Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing (CA) (Recorded Package)

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

This is one of those programs that you really can not miss if you want to improve your appellate brief writing and learn how to convince the court more effectively – regardless of your experience level.  While there will be some review of the basics, the bulk of the course is centered around providing you with exceptional and practical advice and an inside look at what judges find persuasive.

You will learn from CA Court of Appeal Justices and long time appellate practitioners, most of whom are CA Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law.  Your justices include: Justice Kathleen Banke (1st DCA), Justice Michael Raphael (4th DCA) and Justice John Segal (2nd DCA).  Also joining us is Judge Helen Williams, a Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law. Please see the Faculty Tab for a full faculty list and bios.

The seminar will show you how to draft a clear – and persuasive – appellate brief in the CA Court of Appeal (much advice will also apply to Federal Court, with the exception of the discussions regarding CA state rules and case law).

Many judges no longer hear oral argument for appellate cases – so written advocacy has never been more important.

All types of attorneys will gain invaluable insight into effective legal writing from the perspective of appellate judges and long-term appellate attorneys.

This seminar will provide concrete and practical tips for writing a persuasive appellate brief from the cover page to the conclusion.

You will learn about best practices, identifying what issues to raise on appeal, what judges find persuasive, briefing rules (formal and informal), and appellate specific issues and standards.

Your judges will tell you how to create a persuasive and efficient analysis structure in your brief and they’ll talk to you about how to help the court want to rule in your favor.

You will also learn how to effectively use the record and your statement of facts.  Of course you’ll learn about your obligations to the court as well as your client.

If you write appellate briefs, don’t miss this program – you won’t get this much advice organized carefully and presented in a three-hour program anywhere else.  Your faculty will cover both beginner and advanced level topics.  Please note – your faculty is not going to discuss brief writing related to specific legal areas, such as family law.

 

Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on August 23 & 25, 2022. The recorded package, available in audio or video format and including seminar materials, will be available within two to three weeks after the live program ends.

* The Video recording is a video of the webinar (including sound). The Audio recording is audio only, for those who wish to listen to it without visuals (such as in the car). You can also purchase both formats together. Note: All downloads must be downloaded to a computer first, before transferring them to another device.

 

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What You Will Learn

Part 1 Topics

Being Aware of the Audience for the Submission

  • Motions for Discretionary Review
  • Petitions for Review
  • Motions for Reconsideration/Publication

Selecting the Issues on Appeal 

  • Not all issues raised in the trial court can, or should, be argued on appeal
  • How should counsel select the issues?
  • Creating your Checklist

Building Blocks to an Effective Appellate Pleading

  • Persuasive (and efficient!) analysis structure
    • How do you want our analysis to go?
    • CREAC/IREAC
    • Common mistakes brief writers make in the “explanation of the rule” and “application” portions of the analysis
    • How to efficiently address counter-arguments
    • Rule format requirements/court best practices

Convincing the Court to Want to Rule in Your Favor

  • Using fundamental principles as persuasive tools—yet another checklist
  • The hard part: Tips for predicting what concerns judges might have with your argument and then addressing those concerns
  • A strong first impression: Roadmap for an effective introduction

 

Part 2 Topics

Part 2 is tentative and will be changed shortly. It will involve exercises the entire day. Your work will not be reviewed or graded, but you will have time to write, in response to specific assignments, and then the faculty – Justices and practitioners – will discuss examples of best options for those areas of the brief.

1:00 – 1:15
Faculty to outline the program and case

1:15 – 1:30
Attendees to draft a Question Presented

1:30 – 1:45
Faculty to review/discuss ideal Question Presented from example

1:45 – 1:50
Break

1:50 – 2:05
Attendees to draft Statement of Facts

2:05 – 2:20
Faculty to review/discuss ideal Statement of Facts

2:20 – 2:30
Break

2:30 – 2:45
Attendees to draft persuasive Argument Headings

2:45 – 3:00
Faculty to review/discuss Argument Headings

3:00 – 4:00
Faculty to discuss: Argument

  • Standard and Scope of Review
  • Citing and Using Authority
  • Making Your Argument
  • Writing Tips in Drafting the Argument Section

 

Testimonials

The following testimonials are from a similar agenda from our 2022 Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing course recently held in Washington:

“The BEST writing CLE I have ever attended! The appellate ‘insider knowledge’ made this CLE extremely valuable.” – Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“This was the best legal seminar I have attended. The material was topical, well-presented and entertaining.” – Guy Stilson, Esq.

