Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
Litigators are often entering a mediation or arbitration with dispute resolution clauses that are drafted too vaguely, too specifically…and sometimes are just right. Join our presenters as they will give their respective “insider’s view” into what business clients want and expect in mediation and arbitration, and what arbitrators see as frequent pitfalls – and best practices – in how ADR clauses are interpreted by outside counsel, and what litigators can and should do in the face of a problematic clause. They will discuss common issues that arise when a clause is unclear, offer examples of how litigators either help or hurt the efficiency and effectiveness of the arbitration process when dealing with a poorly drafted ADR clause, and provide some best practices and insights to attendees.
Speakers: Hon. Alice Sullivan and Lester Schiefelbein
Moderator: Serena Lee
The Litigation Section is pleased to announce that Jennifer L. Keller and Bob Van
are the recipients of the 2018 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award!
This award is bestowed upon attorneys who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify
the highest of values and professional attainment. Read more about them
by clicking here!
California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin will present Ellis Horvitz with his inaugural award and induction into the Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Marriott Union Square in San Francisco, California. The Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame reception will follow the 2nd Annual Appellate Summit. Summit registration opens in August. Read more here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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The Litigation Section is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.