MCLE Class List


February Series

Title: A VIEW FROM THE BENCH: EVIDENTIARY ISSUES FROM A JUDICIAL PROSPECTIVE
Date: 2/28/2020
Start Time: 12:15 PM
Duration: 1 hr
MCLE Credit: 1
Registration Fee:$45.00

Instructor: Judge Curtis M. Fiorini 

This presentation by Judge Curtis M. Fiorini is designed to help lawyers more easily recognize avoidable evidentiary issues and overcome those unexpected objections.  A case is ultimately won or lost depending on the evidence presented.  Judge Fiorini will share his views of common mistakes and misunderstandings of the Evidence Code he sees on a regular basis.  Ever wonder why your objection was overruled or your opponent’s objection to your question was sustained?  Many times in the heat of battle, a judge will not give an explanation and lawyers are left to wonder why.

This presentation will focus primarily on some of the more technical requirements of common hearsay exceptions and how to identify and effectively meet them.  Judge Fiorini will share practical approaches to addressing some common hearsay obstacles.  The presentation will include an opportunity for attendees to share experiences, ask questions and participate in the discussion.

March Series

Title: LEGAL RESEARCH: PART A – CALIFORNIA STATUTES
Date: 3/4/2020
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: SCPLL Law Librarians

Learn how to recognize and locate California laws, in print and on-line, and how to use the Annotated Codes. This class will also cover secondary sources, which provide interpretation and context, and are often used as “side doors” into the official statutes.

Title: WESTLAW BASICS FOR EFFECTIVE ONLINE LEGAL RESEARCH
Date: 3/10/2020
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 1 hr
MCLE Credit: 1
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: Johnathan Dorsey, Esq.

This hands-on computer training class will focus on:

– How to pull up a specific treatise, code section, case title, citation, etc

– Basic Searching Tips (Plain Language and Filter Options)

– Editorial aspects of Code Sections and Cases. How to leverage them to save you time in your research

– How to Keycite a document to make sure it is still valid law for the reason you are referring to it

Title: LEGAL RESEARCH: PART B- CALIFORNIA CASES
Date: 3/11/2020
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: SCPLL Law Librarians

This class covers how California case law is developed and organized. You will learn how to locate cases in printed resources and on-line. Secondary sources will be included in the demonstration of methods researchers use to find relevant judicial opinions.

Title: ESTATE PLANNING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Date: 3/13/2020
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: Brian Wyatt

This educational seminar is designed for licensed attorneys and members of the public who want to know more about estate planning for people with special needs. We will cover the basics of public benefits and special needs trusts. We will also look briefly at the use of conservatorships and ABLE accounts. This is a rapidly developing area of the law addressing the needs of an important population in our state.

Title: USER FRIENDLY LEGAL WRITING
Date: 3/26/2020
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: J. Angelo DeSantis

This is a companion class to “Short, Clear, and Organized Legal Writing” offered at the Sacramento County Public Law Library.

Writing is a tool for communication. When we write, we communicate in ways that go beyond mere substance. Where we split paragraphs and sections, how we create and nest headings, how we start paragraphs, communicates to our reader. By understanding the many ways our writing communicates beyond the substance, we can make our writing easier to absorb and comprehend.

This class explores this concept through topics including structuring discussions of law and cases, signaling direction changes to the reader, knowing when to split paragraphs, creating helpful introductions, placing rebuttals and counterarguments, creating meaningful headings, building useful string cites with parentheticals, transitioning between paragraphs, organizing facts, and more.

Title: HOW TO AVOID SINKING YOUR APPEAL BEFORE IT SETS SAIL
Date: 3/27/2020
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 1.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 1.5
Registration Fee:$50.00

Instructor: Brendan J. Begley

There are some swift-moving currents in all types of civil litigation that can capsize an appeal before it even gets out of the trial-court harbor. Helmed by an Appellate Law Specialist (certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization), this program is charted to navigate attendees through some of the choppy waters one can encounter when setting afloat an appeal in state court. Those on board at the seminar will learn how to recognize and avoid certain all-too-common errors that can torpedo a civil appeal in the early stages of its voyage.