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2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (WA)

Pincus Professional Education has gathered an all-star panel together for its 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference coming to Seattle, WA on September 17th, 2017. This program will be taught by a sitting Washington Supreme Court Justice as well as a former Washington Supreme Court Justice, appellate judges, supervising staff attorneys at multiple appellate courts and other top practitioners who have spoken at our programs on many occasions and received excellent reviews every time!

This is an intermediate to advanced level appellate course that assumes a good understanding of appellate practice. Bring your questions! There will be plenty of time with the panel to address higher-level appellate issues.

And don’t miss the 1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference held in Seattle in 2016 with a completely different agenda. You can get more information and order the audio package here.

Need a Room?

The hotel at which we are holding this seminar, The Hilton, has reserved ten rooms at a special rate of $249 per night. Please use THIS LINK to register directly with the hotel and get our special rate. If for some reason you have to call them, please be sure to mention you are with the Pincus Pro Ed group and would like that special rate (the link may take a few seconds to load up).  The special Hilton hotel room rate expires August 1, 2017.

Sponsored by:

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Agenda

9:00 – 9:30
What’s New in Appellate Processes and Technology

  • WA Appellate ECMS Project – Today and the Future
  • E-Filing in WA Appellate Courts – Registration, GR 30, and the Future
  • Transcribing and Filing Transcripts – Court Reporters and Authorized Transcriptionists
  • Emergency and Priority Pleadings
  • Briefs – The Bookmarked PDF
  • Q & A

9:30 – 10:00
Motions for Discretionary Review and Petitions for Review

  • Examination of the different rules governing MDRs and PFRs
  • Consideration of when these procedures are warranted
  • Similarities and differences between how the two are framed and argued
  • The strategic purposes of each

10:00 – 10:30
Oral Argument

10:30 – 10:45
Break

10:45 – 11:45
Specialized Issues in Brief Writing and Opinions

  • Arguing the facts
  • Acknowledging the standard of review
  • Writing for judges who read their briefs on tablets
  • Making the table of contents work for you
  • Perfecting your sound bites
  • Sweating the details

11:45 – 12:15
Amicus Curiae Briefs

12:15 – 1:15
Lunch

1:15 – 2:00
Behind the Scenes at the Washington Supreme Court

  • Inside the Organization:
    • How are cases assigned
    • Who does what with a case
    • Sua sponte grants of review
  • Different approaches to brief writing and oral argument when addressing a court of nine as opposed to three
  • Different perspectives of an intermediate and final appellate court
  • The role of policy in arguments to a high court

2:00 – 2:45
Behind the Scenes at the Court of Appeal

2:45 – 3:00
Break

3:00 – 4:00
Appellate Ethics

4:00 – 5:00
Dealing with Clients and Trial

  • Appellate attorney’s role at trial court
  • Challenges

Sponsored by:

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Dates and Times and Locations

September 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Optional Ticketed Networking Lunch)
Check in between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Hilton Seattle
1301 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

(Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before start time if you want to make sure you have a good seat)

Need a Room?

The hotel at which we are holding this seminar, The Hilton, has reserved ten rooms at a special rate of $249 per night. Please use THIS LINK to register directly with the hotel and get our special rate. If for some reason you have to call them, please be sure to mention you are with the Pincus Pro Ed group and would like that special rate (the link may take a few seconds to load up).  The special Hilton hotel room rate expires August 1, 2017.

Testimonials

“This was the best CLE I’ve attended in recent memory. It ticked every box I wanted.” – Sharon Blackford, Esq.

“My personal objectives were well satisfied because I have done a lot of appeal work.” – Jerome C. Scowcroft, Esq.

“Lots of useful information and top quality speakers.”

“It was a very good CLE. Thank you.”

Faculty

Judge Anne L. Ellington, Ret.

JAMS

Judge Anne L. Ellington (Ret.) served on the Washington State Court of Appeals (Division One) from May of 1995 until November of 2012, after almost 11 years on the King County Superior Court. She tried hundreds of cases and authored hundreds of opinions. She has also served as a Pro Tem Justice on the State Supreme Court.

