Appellate Oral Argument Bundle (Recorded Package and OnDemand streaming)

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We have created an outstanding bundle of recordings from prior appellate programs, covering the essential topic of Appellate Oral Argument.  This bundle contains four Appellate Oral Argument sessions from the seminars listed below. All sessions were taught by appellate justices and judges, as listed below.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (2023), taught by:
Hon. Consuelo Callahan, Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw and Brendan Begley

8th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice [WA] (2023), taught by: 
Hon. Rebecca Glasgow and Commissioner Hailey Landrus

9th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice (2024)
Northern California Faculty, taught by: 
Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Retired CA Supreme Court Justice), Hon. Jon B. Streeter and Gary A. Watt

9th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice (2024)
Southern California Faculty, taught by:
Hon. Michael J. Raphael, Rex Heinke and Mira Hashmall

If you are interested in purchasing the entire seminar that contains each of these sessions, as OnDemand Streaming or a Recorded Package (download of DVD), you can click the links below for information and to purchase any of these programs.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Boot Camp (2023)

8th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program (2023) (Washington faculty)

9th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Program (2024) (Northern California or Southern California faculty)

What You Will Learn

Topics addressed during each of these Oral Argument sessions (from different seminars): 


9th Circuit Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (late 2023)
Oral Argument
Brendan Begley, Hon. Consuelo Callahan and Hon. Kim Mclane Wardlaw

  • Process and components
    • Scheduling
    • Whether or not and why they get scheduled
    • How judges are picked
    • What happens after your argument?
  • How to prepare
  • What is the usual timing?
  • What are the most important rules?
  • What are judges are expecting from you?
  • In-person presentation tips
  • Additional tips for online arguments
    • Tech and what to expect from the court
    • Expectations of judges
    • Court reporters
    • Dress and presence
    • Your location & background choices
    • If you want to go the extra mile:
      • Standing/Podium
      • Professional cameras and lighting considerations

8th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice [WA] (late 2023)
Advanced Oral Argument Skills
Hon. Rebecca Glasgow and Commissioner Hailey Landrus

  • Understanding judges’ objectives during oral argument
  • Rapid question identification and categorization
  • Effectively addressing hypothetical questions
  • Navigating policy-related concerns
  • Skillfully maneuvering challenging situations
  • Maximizing limited time
  • Practical preparation and practice techniques
  • Illustrative clips of strong oral arguments

9th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice [CA] (2024)
Advanced Oral Argument Skills
Northern CA Faculty:  Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Gary A. Watt and Hon. Jon B. Streeter Southern CA Faculty: Hon. Michael J. Raphael, Rex Heinke and Mira Hashmall

  • What judges are trying to accomplish at oral argument
  • How to quickly categorize a question
  • How to identify the type of question you are getting, so you can answer it strategically.
  • How to best to answer hypothetical questions of different flavors
  • How to address policy concerns
  • How best to pivot when a judge has you on the ropes
  • How to approach Oral Argument when there is a Tentative Opinion or Focus Letter
  • How to maximize the few minutes you have without wasting time
  • Preparation and Practice Strategies:
    • Effectively using moot courts when preparing
  • Hybrid Arguments – pros, cons and policy changes




Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals session (2023)

“Judge Callahan is my favorite judge on the Ninth Circuit. She is smart, personable, charming, a great person. It was a pleasure both to watch in action and listen to her.”

“The judges were the most interesting speakers (because their opinions matter the most).”

“Judge Callahan, Judge Wardlaw and Brendan Begley are all clearly experienced and addressed the topic well. Insightful.”

“Judge Callahan was a true star in today’s program.”

“Judge Wardlaw is an excellent speaker and got to the point in her comments.”

“Brendan Begley is a great speaker.”

8th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Session [WA] (2023)

“Judge Glasgow is continually one of the best CLE speakers that I encounter.  I think it’s pretty apparent to all.”

“Judge Glasgow was organized, clear and provided very clear guidance.  She is articulate and an excellent speaker.” – Dan Young, Esq.

“She gave very detailed practical advice about how judges view oral argument and how to respond to questions from the bench.” – Desmond Brown, Esq.

“I enjoyed her evaluations of oral argument techniques.” – Frank W. Jenny, Esq.

“Judge Glasgow always provides useful advice for appellate practitioners.  Her presentations are always organized and interesting.”

