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Fed Court Boot Camp (14th Annual): Litigating In and Out of Federal Court (CA)

Pincus Professional Education has put on its annual Federal Court Boot Camp for fourteen years for a reason – it’s that good.

Our Federal Court Boot Camp has taught thousands of attorneys about the ins-and-outs of Federal Court, as well as general litigation strategies and skills. This seminar is both a litigation primer and a primer for litigating in Federal Court and is taught by judges, career law clerks and experienced litigators.

Attendees have rated our faculty so highly that many of the faculty return to teach year after year (and some have taught every single year).

This litigation course will walk you through the essential components and tasks involved in your case, from start to finish. You’ll learn the rules and tasks, as well as the skills and techniques that  you need to be a more effective litigator in Federal Court and to be a more effective litigator in general.

Our faculty also includes District Court and Magistrate Judges with the Federal Court, throughout California, as well as career law clerks who can provide you a unique perspective and an inside look at what the court wants and does not want when you practice there.

Take a look at our detailed agenda and see why our Federal Court Boot Camp program is the best in the state.

The program is great for any type of attorney: Large firm, Small firm, solo, government and legal aid.

The recording date for this program is May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles and May 18, 2018 in San Francisco.

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00

Intro to program and Federal Court

  • We’re not in Kansas Anymore: Overview of Practical Differences Between State Court and Federal Court Practice
  • Material Differences Among California’s Federal Districts
  • Highlights from the Local Rules and Local Practice
  • Rule 1 mention

9:00 – 9:20

Complaint and Answer Rules, Differences, Advice and Strategies 

  • Plausibility Standard: Rule 8’s Short and Plain Statement
  • Forms of Complaints and Answers/Defenses
  • Defenses vs. Affirmative Defenses
  • Practice Pointers and Pitfalls

9:20 – 9:40

Case Scheduling and the Case Management Conference in Federal Court

  • Rule 16.1
  • Case Management Reports

9:40 – 10:30

Rule 12 and Other Motions

  • Top ten tips for drafting Rule 12(b)(6) motions, responses, and replies.
  • How to enhance the effectiveness of memoranda addressing motions to dismiss.
  • How to address procedural issues that frequently arise when briefing motions to dismiss.
  • Additional Rule 12 motions
  • Ex Parte Motions
  • TRO or preliminary injunctions

10:30 – 10:45

BREAK

10:45 – 11:45

Discovery & eDiscovery

  • CM/ECF brief overview/advice
  • Interrogatories, request to produce – differences between state and federal
  • 2015 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Scope of discovery / proportionality
    • Requests for production and responses
    • Failure to preserve / sanctions
    • How courts have interpreted them
    • E-discovery
      • Overview and considerations
      • Sources and preservation
      • Authentication
      • Federal Rule of Evidence 502

11:45 – 12:00

Final morning q/a

Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

(lunch on your own)

1:00 – 1:50

Depo Strategies

    • Federal Rules related to Depos
    • Federal v. State differences
    • Subpoenas & affidavits
    • Deadlines and rules
    • Strategy and Deciding whom to depose
    • Taking good depositions
    • Making effective use of depositions at trial or for settlement

1:50 – 2:45

Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment

2:45 – 2:55

Oral Argument Tips

2:55 – 3:10

BREAK

3:10 – 3:20

Heading to Trial

  • Trial Briefs
    • Pretrial Statement
    • Pretrial Conference and Order

4:10 – 5:00

Trial Presentation

    • Introduction of Exhibits
    • Evidentiary Objections

Direct and Cross-Examinations

    • Purpose, audience and format requirements
    • Basic direct examination skills
    • Basic cross examination skills
    • Preserving the Record for Appeal

5:00 – 5:15

Post-Trial Motions & Judgments

5:15 – 5:30

Final q/a

Dates and Times and Locations

Los Angeles:

May 17, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

The DoubleTree Downtown
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking:  Discounted parking available for valet and self-park at the hotel. Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.

 

San Francisco:

May 18, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

The Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

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

Testimonials

“Great program! Really informative!” – Deborah Gettleman, Esq.

