Appellate Webinar #2 – Write a Petition of Review/Petition for Certiorari That Gets Heard (WEB)

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We gathered some of our best appellate experts for this 5-Webinar Series on those critical appellate topics everyone needs to know more about.  These instructors get excellent evaluations every time they teach for us and they know their stuff!  They frequently co-teach with Appellate Justices and staff attorneys.

Webinar #2: How to write a Petition for Review/Petition for Certiorari that gets heard – taught by Certified Appellate Expert Benjamin Shatz and Mike Berger, both partners in the Appellate Division of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.  Mike has argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court and is one of California’s preeminent Appellate attorneys.

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This program was recorded in 2010.


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What You Will Learn

  • Timelines for filing petitions, obtaining extensions, and expected rulings
  • How petitions are processed at the courts through general staff and the cert pool
  • Procedural prerequisites, format limitations, fees, and filing technicalities
  • Opposing petitions and the role of amicus participation
  • Statistical odds of success
  • Factors favoring or disfavoring review
  • Issues worthy of review and how to frame or re-frame them
  • Where to seek help and useful practice guides and websites


Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner/Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Ben Shatz is a certified specialist in appellate law who has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions in state and federal courts covering areas of law including employment, entertainment, copyright, trademark, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition. Before private practice he served as law clerk to Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and as extern to Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ben is Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, chairs the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluations Committee and serves on the executive committee of LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section. He is a past Chair of the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and the LACBA Appellate Courts Committee.

Since 2005, Ben has coordinated lawyer volunteers for the ACE (Appellate Court Experience) program, in which high school students visit the Second District Court of Appeal, for which he was honored as Lawyer of the Year (Private Sector 2008) by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice (2004-2015); listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice (2012-2015); and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ben is a frequent lecturer and publisher of articles on appellate practice, is an editorial consultant for the Matthew Bender Practice Guide on California Civil Appeals & Writs, and blogs at Southern California Appellate News (

Michael Berger, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Mr. Berger is one of California’s preeminent appellate lawyers and is co-chair of Manatt’s Appellate Practice Group. 

Mr. Berger has argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as cases before appellate courts throughout California, numerous federal courts of appeal and other state supreme courts.  He is also the frequent author of amicus curiae briefs in various appellate courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, pressing client interests in important pending cases.

One of the top land use and condemnation lawyers in the United States, his appellate cases have involved planning, zoning, eminent domain, various kinds of business litigation, landslides, contract, due process, equal protection, defective construction, nuisance, insurance and environmental law.

Mr. Berger was named by Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers 2004-2008, the Best Attorneys in Southern California, and one of the “top 100” in that survey.


Audio Course and Materials Package – CD or Download: $169

For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.


CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for 1.5 units of general CLE in California.

CA Legal Specialist:  This program is approved for 1.5 units of Certified Legal Specialist Units in Appellate Law.

Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval.


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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.

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Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.


$169.00 each

Recorded in 2010.

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