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Robert Musante SERIES: Part A: “Great Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques” and Part B: “Combating Obstructionism at Deposition”

Register for the SERIES "Part A & Part B" and receive a $60.00 discount!

This two-day series of seminars by deposition expert Robert Musante will cover how to take adverse depositions using a set of integrated logical cross examination rules and how to incorporate a comprehensive analysis of the techniques that best counter obstructionism and gamesmanship at deposition.

Robert Musante: Part B: Combating Obstructionism at Deposition

Obstructionism, including advantage-seeking gamesmanship, by the tag-team of adverse deponent (fact or expert witness) and opposing attorney is the bane of civil litigation …undermining cross-examiner's goal of crafting the clean deposition transcripts that are crucial to obtaining the favorable settlement or the trial victory. This one-of-a-kind seminar offers a comprehensive analysis of the techniques that best counter that obstructionism and gamesmanship.  


"See You in Court!" Filing a Lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court

Are you considering filing a civil complaint in Sacramento County? This course will introduce you to the basic structure of the civil court system, how you file a lawsuit, and how to track your case through the court system.

“Fetch Me a Sword”- How to Create Doable and Durable Resolution through Mediation
Mediation is a tool for healing conflict - resolution through understanding and cooperation rather than dispute. Like King Solomon, mediation expert Tom Nielsen will focus on developing a process to gain oversight and accountability for all concerned while working toward a lasting and equitable resolution.

2015 Employment Law Update

Cassandra Ferrannini, Partner, with Downey Brand will cover new employment laws taking effect in 2015 and important cases from 2014, including new trends regarding an employer's obligations with respect to cell phones and social media. 


Administrative Adjudications

Finesse your presentation skills with specific tips on how best to present your administrative case.

Administrative Hearing Process before the Office of Administrative Hearings

This course is a general overview of administrative proceedings conducted before the OAH from the perspective of two administrative law judges. Topics covered include as: (1) the types of proceedings heard under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and other applicable laws; (2) the burden and standard of proof in these proceedings; (3) the discovery process; (4)  prehearing, settlement conferences and motion practice; (5) conduct of the hearing; and (6) issuance of decisions.


Administrative Hearings: What Works and What Doesn’t – An ALJ’s Perspective


In their first presentation on January 18, 2013 (go to our online MCLE Video Catalog) ,
ALJs Karen Brandt and Catherine Frink described the hearing process before the
Office of Administrative Hearings, from the filing of pleadings with OAH
through issuance of decisions.  In this second presentation, they will share an ALJ's perspective on various types of practice issues that arise in OAH hearings. 

ADR - Mediation and Settlement Conference Programs@ Sacramento Superior Court

Judge Michael G. Virga will discuss Sacramento Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.

Advanced Legal Research: Federal

This two-part advanced presentation will cover federal statutes and regulations, and federal cases including two of the most important finding aids.

Unlike state governments, which can pass almost any law pursuant to the state government's power to promote the public health, morals, safety, and the general well-being of its citizens, Congress can only legislate in the areas granted to it by the Constitution. Yet, under the Supremacy Clause, any state law conflicting with federal law is invalid. If you need to research federal law this is the class for you. 

An Indispensable Tool: The Trial Notebook

Steven A. Block, Mediation & Arbitration and Allen J. Owen, Timmons, Owen & Owen, Inc.  will demonstrate how to assemble and use a Trial Notebook the most important tool used by experienced trial attorneys including when to start preparation, contents, sections,  forms, styles, etc.


Appellate Law
After receiving a final order in a client’s case, challenging that decision or working to uphold the decision requires a thorough understanding of the Appellate Law process. This presentation will cover appellate law with an emphasis on appeals in the family law context.  Topics will include appellate jurisdiction, i.e., when is an order appealable and what types of orders are appealable; the function of appellate courts; procedures and time frames; standards of review; and costs, which may vary depending upon the number of issues appealed, the complexity of the issues, the length of the trial court’s record and the hearing transcript.  You will learn how to identify important factors to represent your client in an appellate proceeding.

Appellate Law: Don’t Defeat Your Appeal Before It Starts
This presentation will cover many of the errors and oversights that frequently occur in an appellate case and how these pitfalls can ruin otherwise meritorious arguments, and how trial counsel can avoid them in the event a judgment may be appealed.

Arguing a Civil Rights Case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
This presentation will address how to write a brief that grabs the panel's attention, practical and logistical concerns in arguing before the Ninth Circuit, how to prepare for oral argument, and working with the Ninth Circuit's pro bono coordinator.

Attacking an Adverse Deponent's "I don't know," "I don't remember" & "I do remember"

This Robert Musante seminar teaches you how to best attack three of the toughest- to-attack answers from an adverse witness under cross-examination.

