MCLE Webinars List:


  • Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • End Time: 12:00 PM
  • Date: December 6, 2022
  • Location: Online Webinar
  • MCLE Credits: 1
  • Instructor: Stephan Shields, JD

This course is going to be a deeper dive into online legal research. According to the model rules of professional conduct, attorneys need to maintain competency, and a component of maintaining competency is to keep abreast of the benefits and risks of relevant technology. By the end of this course you all will be made aware of advanced online legal research methods to harness your potential as a researcher and to maintain a standard of competency in the legal profession.

Discover how online legal research can assist you in search methodology

Leverage provided connecting common terms, and formatting of content.

Obtain visual representation of the validity of cases and statutes.

Learn how online legal research platforms provide organization methods, delivery methods, and recovery methods so you can better maintain your research.

Gather information by practice area, topic, jurisdiction or publisher.

Realize alternative and advanced ways to begin research with statutes.

Acquire archived materials in multiple ways.

Find connection between results of separate searches.


This 1.5 hour presentation will describe the basic steps of handling an appeal in the California State Appellate Courts.  From filing your notice of appeal to obtaining and putting together the record to honing your arguments to preparing a persuasive brief to electronic filing with the court, this course will teach you the “nuts and bolts” of an appeal.  Ideal for aspiring appellate attorneys and experienced attorneys seeking a refresher, this course will guide you through the basic steps of handling an appeal.

Title: A Recipe for Support: An Analytical Conversation Regarding Child Support and Spousal Support in California WEBINAR

This webinar will explore the ways in which a court will determine income available for the payment of both child and spousal support.  We will walk you through the salient factors of determining the payor’s true income, including review of tax returns, profit and loss statements, W2s, loan applications, and each party’s monthly expenses.  What you see is not always reality when reviewing the payor’s (or the payee’s for that matter) reported income.

We will delve into child support with a keen eye on how the court arrives at a guideline child support calculation.  We will discuss the ramifications of agreeing to a non-guideline child support order.  And we will discuss seek work orders, extraordinary work regimens, and special considerations for handling child support when a child has special needs or a disability—including adult-aged children who cannot support themselves.

Finally, we will end with spousal support and the difference between spousal support ordered before a judgment of dissolution of marriage is granted and spousal support that is ordered post-judgment.  We will explain what the Family Code 4320 factors entail and how to present your case for trial with the factors in mind.

Title: Law and Motion: Ex Parte Applications and Summary Judgment (WEBINAR)

An overview of two of the more difficult and often misunderstood aspects of law and motion practice: ex parte applications and motions for summary judgment by Judge  Richard K. Sueyoshi, Department 53 and Judge Christopher E. Krueger, Department 54 at Sacramento Superior Court.  This presentation will address the purposes and procedures to be followed when making ex parte applications in state court, including the limitations on the Court’s authority to grant relief.  The presentation will also offer civil practitioners basic guidance on how to make and oppose summary judgment and summary adjudication motions in an effective manner.