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For more federal court specific content, please see the Federal Court Committee’s Quarterly Newsletter here. The Federal Court Committee’s full Fourth Quarter 2021 Newsletter includes an interview with Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Donahue (C.D. Cal.); a summary of the Committee’s recent comments on proposed rule changes; and a summary of the recent four-District webinar featuring: U.S. District Court Judges Anthony J. Battaglia (S.D. Cal.), Beth L. Freeman (N.D. Cal.), Philip S. Gutierrez (C.D. Cal.), and Kimberly J. Mueller (E.D. Cal). Read more
Since 1987, the Litigation Section’s premiere publication has been “California Litigation: The Journal of the Litigation Section,” which publishes three issues a year (Spring, Summer, and Fall), containing roughly a dozen articles of interest to California litigators. Read more
As we look to the coming year, the Litigation Section is hopeful that we can gather again in-person for some of our signature programs, such as A Week in Legal London in March 2022, while continuing to offer a wide range of online programs. Read more
For over 30 years, the Litigation Section has conducted a biennial educational program, A Week in Legal London. This program is unique in that it provides the participants with an unparalleled behind-the-scenes experience of the British legal system that is simply not available to general public. From our welcome by the Lord Chief Justice in the Royal Courts of Justice and meeting with the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, we are afforded access to the very highest levels of the British legal system. Read more
Through October 15, 2021, video and telephonic hearings may continue to be held in certain criminal matters. In the Western Division (Los Angeles), criminal duty matters will be held in Courtroom 880 of the Roybal Courthouse through October 15, 2021. In the Southern and Eastern divisions, criminal duty matters will be held in the duty magistrate’s courtroom. A redline containing the proposed revisions can be found in this electronic Notice. Read more
The Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that Wendy Cole Lascher is the 2021 Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame awardee. Six percent of the University of Michigan Law School’s class of 1973 were women. One was Wendy Cole Lascher, now one of California's best-known appellate lawyers. Wendy’s professional career began at a three-lawyer appellate firm, where she had an opportunity to handle a wide range of appeals and writs, including multimillion dollar punitive damages cases,… Read more
Proposed Rules Amendments Published for Public Comment. The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) has published proposed amendments to the following rules: Appellate Rules 2 and 4;Bankruptcy Restyled Rules for the 3000 to 6000 Series; Rules 3002.1, 3011, and 8003; and new Rule 9038;Official Bankruptcy Forms 101, 309E1, 309E2, and 417A; and new Official Forms 410C13-1N, 410C13-1R, 410C13-10C, 410C13-10NC, and 410C13-10R;Civil Rules 15, 72, and new Rule 87;New Criminal Rule 62; andEvidence Rules 106, 615,… Read more
Litigation Update is a monthly publication of the CLA Litigation Section, providing members with timely case summaries of important recent state and federal appellate opinions. Read more
Central District of California Covid-19 Update: All divisions of the Central District of California resumed normal operations on June 15, 2021. Hearings by video or telephonic conference may continue to be held in civil matters at the discretion of the assigned judge. Persons entering the courthouses must follow the CDC’s most recent guidance regarding face coverings or masks, though individual district judges have discretion to require the wearing of masks in their courtrooms. (See Gen. Order 21-08.) Southern District of California… Read more
The Committee on Access to Justice and Civic Engagement seeks to broaden access to the courts and justice system and help provide civic programs to educate the legal community about how to get involved. Read more

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