“Judge Glasgow is a knowledgeable, effective speaker – good presence.”

“Loved the practical and specific advice about the judge’s personal experience as an advocate from Judge Glasgow. Excellent.”

“Judge Glasgow was incredible. So knowledgeable, yet approachable. I so enjoyed listening to her advice and personal anecdotes.”

“Judge Glasgow is very patient and knowledgeable, clearly.” – Craig Wagner, Esq.

“Judge Glasgow again demonstrated enthusiasm, knowledge, and clear organization in her presentation — great job.”

“Commissioner Landrus provided helpful guidance about how commissioners look at cases.” – Dan Young, Esq.

“Commissioner Landrus gave detailed practical advice about the Commissioner’s role and explained how arguments should be crafted differently to commissioners than to judges.” – Desmond Brown, Esq.

“A good review of the things that come before Commissioner Landrus as a commissioner on Division Three.” – Frank W. Jenny, Esq.

“This is my first time with Commissioner Landrus on a CLE panel. I was impressed by the context and presentation style.”

“Commissioner Landrus provided useful information re the Commissioner’s perspective!”

“Great job in explaining what a commissioner thinks about.”

“Judge Glasgow and Commissioner Landrus used very helpful video clips to show, not just tell, their points about oral advocacy. My oral advocacy will be very much improved.” – Nathaniel E. Deak, Esq.

“Watching the videos and hearing the commentary about the videos was incredible.”

9th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Session [CA] (2024)

“Justice Cantil-Sakauye provided a fresh perspective and detailed understanding.”

“Really helpful to hear Justice Cantil-Sakauye speak.”

“Super informative to have this kind of in-depth knowledge and judicial perspective from the former Chief Justice of California (who has held every judicial job in the State). The same goes for Justices Streeter.”

“Truly helpful!!” – Valerie McGinty, Esq

“Justice Streeter is very articulate and knowledgeable, and his intellectual curiosity comes across well in his presentation of the results of his inquiries.”

“Great insight into active COA practices.”

“Super helpful and a great complement to the Chief with his court of appeal background.” – Valerie McGinty, Esq.

“Good, interesting, concise.”

“Hon. Michael Raphael had very helpful insights into oral arguments, including the inverted pyramid metaphor and the participation of such an esteemed and experienced advocate such as Rex Heinke was very helpful ” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Hon. Michael J. Raphael was clear and insightful.”


Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.)
Retired Chief Justice, California Supreme Court
Neutral, ADR Services, Inc.

 Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.) is the former 28th Chief Justice of California.  She retired in 2023 and now serves as a Neutral at  ADR Services, Inc. after a lifelong career of serving the law with integrity. .

A native of Sacramento, California, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in rhetoric before earning her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. She began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County, where she spent four years prosecuting numerous felony and misdemeanor cases in jury trials to verdict. After that, she served on the senior staff of Governor George Deukmejian in two capacities: first as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary and later as Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has served for 32 years on California appellate and trial courts, and has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors. In 1990, Governor Deukmejian appointed her to the Sacramento Municipal Court and in 1997, Governor Pete Wilson elevated her to the Superior Court of Sacramento County. As a Superior Court Judge, she established and presided over the first court in Sacramento dedicated solely to domestic violence issues. In addition, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye chaired the court’s criminal law committee and was a member of the Presiding Judge’s task force on domestic violence and the Home Court committee. In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the Third District Court of Appeal.

After Governor Schwarzenegger nominated her as Chief Justice of California on July 22, 2010, the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission rated her as exceptionally well-qualified for the position. At a public hearing on August 25, 2010, she was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, and in a statewide general election on November 2, 2010, she was elected by an overwhelming majority of California voters. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, becoming the first person of color, first Asian-Filipina American, and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice.

As Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye was responsible for all administrative, budget, and policy decisions of the highest court in the state, while maintaining the same caseload and duties as the Associate Justices, including deciding petitions for review, extraordinary writs, and authoring court opinions that resolved the most important and conflicted areas of California law. Her tenure on the Supreme Court was marked by her rigorous analysis of legal issues and her commitment to upholding the rule of law. Additionally, she served as Chair of the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

As head of the California judiciary, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has championed judicial reform, working to improve access to justice, advocating for greater transparency, and reforming state court funding models that disproportionately impacted low-income individuals. She was a leader in revitalizing civic learning through her Power of Democracy initiative, which was developed to inform Californians about the courts and the role of the judiciary. In an effort to improve transparency, she opened meetings of the Judicial Council and its advisory bodies that were once closed to the public and made public comment more accessible.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s leadership has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including the 2012 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the highest award bestowed by the American Bar Association in recognition of the accomplishments of women lawyers in the nation who have excelled in their field. In 2022, she was the recipient of the California Lawyers Association’s inaugural Judicial Excellence

Award, which was established to recognize a member of the California Judicial Branch who exemplifies commitment to the improvement of the administration of justice and preserving the rule of law.