“Awesome! The first CLE I have been to where all the info was helpful and the presenters held my attention throughout.” – Inge Fordham, Esq.

“I thought the speakers were wonderful, and I appreciated the enthusiasm, kindness, and candor.” – Madilyn Bates, Esq.

“I am especially grateful for time and valuable insights from the two judges on the panel. I appreciate their willingness to continue to help train bar members to do a better job for our clients (and side benefit to make their jobs easier). Their perspective was particularly invaluable.”

“I really liked the subject matter and thought the speakers were excellent!” – Alexandra Manno, Esq.

“This was the most effective team teaching I’ve ever witnessed. These guys work together brilliantly, playing off of each other, and moving through lots of material in a lively and engaging fashion.” –Robin Campbell, Esq.

“Well organized, great delivery, concise and informative material. Thank you!” – Melody Claire Tucker, Esq.

“Excellent program with comprehensive course material. I found this very helpful and was impressed with the high quality of this seminar. The faculty was extremely knowledgeable. This course exceeded my expectations.” – Alice Peiler, Esq.

“The particular combination of speakers was excellent to make a broad topic relevant to any practitioners. The depth of knowledge was amazing. Normally, I would have to go to 2-3 CLEs to get the variety of insight and compare information from various jurisdictions.” – Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“Far exceeded expectations. Concise, well presented and very helpful.” – Robert V. Cohune, Esq.

“Loved the topics, the clear examples, and how knowledgeable the speakers were.” –Sydney Phillips, Esq.

“Informative and interesting, more than the normal CLE.”

“This was incredibly helpful for me. The examples given in the case study helped me understand the advice being given; a lot of times you know you can do something better, but don’t know exactly how, so I appreciated being shown some examples of how.”

“I have not filed/written an appeal for 15 years. I wanted the nuts & bolts. Speakers provided this in an interesting and informative manner.” – Chris Schaefer, Esq.

“Good coverage of topic. Speakers had relevant, helpful insights.”

“Excellent job by both lecturers. Enjoyed the presentation very much. No wasted time.” – Maureen Pacheco, Esq.

“Not only did I learn tips crucial for appellate brief writing, I learned tips that are crucial to trial brief writing!” – Jully Pae, Esq.

“This program was really as nearly perfect as any I’ve ever attended.” – Tyna Orren, Esq.

“The only good legal seminar I have attended since I became an attorney eight years ago.”

“It was a good program. Helpful to hear a judge’s perspective.” – Ashley Karlstad, Esq.

“Very, very helpful. I appreciated the specific tips and suggestions, materials to refer back to, and interactive exercise to apply what we learn.”

“Excellent program and excellent speakers.” – Kelly J. Faust Sovar, Esq.

“The program itself was great, precisely as advertised, and great speakers with inside information about appellate processes.”

“It was useful and provided a good discussion of fundamental issues in appellate advocacy.”

“The seminar was very well organized and direct in addressing how the techniques would lead to a desirable outcome when used, and the consideration as to why they work.”

“Incredible panel and presentation of material.” – Kirsten A. Schultz, Esq.

“I thought it was very practical. I appreciated the segment where we reviewed two briefs and an opinion together to identify application of the fundamental principles.”

“Love that it was a half day and that you had very high-level speakers.” – Pamela Rohr, Esq.

“Kudos to the speakers for taking the time to be well organized and coordinated.  Almost seamless!”

“All the speakers were excellent.  I particularly appreciated the two judges, who were excellent and had put a lot of effort into their preparation.”

“I appreciated the speakers’ willingness to give specific advice and examples.  Great panel!”

“Quality presentations.” – Todd Renda, Esq.

“The program made drafting an appellate brief seem doable.”

“High quality!” – Dennis Morgan, Esq.

“Overall, a really good seminar. Very engaging speakers.” – Jane Reid, Esq.

