* 1st – 5th Advanced Appellate Conference Bundle (CA) *

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

Our 1st through 5th Annual Advanced Appellate Conferences were held in 2016-2020 and received rave reviews.

The faculty at these programs included CA Supreme Court Justices, CA Court of Appeal Justices, supervising staff attorneys at multiple appellate courts, Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law and many other top practitioners who have spoken at our programs before (with excellent reviews!). Click on the “What you will Learn” link above to see details about each seminar.

These audio courses delve into the intermediate to advanced level topics that are rarely touched on in full-day CLE courses. Get all five programs together for one great price! Save more than 50% by ordering the bundle now! And for those who need it, the bundle is approved for 33.5 CLE units of self study Certified Legal Specialist credit as well as 33.5 units of General CLE and one unit of ethics)!!

These are intermediate-to-advanced level appellate courses that assume an already existing understanding of appellate practice.

(Please click on the program links below to learn the details about each individual seminar)

Find out more about each individual program contained in this bundle at the links below.

Our 1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2016) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2017) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2018) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2019) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 5th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2020) audio recording can be purchased here.

And don’t miss our 2020 Writs of Administrative of Mandamus Demystified: A Step by Step Guide Webinar package our 2018 Administrative Hearings course.

If you, or someone in your office, would like a more introductory course in appeals and writs, you should check out our fantastic beginner-level program, held every few years in LA and SF: Demystifying civil appeals and writs – audio package.

Lastly, if you were looking for something in the criminal appeals area, some criminal appeals information was discussed in the 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference link above, and we also have a audio recording package for our Criminal Writs program, held in 2014. That recording and order information is here.


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What You Will Learn

1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference 2016 Topics:

What’s new in appellate law and technology
  • New rules
  • Tech issues in protecting and presenting the appellate record
  • Tech tools
  • E-filing overview
  • How the court uses technology
  • Linking to cites / cross linking to the record
  • Using tablets in the appellate courtroom

Brief writing and oral argument strategies

  • Writing for justices who read their briefs on tablets
  • Addressing focus letters and tentative opinions
  • Strategies for oral argument when dealing with tentative opinions

 Advanced issues in protecting and presenting the record

  • Special problems and solutions in presenting the record
  • Court reporter issues
  • Designating and presenting the record in cross, multiple and subsequent appeals
  • Handling omissions, correcting and augmenting the record
  • Using agreed and settled statements
  • Special procedures for:
    • administrative records
    • juvenile
    • conservatorship
    • unfair competition
    • false advertising

Q/A Roundtable with audience and moderator 

Special appeals 

  • Family law
  • Probate
  • Attorney fees
  • Appeals to the appellate division of the superior court
  • Interlocutory appeals and extraordinary writs

Rehearing and Requests to Publish

  • Petitions for Rehearing
  • Requests to Publish
  • Requests to de-publish

California Supreme Court practice 

  • Certification of cases from the federal courts to the CA Supreme Court
  • Petitions for review
  • Amicus letters and briefs
  • Merit briefs
  • Oral argument differences between the appeals court and supreme court
  • Options after the CA Supreme Court opinion

2nd Annual Appellate Conference 2017 Topics:

What Not to Do with Technology

  • Formatting (readable or not)
  • Lost documents and backups
  • Metadata scrubbing
  • Collaborative editing and multiple versions


  • How Writ Attorneys approach writ petitions
  • Proper and improper uses for writs
  • How to get a competitive advantage
    §  Providing a user-friendly record
    §  Fairness
    §  Candor
    §  Tone
    §  Telling a story
  • Disclosures
  • Relief
  • Declarations
  • Timing
  • Stays pending writ rulings

Specialized Issues in Brief Writing and Opinions

  • Introductions
  • Privacy and sealed records
  • Privacy of parties and other individuals brought into the process
  • Rules governing e-records adopted recently
  • Protection in other court documents
  • New rules on privacy protections in opinions
  • Logistics
  • Retaining your privacy options (not waiving)
  •  Sealing issues
    §  How much is too much
    §  Anticipating at the trial level

Behind the Scenes at the Court of Appeal

Briefing Issues in the Court of Appeal When They are Already Pending before the California Supreme Court

  • How to discuss prior decisions by the Court of Appeal called into question by the case on review
  • How recent changes to citation rules affect your discussion
  • How to distinguish your case but preserve grounds for a grant and hold
  • What to do if review is granted after you finish briefing
  • Other considerations