“I’m new to Federal Court. [This program] offered a good introduction.” – Katherine Broderick, Esq.

“Invaluable to have the judge’s advice and opinions. Wish she could have stayed all day.” – Genevieve Coyle, Esq.

“The speakers were good at recognizing the variety of lawyers in the audience.” – Phyra McCandless, Esq.

“I am fully satisfied. This was a great primer for practicing in Federal Court. This was one of the best seminars that I’ve been to in my 13 years of practicing law. It makes me want to never go to state court ever again.” – Richard Jefferson, Esq.

“Great job. Very informative and well presented.” – Jonathan T. Dawson, Esq.

“Overall good experience.” – Shahio Monzoo, Esq.

“Good recap of basics of federal practice with useful pointers. Proper depth given the breadth of subjects.” – Matthew Roman, Esq.

“Very good, candid advice.” – Daniel Zarchy, Esq.

“I really enjoyed the program and the speakers. Having a judicial clerk was also extremely valuable.” – Dana Ulise, Esq.

“I enjoyed the practical nature of the presentation and the back and forth discussion. The panel put together was an excellent combination of different experiences. I loved hearing from the Judges, who were both practitioners, the clerk who generally deals with the various motions, and the various attorneys from both sides [plaintiff and defense].” – Cynthia D. Vargas, Esq.

“I practice class action law, so I enjoyed hearing about [the speaker’s] experience.”

“The panelists covered every important topic in-depth. Thank you for having this seminar!” – Ari Kaufman, Esq.

“It was a great refresher on the federal rules and the panelists had great anecdotes from personal experience. My federal practice is heating up so a refresher was needed.” – Page Allinson, Esq.

“This was one of the most interesting, helpful and useful MCLE programs I have ever attended! Good coverage of practical topics.” – Harvie Schrieber, Esq.

“Great speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed the information.” – Marty Nicholson, Esq.

“Completely satisfied. This was outstanding!” – Nancy Woods, Esq.

“Great presentation! Very informative!” – Kari Martin Higgins, Esq.

“Good review and  run-down of the issues.” – Daniel Marsh, Esq.

“All the faculty were top notch – very professional and informative and competent.” – Paul Carreras, Esq.

“Very happy. Not many CLE’s specialize in federal law. I wish I had taken this course earlier!”

“Motions presentation was worth the entire price. Humor works! Anecdotes were great!”

“This was a good re-introduction; Very informative and insightful for someone looking to learn the ins & outs of Federal Court.” – Eric Wills, Esq.

“This was a well-done presentation. Very informative.” – Philip John Downs Jr, Esq.

“The entire panel did a great job and delivered well.” Tom Borchard, Esq.

“I was very satisfied!” Courtney Arbucci, Esq.

“Great CLE.”  – James Howard, Esq.

“I am no longer afraid to practice in federal court.”

“Appreciate that everything advertised is what I got.”

“Great information, very helpful.” – Oianka McElmurry, Esq.

“Thank you. Another excellent program.”

“I practice in federal court regularly and was hoping to get some practice tips to improve my representation and also to confirm or correct the lessons I have learned in practice – the program did exactly that.”

“If this faculty is an example of Pincus, I’ll always attend. Great work!”

“The information was helpful and the materials (checklists in particular) will be useful here on out.”

“Outlines were extremely effective.”

“Best CLE course I have ever attended!”

“I am a new lawyer. This was a great course to help put many things in focus. Gave me great advice.” – Jeshawna R. Harrell, Esq.

“Highly satisfied. Hearing from multiple clerks was helpful.” – Tim O’Connor, Esq.

“Very satisfied – gave me what I wanted. Basic info with strategic uses.” – Joseph Charles, Esq.

“Excellent.” – Megan Irish, Esq.

“I enjoyed the individual tips, stories & examples – makes it easier to remember procedures.”

“A great primer for both new and experienced attorneys.” – Peter Ton, Esq.

“Great program. Law clerks’ views are most valuable.”