Throughout her career, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has remained committed to the principles of fairness, integrity, and justice. Her unwavering dedication to these values has made her a respected and influential figure in the legal community, and an exemplar for aspiring judges and attorneys.


Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 12, 2003, to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  In May of 2003, she was confirmed unanimously (99-0) by the United States Senate.  Judge Callahan lives in Stockton and has her chambers in Sacramento.  She was the first judge in San Joaquin County history to be appointed to the federal court.

Judge Callahan received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her Juris Doctor from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and her Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Prior to being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Callahan was a state court judge, serving as a Justice for the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of California, a Superior Court Judge for San Joaquin County, and a Commissioner for Stockton Municipal Court.  Judge Callahan was the first woman and Latina to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court.  She was the first judge from San Joaquin County to be elevated to the Court of Appeal in 73 years.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Callahan was a Deputy Stockton City Attorney and a Deputy San Joaquin County District Attorney.  As a prosecutor, Judge Callahan prosecuted major felonies, including but not limited to child abuse, sexual assault, career criminal, and capital homicides.  Judge Callahan served on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific for nine years.  She  currently serves as a Trustee for the American Inns of Court and Western University.  As well, Judge Callahan is a frequent instructor to judges and lawyers, both domestically and internationally, and is a Co-Author for the Rutter Group Employment Guide.

Judge Callahan has received numerous awards including the Susan B. Anthony Award for Legal Services, 1987; Peacemaker of the Year Award, 1997; Induction into the Mexican-American Hall of Fame, 1999; San Joaquin County Law Day Award, 2001; Action on Behalf of Children (ABC) Award, 2002; Italian Athletic Club Citizen of the Year, 2005; Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, 2005; Sacramento Bar Association Judge of the Year, 2006; ABOTA Humanitarian Judge of the Year, 2008; ATHENA Award, 2009; American Inns of Court Ninth Circuit Professional Award, 2014; Judge Armendariz Award, 2016;  University of the Pacific Distinguished Public Service Award, 2017.


Hon Kim McLane Wardlaw
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw serves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton on January 27, 1998. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1998, and appointed to the Court on August 3, 1998. Judge Wardlaw had previously served on the United States District Court for the Central District of California since January 3, 1996. Before joining the district court, she was a litigation partner of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, and was based in Los Angeles.There she enjoyed a general business litigation practice, with special emphases in intellectual property and media defense law. While in private practice, Judge Wardlaw served in various offices of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Women Lawyers Public Action Grant Foundation and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, from which she resigned as an officer upon assuming the bench. Also while in private practice, Judge Wardlaw was involved in numerous community, political and governmental activities, taking leaves of absence from her practice to join the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team, where she worked in the United States Justice Department, and serving as Mayor-elect Richard J. Riordan’s Government Liaison during his mayoral transition.

Judge Wardlaw graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an A.B. in Communication Studies in 1976. She obtained her J.D. in 1979 from UCLA Law School, where she was awarded Order of the Coif and named Outstanding Graduate of the Class of 1979. She was a legal extern during law school for the late Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and upon graduation, clerked for Honorable William P. Gray of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Hon. Rebecca Glasgow
Chief Judge
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II

Chief Judge Rebecca Glasgow

Judge Rebecca Glasgow was elected to Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals in 2018. Prior to joining the bench, she served as a Deputy Solicitor General in the Washington Attorney General’s Office. She litigated cases in the areas of elections, immigration, and civil rights. She also served as general counsel to the Washington Secretary of State as well as a legal advisor to the Governor’s Office. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she served as a law clerk at the Washington Supreme Court for five years.

