Earn 7.0 Hours of MCLE Credit. Includes 7.0 Hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law (Appellate Summit Only)
Friday, October 5, 2018
Marriott Union Square
480 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Register Online Here
Click Here to Book Your Hotel!
Early Registration Deadline: September 28, 2018
The Litigation and Appellate Summits will be the first-ever combined programming.
Click here to register for the Fleet Week Reception
Litigation Summit Schedule | Appellate Summit Schedule
Essential Info | Brochure | Reg Form
Fleet Week Reception | Sponsors
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Friday, October 5, 2018
Earn 7.0 Hours of MCLE
Join the Litigation Section for its Litigation Summit. The Summit will have everything you want in a one-day program designed just for trial lawyers. Top-notch panels will update you on new developments; Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame members will demonstrate key trial skills; general counsel will tell you what they really want from their lawyers, and a panel of federal and state judges will tell you what you need to know to be more effective in the courtroom. Luncheon will feature a discussion with Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The first comprehensive revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct in 29 years take effect November 1, 2018. An expert panel will discuss new and revised rules governing: lawyer advertising; referral fees; conflicts of interest; representing clients with diminished capacities; harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; advising or assisting the violation of law; trial publicity; and sexual relations with clients.
Moderator: Timothy Sullivan, McCormick Barstow LLP, Fresno
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Renowned trial lawyers Mary Alexander and Kevin Calcagnie will share their insights and strategies for effective cross-examination and San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Edward Torpoco will provide a judicial perspective on this critical aspect of trial practice.
Moderator: Norman J. Rodich, Palmieri Tyler, Irvine
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
In 2017, a three-person team of Assistant United States Attorneys in Los Angeles obtained a guilty verdict against former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca. The trial was a culmination of a multi-year investigation into corruption at the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department that resulted in 10 convictions for obstruction of justice, including Sheriff Baca and undersheriff, and 21 convictions overall. The prosecuting attorneys were named California Lawyers of the Year for 2018 by the Daily Journal.
The series of trials was not without drama, including two hung juries, one for former Sheriff Baca. Join prosecuting attorneys Liz Rhodes and Eddie Jauregui and defense lawyers Tom O’Brien and Nathan Hochman for an in-depth examination of the lawyering behind these cases.
Moderator: Erik Silber, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar discusses the challenges facing the high court and the legal system in California. He will share the issues and challenges that face all of us as officers of the court. This will be an interview format presentation, with representatives of the Litigation Section and the Appellate Committee asking questions you yourself would ask. Justice Cuéllar has also promised to share some of his personal journey to the high court.
Speaker: Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, California Supreme Court, San Francisco
12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
This star-powered panel will bring you the latest developments in federal and state court procedures and substantive law, as well as legislative changes. This one-stop approach to updates just for litigators was one of the highlights of last year’s Summit.
Moderator: W. George Wailes, Law Office of George Wailes, San Mateo
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Seasoned mediators will share tips and strategies for effective negotiation, initial offers, settlement psychology, managing client expectations, principles of persuasion, and maximizing chances of a successful resolution in mediation.
Moderator: Ana M. Sambold, Sambold Law & ADR Services, San Diego
A spate of new rules of civil procedure—including key changes in class action practice and seminal cases affecting federal civil practice—make this a must-attend session for federal litigators.
Moderator: Joshua Klein, Deputy Solicitor General, California Office of the Attorney General, Los Angeles
In-house counsel have enormous responsibilities servicing the needs of their internal business clients, while also managing outside counsel relationships. They are expected to resolve daunting legal challenges within budget. This all-star panel of in-house counsel will discuss their experiences from working in-house and their expectations of outside counsel. Learn from some of the most dynamic in-house attorneys in the United States. This session will be practical and lively.
Moderator: Terrance J. Evans, Duane Morris LLP, San Francisco
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What are the differences between state and federal court voir dire? What are the most effective strategies for picking a jury favorable to your case? Does one “select” or “de-select” a jury? Join our experienced panel for a discussion of the best practices and techniques in jury selection for both the new and seasoned practitioner.
Moderator: Jessica Riggin, Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, Oakland
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Earn 7.0 Hours of MCLE and 7.0 Hours of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law
This Appellate Summit will provide updates and insights into the latest developments in appellate practice by jurists and experts from across the state. Luncheon will feature a discussion with Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, will discuss the most significant cases on the horizon.
Speaker: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Abuse of discretion and the substantial evidence rule: How to argue your way around these daunting barriers. And when is it futile to even try? Plus, how to save an argument from forfeiture/ waiver when trial counsel dropped the ball. Two appellate specialists and a Court of Appeal insider share their tips and strategies.
Create more credible-looking briefs with insights and editing checklists from the California Reporter of Decisions and a senior appellate court attorney.
(Joint Session with the Litigation Summit) MCLE: 0.5 hour
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar discusses the challenges facing the high courts and the legal system in California. He will share the issues and challenges that face all of us as officers of the courts. This will be an interview format presentation, with the representatives of the Litigation Section and the Appellate Committee asking the questions you yourself would ask. Justice Cuéllar has also promised to share some of his personal journey to the high court.
Whether your appeal is in federal or state court matters. A panel of experienced appellate practitioners, a California Court of Appeal justice, and a Ninth Circuit judge discuss procedural differences and key strategic considerations for litigating before the Ninth Circuit and state courts of appeal.
Whether it’s your first appeal or your hundredth, you should know how to handle the most common ethical problems in appellate practice. This panel will teach you how to avoid the most common malpractice mistakes.
An appellate justice shares his insights on the unique role of appellate advocates. The discussion will include practical tips on appellate techniques and how to work with the trial court record, which shapes appeals.
Speaker: Hon. Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six
Register on or before September 28, 2018 for the best rate. Use one form per registrant. Attendees can attend programs for either the Litigation or Appellate Summit. For the Litigation Summit, choose the MCLE session you wish to attend from the three concurrent sessions during the 3:15 – 4:15 Hot Topics. You can make this selection on the registration form.
A printable brochure is available for your convenience.
Click here to register online.
To register by mail, print the registration form and send to:
California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA
The Litigation Summit, Friday, October 5, 2018
Section Member - $175
Non-Section Member - $270
Government or Non-Profit - $125
The Appellate Summit, Friday, October 5, 2018
Non-Section registration fee includes $95 enrollment in The Litigation Section for 2019.
Fleet Week, Saturday, October 6, 2018
Non-Military Attorney or Non-Military Personnel - $30
Military Attorney or Military Personnel - FREE
Honor our service members by attending this special Fleet Week event. Relax over wine and hors d’oeuvres, network with colleagues, earn 0.5 hours in legal ethics credit—all while enjoying a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay!
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Duane Morris LLP, Spear Tower
One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Register Online Here for Fleet Week
Ethics Program: Protecting Those Who Serve: Attorney Compliance with Service Member Protections Under the SCRA and State Law. State and federal law, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), provide critical protections for service members and their families. The law also establishes important ethical and compliance obligations for attorneys representing or opposing service members in litigation, repossession, eviction, foreclosure, debt collection, and other contexts. This presentation will provide an overview of those protections and obligations, as well as practical advice on ethical practice in this area.
MCLE: 0.5 Hour in Legal Ethics
Speaker: Nick Akers, Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice, and Lieutenant Colonel (CA), California State Military Reserve
The California Lawyers Association and the Litigation Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.