Topics will include: Deposition logic & Whack!; Crucial to get to “yes,” “no,” or “maybe;” Several meanings of “I don’t know;” Lines of attack against “I don’t remember;” Axiom re: “I do remember;” famous cross-examinations analyzed; and, much more!

This four-hour MCLE event will provide refreshments and a catered lunch.

Attacking the Expert’s Opinion at Deposition & Trial

No matter the area of law, no matter the field of expertise, there is just one right logical method with which to effectively attack the adverse expert's opinion at deposition. This seminar brilliantly elucidates that  logical method and teaches the archetypal set of integrated questions that are at the heart of every great deposition (and every great trial cross-examination!)           of the witness who has been paid to screw your case theory.


Basics of QuickBooks for Your Law Firm- Part A

This presentation is the first of a two-part series, which focuses on the Basics of Bookkeeping for a Law Firm.

Law firms have specific accounting and record-keeping requirements to properly track their operations and manage their books. QuickBooks accounting software helps law firms organize, track, and accurately report their financial transactions.

This class combines lecture and demonstration to give you tips on how to set up the QuickBooks desktop version of the software for your law firm.


Basics of QuickBooks for Your Law Firm- Part B

This presentation is the second of a two-part series, which focuses on Navigating Law Firm Bookkeeping Issues.

Law firms have specific accounting and record-keeping requirements to properly track their operations and manage their books. QuickBooks accounting software helps law firms organize, track, and accurately report their financial transactions.

This class combines lecture and demonstration to give you tips on how to set up the QuickBooks desktop version of the software for your law firm.


Best Practices for Preserving Digital Evidence

Don Vilfer, President of Califorensics, will address legal and practice aspects of preserving digital evidence.

Building a Pipeline to Diversity in the Legal Profession

This one-hour presentation will provide insights on eliminating bias in the legal profession.


Calendaring: A Legal Practitioner’s Perspective
Deadlines drive litigation and good calendaring is an essential part of practice. Find out how good you really are. This course will cover the basics of calendaring in both state and federal court from answers through appeals and everything in between.

California Homeowners Associations: Discrimination, Civil Rights, and Foreclosure
State law lets California's 46,000 homeowner associations foreclose - just like banks - when a homeowner falls behind on paying assessments. Do associations foreclose disproportionately against seniors and the disabled? This presentation will cover association foreclosure and its intersection with fair housing, civil rights and discrimination issues.

Chapter 7 Practice Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 made sweeping changes to the American bankruptcy laws, affecting both consumer and business bankruptcies.

BAPCPA requires an attorney investigate before filing any bankruptcy chapter.  This course will provide expertise on the changes and requirements.

Child Support Done Right

Listen to a Family Law attorney and an attorney with the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services discuss the interface between DCSS and private attorneys in the process of child support enforcement.

Civil Discovery and Motion Calendar Procedures
Listen to Brenda Thomas Wilson, J.D., of ThomasBooks LLC, give tips and point out traps on discovery and motion calendaring for California superior court civil litigation cases. Topics include general calendaring considerations, discovery and motion timelines, and calendaring a motion to compel.

Consumer Fraud & Debt Relief
Have you been promised debt relief by credit card companies, but the company fails to perform? Were you taken advantage of by the subprime mortgage fiasco? Listen to a legal expert on consumer fraud and debt relief discuss how to deal with illegal debt consolidation and mortgage modification scams.

Customized Training in Microsoft® PowerPoint 2010 for Legal Professionals
This customized four-hour hands-on computer training class on Microsoft® PowerPoint 2010 for Legal Professionals will cover how to create an effective, engaging & useful PowerPoint slide show for courtroom demonstrations.

DCSS Online Child Support Calculator
This course will focus on the new features of the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services online support calculator and the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) computer system.

Delivering an Effective Closing Argument

Listen to Judge Brian R. Van Camp deliver his insights on the art of presenting an effective closing argument.

Demystifying DSM-IV: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The American Psychiatric Association publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to provide diagnostic criteria for mental disorders. It is used in varying degrees by mental health professionals, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and policy makers. This presentation will define three major components: the diagnostic classification, the diagnostic criteria sets, and the descriptive text of DSM-IV for the legal professional.

Dependency 101: The Anatomy of a Juvenile Dependency Case

This course will delineate the governing authorities and the laws pertaining to juvenile dependency cases. Topics to be discussed will include identifying service providers, available resources, and issues overlapping with other practice areas.