She has been a frequent speaker on topics including trial and appellate practice, employment, tort, and contract law. She was also instrumental in improving access to justice, both as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court and as a member of the Access to Justice. Judge Ellington has a stellar reputation for being an exceptional listener and for her fairness.


Hon. C. Kenneth Grosse (Ret.)
Retired Judge

Hon. C. Kenneth Grosse, now retired, served on Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals from January 1985 to April 2014. For 25 years Judge Grosse served as vice chair of the Judicial Information System Committee, overseeing the operations of the judiciary’s computer-based information system, and chair of the Data Dissemination Committee, developing and administering the judiciary’s policy ensuring public access to judicial information.


Hon. Mary Neel
Judge
Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1

Mary is a Commissioner at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 in Seattle, WA.  Prior to her appointment in 2002, she served as a staff attorney at the court for 17 years and a law clerk for two years for the Late Honorable T. Patrick Corbett.  While a law student, she was a law clerk in the Seattle Office of the United States Attorney and a Rule 9 intern at the juvenile division of the Seattle Public Defender.  Her law career was preceded by 5 years as a public school teacher.  J.D., 1983, Seattle University School of Law; M.Ed., 1973, University of Washington; B.A., 1972, Lewis and Clark College.  Mary lives in Seattle with her husband.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, singing, sports, and spending time with friends and her large family.      

 


Hon. Eric B. Schmidt
Commissioner
Washington Court of Appeals, Division II

Commissioner Eric B. Schmidt was appointed as a court commissioner for Division II of the Court of Appeals, effective January 1, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Schmidt was the Senior Health Law Judge for the Washington State Department of Health from 1996 to 2001. He has also served as a judicial law clerk for Judges John A. Petrich, Ward Williams, and Marshall Forrest of the Washington State Court of Appeals, as the director of the Appellate Backlog Elimination (ABLE) Project for Division II of the Court of Appeals, as a staff attorney for Division II of the Court of Appeals, as a staff attorney for the Department of Health, and as a health law judge for the Department of Health.

Commissioner Schmidt graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law) in 1985. He was a member of and a research and technical editor for the University of Puget Sound Law Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a master’s degree in philosophy and Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from the University of Washington. He’s also an adjunct professor of law at Seattle University School of Law and at the University of Washington School of Law.

Commissioner Schmidt serves as Chair of the Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education Committee and as a member of the Board for Judicial Education, the Appellate Judicial Education Committee and the Annual Judicial Conference Planning Committee. He also serves as a judge pro tempore in the Pierce County Superior Court.


Hon. Debra L. Stephens
Justice
Washington State Supreme Court

The Honorable Debra L. Stephens was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2008, and subsequently elected to a six-year term. She previously served as a judge for Division Three of the Court of Appeals, having been appointed and later elected unopposed in 2007. Justice Stephens is a native of Spokane, Washington, where she practiced law until taking the bench. Her legal work focused on appellate practice, with over 125 appearances in the Washington Supreme Court, in addition to appearances in the Washington Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as counsel of record in the United States Supreme Court. From August 1995 until April 2007, she helped coordinate the Amicus Curiae Program of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Foundation, the longest standing institutional “friend of the court” program in the State. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University School of Law since 1995, in areas including Federal and State Constitutional Law, Community Property, Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Research & Writing. In addition, she is a contributing author to the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook, and is known as a prolific writer and speaker at continuing legal education programs.

Justice Stephens is firmly committed to public service and community involvement. She served for over a decade on the Board of Directors of the Orchard Prairie School District No. 123, and was also a board member of the Spokane Valley Rotary Club. She has served as both a Deacon and Elder of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church; a member of the Sacred Heart Children’s Foundation “Joshua’s Hugs” fundraising circle; a Community Board Advisor for People for Environmental Action & Community Health (PEACH), an organization committed to the development of sustainable agriculture and local safe foods; a founding member and volunteer mentor for the Upward Bound Program, providing guidance to at-risk high school students; and a volunteer mentor for Gonzaga University undergraduate and graduate students. She has been a strong advocate for pro bono legal services, and was a volunteer supervising attorney at Gonzaga’s University Legal Assistance clinic. She was a trustee of the Washington Judicial College, and currently serves on the Appellate Court Education Committee and the Court Rules Committee.