“What a great concept to have the clerks conduct the seminar! So informative!” – Neyleen Beljajev, Esq.

“Excellent balance of substantive information, personal observations & idiosyncrasies of bench potentially relevant to practitioners.”

“Overall, I was very pleased with this program. It is definitely worth the money and travel!” – Christina Milligan

“All excellent speakers – both in content and delivery.”

“Very practical information. Very helpful for negotiating the federal arena.” – Helene Friedman, Esq.

“Great Job! An excellent course. Informative presentations!”

“Very good program – the law clerk perspective should be heard by all lawyers.”

“Great practical advice.”

“Appreciated the FRCP updates: this was the best part of the program.”

“I learned more about federal court civil procedure than any other class I have taken.”

“Each speaker gave great examples…and I appreciated the fact that there were attorneys representing the plaintiff side and the defense side. I appreciated the insight of both judges. It was great to have them attend! This is a great seminar for Federal Court beginners or a refresher for seasoned veterans in Federal Court.” – Nicol Dennewitz

“Excellent.”

 

Faculty

Los Angeles Faculty

Hon. Fernando Olguin

United States District Court

Check back soon for full bio. 


Hon. Karen Stevenson
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Central District of California

Hon. Karen L. Stevenson is a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California.  Before her appointment  to the bench on August 10, 2015, Judge Stevenson was Of Counsel with Buchalter Nemer, where she specialized in complex business litigation and insurance defense.  During her career as a litigator and trial lawyer, she was a frequent speaker on e-discovery and data security.  A member of the L.A. County Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Committee, she is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, Litigation News publications.  In 2015, Ms. Stevenson was named by Savoy Magazine as one of nation’s most influential Black attorneys.  She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School (with distinction), an M.A. in European History from Oxford University, England where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and is  Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Damian D. Capozzola, Esq.
Founder
The Law Offices of Damian D. Capozzola

Damian D. Capozzola is a sole practitioner in his nineteenth year of litigation practice. Damian has handled significant litigation matters across a broad spectrum of industries and has represented some of the world’s largest defense contractors, food manufacturers and wholesalers, and telecommunications companies.

Damian has successfully first-chaired nine jury trials, three bench trials, and two arbitrations, and has contributed to successful trial results and settlements in a number of other matters while practicing at three leading national law firms and then since 2013 as founder of his own firm.  He has extensive experience in taking and defending depositions, and he has written and lectured on litigation strategies — including the effective use of technology in the courtroom — and working with experts.  Since 2006 he has been the co-author of the Thomson Reuters/West Trial Practice Series treatise Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials: Effective Preparation and Presentation.

Damian also has experience with a range of employment, personal injury, and environmental issues, from mass tort litigation to multi-party groundwater contamination mediations to advising clients on discrete issues.  Finally, through the years, he has devoted a significant amount of pro bono time prosecuting misdemeanor crimes for two local municipalities. Most recently, Damian secured guilty verdicts on both counts in a two-day bench trial in which the defendant was represented by an attorney with an established track record of filing civil rights lawsuits alleging officer misconduct.

In 2011 Damian was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger (and was subsequently reappointed by Governor Brown) to the California Law Revision Commission, which he chaired in 2014.  He is also a Past-President of the Los Angeles Italian-American Lawyers. 


Craig de Recat, Esq.
Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Craig de Recat is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s national trial practice and on the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice focuses on complex litigation, and he has a wide range of experience handling commercial, environmental, antitrust, insurance, intellectual property, patent/trademark, and related business matter disputes for national and international clients. Craig is an experienced trial attorney often called on to handle trials for high-profile, high-risk or “bet the company” cases. He has also argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts, including the California Supreme Court.

In addition to his trial practice, Craig regularly counsels clients in connection with performing regulatory compliance, due diligence and, where necessary, negotiations with regulatory or enforcement agencies involving Attorney Generals, Federal Trade Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and others. Several of his clients are Fortune 100 companies, including petroleum companies, insurance companies, manufacturers, chemical companies, real estate developers and financial institutions. Craig served as Special Litigation Counsel to the Democratic National Convention Committee 2000. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in “America’s Best Lawyers,” “Who’s Who” and “Southern California’s Super Lawyers.”

