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News from the Director

November 30, 2005

FDAP will be conducting a training seminar on Saturday, January 21st in the Court building in San Francisco. The Syllabus appears below.

The one-day seminar will have 6 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics. The seminar will cover a wide variety of topics, which should be of interest to panel members of all levels of experience. Included will also be an interesting panel discussion by long-time appellate practitioners, concerning their practices in a number of situations where there is no "legally required" correct course of action (e.g., do you raise issues of waiver in your AOB or wait until the Reply Brief to respond to AG waiver arguments; do you include in your initial letter to the client realistic information about how few appeals are successful; how do you respond to a hostile or overly-active client; and many other areas where practitioners may differ in their approaches).

The cost of the seminar will be $85, which will include written materials and a catered lunch and snacks.

This seminar will be a good chance to greet and chat with other panel attorneys and the FDAP staff attorneys, while getting caught up on a variety of timely items relating to your appellate practice.

If you are interested in attending, please print and fill out this form and send it with a check for $85 made out to FDAP to:

ATTN: Anne Oxenhandler
First District Appellate Project
730 Harrison Street, suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Auditorium, Court of Appeal Building, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco

8:00 - 8:25 Registration
8:30 - 9:15 Pending Cases in U.S. and Cal Supreme Court (Jonathan Soglin, Kathryn Seligman)
9:15 - 9:45 Ethics (1): Malpractice Suits (Brad O'Connell)
9:45 - 10:30 Update on Crawford v Washington Cases (Alan Siraco)
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 -11:15 Ethics (2): State Bar Disciplinary Proceedings (Scott Drexel, Chief Trial Counsel, State Bar of California)
11:15 - 12:00 Practicing in the First District (Hon. James Marchiano, Presiding Justice, Div. 1)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Wheeler/Batson Developments (Jonathan Grossman, SDAP)
1:45 - 2:45 Practice Differences (Panel: Juliana Drous, Candace Hale, David Stanley, Moderator: Mat Zwerling)
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:30 Mental Health Alphabet Overview (NGI, SVP, MDO, LPS) (Brad O'Connell)
3:30 - 4:00 Prop 36 Under Attack? (Mat Zwerling, Jeremy Price)

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