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A Week in Legal London

May 7-12, 2017

A Week in Legal London, May 7-12, 2017The 2017 “A Week in Legal London” program provides an unparalleled behind the scenes exposure to the English legal and court system and is designed to compare and contrast the law as it is applied to California to the original source of our common law in England in an effort to provide our participants with a better understanding and applicability of the law in California.

The program is a combination of formal educational sessions, as well as court rotations in which the participants have a chance to observe trials in progress and meet with the presiding judge and the barristers trying the cases. Sessions will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice, Old Bailey, the High Court of Justice, and the Supreme Court. The week concludes with a Gala Dinner in the House of Lords Private Dining Room in Parliament.

This program will fulfill your three year MCLE requirement with a combination of participatory and online credits.

Reserve your spot now! www.aweekinlegallondon.comParticipation is limited to 60 full program registrants. 

 Due to the nature of our exclusive access, the final agenda for A Week in Legal London is under development. For pricing and information, contact Michelle McFadden at or call 415-848-7815.

Webinar: Proportional or Perplexing? Practical Strategies for Tackling Discovery After the 2015 Federal Rules Amendments

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

This program offers 1.25 hours participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015 and December 1, 2016.  While the amended Rules (1, 4, 6, 16, 26, 34, 37, 55, 82, and 84) impact numerous areas of civil litigation, the most significant changes are in the area of discovery.  Among the most closely studied amendments is the concept of proportionality in Rule 26.  This webinar reviews the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the impact on litigation generally, and discovery specifically, from the perspective of the Bench and practitioner.

Moderator: Jessica Barclay-Strobel
Speakers: Hon. Jacqueline S. Corley, Hon. Jay C. Gandhi, Jessica N. Leal and Hon. Suzanne H. Segal

2017 California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference

Presented by the Public Law Section with the participation of the Environmental Law and Litigation Sections 

Friday, May 19, 2017
UC Berkeley School of Law—Booth Auditorium
2770 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Earn 6 hours MCLE credit, including one hour in Legal Ethics!


Registration deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.

Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form 

Click here for all the details, including sponsors and speakers!

Webinar: An Introduction to Election Litigation

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

We will cover pre-election litigation regarding issues like ballot designations for candidates, whether impartial analyses or ballot arguments involving initiatives or referenda are false or misleading, and pre-ballot challenges to the validity of a ballot measure.    We will discuss election contests, which occur after votes have been counted and one side alleges that enough illegal votes were counted to change the outcome of the election.  We will also cover libel suits over campaign materials and enforcement actions brought by the Fair Political Practices Commission or local ethics commissions regarding reporting requirements.  Finally, we will touch on issues involving redistricting at the state and local level.

Speakers: James Harrison, Robin Johansen and Margaret Prinzing

Protecting the Consumer Rights of Veterans and Serving Military

Friday, May 26, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice
5998 Alcala Park
University of San Diego
San Diego

Earn 2.0 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit

What You Will Learn | Faculty | Essential Information | Register Online

Webinar: Jury Selection – Essential Strategies and Tactics

Thursday, June 8, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

  • Introduction
    • What is Trial Consulting?
    • How do consultants help with jury selection?
  • Debunking Conventional Wisdom
  • Jury Selection: Best Practices
    • Go to school on your opponent and judge
    • Develop a strike profile
    • Propose a JQ, if beneficial
    • Prioritize voir dire goals
    • Tailor language to the immediate goal
  • Jury Selection Models
    • The danger of simple demographics
    • The primacy of case-related experiences and attitudes
    • Strike based on likely orientation and leadership
  • Jurors and Social Media

Moderator: Stephen Duffy
Speaker: Alex Jakle

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

The Litigation Section is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award. Deadline to submit nominations is May 8, 2017. See the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame page for nomination guidelines.

Sections Convention

August 18-19, 2017. Plan to join the State Bar Sections for a special Sections Convention at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  This will be a multi-track CLE event with plenty of activities and networking opportunities. Watch your email for registration information.

Save the Date: 2017 Litigation Summit, San Francisco, October 13, 2017

Master Your Litigation Skills—and Reach the Summit!

October 13, 2017
Marriott Union Square
San Francisco

Earn 7.75 hours of MCLE Credit

With a special luncheon presentation with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye!

Panel Topics include:

  • Key Trial Tips from California’s Great Trial Lawyer Hall of Famers
  • Judges and Courtroom Champions Dissect Memorable Trials
  • Thorough Update on 2017 Litigation-related Developments
  • Negotiation Skills Training

The day will conclude with a hosted networking reception. Check back soon for registration information.

The State Bar of California and The Litigation Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.

Become the Best Litigator You Can Be!

Are you the best litigator you can be?  Join or renew your membership in the State Bar Litigation Section for access to resources that will help make you a great litigator.  
The State Bar Litigation Section provides resources and opportunities for section members to enhance their professional development.  The section offers continuing education through live programs, webinars, and an extensive library of recorded programs available online.  Our programs are presented by distinguished litigators and judges from throughout the state.  
Section members receive top quality publications free of charge, including California Litigation Review, an annual review of civil law developments; California Litigation, a journal published three times per year; and Litigation Update, a e-newsletter with case summaries of notable appellate opinions.  
As a member of the Litigation Section you will have opportunities to join our standing committees that explore particular practice areas (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Food Law Committee, and Insurance Staff Counsel Committee), comment on proposed legislation affecting litigation practice (Rules and Legislation Committee), and comment on proposed revisions to CACI jury instructions (Jury Instructions Committee).  The section also welcomes proposals for new committees and other programs and activities of interest to section members.  
Learn more about the State Bar Litigation Section online at the section’s homepage and on Facebook and Twitter, and join the section or renew your membership.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Member Benefit -  "Giving a Deposition" Video 

Giving a Deposition” is a benefit of your membership in the Litigation Section. It will hopefully save you and your clients time and money, and allow you to prepare witnesses more effectively for their depositions.

The video is intended to be shown to witnesses who have not had their depositions taken before, or for whom a refresher course would be worthwhile. Through a series of vignettes, the video explains the deposition process and provides advice about how to answer questions carefully, truthfully, and in a manner that expedites the completion of the deposition. The video obviously does not replace diligent witness preparation by lawyers and staff, but facilitates deposition preparation so that the lawyer’s time can be spent on the merits.

For more information, see "Giving a Deposition".

Other News

California Litigation

California LitigationThe Litigation Section publishes California Litigation three times per year, under the supervision of the California Litigation Editorial Board. Each issue contains informative articles on themes of interest to litigators.

We have provided tables of contents from Volume 1, No. 1 to the present at California Litigation. And we have posted recent issues in our Members Only Area.

Copies of some back issues are still available. Please call 415- 538-2546 if you are interested in obtaining one or more.

California Litigation

California Litigation

California Litigation Review

California Litigation Review comes out annually and is sent to members of the Litigation Section as a benefit of membership. The Review provides an annual overview of developments of interest to California's civil litigators and a review of many areas of practice that we do not regularly encounter, but need to know!

We have  posted California Litigation Review in our Members Only Area.

For more information, see California Litigation Review.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Litigation Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

Contact Us

Litigation Section
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
 San Francisco,  CA  94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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