Craig is a frequent speaker on trial/litigation issues and has authored several articles.


Peter J. Marcus, Esq.
Partner
Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP

Mr. Marcus is a partner with Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP. He has practiced law in California since 1999. His practice focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property, entertainment, business torts, insurance law, and appellate practice. 

He is admitted to practice in California, New York and Connecticut, the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the Southern District of New York, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also litigated before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law.  He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California and serves on its copyright trademark interest groups.  He maintains an intellectual property law blog, which can be found here.

Mr. Marcus is national president for the United States of the World Jurist Association, a non-governmental organization with special consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council, consisting of judges, lawyers, supreme court justices and law professors from around the world engaging to further the rule of law and the administration of international law.  He also serves on the boards of several organizations, including Temple Israel of Hollywood, Jewish World Watch, a coalition of 60 synagogues in Southern California working to combat egregious human rights violations in Darfur, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Teen Impact Affiliates, a program of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that provides support to young people with cancer and blood diseases.

He is a frequent writer about intellectual property issues. Mr. Marcus previously worked as an editor with St. Martin’s Press and the West Publishing Company, and authored the script for the award winning documentary, The Nixon-Kennedy Debates.


Laurie E. Smith, Esq.
Career Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Laurie Smith is a career law clerk for the Honorable John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Prior to that, Ms. Smith litigated at several law firms in Northern and Southern California. Ms. Smith served as Managing Editor for the Virginia Tax Review Law Journal and is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.


Stephanie Sperber, Esq.
Senior Trial Attorney
Callahan & Blaine

Stephanie Sperber is a Senior Attorney with extensive experience in complex business litigation, product liability litigation, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Stephanie has handled cases in state and federal courts, and appellate courts across the country. Stephanie has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star for the years 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This honor is reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in Southern California under the age of 40, and is rated by peers.


Edward Patrick Swan, Jr., Esq.
Partner
Jones Day

With over 35 years as an experienced trial lawyer, Pat Swan represents clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Pat has handled complicated commercial cases, including business disputes, antitrust, copyright, unfair business practice, trade secrets, securities fraud, and products liability. He has also been responsible for the defense of nationwide class actions, complex arbitrations, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Pat served as a federal criminal prosecutor for over seven years and has substantial grand jury, jury trial, and appellate experience.

As lead counsel, Pat has tried to conclusion numerous civil and criminal cases. He has also successfully litigated and resolved significant matters involving alleged insider trading, attempted monopolization, health care fraud, tortious breach of contract and consumer class actions. He is currently defending, among other cases, a nationwide civil RICO action seeking over billion in damages, an action to rescind a million real estate transaction, and several ongoing government investigations involving allegations of civil and/or criminal wrongdoing.

Pat serves on the board of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, and serves on the board and is an officer of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego. He devotes time annually to pro bono activities, and is an active member of various local, state and national legal and bar organizations. Pat is currently on the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers®.


Paul Traina, Esq.
Partner
Stalwart Law Group

Paul Traina has practiced law for the past 25 years spending his first five years representing automobile manufacturers and insurance companies and the last twenty years representing consumers on a pure contingency basis. Paul is an experienced, fiercely competitive litigator and trial lawyer and has obtained verdicts and recoveries for his clients totaling over 3 billion dollars.  Paul has and continues to represent clients in matters involving catastrophic injuries, defective products, whistleblower litigation, class actions, professional liability cases, and business/commercial litigation and is a frequent guest lecturer at Loyola Law Schools Trial Advocacy Class. Paul has lectured around the country on topics ranging from class actions, conflicts of interest, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross examinations of both lay and expert witnesses.

Paul was born and raised in Charlotte, Michigan with his two brothers and one sister. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned degrees in History, Political Science and Philosophy.  After college, he moved to California, with his girlfriend Pam (now wife for 28 years) for law school where he attended Pepperdine University.  During law school, he clerked at various firms and the Ventura Public Defenders Office. After graduation, Paul started his legal career at the defense firm of Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow and Canter where he worked for 4 years doing heavy litigation and trying cases.