Rebecca has a long history of service to her community and was named a Washington State Bar Association “Local Hero” in 2014. She volunteered at her local legal clinic for more than a decade, helping clients who could not afford an attorney. Rebecca has served as the statewide President of Washington Women Lawyers and is now a member of Washington’s Gender and Justice Commission. Rebecca sits on this board of the Judicial Institute, which promotes the election and appointment of people of color, LGBT people, and women to the bench. She has also served on the University of Washington Law School Dean’s Leadership Council.

Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University and with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was an executive editor of the Washington Law Review.

Rebecca and her husband live with their son, dog, and chickens. 

Hon. Jon B. Streeter
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four

The Honorable Jon B. Streeter is an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 4. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in November 2014, and prior to that, was a commercial litigator based in San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former President of the State Bar of California.

In private practice, Mr. Streeter was a partner at Keker & Van Nest for many years, and before that, with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Mr. Streeter earned an A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1978 and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley in 1981. He is a former law clerk to Senior Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1982-83).

Hon. Michael J. Raphael
California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two

Justice Raphael is the fourth generation of his family to live in Southern California, though he is the first lawyer or judge.  Justice Raphael graduated in 1990 from Rice University and in 1993 from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Policy.

Justice Raphael began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Justice Raphael then practiced as a trial and appellate litigator in the Washington D.C. office of a national law firm.

Justice Raphael next worked as an investigative counsel for the Government Reform Committee of the United States House of Representatives, handling the investigation of campaign fundraising that arose from the 1996 Presidential election.  During that time, Justice Raphael also taught writing and advocacy courses as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law.

In 1999, Justice Raphael returned to the Los Angeles area and spent over twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, prosecuting over 60 federal felony cases in trial court.  Justice Raphael also was appointed as special counsel in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) and successfully investigated and prosecuted the illegal leak of grand jury testimony provided by Barry Bonds and other athletes in the course of a government investigation of steroids in sports.

As an AUSA, Justice Raphael served as chief of the Criminal Appeals Section from 2007 to 2012 after serving as deputy chief from 2005 to 2007.  As chief, Justice Raphael oversaw an annual appellate docket of roughly 300 briefs and 100 oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Justice Raphael personally argued 41 cases in Ninth Circuit on behalf of the United States, including three en banc cases presented to an 11-judge panel.  Justice Raphael co-taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy at the Gould School of Law at the University of California in 2005 and 2006; he also co-taught a seminar in criminal sentencing in 2008.  Justice Raphael lectured frequently on appellate brief writing and oral argument while an attorney.

In 2012, Justice Raphael became a Judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court upon his appointment by Governor Jerry Brown.   On that court, Justice Raphael initially handled assignments that included small claims, limited civil, unlawful detainer, and criminal misdemeanors.  He then served in the downtown civil “law and motion” courts that handled pretrial cases for the entire county in limited civil and personal injury cases.  For Justice Raphael’s last three years on the trial bench, he was assigned to a downtown civil independent calendar court, with a docket of a wide variety of civil cases.  While on the trial court, Justice Raphael was twice appointed to serve as a pro tem Justice in Division Five of the Second District Court of Appeal.

In 2018, Governor Brown nominated Justice Raphael to serve as an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeal, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, after receiving an “exceptionally well qualified” rating from the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission.

While on the trial and appellate bench, Justice Raphael has authored several dozen articles in legal publications, has taught several judicial education courses, and has spoken frequently at legal education events for attorneys.

Hon. Hailey Landrus
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III

Commissioner Hailey Landrus serves as a court commissioner at Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals.  Before she became a judicial officer, Commissioner Landrus practiced general civil litigation, taking on a broad range of cases in areas of law including appellate, family, juvenile dependency, business/partnership, real property, administrative, guardianship, probate, employment, and insurance subrogation, while also doing simple estate planning work.  She recently returned to Division III where she began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for now-retired Judge Dennis J. Sweeney.  Commissioner Landrus is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and Washington State University. 

Mira Hashmall, Esq.
Miller | Barondess LLP

Mira Hashmall is an accomplished trial lawyer with a record of success in federal and state courts, and in arbitration.  She has been honored by the Daily Journal on its lists of Top 100 Lawyers in California, Top Women Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, and Top Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized Mira on its lists of Top Litigators, Minority Leaders of Influence, Leaders in Law, Women’s Council & Awards, and Most Influential Women Lawyers.  Mira was honored by the Century City Bar Association as Employment Lawyer of the Year 2021.

