master Advocates: “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Series: The Art of Storytelling and Theme-Building at Trial

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  | 1 Hours CLE Credit

Learn from the best. Legendary trial lawyer, civil rights advocate, and 2022 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame inductee John E. Sweeney explains how to tell a compelling story, from jury selection through closing argument, that resonates with the jurors and compels them to find for your client.

Panelists: John Sweeney

CTAPP Requirements for IOLTA and Client Trust Accounts

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  | 1 Hours Ethics

A program on the ethical basics of client trust accounts, Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 1.15, and the increased oversight responsibility California lawyers has for their client trust accounts.

Panelists:  Joel Osman

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