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Webinar: The Role of the Public in Curating California Precedent: Procedure and Best Practices for Requests for Publication and Depublication in the California Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court

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June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 Legal Specialization in Appellate Law. You must register in advance to participate.

California offers organizations and individuals a meaningful role in the development of appellate precedent through requests for publication and depublication of appellate opinions.

In the last fiscal year, only 8% of all written opinions of our six appellate districts were published (and therefore citable in California Courts) – with district publication rates ranging from 3% to 12%.

This webinar will review the formal policies of the Judicial Council rules governing publication, the unwritten variables, the procedures for seeking publication or depublication and strategies for success. Attendees will receive a link to a Dropbox with the program slides, the Judicial Council rules governing publication and depublication, sample publication and depublication letters and other materials.

Leslie Ellen Shear is one of four lawyers dual-certified by the State Bar of CA Board of Legal Specialization as specialists in family law and appellate law. For many years she has co-chaired the very active Association of Family Law Specialists amicus committee, which has a strong success record for grant of publication and depublication requests. Her associate (and daughter), Julia C. Shear Kushner, will interview Leslie about all aspects of publication and depublication.

Julia is the Treasurer of the LACBA Appellate Courts Section and a member of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section’s Committee on Appellate Courts. She is also an editor for the CLA Litigation Section’s Litigation Update and contributor to the annual Litigation Review. Ms. Shear Kushner has lectured on appellate practice for the California Judicial Council and Public Counsel’s Appellate Self-Help Clinic workshops at the Los Angeles Law Library.

Leslie Ellen Shear
Julia Shear Kushner

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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