In 1996, Paul joined the prestigious law firm of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, a firm made famous by the PG&E chromium-6 matter portrayed in the blockbuster movie Erin Brockovich.  As young partner, Paul litigated and tried large complex injury cases on behalf of businesses and consumers with both Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi and continued litigating and trying cases during his tenure at Engstrom before joining the Stalwart Law Group in July of 2017.

Paul is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California. He was recognized as one of Southern California’s Super lawyers from 2004-2009.

Paul routinely speaks on legal matters with sitting federal and state judges and other experienced litigators.


San Francisco Faculty

Hon. Jacqueline Scott Corley
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of California

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has presided over a variety of civil cases at all stages of the proceedings, from motions to dismiss through jury trial. She has also served as a settlement judge in nearly every type of federal litigation.

Just prior to her 2011 appointment to the Court, Judge Corley was a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLP in San Francisco as a civil litigator with an emphasis on federal practice. She represented individuals, government entities, and institutions as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters that included trademark, copyright, patent, constitutional law, defamation, malicious prosecution, class actions, contract and probate.

From 1998 through 2009 Judge Corley served as a career law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer. She also served on the Northern District of California Alternative Dispute Resolution mediation and early neutral evaluation panels from 2006 through her appointment.

Judge Corley received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an editor and Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She then practiced complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense at Goodwin, Procter LLP in Boston and was a litigation associate at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco before joining Judge Breyer in 1998. 


Hon. James Donato
Federal Court Judge
United States District Court

The Honorable James Donato is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, with chambers in the San Francisco courthouse.  He is a member of the Northern District’s Local Rules Committee, Patent Local Rules Committee, and Patent Pilot Program.  He is also the Liaison Judge for the district’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct.  

Judge Donato was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2014.  He holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an A.M. in history from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  He clerked for the Hon. Procter R. Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Judge Donato was in private practice for over 20 years before taking the bench.  He has been admitted to practice in California and Hawaii.


Warren Braunig, Esq.
Partner
Keker Van Nest & Peters

Warren Braunig’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, ranging from patent, trade secrets and trademark law, to administrative and water law, to consumer class actions, employment and contract disputes. He has represented Google, SanDisk, Electronic Arts, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Taiwan Semiconductor and other individual, corporate and government clients.

Mr. Braunig was trial counsel for the San Diego County Water Authority in its successful challenge to unlawful rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which resulted in the invalidation of MWD’s water rates over four separate years. He was also part of the team that won a trial victory for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in one of the largest trade secrets cases in California history, resulting in a settlement for TSMC publicly valued at more than 0 million. Mr. Braunig has also represented individuals under investigation or indictment by the Department of Justice. He successfully argued an appeal of a civil contempt order before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, winning a complete reversal. He has represented individuals and businesses in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Braunig also manages an active pro bono practice. He won summary judgment on behalf of Western Watershed Project and a consortium of environmental groups against the United States Forest Service, forcing the Forest Service to withdraw dozens of grazing permits on sensitive habitat in national forests throughout the western United States. He has successfully represented indigent individuals in both criminal and immigration cases.


Jennifer Liu, Esq.
Managing Partner
The Liu Law Firm, P.C.

Jennifer L. Liu is the Managing Partner of The Liu Law Firm, P.C., where she represents individuals in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Ms. Liu focuses on employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and employment contracts and agreements.  She also represents victims of civil rights violations and abuse, including survivors of campus sexual assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Ms. Liu has litigated dozens of cases in federal and state courts across the country and has helped recover over 0 million on behalf of workers and employees.* She frequently represents employees in the financial services and technology industries.

Ms. Liu is an active member of the legal community and regularly speaks and publishes on employment law issues. She serves on the Planning Committee for the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law National Conference on Equal Employment Law, is the Employee Co-Chair for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law FLASH eNewsletter, is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association Wage & Hour Committee, and has served as an editor for numerous publications and treatises. 

