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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: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Appeal

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Appellate Law. You must register in advance to participate.

This program discusses 14 of the most common trial mistakes that can result in waiver, forfeiture, or other loss of arguments on appeal, such as failing to move to strike inadmissible evidence, forgetting to secure all relevant transcripts, and using an improper verdict form.  The program provides background on each potential mistake and analysis of how best to avoid them in trial practice.  This guidance on how to ensure the best chance at appeal is relevant to the practice of nearly any trial or appellate lawyer.  The presenters are appellate practitioners with significant experience in appellate practice and the identification of trial waivers/forfeitures.

Speakers: Ben Feuer and Anna-Rose Mathieson

Webinar: Ethics and E-Discovery: Understanding Proportionality and Reasonable Accessibility

November 14, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

Formal Opinion No. 2015-193 of the Standing Committee On Professional Responsibility and Conduct of the California State Bar (“Committee Opinion”) opines that an attorney may violate ethical duties of competence by failing to understand and perform e-discovery skills. The Committee Opinion set out a list of nine e-discovery tasks that “attorneys handling e-discovery should be able to perform (either by themselves or in association with competent counsel or expert consultants).”


  • Michael F. Kelleher


  • Hon. Laurel Beeler
  • Mark Michels
  • Steven Williams

Insurance Staff Counsel, Plaintiff Attorneys and Outside Insurance Defense Counsel

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
12 noon - 3 p.m.
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515

Earn 3 hours participatory MCLE credit, including 1 hour Legal Ethics.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close after Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Program Schedule | Essential Information | Register Online

For more information, see Insurance Staff Counsel, Plaintiff Attorneys and Outside Insurance Defense Counsel.

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 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.

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

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