Dependency 201: The Anatomy of a Juvenile Dependency Case

Building on the foundation established in Dependency 101 (available in video format at This course will delineate governing authorities, jurisdictional matters, disposition issues, and the laws pertaining to juvenile dependency cases. Topics will incorporate case law and other issues relevant to immigrant juvenile status and permanency for youth.

Developing an Effective Business Plan for Lawyers

Expert business consultants with the Great Sacramento Business Development Center will guide you with tips and techniques on how to create a strong business plan for your law practice.

Digital Evidence: New Federal Rules on E-Discovery and Computer Forensics

This course will focus on the cutting-edge legal and technical aspects of the new Federal Rules on e-discovery.

Topics to be covered will include the legal methods of accessing an opposing party's computer; how computer forensics works; and the capabilities of dealing with large volumes of electronic discovery.

Discovering & Recovering from Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation qualifies for 1-hour of "Competence Issues" MCLE credit.

The legal profession revolves around demands, acumen, and ego. This seminar will educate lawyers on substance abuse warning signs, abuse triggers, and treatment options.


Discovery in Personal Injury Cases
This presentation will focus on the strategic use of discovery in personal injury cases from the filing of the Complaint through the close of discovery.

Don't Forget the Phones--Integrating Cell Phones into Your e-Discovery

Today's smart phones should be considered part of your e-Discovery or forensic examination plan in investigating and litigating a case.  Listen to forensic expert Don Vilfer discuss types of data on smart phones, techniques for recovering and preserving data, and the challenges and duties to preserve the information.


Don't Panic! Public Case Access System Training @ Sacramento County Public Law Library

NOTE: Additional classes for "Don't Panic!..." on the following Friday's in May and June 2014:

May 23

June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Don't Panic! Become an expert at navigating the Sacramento County Superior Court's new Public Case Access System so you can use it as effectively and inexpensively as possible before access fees begin July 1, 2014! In this hands-on, exercise-filled class, you will learn how to perform name, case number, and filing date searches; how to set up and manage your own account; how to order a document; and how to "subscribe" to a case so that you can receive email notifications whenever a new document is filed, and can view and print that document for FREE for 72 hours. The class is limited to 12 participants, so register right away!

Economic Analysis in Business Cases
George Jouganatos, PhD. will cover the assessment and calculation of economic loss in business cases.Topics include measuring lost profits, additional expenses, discounting, mitigation, earnings history, financial ratios, business valuation methodology, unestablished business, collateral damages, and goodwill loss.


Economic Analysis in Employment Matters
Dr. Jouganatos will cover the assessment and calculation of historic loss and present value of future economic loss in employment matters. Discussion will include the topics of salary base, benefits, retirement, and mitigation issues.

Economic Analysis in Personal Injury and Employment Cases

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?

George Jouganatos, PhD., will cover the appropriate benefits to include in loss calculations such as discount rate, wage growth rate, earnings basis, impaired earnings capacity, present value calculations, mitigation issues, and methods of computing loss of benefits.  

Economic Analysis in Personal Injury Cases

This course will cover the assessment and calculation of historic and present value in a personal injury case of future economic loss in wages, benefits, household services and other expenses. Value of life and hedonic loss may also be considered. A brief overview of wrongful death valuations will be included in this course.

e-Discovery Roundup
In today’s online community law firms, businesses, government and more use tools to assist in the collection, preparation, review, and production of electronic documents. In this presentation, you will learn tips and techniques on how to handle e-mail, attachments, and other data stored on a computer, network, backup, or other storage devices and how to access this information in the e-Discovery process.

Efficient Paper Document Management, Review & Production
Legal documentation: copy...copy...scan! This course will cover electronic document imaging; including the importance of tif v. pdf formats; resolution options and redacting capabilities; integrating paper collections into databases from different sources; using online repositories, e.g., iConetNxt, Catalyst, and kCura Relativity; and incorporating trial presentations, e.g., Trial Director, Summation, and more.

Elder Abuse & Records Tampering: Does it Get Any Worse Than That?

This presentation will summarize a recent case of elder abuse in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly [RCFE] that included allegations against an Administrator/Registered Nurse. Evidence of record tampering and document fraud, established through the expert testimony of a Legal Nurse Consultant/RCFE Expert and later confirmed by a Document Examiner Expert, was presented during the ensuing trial.

You will listen to the Legal Nurse Consultant/RCFE Expert discuss the methodology used to establish the preponderance of evidence; how to identify variations between an RCFE and a Skilled Nursing Facilities [SNFs]; and how to recognize potential abuse in elder care facilities.

Enforcement of Judgments

Do you have a judgment in a California Superior Court or Small Claims Court case? Collecting on a judgment is often harder than obtaining the judgment in the first place. This class, intended for Sacramento County Residents seeking to collect without using an attorney or collection agency, will introduce the most common and successful tools used to enforce judgments.


