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Coaching for the New Practitioner: What They Didn't Teach You in Law School

San Francisco - Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco

Los Angeles -Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles

Register online for the San Francisco program or the Los Angeles program.

Earn 2 hours MCLE Credit

This program will provide direction and advice from three accomplished judges on the unwritten rules and best practices for courtroom conduct, communication with other counsel and the impact of your overall approach to the law practice and your community reputation.

Sponsors | Schedule of Events | 
San Francisco Speakers | Los Angeles Speakers |
Essential Information | Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. Form

For complete information, see Coaching for the New Practitioner.

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: How Will It Change Trade Secret Litigation?

CLE Event and Social Mixer Sponsored by The Litigation Section of The State Bar of California and Crowell & Moring, LLP

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Program Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Crowell & Moring, LLP
275 Battery Street, Suite 2300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Earn 1 participatory MCLE credit. 

You can now REGISTER ONLINEThis program is free of charge, but you must register in advance. Online registration will close after June 15, 2016.

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). The DTSA creates a civil private right of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation. Among many interesting aspects of the DTSA is the availability of seizure orders upon ex parte application in extraordinary circumstances. At this session, our panel will discuss strategic and practical considerations for trade secret actions after the DTSA.


  • Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the Northern District of California
  • Douglas Sullivan, Crowell & Moring
  • Patrick Premo, Fenwick & West

Moderator: Michael Kelleher, Cogent Legal

For complete information, see The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: How Will It Change Trade Secret Litigation?

Law Suits™ Fifteenth Annual Statewide Clothing Drive

July 1-31, 2016

Gently used suits providing new opportunities for men and women transitioning to self-sufficiency

Law SuitsThe Litigation Section of the State Bar of California announces the Fifteenth Annual Law Suits™ Statewide Clothing Drive. From July 1 to July 31, drop off your gently used business suits (men’s or women’s) at any Men’s Wearhouse® in California. Shirts and blouses, slacks and skirts, ties, belts and shoes, in good condition, are also urgently needed.

All clothing will be donated to Working Wardrobes for a New Start® and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping adults in crisis get back to work.

  • 50% off next purchase at Men's Wearhouse®, excluding Exceptional Value and custom items, shoes and clearance
    (Other restrictions apply.  See store coupon for details.)
  • Drop-off locations at all Men’s Wearhouse® stores
  • Donations tax-deductible as permitted by law
  • Please bring clothing on hangers if possible.

See more on the Law Suits™ web page and print out the Law Suits™ flyer as a reminder!

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.

2015 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Dinner

Rueubn Ginsurg, Michael Kahn and Associate Justice Carol Corrigan. The Litigation Section presented the 2015 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award to Michael Kahn, Senior Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP in San Francisco, at an awards dinner on November 14, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.  Pictured are Reuben Ginsburg, chair of the Litigation Section, Michael Kahn, and Associate Justice Carol Corrigan of the California Supreme Court.  For more information about Michael Kahn’s illustrious career and previous Hall of Fame inductees, see Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. Photo from the Daily Journal.

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 some back articles from  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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