Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney 2017


A fast paced and complete seminar for all attorneys admitted to practice for less than five years. Learn basic trial lawyer skills and tips from a superb group of renown plaintiff trial lawyers.

8:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 4:00pm Program, including Lunch
4:00pm - 6:00pm Hosted Networking Reception

MCLE: 6.0 Hours Credit, including .5 Ethics Credit

Program Co-Chairs
Alyssa Schabloski of The deRubertis Law Firm
James West of Heimberg Barr

Program Schedule

9:00-9:25am - Ethics and the Trial Lawyer
Review Rules of Professional Conduct, handling trust accounts, contingency fee agreements/contracts, civility, opening an office
Martin Aarons of The Aarons Law Firm

9:25-9:55am - Client Relationships & Commencing a Lawsuit
Interviewing the client, authorizations, conflict of interests, investigating the case preparing the complaint, filing with court, service of process, responsive pleadings, doe allegations, demand for arbitration
Rahul Ravipudi of Panish Shea & Boyle

9:55-10:25am - Written Discovery & Related Issues
Preparing, responding and objecting to interrogatories, request for admissions, production requests, inspection, medical examination, as well as resolving discovery disputes informally
Elizabeth Hernandez of Michels & Lew

10:25-10:35am Break & Exhibit Viewing

10:35-11:05am - Oral Discovery
Percipient and expert depositions: from preparing and noticing through objecting and defending to taking depositions; all while handling uncivil opponents
Shawn McCann of Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid

11:05-11:35am - Law and Motion
Demurrers, motions to strike, discovery motions (protective orders, motions to compel, etc.) and sanctions
Danica Crittenden of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria

11:35-12:00pm - Summary Judgment Motions
Preparing and opposing motions for summary judgment - handling procedural pitfalls and marshalling the evidence
Jeffrey Ehrlich of The Ehrlich Law Firm

12:00-1:20pm - Lunch: A Judicial Perspective of Trial
Hon. Samantha Jessner, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Michael Linfield, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court

1:20-1:30pm Break & Exhibit Viewing

1:30-2:05pm - Pre-Trial Process
Motions in limine, pre-trial motions, status conferences, settlement techniques and mediation; dealing with opposing side, judge and court personnel; and fast track rules
Christa Ramey of Ramey Law

2:05-2:40pm - The Trial: Part I
Creating the trial theme, voir dire, opening statement requirements, demonstration of opening statement, impressing the jury
Douglas Silverstein of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob

2:40-2:50pm Break & Exhibit Viewing

2:50-3:25pm - The Trial: Part II
Basic procedures to follow, rules of court, presenting evidence, preparing witnesses, direct testimony & cross-examination with demonstration
Genie Harrison of Genie Harrison Law Firm

3:25-4:00pm - The Trial: Part III
Jury instructions, verdict forms, closing argument demo, post trial motions
Ricardo Echeverria of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria

4:00-6:00pm - Networking Reception
Program concludes with a cocktail reception to network with fellow new lawyers and CAALA board members.



The L.A. Hotel Downtown
333 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Hotel Valet Parking Only: $15.00 (enter on Figueroa St.)


The L.A. Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, CA




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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted in writing through March 20, 2017. Refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be given for all cancellations received by the deadline. Refunds will not be made for cancellations received after the deadline date. It is possible to substitute one person for another's registration (subject to applicable fee category).
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