Estate Planning for IRAs

You will learn important estate tax considerations you should address when setting up an IRA or other retirement accounts.

Ethical & Practical Issues in Mediating with the Emotionally Disturbed & Emotionally Charged Party

In a complex case, lawyers and mediators often deal with highly charged litigants who may appear emotionally disturbed but are actually high-functioning personalities who under the care of a mental health professional can perform activities of daily living.

This presentation will explore the archetypes in a proceeding, the ethical and practical challenges in mediating a case with an emotionally disturbed litigant, and how to extract an agreement without overreaching, undue-influence, and the potential failure to discharge the duty of informed consent.

Ethical Implications and Pitfalls of e-Discovery

This seminar will discuss the practical and ethical ramifications of the Federal e-Discovery Rules and the recent revisions to California's Code of Civil Procedure (AB 926).

Evidence: How to Get It and What to Do with It

This class will instruct you on how to create a strategy utilizing expert witnesses, get your expert's testimony admitted, and prepare your expert for deposition and cross-examination. Learn how to extract medical records information while maintaining patient privilege and how to link your evidence to impact a jury.

Evidentiary Issues in LAW & MOTION
Motions present evidence for the Court to consider. How to present that evidence, and making sure that the Court will consider, should be among the practitioner's primary concerns in crafting his/her motions. This lecture will address various motions, evidentiary issues and requirements, and best practices.

Federal Legal Research, Part A: Statutes, Regulations and Secondary Sources
This is the first presentation of a two-part series covering federal primary law in the form of statutes and regulations. It will conclude with a discussion on the secondary sources most frequently used for statutory and regulatory research.

Federal Legal Research, Part B: Cases and Finding Aids
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.

HIPAA, eDiscovery and the Legal Medical Record
To understand your legal responsibilities as they relate to medical records management and disclosure under HIPAA attend this two-hour presentation by Marcia L. Augsburger, Partner, DLA Piper. Ms. Augsburger will discuss how to preserve patient privacy in compliance with HIPAA and State Law, how to meet disclosure obligations under eDiscovery laws, and how to sustain effective eDiscovery processes to avoid potential fines and sanctions.

Hot Topics in Attorney Risk Management and Ethics

This course will cover recent conflicts cases and the ethical implications in the practice of law. What happens in the event of inadvertent disclosure of client confidential information - duties, risks and risk management.

How to File a Small Claims Case

Learn how to effectively utilize the only court designed from the ground-up for non-attorneys to resolve personal legal disputes! In this class, you will learn the basics of filing, organizing, and presenting a small claims case. This class is designed for non-attorneys and is not eligible for MCLE credit.

How to Make Ethical & Winning Use of California Legislative History

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation qualifies for 1-hour of "Legal Ethics" MCLE credit.

The California courts regularly look to legislative history records to construe and apply the intent of the Legislature. In this seminar, you will learn how to use California legislative history to present potent legal arguments in an ethical manner. In particular, you will learn (1) how to recognize potential misuse of legislative history records by opposing counsel; (2) how to avoid your own unintentional misuse of the records; and (3) you will also learn about the legislative process and the key historical documents generated along the way that the courts rely upon the most. A hypothetical case is employed – breathing life and interest into the session.

Ins & Outs of a Class Action Lawsuit

If you engage in products liability, consumer protection, toxic tort, securities, civil rights, and/or employment law cases and are challenged by representing multiple clients in a class action lawsuit, this presentation is for you. Topics to be covered will include how to establish a class certification, how to deal with reluctant or disillusioned clients in a long protracted case, how to use mediation to your advantage, and how to enhance the outcome of a settlement or verdict.

Ins & Outs of Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property is a property right protected under federal and state law. IP includes copyrightable works, ideas, discoveries, and inventions related to intangible property such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Jim H. Salter, expert witness and litigation support counsel, will address legal issues surrounding the rights of ownership of patents, trade secrets, trade dress, service marks or trademarks, and the legal or illegal use of this property.

It’s not Me, It’s You! Workplace Harassment and Discrimination in the Legal Profession
What happens if a co-worker accuses you of harassment and files a complaint within your law firm? How should you handle workplace bias against another co-worker? Listen to experts discuss how to identify, avoid, and eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination in the legal profession.

Judgment Enforcement 101: There’s Gold in that Turnip...Or is there?
You’ve won your judgment, but the debtor has figured out the court is not there to enforce payment. Now what do you do? Listen to a judgment recovery specialist discuss how to successfully get to the assets in order to satisfy your judgment.

Judicial Perspective: Weighing the Credibility & Competency of an Expert Witness

Listen to Judge Jaime R. Roman describe how the bench determines the credible testimony of an expert witness.

