MCLE Class List

April Series

Title: Writing Your First Complaint 
Date: RESCHEDULED
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: David Graulich Esq.
A Complaint is more than a document; it is the foundation of every civil lawsuit. It serves several functions for a plaintiff: putting the action on record with the Court, providing notice to Defendants, framing the material facts, delineating causes of action and asking for relief. The Complaint can be a powerful platform for persuasion and the strategic blueprint for how the advocate will argue the case.
This class is intended for lawyers who are writing their first Complaint or are looking to improve their skills. The class will also address the needs of non-lawyers who are representing themselves (“pro pers”) and who seek to understand the techniques of writing and filing an effective Complaint. The class will explain that sometimes best practice is to write a lean, concise Complaint with minimal details, while other circumstances call for a highly-detailed Complaint with a colorful and dramatic narrative.
A Complaint is not only about smart editorial decisions. There are numerous technical and formatting requirements with which a Plaintiff must comply, ranging from the type of paper and the size of fonts to the necessary elements of a “caption” (i.e., the boxed information on the cover page). These requirements will also be covered in the class.

Title: Presenting Electronic Data as Evidence
Date: RESCHEDULED
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: Don Vilfer
Learn from the experts on how to deal with ever-present digital evidence from beginning to end in your case. Data is relevant in almost every matter and attorneys often struggle with how to review and present the data as evidence. In this class, you will learn tools on how to collect and review data and how to present that data to your audience. We will cover each step of presentation of data, including review with a client, discovery to opposing counsel and presentation at trial. Don Vilfer, Director of Digital Forensics and Greg Nelson, Director of eDiscovery, both partners at VAND Group, will share what they have learned from their combined over 50 years of experience dealing with electronic evidence.

Title: Techniques for Short, Clear and Organized Legal Writing
Date:4/26/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: J. Angelo DeSantis
In the legal profession, no one wants to read what we write. While what we write may be important, it is not popular fiction; motions are not read for pleasure. This presentation will cover how to fix word wasting habits that needlessly lengthen your writing and how to develop sentence and paragraph construction techniques that improve readability in your legal documents.

Title: California Administrative Law: Part 2- Rulemaking Nuts & Bolts
Date:4/27/2018
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: Heather Cline Hoganson
Rulemaking Nuts and Bolts for the Non-Mechanic: Some practical pointers for developing (or amending) regulations under California’s Administrative Procedure Act.
In this secondary level course Heather Cline Hoganson, a 20-year State of California attorney, will cover the steps on how to put together a regulatory package.

May Series

Title: Federal Legal Research: Part A – Statutes, Regulations & Secondary Sources
Date:5/2/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM (NEW START TIME)
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: Law Librarians
This presentation, the first in a two-part series covering federal legal research, focuses on understanding and locating federal statutes and regulations both online and in print. Secondary sources commonly used in researching federal primary law, such as Restatements, American Law Reports, and treatises, are also examined.

Title: Microsoft® Excel 2016: Part B – Large Worksheets and Advanced Formulas & Functions
Date:5/8/2018
Start Time: 9:00 AM (NEW START TIME)
Duration: 3 hrs
MCLE Credit: 0
Registration Fee:$75.00

Instructor: Cheri Boyer
This intermediate hands-on computer course will cover how to link pages in worksheets, and how to work with advanced functions and formulas to help calculate values for settlement offers, outline damages, and even generate potential business deals.

Title: Two Roads: Lawyer/Priest
Date:5/9/2018
Start Time: 12:30 PM
Duration: 1 hrs
MCLE Credit: 1 Ethics MCLE Credit
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: Fernando C. Saldivar, n.S.J.
In this MCLE presentation, Fernando will cover his journey as a legal practitioner to priesthood, relating the potential pitfalls of simultaneously being a priest and an active member of the California State Bar.
He is a second-year novice in the Society of Jesus. Before entering the Jesuits, Fernando practiced law in Southern California for over a decade.
Attendees of this event will be enlightened on the ethical and legal responsibilities of clergy, which may not always align with an attorney’s duties, and may, in some areas, conflict.

Title: Writing Your First Complaint – NEW DATE
Date:5/11/2018
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: David Graulich Esq.
A Complaint is more than a document; it is the foundation of every civil lawsuit. It serves several functions for a plaintiff: putting the action on record with the Court, providing notice to Defendants, framing the material facts, delineating causes of action and asking for relief. The Complaint can be a powerful platform for persuasion and the strategic blueprint for how the advocate will argue the case.
This class is intended for lawyers who are writing their first Complaint or are looking to improve their skills. The class will also address the needs of non-lawyers who are representing themselves (“pro pers”) and who seek to understand the techniques of writing and filing an effective Complaint. The class will explain that sometimes best practice is to write a lean, concise Complaint with minimal details, while other circumstances call for a highly-detailed Complaint with a colorful and dramatic narrative.
A Complaint is not only about smart editorial decisions. There are numerous technical and formatting requirements with which a Plaintiff must comply, ranging from the type of paper and the size of fonts to the necessary elements of a “caption” (i.e., the boxed information on the cover page). These requirements will also be covered in the class.

Title: Microsoft® Excel 2016: Part C – Taking the Mystery Out Of Charts, Pivot Tables & Macros
Date:5/15/2018
Start Time: 9:00 AM (NEW START TIME)
Duration: 3 hrs
MCLE Credit: 0
Registration Fee:$75.00

Instructor: Cheri Boyer
This advanced hands-on computer course will cover the more sophisticated features found in Excel 2016. You will learn how to create a macro. Macros are great for repetitive and time-consuming tasks. You will create pivot tables and pivot charts. With the introduction of Excel 2016 pivot tables are more intuitive and more powerful than ever. Charts have been enhanced and made easier than ever to use. Advanced functions such as vlookup will be covered as well as other time saving features.

Title: Federal Legal Research: Part B – Cases & Finding Aids
Date:5/16/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM (NEW START TIME)
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: Law Librarians
This is the second presentation of a two-part series covering federal case law research using both print and online resources. The two most important Finding Aids with regard to federal cases, Digests and Citators, will be covered in detail.

Title: Economic Analysis in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
Date:5/18/2018
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: George Jouganatos PhD
Did you know including Social Security as a loss in your case is not supported by federal and California case law or by forensic economics literature? Dr. Jouganatos will cover the appropriate benefits to include in loss calculations as well as the discount rate, wage growth rate, earnings basis, impaired earnings capacity, present value calculations, mitigation issues, and methods of computing loss of benefits, among other issues.

June Series

Title: Presenting Electronic Data as Evidence – NEW DATE
Date:6/8/2018
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: Don Vilfer
Learn from the experts on how to deal with ever-present digital evidence from beginning to end in your case. Data is relevant in almost every matter and attorneys often struggle with how to review and present the data as evidence. In this class, you will learn tools on how to collect and review data and how to present that data to your audience. We will cover each step of presentation of data, including review with a client, discovery to opposing counsel and presentation at trial. Don Vilfer, Director of Digital Forensics and Greg Nelson, Director of eDiscovery, both partners at VAND Group, will share what they have learned from their combined over 50 years of experience dealing with electronic evidence.