Dear Litigation Section Members,
The leadership at our new bar association, the California Lawyers Association, is working hard to firmly plant CLA 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 have not yet renewed your Litigation Section membership, you can do so through your State Bar Profile at calbar.ca.gov. 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
We are reprising last year’s successful litigation and appellate summits on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Marriott Union Square in San Francisco. Make it a weekend and see the Blue Angels, the Giants, and the Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival! Highlights include:
Reviews from Last Year's Summits
Join your friends and colleagues from across the state for rewarding and often entertaining legal insights. Please join us for an end-of-day reception to see friends and honor our next inductee into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and our inaugural inductee into the Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame.
Registration and hotel information coming soon!
Monday, June 18, 2018, 12 noon - 1:26 p.m.
This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
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.
Speaker: Morgan Chu
Monday, 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.
Speakers: James Greene, Daralyn Durie, Michael Kahn and Lynne C. Hermle
Monday, July 2, 2018, 12 noon - 12:59 p.m.
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
We will cover pre-election litigation regarding issues like ballot designations for candidates, whether impartial analyses or ballot arguments involving initiatives or referenda are false or misleading,
and pre-ballot challenges to the validity of a ballot measure. We will discuss election contests, which occur after votes have been counted and one side alleges that enough illegal votes were counted to
change the o utcome of the election. We will also cover libel suits over campaign materials and enforcement actions brought by the Fair Political Practices Commission or local ethics commissions regarding reporting requirements.
Finally, we will touch on issues involving redistricting at the state and local level.
Speakers: James Harrison, Robin Johansen, and Margaret Prinzing.
Monday, July 9, 2018, 12 noon - 1:01 p.m.
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance to participate.
Attorneys handling e-discovery have ethical duties to do so competently, and to protect their client's confidentiality. This webinar will address how to mee those duties competently and cost-effectively.
Formal Opinion No. 2015-193 of the Standing Committee On Professional Responsibility and Conduct of the California State Bar ("Committee Opinion") opines that an attorney may violate ethical duties of competence by failing
to understand and perform e-discovery skills. The Committee Opinion set out a list of nine e-discovery tasks that "attorneys handling e-discovery should be able to perform (either by themselves or in association with competent
counsel or expert consultants)."
Speakers: Yoav Griver and Daniel Gelb
Moderator: Daniel Garrie
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12noon - 1 p.m.
What were the legal issues at the forefront of the marquee trade secrets litigation between Waymo and Uber? How can companies resolve the tension between California's policies favoring employee mobility and protecting trade secrets? What are some key aspects of presenting a trade secrets case at trail? Join us to learn about these issues and more from two of Uber's trial lawyers in Waymo v. Uber.
Speakers: Meredith Dearborn and Maxwell Pritt
Moderator: Sebastian Kaplan
Monday, July 16, 2018, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credits in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance to participate.
California Superior Court Judges will discuss civility in litigation practice, including legal requirements and best practices. Topics covered will include: why civility is important,
how civility is legally mandated, and the best practices in discover, deposition, oral argument, and motion practice.
Speakers: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith and Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Moderator: Hon. Edward Torpoco
Monday July 23, 2018, 12 noon - 1:01 p.m.
The panel consists of a federal judge and two extremely knowledgeable advocates who will explain (1) what business records are; (2) what business
records are not (and how to spot the issues); and (3) how to successfully get business records into evidence, including the foundation and responding to objections.
Speakers: W. George Wailes, Hon. Beth Labson Freeman, Raoul D. Kennedy, and Douglas S. Saeltzer
Monday July 30, 2018, 12 noon - 1:02 p.m.
This program will show you how to use trial presentation technology to improve every aspect of your trial advocacy. Learn about:
Speakers: Miles b. Cooper and Carol Bauss
Moderators: Michael F. Kelleher and Thomas Greene
Learn how Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar went from a one-room school 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.
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 email@example.com.
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, andjoin the section or renew your membership.
“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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