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Webinar: Petitions for Review; A View from Inside the Supreme Court of California

March 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 legal specialization in Appellate Law.


Justice Groban and the Deputy Director of the Criminal Central Staff, Jessica Barber, provide their perspectives on what makes a successful petition for review, answer, and reply.  Program will be moderated by David Ettinger, of counsel at Horvitz & Levy, LLP and author of At the Lectern, a legal blog about the Supreme Court of California.

Learn directly from a justice of the California Supreme Court and a member of the central staff about what makes an excellent petition for review, what their role is in reviewing petitions for the Court, and the logistics of a petition as it makes its way through the state’s high court.

Speakers: Justice Joshua Groban and Jessica Barbar

Moderator: David Ettinger


Justice Groban began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2019. Previously he was the Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and advised the governor on judicial appointments, legal policy and legislative issues. Justice Groban advised the governor on the appointment of over 600 judges, or roughly one out of every three judges in the state. He received numerous awards from bar groups and other legal organizations for his work on judicial appointments. He also served on a local school board, participated in mentor programs for college and law students, and frequently lectured on judicial appointments. Justice Groban has also taught State Appellate Practice at the UCLA School of Law.

Justice Groban had previously been in private practice, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, with a focus on antitrust, internal investigations, and intellectual property. 

Justice Groban grew up in San Diego, where he attended public schools. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors and distinction from Stanford University. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable William C. Conner in the Southern District of New York.

Jessica Barber is the Deputy Director of the Criminal Central Staff of the California Supreme Court.  She began working for the court in 2008, first as an annual attorney, then a judicial staff attorney, and was promoted to Deputy Director in January 2019.  Previously, she was a Legal Research Attorney at the San Francisco Superior Court.  She has spent her entire legal career working for the court system and enjoys her work immensely.    

David Ettinger is currently of counsel at Horvitz & Levy, LLP after working many years as a partner of the firm.  He has briefed and argued many notable appeals, including more than a dozen arguments before the California Supreme Court. He is considered by many in the industry as a scholar in appellate justice and has been published in a variety of legal publications.  David served two terms on the Appellate Advisory Committee for the Judicial Council of California and he was a member of the Appellate Rules Revision Project Task Force.  He is the primary writer for the much lauded At the Lectern, his firm’s blog covering the California Supreme Court.

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