Appellate Ethics

Behind the Scenes at the California Supreme Court

  • How are cases assigned?
  • Who does what with a case?
  • Sua sponte grants of review under Rule 8.512(c)
  • Tips

Settling Cases on Appeal

  • 9th Circuit Mediation Program
  • CA Courts of Appeal Mediation Programs
  • Settlement effect on judgment
  • Considerations
  • Magic Language for a stipulated reversal

Dealing with Clients and Trial Counsel

  • Representing public entities on appeal
  • Working with risk managers and claims professionals
  • Appellate attorney’s role at trial court

Amicus Curiae Briefs

U.S. Supreme Court Cert Practice

  • How the cert pool works
  • Technique for cert petitions and briefs in opposition

3rd Annual Appellate Conference 2018 Topics:

Introduction to course

Statements of Decision: The Ideal and the Reality
  • Statements of Decision: The Ideal and the Reality
  • Why you need a statement of decision
  • Getting trial lawyers and trial judges to do it right
  • Objections to proposed statements of decision
  • Handling appeals with defective or missing statements of decision
  • Effect of F.P. v. Monier

Update on E-filing

The Appellate/Public Interface

  • Judges using social media
  • Litigating appellate cases in the press

The Effect of Appellate Decisions on Subsequent Litigation

  • Remand and remittitur issues
  • Using and avoiding the law of the case
  • Update on issue and claim preclusion
  • How electronic research has affected stare decisis

Appellate Strategy for Repeat Commercial and Institutional Litigants

  • Addressing the client’s big picture
  • Briefs as announcements
  • Keeping friends close and amici closer

Stays, Bonding, and Supersedeas

  • Stays without bonds
  • What is “embraced in the judgment or affected thereby?
  • Money judgments
  • When appellant wrongly insists there is an automatic stay
    • Sections 917.75,  923,  917.6 and other discussions
  • Setting bonds in other situations
  • Bonds from insurance companies
  • Alternatives to corporate undertakings
  • Petitioning for supersedeas
  • Enforcing undertakings

4th Annual Appellate Conference 2019 Topics:

Differences between state and federal appeals

  • Initiating appeals, including 1292(b) certification
  • Procuring and presenting the record
  • Briefing, including posturing issues for certiorari
  • Standards of review
  • Approaches to oral argument
  • Post-decision strategy including petitions for rehearing and rehearing en banc
  • Certifying federal cases to the California Supreme Court

State court appeals before final judgment

  • What is a final, appealable judgment?
  • The collateral order doctrine
  • Statutes providing for interlocutory appeals (as opposed to writs)
  • Filing writ petition simultaneously with notice of appeal and petition for supersedeas 

Settlement on appeal

  • Determining when to settle and when to press forward to the bitter end
  • Strategies re the timing of settlement overtures
  • Mediation options (private vs. court-supplied)
  • Structured settlement options
  • Stipulated reversals and CCP 128(8)
  • Partial satisfaction and its effect.
  • Dealing with Medicare lien issues
  • Keeping appellate court apprised of ongoing settlement discussions and relationship to extensions
  • Dismissing appeals that have settled
  • What to do when the court wants oral argument anyway

Advanced briefing topics

  • Improving fact statements
  • Effective use of legislative history on appeal
  • The limits of judicial notice
  • Responding to self-represented litigants
  • The effect of People v. Sanchez in civil appeals
  • Addressing issues presented under F.P. v. Monier

The appellate record – 2019 version

  • The impact of Jameson v. Desta
  • Difficulties in procuring record (budget-induced, disappearing reporters, missing documents)
  • Ideas for using electronic transcripts effectively
  • Updates in court procedures

Voluntary and involuntary dismissals

  • The disentitlement doctrine
  • Appellants who lack standing and other disqualifications
  • Waiver of the right to appeal
  • Resurrecting dismissed appeals

Attorney fees and costs: Challenging and preserving trial court awards and seeking fees and costs on appeal 

  • Record keeping to obtain fee award
  • Evaluating prevailing party determinations
  • The role of experts in determining the amount of fees
  • When is an undertaking needed to stay an award of fees or costs during appeal
  • Timing fee and cost appeals
  • Special considerations in seeking appellate fees and costs


5th Annual Appellate Conference 2020 Topics:

