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FDAP Training Seminar - Saturday, January 31, 2009
October 7, 2008

Click here to read update regarding reduction of seminar fee. (Jan. 7, 2009)

FDAP will be conducting a training seminar on Saturday, January 31, 2009, 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 and 1 hour of elmimination of bias. (The State Bar MCLE office has approved our presentation on Wheeler/Batson issues and racial venire challenges as satisfying the elimination-of-bias MCLE requirement.) In addition to the Wheeler and venire challenges, the seminar will have presentations on a number of other timely topics, including: important pending cases in the California and U.S. Supreme Courts; a number of great recent unpublished victories; Justice Pollak as a guest speaker from the court; a lively panel discussion by experienced attorneys describing the differences in how they handle difficult clients, trial counsel, styles of briefing, and other matters where there is no clear legally-preferred method; a presentation on the most common mental health issue raised on appeal-- competency to stand trial; ethics; and much more. A nice treat will be a panel discussion by three attorneys who will relate their experiences of recently arguing before the United States Supreme Court.

As usual, the seminar will include snacks, a catered hot lunch, and distribution of materials on the topics covered.

Cost and Registration

Regarding cost, it is probable that the AOC will not be able to underwrite the seminar this year, but no final decision has been made. If they do underwrite it, there will be no cost to you. If they do not, the cost will just be $40, to cover FDAP’s costs.

Since we won’t hear from the AOC for a while, to register we are asking you to simply mail a $40 check made out to FDAP to: FDAP, 730 Harrison St. Suite 201, SF 94107, attention Liz Wilkie. You don’t need to send a cover letter, but it would be helpful if you would write your State Bar number on the check.

We will hold the check and automatically register you for the seminar. We will void the check if the AOC underwrites the seminar, or cash it if not. You may have noticed an original fee of $60.

Update (Jan. 7, 2009): To maximize participation, FDAP has dropped the cost to $40. If you already paid $60, don't worry---we will either void the check entirely if the AOC does underwrite the event or we will send you a refund check of $20.

As always, the seminar is a great way to renew acquaintances, meet and greet 150 like-minded dedicated souls, and keep up-to-date on a variety of legal topics.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

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

8:00 - 8:25 Registration
8:30 - 9:10

Top Pending Cases in U.S. and Cal Supreme Courts (Brad O'Connell and Jonathan Soglin)


Selected Pending U.S. Supreme Court Cases;

Selected Pending Cal. Supreme Court Cases


9:10 - 10:10 Practice Differences (Philip Brooks, Maribeth Halloran, Barry Karl, Catherine White)
10:10 - 10:25 Break
10:25 - 11:25

Elimination of Bias in the Legal System: Wheeler/Batson and Racial Discrimination in Selection of Jury Venire (Cliff Gardner, Lawrence Gibbs, Alan Siraco)


Batson v. Kentucky - Quickie Outline

Batson v. Kentucky - Updated Outline Case List

Jury Venire Challenges

11:25 - 12:10 Practicing in the First District (Hon. Stuart Pollak)
12:10 - 1:10 Lunch
1:10 - 2:10 Legal Ethics (Jonathan Arons)
2:10 - 2:50 Some Excellent Recent Unpublished Victories (Kathryn Seligman)
2:50 - 3:05 Break
3:05 - 3:35 Competency to Stand Trial (Jeremy Price)
3:35 - 4:00 How I Felt About My Big Day - Arguing Before the Supreme Court of the United States (Stephen Bedrick, Peter Gold, Brad O'Connell)
4 p.m. Adjourn

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