“Both speakers were outstanding! Their positions/authority gave them gravitas, but they offered great clarity and humor as well.”

“Both speakers were very strong.” – Mitchell Abbott, Esq.

“One of the best I’ve attended.”

“These guys were awesome. Very organized. Very straightforward. Very informative. Also very interesting.”

“The thematic checklist is an excellent tool.” – David Spellman, Esq.

“Our firm has experienced a recent rise in appeals – the subject matter is helpful and informative.” – Inge Fordham, Esq.

“I have not previously filed an appellate brief but feel more confident in my ability to draft and file my first brief.”

“All were very good speakers and worked well together in teaching the class. The offering of different opinions was also nice to hear. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.”

“There were some great pearls of wisdom, I particularly liked Judge Glasgow’s framework of core values/fundamentals.”

“It was a very good program. Always good to hear Phil Talmadge.”

“The written materials were fantastic!”

“100% delivery of the goods!”

“Very clear, engaging, enthusiastic.”

“The presentation of materials was effective and easy to follow.”

“The presenters went into great detail which I sought from this CLE.”

“All presenters were great. Informative and insightful.”

“I am brushing up on my appellate briefing skills to write my first such brief in many years – this was excellent & my confidence is restored!”

“Excellent program, excellent speakers.”

“Good review of basic appellate brief writing. Very clear-hit all important points. Lots of good tips. Both were good speakers.”

“Both presenters are excellent. Presentations were clear, concise, and easy to follow.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. I thought it was well organized and well thought out / practiced. The speakers have great chemistry in giving a joint presentation.”

“Great examples-never a dull moment during the presentation.”

“Taught me some new things I will definitely use in my next brief. Great speakers for clarity.”

“Absolutely consummate professionals.”

“The speakers make an effective team.”

“Great topics, presentation, and speakers.”

“The speakers were all fantastic.”

“Great program; good speakers.”

“Highly satisfied!”

“Greg was articulate, had an effective way of deliverance, well-informed on the topics discussed.”

“Paul was organized, well-informed, gave interesting recent cases/examples and interacted well with Greg and the audience.”

“Just fantastic. Thank you!”

“Great work!”

“Very helpful.”

“Great speakers, it was highly informative and well prepared.”

“Speakers were great.”

“Informative program. Great speakers.”

“Very informative, I enjoyed it and learned a lot.”

“Great program!”

“Good job on general concepts.”

“It was great!”

“Good flow, good timing, exceptional speakers.”

“Good!”

“The examples of the briefs in the GMA case were really helpful.”

“Great speakers and good content.”

“Excellent.”

“Wonderful program.”

“Excellent program.”

“Good.”

 

The following testimonials are from prior Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing Courses in the past in CA with agendas similar to Part 2: 

“I thought both speakers were excellent and provided very insightful information, tips and opinions that will certainly assist me in my practice. Excellent program!.” Fabiola Rivera, Esq.

“This was the most effective team teaching I’ve ever witnessed.  These guys work together brilliantly, playing off of each other, and moving through lots of material in a lively and engaging fashion.”  Robin Campbell, Esq.

“My objectives were satisfied; the class was comprehensive and gave lots of clarification on prior questions.” Kathryn Saldana, Esq.

“The conference was very helpful towards my objectives in gaining more insight going into my 1st 9th Circuit brief.” Rhondo Elane Neff, Esq.

“Overall, a really good seminar. Very engaging speakers.” Jane Reid

“Useful and enjoyable course, thanks.” Elizabeth Leeper, Esq.

“Both speakers were very strong.” Mitchell Abbott, Esq.

“This was a wonderful seminar. I learned a great deal of useful information.”

“Excellent content. Exercises helped drive home points of fine specific examples.”

“Just marvelous!”

“I am brushing up on my appellate briefing skills to write my first such brief in many years – this was excellent & my confidence is restored!”

“Excellent!”

“The speakers make an effective team.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. I thought it was well organized and well thought out / practiced. The speakers have great chemistry in giving a joint presentation.”

“The seminar was very well organized and direct in addressing how the techniques would lead to a desirable outcome when used, and the consideration as to why they work.”

“Excellent program, excellent speakers.”