Advanced 9th Circuit practice

  • Motions practice and emergencies
  • Mediation in the Ninth Circuit, it’s worth it!
  • If you have a novel state law question, how do you get the Ninth Circuit to certify that question of law to the state’s highest court?
  • Briefing your appeal, insider tips on how the court likes
  • New authority letters (a/k/a 28j letters)
  • The en banc process, how to get the attention of enough of the judges

Oral Argument

  • Reasons to argue and when to waive
  • Argument plans, argument notebooks and argument technology
  • Moot courts: Who, why, when and how?
  • Scouting the court
  • Divide and conquer? When, if ever, should you split argument?
  • Coping with hostile (and other) questions

Post-decision in the DCA  

  • Rehearing
  • Review
  • Remittitur
  • Publication & Depublication
  • On remand from SCOCA
  • Getting grant-and-hold cases remanded rather than having review dismissed – “Beware the quick release”

Preclusive effect of appellate decisions

  • Law of the case
  • Claim and issue preclusion

Settled Statements under the new Rules of Court

Looks matter: The graphic presentation of briefs

  • How font, formatting, and graphics affect your readers
  • Writing for e-readers
  • Typography for Lawyers

Review of agency action

  • Trial court 1085 writs
  • Trial court 1094.5 writs
  • Trial court common law writs
  • Original jurisdiction in DCA (and SCOCA) on review of actions of administrative agencies
  • Stays of agency action pending appellate review
  • Interlocutory remands to agencies

Advanced Topics in Appellate Jurisdiction

  • Kurwa I & II
  • Standing of class action objectors
  • Waivers of right to appeal in arbitration and other agreements
  • Appeals in Public Records Act cases
    • Review generally by writ
    • Exceptions for post-judgment decisions (fees, e.g.)
    • Non-appealable preliminary decisions (privilege log)


The following testimonials are from all Advanced Appellate Conferences 2016-2020:

“Excellent as always!” – Lori Sebransky, Esq.

“One of the best CLEs every year.” – Sarah Birmingham, Esq.

“Year in, year out this is the best MCLE seminar for experienced appellate lawyers.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“If you only attend one live CLE a year, make sure it is the Pincus Advanced Appellate Seminar.” – Joshua R. Furman, Esq.

“Excellent.” – Ryan Artola, Esq.

“This program exceeded my expectations. The speakers were dynamic and brilliant, and the topics were incredibly helpful to my practice. I’ll be using this information for years to come… It was great!” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“Fantastic seminar. One of the best I’ve ever seen. Gary is a god.” – Kym Speer, Esq.

“I attend lots of CLE courses – significantly more than required. This program was outstanding! Careful selection of topics and presenters. This was my first Pincus course. It will not be my last.” – Steven Finell, Esq.

“This is always an excellent seminar! Great practical advice by the masters.” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Surpassed my expectation. This was an excellent program.” – Bruce Finch, Esq.

“Well done as always. Nice selection of topics.” – Deborah Bull, Esq.

“I attended the seminar to learn about cutting-edge appellate issues. The seminar exceeded my expectations and I learned a ton. I greatly enjoyed the seminar and look forward to attending in the future.” – Kevin Meek, Esq.

“Beyond our expectations. Very useful to us. To Stephen Mayer – Wow. Thank you for waking up the right mindset and strategy. Justice Banke’s perspective was on target.” – Larry Peluso, Esq.

“I was aiming to gain insight on the appellate system and gain tips to assist my future endeavors in the court. I feel much more confident in my abilities! The handbook was very helpful and informative. I enjoyed the webinar format.” – Gina Simas, Esq.

“Justice Streeter is really interesting and provides great insight and information.” – Sarah Birmingham, Esq.

“Year-in, year-out, this is the best appellate MCLE seminar of them all.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Useful insights from an insider in the 9th Circuit. Briefs session was hugely satisfying for my inner appellate nerd. I particularly enjoyed how Justice Banke compared what she used to think was important as a practitioner vs. what she now finds important as an appellate court justice. Very helpful! I greatly appreciated Justice Streeter’s openness and honesty. I’ve seen Justice Chin speak several times, and he never disappoints! Always a pleasure to watch.” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“Excellent seminar. It’s one of the best I have attended.” – Bob Lucas, Esq.

“Finally, I discovered an MCLE seminar that speaks my language! ‘My peeps.’ As an appellate practitioner of nearly 30 years, who does not specialize or concentrate in a particular substantive area, it is difficult to find an appellate MCLE that is not too basic for me. Now that I know about this annual advanced appellate seminar, I’ll be back for other ones.”