Prior to founding The Liu Law Firm, P.C., Ms. Liu was an Associate with Outten & Golden LLP. Ms. Liu also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and her J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before law and business school, Ms. Liu worked as an equity research analyst for Janus Capital Group, an investment management firm. She has passed Levels I, II, and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Ms. Liu is admitted to practice in the states of California and New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California, and the Eastern District of Michigan.


Chaya M. Mandelbaum, Esq.
Partner
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP

Chaya M. Mandelbaum is a Partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP where he represents employees in individual and class action litigation and negotiations across the spectrum of employment law. He has extensive experience in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and leave of absence matters.

Mr. Mandelbaum also serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council.  He was appointed to the position by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and his appointment was confirmed by the California Senate.  The Council promulgates regulations related to employment and housing discrimination.  It also holds hearings on civil rights issues confronting the state.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a Contributing Editor of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation and is a Co-Author of the Employment Law chapter of The Recorder’s California Business Litigation book.  He previously served as a Member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section. 

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler.  At Sanford Heisler, he represented employees in class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination and other civil rights claims.

Previously, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor.  In that capacity, he successfully represented the Secretary of Labor in numerous significant enforcement actions, including a multi-million dollar wage and penalty recovery based on violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He obtained successful results in both jury and bench trials during his tenure.  As a result, Mr. Mandelbaum was a recipient of the 2011 Federal Executive Board’s Service Award and the 2011 Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. 

Prior to his tenure at the Department of Labor, Mr. Mandelbaum worked in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he represented employers in matters involving wage and hour, employment discrimination and labor relations.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego.


Laurie E. Smith, Esq.
Career Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Laurie Smith is a career law clerk for the Honorable John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Prior to that, Ms. Smith litigated at several law firms in Northern and Southern California. Ms. Smith served as Managing Editor for the Virginia Tax Review Law Journal and is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.


Jee Young You, Esq.
Counsel
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Jee Young You is a litigator who represents institutional and individual clients in class actions and other high-stakes commercial lawsuits. Over the past ten years, Ms. You has represented a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, corporate officers, high technology companies, and food and beverage companies. Ms. You has broad experience in a variety of areas, including securities fraud, consumer protection and banking regulations (FCRA, FDCPA, FTC Act § 5, Regulation B, UDAP), class actions and civil rights. Additionally, she has experience with regulatory, compliance and investigative matters involving the OCC, the CFPB, the DOJ, and state attorneys general.

Ms. You maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent individuals and public interest groups in civil rights matters, with a focus on LGBTQ, immigration, and benefits rights. She filed several amicus briefs in high-profile cases such as In re Marriage Cases and Perry v. Schwarzenegger before the California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the US District Court for the District of California. Recently, she filed an action to enjoin the disruption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits in the event of a government shutdown. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. You was counsel at an international law firm, and was seconded to the in-house legal department of JPMorgan Chase Consumer & Community Banking, where she was a member of the Chase Initiatives investigations and regulatory enforcement group.

At Arnold & Porter, Ms. You has helped cultivate the WomenConnect program, which provides a forum for San Francisco Bay Area women lawyers and senior-level clients to network and learn from  each other. She is also the President of the Harvard Law School Association of Northern California.

Ms. You is proficient in spoken and written Korean.


 

Fees

Registration fees are per person

Individual: $425

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

Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate: $375

Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)

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 and firms, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to info@pincusproed.com.

CLE Credits

CA General:  This program is approved for 7.5 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 7.5 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 7.5 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 each

Pincus Professional Education has put on its annual Federal Court Boot Camp for fourteen years for a reason – it’s that good.

Our Federal Court Boot Camp has taught thousands of attorneys about the ins-and-outs of Federal Court, as well as general litigation strategies and skills. This seminar is both a litigation primer and a primer for litigating in Federal Court and is taught by judges, career law clerks and experienced litigators.

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Printed Materials

[ All attendees receive a pdf of the materials one week prior to the program. To purchase a printed hard copy, please select this option to order it now. ]

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