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Webinar: Preserving Issues for Appeal: Tips for Trial Counsel in State Civil Cases

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October 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Specialization in Appellate Law 

This program will address how to preserve issues for appeal in state civil cases. Two appellate attorneys will discuss how to preserve the record at various stages of litigation to protect your client’s appellate rights, and they will address common mistakes that lead to forfeiture of issues on appeal. The goal of the program is to provide a better understanding of the importance of protecting the record in the trial court and how to do so. This program is great for civil trial and appellate attorneys.

Speakers: Gary A. Watt and Jocelyn Sperling

Gary A. Watt, a partner at Hanson Bridget LLP, co-chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice. Gary is a State Bar approved, certified appellate specialist. His practice also includes anti-SLAPP and other pre and post-trial motions as well as trial and appellate consulting. Gary is chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s appellate section. Gary also supervises UC Law San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit pro bono appellate clinic, the UC Law Appellate Program.

Jocelyn Sperling is of counsel with the Complex Appellate Litigation Group and has represented clients in the California Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit for more than a decade. Before joining CALG, she ran her own appellate practice, worked as an appellate lawyer at Bien & Summers, and litigated cases at the boutique employment firm Traber & Voorhees. In addition to her time in private practice, Jocelyn spent many years as a law clerk and staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit and Alameda County Superior Court. She serves on the Committee on Appellate Courts of the California Lawyers Association‚Äôs Litigation Section, is chair of the Alameda County Bar Association‚Äôs Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee, and is vice chair of the ACBA‚Äôs Appellate Section. Jocelyn graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law, where she was in the first class of the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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