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Webinar: Navigating Posttrial Motions and the Path to Appeal

October 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 Legal Specialization in Appellate Law.


This program covers civil posttrial motions in state court, including the distinctions between them and how to avoid procedural traps; which posttrial orders are appealable and the standards of review; and notice of appeal considerations and timing.

Speakers: Paul Johnson and Jocelyn Sperling


Paul Johnson is partner in King & Spalding’s Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law practice. Paul’s experience includes all phases of appellate-court and trial-court proceedings. He has argued before state and federal appellate courts inside and outside California. His work in trial courts often involves unsettled legal issues or complex civil procedure. Past trial experience (both bench and jury) informs his work as an appellate advisor on trial teams.

Paul is a past chair of the Committee on Appellate Courts of the State Bar of California (2011–2012). He is certified in appellate law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. He has long presented on appellate law and practice.

Paul serves on the firm’s pro bono committee and was recognized when the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area honored King & Spalding in 2018. Paul is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Paul graduated the law school formerly known as Boalt (University of California, Berkeley) and Yale College.

Jocelyn Sperling handles appeals and key trial court motions in her solo civil practice.  Prior to starting her own firm, she was an appellate attorney at Bien & Summers. Earlier in her career, she litigated wage and hour class actions and discrimination cases at Traber & Voorhees.

In addition to her time in private practice, Jocelyn spent many years working for the courts.  After law school she clerked for Judge Paez at the Ninth Circuit, and later returned to the Ninth Circuit as a staff attorney. Jocelyn was also a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court.

Jocelyn co-authors a chapter in CEB’s California Civil Appellate Practice and speaks on appellate law. She serves on the CLA Litigation Section’s Committee on Appellate Courts and the Alameda County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee.  She has done extensive pro bono work for nonprofit organizations, including Centro Legal de la Raza and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.

Jocelyn graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

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