Jury Instructions -- HotDocs Automated Forms
Are you looking for a new automated jury instructions product or do you want to learn more about your current subscription to HotDocs automated forms? If so, this class may be just what you need! With this one-hour, hands-on course, you'll get an overview of the LexisNexis Automated Jury Instructions. You'll learn how to create and save client data to use as you compile and print out jury instructions. You'll learn how to save time and gain confidence in using HotDocs Automated Jury Instructions.

Jury Selection in Civil Trials
This program will be an overview of the jury selection process in civil trials. It will assume little if any experience but will also serve as a refresher for the more experienced practitioner. Judge De Alba is assigned to a Civil Trial Department in the Sacramento Superior Court. He has presided over many trials during his tenure on the Court, and it is expected that the participant will gain much insight and familiarity with the jury selection.

Juvenile Dependency Law: Update (2012)

This course will delineate governing authorities, jurisdictional matters, disposition issues, and the laws pertaining to juvenile dependency cases.  

Landlord: Evictions/Unlawful Detainers

This presentation will cover residential evictions with a review of the lease agreement and client accounting to determine default, methods of terminating tenancy, and UD complaint and trial. It will also cover defenses and evidence issues, disposal of personal property and bankruptcy in commercial evictions.

Finally, it will cover post eviction litigation, analyzing a complaint for damages and wrongful eviction.

Legal Briefs that Work!
This class covers writing effective briefs and motions. We will explore a number of real briefs and motions and examine the techniques that make them work.

Legal Forms & Pleadings

Need help locating and creating legal forms and pleadings? This class is for you! SCPLL Law Librarians will review many useful print resources for forms, motions and pleadings. Additionally, this class will demonstrate free web sites that have legal forms, discuss how to evaluate those web sites, and describe when you should use the Law Library's online databases to find sample pleadings.


Legal Forms and Pleadings

Need help locating and creating legal forms and pleadings? This class is for you! SCPLL Law Librarians will review many useful print resources for forms, motions and pleadings. Additionally, this class will demonstrate free web sites that have legal forms, discuss how to evaluate those web sites, and describe when you should use the Law Library's online databases to find sample pleadings.



Legal Research on the Internet

This comprehensive three-hour course will cover California sources for case law, statutes, regulations, and more!

Legal Research on WestlawNext

In this course you will learn about the latest tools and resources available on WestlawNext. You will learn how to find the correct form, whether it is for a business or a lawsuit, and how to use research strategies to find the information you need in some of the more important California resources, such as Witkin's Summary, Dockets, and Miller & Starr.



Legal Research: Part A- California Statutes
This course will cover Statutes. 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.

Legal Research: Part B- California Cases
This course will cover Cases. Case law is a judge-made law that interprets prior case law, statutes, and other legal authority. You will learn how California case law is developed and organized, and how to locate cases in printed reporters and online at the Sacramento County Public Law Library.

Legal Writing: from Basics to Blogging
Legal writing for court does not work for the Internet.This seminar will encompass the essentials of legal writing, including a survey of grammar, citations, titles, word usage and formatting specific to the legal arena. The program will also cover the issues of writing a legal blog, website or other Web 2.0 application.

Lexis for Microsoft® Office

In this demonstration lecture, you will learn how to access Shepard’s® citations, documents, web results, news, and your law firm's files without ever having to leave Microsoft Word or Outlook.  Using the new Microsoft® Office (2007 or 2010), you can obtain legal research information with a click of a button allowing you entrée to LexisNexis content while you are reading an e-mail or preparing a brief.



In this hands-on computer class you will learn how to develop a search request, find cases and other documents by topic, by citation, or by party names using the LexisNexis services. In addition, you will learn how to use the SHEPARD'S Citation Service.


Building on the techniques learned in the LEXIS I class, this hands-on computer class will emphasize time efficient and cost-effective searching tips. Skills include how to bypass menu screens using short cuts, narrow searching with segments, focus on a specific word(s) within an original search, and refine searches with advanced connectors.

Litigation Holds for Electronically Stored Evidence: Pitfalls and Strategies for Success

Don Vilfer, JD is the founder of Califorensics, now part of Capitol Digital, the area's top eDiscovery provider. Don will discuss strategies to successfully identify and preserve electronic information in your cases and the consequences of botched preservation. As always, Don will have many stories to tell that illustrate the important points of this evolving area.



Litigation Solutions for Solos
Using the latest tools and content on, learn how to run with the "big dogs" by creating winning case strategies, drafting impressive documents, finding and investigating expert witnesses, evaluating case outcomes, and effectively managing case files. This hands-on course will give you all the skills you need to succeed in the business and practice of law.