“Second year taking this course. Great information, speakers, and lots of ideas, tips and suggestions. Thanks, I’ll be back next year!” – John Stobart, Esq.

“Such useful information (on the 9th Circuit). Thank you! Love all the anecdotal wisdom Wendy Lascher shares. Kent Richland had great practical experience and excellent tips. Thank you for including Justice Miller! So helpful to hear that side. Judge Klatchko is so smart and I love all the rules and guides she contributed to the presentation. Harry Chamberlain is always amazing! It’s impressive how Effie Cogan knows every detail of every appellate case. I love when she’s a panelist!” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“This is an excellent program. I would recommend it. I found the panel to be very thoughtful and engaged with the purpose of educating the audience.” – Elizabeth Rhodes, Esq.

“Excellent, informative program. Presentations from judges were especially useful, and Ben Shatz is a very good moderator.” – Ryan Wu, Esq.

“Consistently the best live CLE I attend each year. Not to be missed! This isn’t just a refresher on the basics. This brings clarity to real challenges in appellate practice with the top experts in the field.” – Joshua Furman, Esq.

“John Taylor did a wonderful job of explaining complex appellate issues to a non-appellate attorney, such as myself. I greatly enjoyed his presentation.” – Kevin Meek, Esq.

“While advanced, this was a great overview of appellate issues.” – Brian Mahler, Esq.

“Still one of the best CLE programs.” – Joshua R. Furman, Esq.

“I hoped to have a good panel on oral argument, and another on agency appeals. These were great.” – Daniel Trump, Esq.

“Faith Pincus always puts on a great program. I like the recordings on CD. I listen to them in the car.”

“I appreciated the opening discussion on federal (9th Circuit) law and procedure.” – Justin R. Sarno, Esq.

“Much better than the average MCLE courses. It was well thought out and well-presented. I look forward to taking more Pincus courses.” – Earl L. Roberts, Esq.

“It’s great to have presentations targeting experienced appellate lawyers.  Tremendously useful.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“It was an informative seminar, full of practical information. Excellent program.” – John Yasuda, Esq.

“Thank you. The program, panelists, and participants were excellent.” – Teresa Stinson, Esq.

“What I appreciate the most from these trainings is the multiple perspectives from various justices and practicing attorneys.” – Cynthia Vargas, Esq.

“This is a great advanced seminar. Very high-level, informative presentations.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Having a ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective on the appellate courts’ workings is very valuable. I handle 2-3 writs/appeals per month and this subject matter is useful. Very engaging speakers. The judicial perspective is highly informative.” – Sean Collins, Esq.

“Broader (and better) scope than expected. Another excellent program.” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“The topics were interesting and helpful to my practice.” – Jessica Simon, Esq.

“All presenters are great. There were a lot of good nuggets that I will use in my practice.” – Linda Conrad, Esq.

“The program was excellent.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“A very good panel of speakers with good diversity in topics.” – Robert Mata, Esq.

“Very useful, informative program. Every speaker was excellent!” – Kevin Meek, Esq.

“Great program.” – Sara Birmingham, Esq.

“Very satisfied with the program.” – Dennis Beaty, Esq.

“Justice Rivera was very good, detailed, and interesting. Harry Chamberlain was a very good speaker. This was a terrific panel!” – Steve Mayer, Esq.

“A fast-moving program – covered a lot of ground.”  – Lisa Ungerer, Esq.

“This was an excellent program. Speakers did a great job.” – Christopher Johns

“Very thorough. Well done.” – Eric Troff, Esq.

“The opportunity to speak with justices is very helpful.” – Deborah Bull, Esq.

“All great topics.” – Richard P. Fisher, Esq.

“Excellent speakers…Great handouts.” – Ira Salzman, Esq.

“Wonderful!” – Chris Lim, Esq.

“I’m glad I came and definitely glad I joined the networking lunch.” – Rochelle Wilcox, Esq.

“Learned some valuable things.”  Lawrence P. Hellman, Esq.

“Excellent content, expertly presented, excellent program! I’m trying to resume active appellate practice after years of preoccupation with family care issues – this program was a great start!” – Bruce Finch, Esq.

“I liked hearing from the judges – it’s always interesting to hear their points of view.”

“I love Pincus-produced lectures and seminars. Excellent appellate information, very thorough handouts and materials.”