“[Greg] was articulate, had [an] effective way of deliverance, well-informed on the topics discussed.”

“[Paul] was organized, well-informed, gave interesting recent cases/examples and interacted well with Greg and the audience.”

“Good review of basic appellate brief writing. Very clear-hit all important points. Lots of good tips. Both were good speakers.”

“Both presenters are excellent. Presentations were clear, concise, and easy to follow.”

“Great examples-never a dull moment during the presentation.”

“Taught me some new things I will definitely use in my next brief. Great speakers for clarity.”

“Absolutely consummate professionals.”

“The incorporation of exercises was good and their execution was effective.”

 

The following testimonials are from our previous Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing courses:

“The BEST writing CLE I have ever attended! The appellate ‘insider knowledge’ made this CLE extremely valuable.” Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“Awesome! The first CLE I have been to where all the info was helpful and the presenters held my attention throughout.” Inge Fordham, Esq.

“This was the best legal seminar I have attended. The material was topical, well-presented and entertaining.” Guy Stilson, Esq.

“The particular combination of speakers was excellent to make a broad topic relevant to any practitioners. The depth of knowledge was amazing. Normally, I would have to go to 2-3 CLEs to get the variety of insight and compare information from various jurisdictions.” Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“I have not filed/written an appeal for 15 years. I wanted the nuts & bolts. [Speakers] provided this in an interesting and informative manner.” Chris Schaefer, Esq.

“Excellent program with comprehensive course material. I found this very helpful and was impressed with the high quality of this seminar. The faculty was extremely knowledgable. This course exceeded my expectations.” Alice Peiler, Esq.

“Excellent job by both lecturers. Enjoyed the presentation very much. No wasted time.” Maureen Pacheco, Esq.

“Not only did I learn tips crucial for appellate brief writing, I learned tips that are crucial to trial brief writing!” Jully Pae, Esq.

“This program was really as nearly perfect as any I’ve ever attended.” Tyna Orren, Esq.

“Our firm has experienced a recent rise in appeals – the subject matter is helpful and informative.” Inge Fordham, Esq.

Faculty

Justice Kathleen M. Banke
Justice
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One

Kathleen M. Banke was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One, in June 2009. Prior to being elevated to the appellate bench, Justice Banke sat on the Alameda County Superior Court, to which she was appointed in June 2006. During her last year on the superior court bench, she was one of three judges appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court’s Appellate Division and was an elected member of the Court’s Executive Committee. Justice Banke now serves, by appointment, on the Center for Judicial Education and Research’s Appellate Advisory Committee and is the chair of the Legislative and Privacy subcommittees.  She previously served on and was chair of the Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee.  She is very active in judicial education and has helped produce numerous educational videos for the appellate bench and often speaks at statewide appellate programs.  

Before being appointed to the bench, Justice Banke was a partner at Reed Smith LLP, and before that, at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, which merged with Reed Smith. She specialized in appellate practice for more than 20 years, was the practice group leader for the Crosby, Heafey statewide, and then the Reed Smith nationwide, Appellate Practice Group, and represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and all districts of the California Court of Appeal. She was counsel of record or co-counsel on more than 200 appeals and writs, many of which resulted in published opinions. She also regularly consulted with trial lawyers to help shape trial presentations and make the best record possible for an eventual appeal. These consultations included briefing and arguing issues in the trial courts, and preparing and arguing post-trial motions. She also handled complex civil law and motion matters and writ proceedings. She was a certified specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and was an active member (and is now an ex officio member) of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Justice Banke has written numerous articles on civil appellate and writ practice. She is the chief consulting and updating editor and a contributing author of the significantly revised and expanded California Civil Writ Practice (CEB 4th ed. 2008), a contributing author and updating editor of Civil Procedure Before Trial: Statutes of Limitations (TRG 2016), and a contributing author to California Civil Appellate Practice (CEB 3d ed. 1996), Employment Litigation (TRG 2001), and Federal Civil Trials and Evidence (TRG 2000). Justice Banke served as a practitioner-advisor in appellate advocacy at Boalt Hall School of Law for three years, and before that as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Hastings College of the Law for three years teaching civil appellate advocacy. She continues to participate as a moot court judge for local law schools and other moot court competitions. 