Justice Stephens entered law school when her daughter, Lindsey was just five weeks old. Prior to that time, she taught Speech Communications and coached the Debate Team at Spokane Falls Community College in 1987-88, and was Assistant Dean of Admissions at Gonzaga University from 1988-90. Upon graduation from law school, Justice Stephens served as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable Fred L. Van Sickle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington from 1993-95.

Justice Stephens is the first judge from Division Three of the Court of Appeals to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, and the first woman from Eastern Washington to do so. She grew up in Spokane, graduating from West Valley High School, where she was student body president and a national “Century III Leader.” She attended Gonzaga University on a debate scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Honors in 1987, and later attended Gonzaga University School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1993.

Justice Stephens and her husband, Craig, have been married since 1989, and have two children, Lindsey and Bob. The family enjoys skiing, golfing, singing around the campfire and spending time on the Snake River.


Leonard Feldman, Esq.
Partner
Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp

Leonard grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from Mercer Island High School. He attended the University of Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude in Psychology. After college, he attended Harvard Law School, where he was twice awarded the Sears Prize (given to the top two students on the basis of grades) and graduated magna cum laude in 1991. He then worked as a judicial law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge Jerome Farris.

Since completing his Ninth Circuit clerkship, Leonard has specialized in appellate practice before the Ninth Circuit and the Washington appellate courts. In addition to briefing and arguing countless appeals, Leonard is a member of and was previously Chair of the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Section, is a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and is currently a District Coordinator for the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s mentor program. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to appellate practice. Among other articles, he has co-authored three articles with Washington Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dwyer regarding appellate brief writing, oral argument, and discretionary review.

Leonard has received many accolades for his work, including being listed in Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Practice); selected as “Local Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (Commercial Litigation); and selected as one of Washington’s Top 10 Appellate Law Lawyers by Washington Law and Politics. Leonard has also received two Certificates of Appreciation from the Ninth Circuit, one for his work as a Pro Bono Coordinator and the other for teaching an appellate practice course at the University of Washington School of Law that provided students with an opportunity to brief and argue a pro bono appeal in the Ninth Circuit. In 2006, he received the Washington Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for his work in appeals that raise important civil rights issues.

Leonard is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and Washington appellate courts.  He was counsel of record and argued in the United States Supreme Court in City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, Case No. 13-1412 (2015).  His briefing and argument in that case can be found here.

Leonard is also a devoted husband and father of two children—Ben and Tyler. In his free time, he runs, bikes, and swims and follows the local jazz scene where his sons can be heard playing upright bass (Ben) and guitar (Tyler).


Richard D. Johnson
Court Administrator / Clerk
Court of Appeals: Division 1

Richard D. Johnson is the Court Administrator/Clerk of Division I, Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the Washington State Court of Appeals in 1998, Mr. Johnson was the Deputy Court Administrator of Branch Operations and Information Systems for the Los Angeles Municipal Court. Mr. Johnson has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Certification in Judicial Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.


Michael B. King, Esq.
Principal
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

Michael B. King, a principal, came to the firm in 2008 with Greg Miller to join Jim Lobsenz and Jason Anderson in forming the firm’s uniquely experienced appellate group. Mr. King has focused exclusively on appellate litigation for over twenty years, and his practice is national in scope. He has represented clients before the Alaska, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Washington Supreme Courts, the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, as well as all divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals and has presented over 140 arguments to full merits panels. He is a former partner in the firm of Lane Powell, where for ten years he co-chaired the firm’s appellate practice group. 

Honors and Recognitions

Mr. King is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state in the area of appellate law for every year since 2001. He has been selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of the best appellate lawyers in Washington State every year since the inaugural listing in 2007. He has held an "AV" Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 1998. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.


James E. Lobsenz, Esq.
Principal
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

James E. Lobsenz, a principal, joined the firm in 1989 through the merger of his firm, Wolfe & Lobsenz, P.S., with the Carney firm.

Mr. Lobsenz has an extensive appellate practice in both the state and federal appellate courts. His substantive areas of experience are criminal defense law, civil rights, employment law and evidence.