Litigation Strategies & Solutions using®
This course will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to conduct legal research using You will gain critical information relevant to setting your litigation strategy. You will learn how to locate sample briefs, pleadings and motions to assist you in drafting your own pleadings; uncover facts about experts, witnesses, and jurors in preparing for trial; manage facts, legal issues, and more.

Make it Happen in Court Using Trial Director 5.2: Part A
Staging an interactive courtroom presentation requires preparation, finesse, and technical know-how. In this first of a two-part series you will become familiar with the Case Library, Document Manager, Transcript Manager, Coding and Presentation Mode. You will learn how to use Workbooks to access essential data quickly to organize your case and work in the Transcript Manager module to organize the testimony.

Make it Happen in Court Using Trial Director 5.2: Part B
It’s Showtime! You want to increase the impact of your courtroom presence using PDFs and/or MPEG-2 video files. But most litigation support applications cannot annotate, redact, or handle PDF files as well as they can TIFF files. Make your cutting edge approach happen using Trial Director 5.2 software. In this second of a two-part series you will build on your knowledge from Part A by working with your documents and pulling all your exhibits together for a professional and seamless trial presentation. Prerequisite: Make it Happen in Court Using Trial Director 5.2: Part A

Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Argument
“Based on the logic that trial is argument; deposition is trial; thus deposition is argument ... there is no such thing as a "discovery" deposition. ALL depositions are trial depositions. In EVERY adverse deposition one of the cross-examiner's central goals is to craft credibility arguments that settle cases and win trials.” Participate in this 6-hour MCLE Robert Musante event and learn how to analyze the most-difficult-to-master credibility arguments.

Mechanics' Liens

This class will focus on how a Mechanics' Lien secures payment to contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of materials for constructing or repairing a building.

Mediate to Win!
In this course you will learn how to prevent conflicts, encourage dialog between disputants, and assist parties in reaching an agreement.

Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part A - Workbooks, Data Lists, Formulas, and Tips & Tricks

This course will cover how to create a spreadsheet to track data and perform calculations useful in a law firm practice. You will learn how to navigate the new "Ribbon" and gallery commands in Excel 2010 and how to perform basic calculations, create charts that are clear and compelling, manage data lists, format cells, insert and delete rows and columns, create simple formulas, and use  headers and footers. 

Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part B - Large Worksheets, Charts & Graphs, and Advanced Formulas & Functions

This advanced course will cover the more sophisticated features found in Excel 2010. You will learn how to link pages in worksheets, create charts and graphs, and how to work with advanced functions and formulas to help calculate values for settlement offers, outline damages, and even generate potential business deals. 

Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part C - Taking the Mystery Out of Pivot Tables and Macros in Excel

Would you like to use large spreadsheets to present the data you have gathered for your case, but it would take days to do the calculations?  Attend this hands-on computer class to learn how to create and use Pivot Tables and Macros in Excel 2010. 



Microsoft® POWERPOINT 2010 for Legal Professionals: PART A—Preparing Bulleted Slides; Inserting Exhibits and Photos; Callout and Animate Text in an Exhibit; Creating a Relationship Chart

In this hands-on computer software course you will learn how to use the Ribbon interface within Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Participants will plan, create, and execute a PowerPoint presentation using bulleted slides, exhibits, and photos to leave a lasting impression in the courtroom. 

Microsoft® POWERPOINT 2010 for Legal Professionals: PART B- Using Slide Master; Inserting Tables, Charts, and Graphs; Importing Sound and Video Clips; Using Pack’ n Go

Create visual pizzazz in your courtroom demonstrations with more advanced Microsoft® PowerPoint 2010 tools! In this hands-on computer class, you will learn how to set up images, color, and text as part of a Slide Master and how to merge other slides into your Slide Master. You will learn how to insert tables, charts and graphs; import sound and video clips; add built-in buttons to navigate slides; learn how to link and imbed actual Word documents or Excel worksheets; and more.

PowerPoint allows you to Pack’n Go the presentation in CD or DVD format to use at your convenience.

Microsoft® WORD 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part A: Using the “Ribbon,” Tools, & More for Legal Documents & Forms

This course addresses the new features found in Microsoft Word 2010. You will learn how to create a document, manage files, format text and use text enhancements, use document layout features, insert graphic elements, add headers and footers, insert dates and numbering, apply styles, search and replace within a document, and more for legal documents and forms.

Microsoft® WORD 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part B: Creating Tables, Incorporating Citations and Captions, Mail Merge, Track Changes, and Applying Collaborative Tools

This course covers how to create, manage, revise, and distribute documents of all lengths. Among the topics are: performing mail merges; using Word 2010 with other programs; adding reference marks and notes; adding footnotes and endnotes; using compare documents functions; tracking changes and the new collaboration feature called co-authoring.