Justice Michael J. Raphael
Justice
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.


Justice John L. Segal
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven

Justice Segal has served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2015.

In 2000 Justice Segal was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he served as a trial judge until 2015 and presided over civil and criminal cases. His assignments on the Superior Court included 12 years in unlimited civil individual calendar courts in the Stanley Mosk, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles courthouses. He also served as a justice pro tem in the Court of Appeal from January 2010 to June 2010, August 2012 to March 2013, and May 2013 to December 2014.

In May 2015 Justice Segal was nominated to the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed his nomination in July 2015.

Justice Segal is actively involved in state and local bar associations. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Section of Litigation of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and as an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He is participates in the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Trial Practice Inn of Court and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court.

Justice Segal was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Williams College in 1982, and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1987. After law school he served as a law clerk for Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He was an associate from 1988 to 1995, and then a partner from 1995 to 2000, with the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, where he helped run the Appellate Practice Group.

Justice Segal is married to Chief United States Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. They have two adult children. Justice Segal teaches Remedies at the University of Southern California School of Law, sings tenor in a congregational choir, and plays third base for his softball team.


Hon. Helen E. Williams
Judge
Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Judge Helen E. Williams was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2012. She has sat in unlimited civil and criminal assignments, served as the court’s designated CEQA judge, and served for six years on the court’s Appellate Division, four of those as its Presiding Judge. 

Before joining the bench, Judge Williams, who is certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, worked in chambers for eight years as a research attorney at the Sixth District Court of Appeal, focusing on civil and criminal cases and drafting opinions in those cases for the authoring justice. Before that, Judge Williams engaged in civil practice for 18 years beginning with a small litigation firm with her father and moving to larger firms with increasing focus on appellate specialization and dispositive motions such as summary judgment and anti-SLAPP, along with post-trial motions and other trial matters such as critical in limine motions and jury instructions. 

Judge Williams currently serves as a member of the Judicial Council of California’s Appellate Advisory Committee and as a member of the Center for Judicial Education & Research’s Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee. She also served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including terms as its vice-chair and chair. She further served for five years on the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization Appellate Law Advisory Committee, including terms as its vice-chair and chair. Judge Williams also served as the vice-chair and chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Courts Section and as co-chair of the Appellate Court’s Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Judge Williams also currently serves as Secretary of the William Ingram Inn of Court, of which she has been a member for many years, and she is a member of the Board of Editors of the California Litigation Journal, now a publication of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section. Judge Williams has served on panels for scores of MCLE and judicial education programs, principally on appellate topics. 

Judge Williams received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is one of four members of that School’s class of 1986 to serve on the Santa Clara Superior Court bench. While in law school, Judge Williams served as an Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and, along with her brother, received the Moot Court award for Best Brief.  


Michael G. Colantuono, Esq.
Partner/Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law
Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC

Michael G. Colantuono is a shareholder in Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, a municipal law firm with offices in Pasadena and Grass Valley. Chief Justice Ronald M. George presented him with the 2010 Public Lawyer of the Year award on behalf of the California State Bar Association. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of “California’s Top Municipal Lawyers” every year since its list began in 2011. The Supreme Court appointed him the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California; he was previously President of the Bar. The State Bar has certified him as an Appellate Specialist and he is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a prestigious association of fewer than 100 of California’s most distinguished appellate advocates.

Michael is one of California’s leading experts on municipal revenues and has appeared in all six Courts of Appeal in California. In addition, he has argued nine public finance cases in the California Supreme Court since 2004 and briefed two others.

Michael is City Attorney of Auburn and Grass Valley and general counsel of a number of LAFCOs and special districts and previously served six other cities and many special districts. He serves as special counsel to counties, cities and special districts around California.

Michael served as President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities in 2003–2004 and established its first Ethics Committee.

He served on the Commission on Local Governance in the 21st Century, the recommendations of which led to substantial revisions of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act. Michael is General Counsel of the Calaveras and San Diego LAFCOs and serves as outside counsel to several other LAFCOs.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Government and received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley.

He frequently posts comments on local government and municipal finance topics to Twitter ( @MColantuono ) and LinkedIn ( Michael Colantuono ).