After clerking for the Honorable Mathew O. Tobriner, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, and the Honorable Vincent L. McKusick, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, Mr. Lobsenz came to Seattle and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County for three years. Later he served as a public defender with the Washington Appellate Defender Association before going into private practice in his own firm of Wolfe & Lobsenz.

Mr. Lobsenz is the author of several law review articles, is a recipient of the 1985 United Nations Human Rights Day Award, and is a winner of the ACLU Civil Libertarian Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University, where he teaches courses on the First Amendment and civil rights litigation.

Mr. Lobsenz is the author of the website Seattle Criminal Appeals, where he publishes information on the criminal appeals process and representative cases.

He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state since 2003, and a Top Lawyer by Seattle Magazine for multiple years.

Mr. Lobsenz was recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as one of King County’s "Top Lawyers 2010." Seattle Metropolitan Magazine culled their list using the Martindale-Hubbell® ratings. He has been awarded an "AV" Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

Mr. Lobsenz earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.


Kenneth W. Masters, Esq.
Founder
Masters Law Group PLLC

Ken Masters (of Masters Law Group, PLLC) has litigated hundreds of state and federal civil appeals in all areas of the law since 1992. He is the Treasurer and 1st District Governor for the WSBA’s Board of Governors, previously chaired its Rules Committee and Amicus Committee, and chaired KCBA’s Judicial Screening Committee and its Appellate Law Section.

A presenter or chair for dozens of appellate seminars, and a contributing editor for the WASHINGTON APPELLATE PRACTICE DESKBOOK, Ken is listed in various publications’ “Top 100 Attorneys” in Washington (for five years), “Top 10 Appellate Attorneys” in Washington, and in Best Lawyers in America.

Ken was a President of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2013, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.


Catherine Wright Smith
Shareholder
Smith Goodfriend, PS

Check back soon for full bio!

Catherine has been a shareholder at Smith Goodfriend, PS since 1984. She has an extensive appellate litigation practice, and has represented over 400 cases in all three divisions of the Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Of Catherine’s appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville, Slate magazine’s correspondent reported, "She is one of the finest oral advocates I have ever seen." – Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine

"The lawyer for the parents, Catherine Smith, gave exceptional argument. She was relaxed, self-assured, and very effective. Smith handled the intense give-and-take with the justices as casually as though she were sitting down to a boisterous family dinner. It was clear that the key to Smith’s persuasiveness was the conviction with which she spoke. She stuck to her guns like Annie Oakley." – ABA Litigation Magazine

"The attorney for the mother was articulate and well-prepared." – AAML Report on Troxel Argument


Philip Talmadge, Esq.
Founder
Talmadge/Fitzpatrick/Tribe

Phil Talmadge is a former Washington Supreme Court Justice. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Washington State Appellate Lawyers Association.  Phil has been named Super Lawyer in Washington Law & Politics and was a Washington State Senator. 

He practices exclusively in the areas of Appellate Law and Attorney Ethics.  Phil received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Washington and has been an attorney since 1976.


 

Fees

Register by July 27th and save $25 on each registration with the Early Bird rate!

Registration fees are per person.

Individual: $425
Early Bird registration $399

Group: $399 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $380

Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate: $375
Early Bird registration $350

Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)
Early Bird registration $210

 

Program materials:

We’ve gone green.  Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program.  Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then.

If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

** Legal Aid/Non-Profit attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/Non-Profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to info@pincusproed.com.

day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

** Legal Aid/Non-Profit attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/Non-Profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to info@pincusproed.com.

CLE Credits

WA General: This program is approved for 5.5 CLE units in Washington through September 14, 2022.

WA Ethics: This program is approved for 1.0 unit of ethics credit in Washington through September 14, 2022.

CA General:  This program is approved for 6.5 units of general CLE in California.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 6.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NJ approved jurisdiction. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 6.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

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.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

$235.00$425.00 $210.00$399.00 each

Pincus Professional Education has gathered an all-star panel together for its 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference coming to Seattle, WA in September of 2017. This program will be taught by Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law, appellate justices, supervising staff attorneys at multiple appellate courts and other top practitioners who have spoken at our programs on many occasions and received excellent reviews every time!

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