Microsoft® WORD 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part C: Advanced Tools

 This course covers how to work with advanced tools. Among the topics are Macros, Blacklining documents, AutoCorrect. Find out what meta data is, and why you might want to remove it, and how to remove it, using the document inspector and other tools. We will look at what a template is and why you should use them.

Mining Social Media for Information to Win Your Case
This presentation covers how to limit your legal liability by establishing terms and conditions for the use of your social media website. Topics include what you should include in your social media policy; who should post and/or mine information; which management controls can monitor and log dispersed or gathered information; the ramifications of gathering confidential or proprietary information and the issue of proper disclosure; a review of COPPA relevant to fan pages, and more.

OSHA Law: The Devil is in the Details

Fred Walter and Lisa Prince, Co-Authors of CEB’s Advising California Employers and Employees Action Guide, "Chapter 12: Workplace Safety," will present this event. Topics include the structure of Cal/OSHA; OSHSB, DOSH, and OSHAB procedural rules; Federal and California jurisdictions: which can cause potential overlaps and conflicts; substantive law, the Federal Act, 29 CFR; the California Labor Code and Title 8 CCR matters; sources for research; "noteworthy legislation," and more.


Practical Tips on How To Avoid A Legal Malpractice Claim
This presentation will focus on what steps an attorney can take, from initial client intake to the end of representation, potential malpractice claims such as identifying the client (individual vs. entity), identifying the scope of representation and properly limiting the scope, and identifying conflicts of interests.

Preparing and Opposing Pre-Trial Motions

Listen to experienced litigator Tim Yeung discuss the ins and outs of pre-trial motions such as demurrers, motions to compel, and protective orders, in order to gain the first strike in your case.

Tim is the Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California and President of the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California. His practice consists primarily of employment cases, through all phases of litigation.

Preparing and Protecting Your Client at Deposition

This in-depth course will cover how to prepare your client for trial.

Probate Process and Potential Pit Falls with Distribution
This presentation will cover determining the disposition of property under a will where the residue is insufficient or where the gift has been sold, lost, destroyed, or given away.

Recovering Data - How to Get It and Make Use of It in Your Case

Evidence and discovery in today's employment litigation and investigations now goes well beyond "he said, she said." Often there is critical information on a computer or cell phone that sheds light on what really happened. Don Vilfer, President of Califorensics, will review what information may be recoverable, how to get to it and how to make use of it. The class will include an eye-opening live forensic review of an iPhone.


Reevaluate Your Business

In this presentation you will learn tips and techniques from a Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center consultant on how to reevaluate your business during a downturn economy. Topics will include current business conditions; understanding why quantifying and qualifying a business is important; technology trends; and the necessity of getting out of your comfort zone to survive. 


Researching Medical Resources on the Internet for Your Case


Theresa Johnson, Medical Librarian with Sutter Resource Library will cover how to effectively locate and access medical resources on the Web.

Topics will include: Specific drug, disease or medical procedure information

You will learn how to utilize, and more.

Review Session on Practical Considerations in Employee Terminations

This sixty-minute interactive session on how to conduct lawful reductions in force during an economic recession is designed for business professionals and attorneys.

Robert Musante: Part A: Great Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques

High-quality adverse depositions require the conscious and conscientious application of the integrated set of logical cross-examination rules. This seminar wastes no time on entry-level wisdom, code chatter, idiosyncratic war stories, or tired maxims. Instead, using video clips from high-profile cases, it brilliantly teaches how to take adverse depositions as never before …the one, right, logical way: as an intellectually rigorous discipline. 


Rudeness: Curtailing Incivility in the Courtroom
In this judicial perspective, Judge Jaime Roman, using vignettes for discussion, will address how less-than-civil conduct can and will affect your argument, your reputation, and ultimately impugns the integrity of the legal system for all.

Sacramento Superior Court’s Court Case Management System
Listen to the Sacramento Superior Court Civil Support Manager discuss the best practices of the Court Case Management System process (CCMS). You will learn how many copies are required for your filing; how to handle multiple case filings with less stress; and more.

Small Claims Court Process

Learn from an expert what it takes to file a Small Claims Court case, and when to seek legal advice. Topics to be discussed include jurisdictional issues, improper or no proof of service, subpoena of bank or personal records vs. privacy rights, countersuits, getting a judgment, appealing a judgment, collecting on a judgment, exemption claims, release of statisfaction on a judgment, and more.