Mira began her practice at a large, international law firm representing clients in complex litigation matters and defending employers in labor and employment disputes.  Since joining Miller Barondess, Mira has continued to diversify her practice and has achieved Top Verdict recognition on both the plaintiff and defense side.  She represents clients at every stage of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to appellate proceedings, and is sought out to handle complex litigation involving business matters that have a broad legal impact.

In addition to her complex business practice, Mira defends private and public employers in high stakes litigation involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and wrongful termination.  She also defends cases involving disability discrimination and accommodation, and family and medical leave rights.

Mira has a sophisticated appellate practice and is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Her federal appellate experience includes First Amendment, defamation and libel claims, insurance coverage issues, and employment disputes.  She has handled appeals involving real estate developments, contract disputes, whistle-blower actions, and malicious prosecution claims.  Mira also has extensive experience in anti-SLAPP litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Mira is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Rex S. Heinke, Esq.
Complex Appellate Litigation Group LLP

Rex Heinke is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced appellate practitioners in California, and among the best in the nation. He has argued more than 150 appeals in federal and state courts across the country. Between 2001 and 2020, Rex was co-head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s nationally renowned Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

He is regularly called on to defend major corporations and high-profile individuals in some of their most hotly contested appellate matters.Rex has extensive experience before the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other federal and state appellate courts. Rex’s victories have led to reversals of individual judgments worth more than billion and dramatic changes in law to the benefit of his clients.

Rex is also a respected leader in First Amendment, intellectual property, entertainment, media, and Internet-related appellate litigation. He has frequently represented newspapers, magazines, television networks, motion picture studios, websites, and entertainment production and distribution companies in their litigation and appellate work. He is the author of BNA’s treatise on Media Law.

He has received many awards for his accomplishments.

Chambers USA has named Rex one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the “Litigation: Appellate” section every year since 2012. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide for nearly 30 years, and in 2018 was named to both the Daily Journal‘s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California and the National Law Journal‘s Appellate Hot List. The Legal 500 business litigation guide has included him as one of the nation’s top appellate lawyers for state and federal Supreme Courts since 2019. And he was twice named California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. In 2019, the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library awarded Rex with the prestigious Beacon of Justice Award, in honor of his “vision, advocacy and passion for justice.” In 2020, Public Counsel Law Center awarded him its Pro Bono Award for “providing outstanding and impactful service to those in need.”

Rex is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and member of the California Judicial Council and State Bar Board of Governors.He serves on the boards of directors of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and the Topsy Foundation, a children’s charitable organization in South Africa.

Rex received his law degree from Columbia Law School.

He clerked after law school for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Frederick Heebe. His undergraduate degree is from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was the student body president and an anti-apartheid activist.

Brendan J. Begley, Esq.
State Bar Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
Weintraub | Tobin

Brendan spearheads the Appeals and Writs group at Weintraub Tobin and is a member of his firm’s labor and employment, probate and trusts, and litigation groups. He is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and previously was President of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section. He has handled a number of anti-SLAPP motions and appeals, one of which resulted in a published opinion. See Vergos v. McNeal, 146 Cal. App. 4th 1387 (2007).

Brendan has delivered numerous public presentations to lawyers, executives, managers, and supervisors on the topics of anti-SLAPP motions, appellate law, and best employment practices. He is a senior contributing editor to The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In litigation, Brendan has prevailed on numerous anti-SLAPP and dispositive motions and saw two jury trials through to successful verdicts. At the appellate stage, he has handled both briefing and oral argument before all manner of appellate courts. The U.S. Supreme Court granted Brendan’s petition for a writ of certiorari that led to the high court hearing and resolving the “Pledge of Allegiance” case in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, 540 U.S. 945 (2003).

Brendan received his J.D. (with honors) from the University of California at Davis, where he was a law-review writer. Prior to law school, Brendan worked as a newspaper reporter for The Sacramento Daily Recorder. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable John M. Gerrard, Associate Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and later as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Connie M. Callahan, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



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CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for 4.75 units of general CLE in California.

CA Participatory Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 4.75 hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law. (Expires 01/31/2026)

CA Self Study (only) Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 4.75 hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law. (Expires 01/31/2029)

WA General: This program is approved for 4.75 units of general CLE in Washington.

NY General: This course is eligible for approval, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for up to 4.75 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. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other states.

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Recorded fall 2023 and February 2024