Scott P. Dixler, Esq.
Partner
Horvitz & Levy LLP

 Leading businesses, public entities, and employers rely on Scott Dixler’s capabilities in matters involving complex intellectual property disputes, class actions, discrimination claims, and torts.

Scott has presented twenty oral arguments in state and federal appellate courts. Recognizing Scott’s capabilities as an oral advocate, clients have retained Scott to argue appeals briefed by other counsel.

Scott serves on the Amicus Committee of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is also on the Board of the Los Angeles Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. Scott has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2016 to 2020.

Prior to joining the firm, Scott gained experience as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.


Anna-Rose Mathieson, Esq.
Partner
California Appellate Law Group LLP

The Daily Journal describes Anna-Rose Mathieson as “one of the West Coast’s leading appellate litigators.” She’s been twice named one of the Top Women Attorneys in California and is certified as an appellate specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She graduated first in her class from University of Michigan Law School, taught appellate writing at Stanford Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Anna-Rose draws from her broad experience to handle appeals on virtually any legal issue, including such varied topics as employment law, jurisdiction, antitrust, products liability, and constitutional law. She understands cutting-edge technology issues, having litigated significant copyright and trademark appeals. She has worked on numerous criminal cases and taught criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School. And she knows how to obtain review at the highest level, having authored U.S. Supreme Court petitions for certiorari and merits briefs on a wide range of issues.

Anna-Rose serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Appellate Practice Journal, as Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee of California Women Lawyers, and on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Section. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, and previously served as Co-President of FVAP’s New Leadership Council.  

 


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 (http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com).


Mitchell C. Tilner, Esq.
Partner
Horvitz & Levy LLP

Mitchell Tilner is a partner at the firm, where he has been practicing since 1988.  He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Mr. Tilner has briefed or supervised the briefing in more than 300 appeals and writ proceedings and has argued more than 80 appeals and writ proceedings in the state and federal appellate courts. He has represented individuals, private entities and public agencies in appeals involving insurance coverage and bad faith, business and contract disputes, employment law, water law, entertainment law and punitive damages, among others. 

Mr. Tilner has also authored numerous articles for legal publications and for several years co-authored “Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions” for California Litigation Review.  He frequently presents seminars to clients and professional groups on the appellate process and related subjects.  In addition, he is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Mr. Tilner is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell and was named a “Leading Individual” or “Notable Practitioner” of appellate litigation in California in Chambers USA’s directory of leading lawyers for 2007-2013.  He has also been named a "Best Lawyer" by The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006.  Super Lawyers Magazine has listed Mr. Tilner as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004.  In 2014, Mr. Tilner was also named one of the Top 100 Southern California attorneys by Super Lawyers. 

Before joining the firm, Mr. Tilner held a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Earlier, he was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, and a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the National Law Center, George Washington University. Mr. Tilner began his legal career as an associate in the litigation department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.


Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.


Fees

Register now and save $50 on each registration with the Early Bird rate!

Early bird rate ends June 11th.

Your discount is automatically applied at check out – no coupon needed.

Three Recorded Package options to choose from:

Video (with sound)* Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download:  $425
Early Bird Rate: $375

Audio Only* Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download:  $425
Early Bird Rate: $375

Order both the Video* and Audio Only* Packages for only $50 more – CD or Download:  $475
Early Bird Rate: $425

 

*The Video recording is a video of the webinar (with sound). The Audio recording is audio only, for those who wish to listen to it without visuals (such as in the car).

Note: All downloads must be downloaded to a computer first, before transferring them to another device because the downloads are .zip files that contain documents in addition to the audio or video files.

 

For CDs, please add $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

*Your discount is automatically applied at check out.

 

This program will be recorded live on August 23 & 25, 2022.

(Recorded packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)

CLE Credit

CA General: This program is approved for 5.5 general CLE units.

CA Participatory Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 5.5 hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law. (Expires 08/23/2024)

CA Self Study (only) Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 5.5 hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law. (Expires 08/23/2027)

NY General: This course is eligible for approval, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 5.5 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. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other state

$375.00$425.00 each

Recording/Recorded on August 23 & 25, 2022.

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