“I am a practicing appellate attorney and I heard good things about this seminar. All the speakers were very knowledgeable and presented well and kept my interest – and the materials in the appendix were very useful.”

“Great use of knowledgeable and credible presenters. Truly an excellent program; well-thought out with valuable information.”

“I chose this program because I’m a previous attendee and have enjoyed it.”

“Excellent program!”

“As usual all of the speakers were excellent in both knowledge and presentation. I was also impressed with your staff. My secretary inadvertently signed me up for a recording rather than attending live. That was quickly and efficiently remedied. The location was great. Their staff was quick and efficient. It was a 0.6 walk from Union Station, which made it easy to get there by Metrolink and avoid traffic.”

“Wonderful program.”

“Panelists were all terrific – one of the best MCLE classes I have taken!”


I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion during ethics, regarding plagiarism and ghost writing. I think it was the most interesting conversation all day.”

“Always fabulous!”

“Excellent and well put together seminar.”

“Program was excellent – good speakers.”

“Really great presenters.”

“Excellent, informative, enjoyable – all of the speakers did a great job.”

“Another great program – you never disappoint.”

“Very good materials.”

“I attended last year’s appellate conference. It was so helpful and informative that I wanted to attend this year’s conference.” – Linda N. Wisotsky, Esq.

“Excellent presentations.”

“Subject matter was great.”


“This program was great.”

“Really good, varied program.”

“Excellent program. I’ve just started appellate work and wanted to learn more. This program was quite good. Thank you!”

“As usual, addresses the ‘advanced’ issues facing appellate attorneys. And as always, knowledgeable presenters.”

“Great seminar!! So much great, practical information I can use.”

“I love the format and the pace!”

“This was an excellent program. All speakers did a great job!”

“Very practical and would definitely attend again and recommend to others.”

“Very current and useful information.”

“Organization and administration were excellent and very efficient.”

“Justice Miller was delightful. Justice Grimes and John Taylor were really effective. Judge Klatchko was an utterly delightful teacher.”

“Great to hear about recent changes. Justice Miller had thoughtful comments. Justice Grimes’ perspective was helpful.”

“Very organized. Thank you!”

“Greg Wolff was worth the price of admission on his own.”

“All of the speakers were great.”

“Good, vigorous discussion.”

“Great program and location. The lunch itself was great, as was the opportunity to network.”

“All the speakers were so engaging. Content was great.”

“Stephen Mayer was very engaging. Justice Chin gave invaluable insight. Very engaging.”

“Justice Miller was delightful. Justice Grimes and John Taylor were really effective. Judge Klatchko was an utterly delightful teacher.”

“Anna-Rose Mathieson was very helpful and interesting!”

“Justice Streeter was great! Watt and Chamberlain were very good.”

“Great seminar.”


Program faculty has included multiple sitting Appellate Court justices, a superior court judge, former supervising staff attorneys at multiple appellate courts, Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law, and other top practitioners.

Please click on the individual programs to see the list of faculty for that year.

Our 1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2016)

Our 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2017)

Our 3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2018)

Our 4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2019)

Our 5th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2020)


Save $1,135 by ordering the bundle now!  Get five programs (and 33.5 units of General CLE, plus one unit of Ethics) for only $990.  Ordered individually, your total would be $2,125.00.


Audio Recording and Materials Packages (five programs total): Download format$990

Audio Recording and Materials Packages (five programs total): CD format $990, plus $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

You can choose between the programs held in San Francisco or held Los Angeles (one or the other for the entire bundle, not mix and match).

Ordered individually, and your total would normally be $2,125.00.


CLE Credit

This program is available for both Self-Study* and Participatory** CLE as follows:

CA Ethics Credit: 1.0 units

CA General CLE:   This program bundle (all seminars combined) is approved for 33.5 units of general CLE in California.

CA Certified Legal Specialist:

Due to the bar’s expiration policy, the programs in this bundle are available for Self Study (only) Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law as follows:


1st Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program: Approved for Self Study Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law through 01/28/2021

2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program: Approved for Self Study Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law through 01/26/2022

3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program: Approved for Self Study Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law through 01/26/2023

4th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program: Approved for Self Study Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law through 01/31/2024

5th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program: Approved for Self Study Certified Legal Specialist CLE in Appellate Law through 01/23/2025


Self-Study CLE certificates are already included in your recorded package, in the “Materials” Folder. 

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

$1,700.00 $990.00 each

Our 1st – 5th Advanced Appellate Conferences in One Bundle