Special Needs Trusts For Plaintiffs with Disabilities
This class will cover what attorneys and injured parties need to know about settling cases when the plaintiff has a disability. In particular, we will discuss the relevant laws regarding public benefits, conservatorships, and special needs trusts. Those who attend will learn to spot the important issues and gain a better sense of how to plan for a settlement or verdict.

Starting Your Own Business: Requirements, Resources and Realities

David Castaneda, Economic Development Specialist, with the U.S. Small Business Administration - Sacramento District Office will present how to prepare a business plan, with a clear understanding of the requirements, resources and realities of starting and running a business. If you are thinking of starting your own law practice or contemplating a merger with an existing law firm this is the class for you! 

Substance Abuse

This seminar will educate lawyers on substance abuse warning signs, abuse triggers, and treatment options.

This case-management software training class is designed to help familiarize you with the tools and techniques found in Summation® software.

Taking the Bite out of ADA Lawsuits in California
This presentation will focus on access lawsuits filed against small, private business owners with existing buildings and structures. The presentation will also include damages typically sought by persons suing under Title III of the ADA against small businesses.

Tax Preparer Penalties for Lawyers

Congress and the IRS recently imposed tough new standards for providers of tax advice who become subject to liability and increased penalties. The new standards can readily seize business attorneys working on a deal or estate and trust planners advising clients on their estates. This class will cover the new standards from an expert in taxation.

Tax Resolution via Bankruptcy

This presentation will cover a review of IRS tax resolution alternatives to include Installment Agreements, Currently Not Collectable Status, Offer in Compromise and Bankruptcy.

Topics will include, which type of tax resolution is best for your client and when to turn to bankruptcy protection for resolution of an IRS tax liability. An examination of IRS defined necessary living expenses will be covered.

Mr. Packey will discuss bankruptcy basics and review of bankruptcy petition. The pros and cons of bankruptcy as a tax resolution alternative and dealing with tax liens post-bankruptcy filing.

In conclusion, a critique of an IRS tax transcript to determine when or if the tax liability would be dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Techniques for Short, Clear & Organized Legal Writing

In the legal profession, no one wants to read what we write. What we write may be important, but 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 legal documents.

The Court System- Who are the Players & What Do They Do?

You will listen to a Sacramento Superior Court Judge, Court Reporter, Court Attendant/Bailiff and Court Clerk describe the inner workings of the courtroom, and its personnel.


The Difficult Deposition
This course, which includes tips and commentary from a seasoned expert witness, will cover drafting and responding to a deposition notice, preparing your witness for the deposition, and handling difficult witnesses and opposing counsel.

The Latest eDiscovery Trends, Techniques and Law

Don Vilfer, President of Califorensics, will provide updates on the latest developments within eDiscovery, including the latest technologies for collection and review, along with the latest legal issues, decisions and practices. Topics will include "Big Data," hosted review options, Technology Assisted Review (TAR), recent sanction issues, avoiding eDiscovery pitfalls and cost-saving measures. For those who have attended one of Don's classes in the past, most of the material will be new, but the class stands on its own with no prerequisite.

The Nuts & Bolts of LAW & MOTION-Part A

Listen to a law and motion judge explain the required time lines for filing and service of a motion; the ins-and-outs of local practice; how to write an effective motion; and the tentative ruling system.

The Nuts & Bolts of LAW & MOTION-Part B
Sacramento Superior Court Judge David I. Brown continues his judicial perspective from The Nuts & Bolts of Law & Motion-Part A in  this "Part B" presentation on Summary Judgment Motions, Ex Parte Applications, and Tips for Successful Oral Argument. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

Three Easy Steps To The Paperless Office...It Is Easier Than You Think!

Listen to legal practitioners John V. and Tuesday L. Airola discuss how to use practical and realistic technological, organizational and efficiency strategies for your law firm, with a focus on going paperless.  

Understanding the Relationship Between Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Personal Injury Claims

This presentation’s focus is on how to maximize the recovery of an injured employee who may also have claims against a third party. The course will focus on choosing which case to prosecute first, which case to settle first, structuring a settlement so as to maximize recovery in both forums, minimizing costs borne by the attorneys and clients, handling offsets and credits, and subrogation and lien rights.

Mr. Tambornini will provide various case scenarios to facilitate understanding the dynamics of both forums, and even address whether pursing a claim in both forums is even appropriate.

Unfair Competition: Legal Risks in Hiring Talented People from Your Competition
In today’s unpredictable marketplace it is not unusual for a key employee to go to work for a direct competitor. In this presentation you will learn how to minimize the legal risks when hiring a key employee from a competitor and how to protect your company’s interests when losing a key employee to a competitor.

Vintners, Farmers & Ranchers: Setting Up an Estate Plan to Insure a Family Legacy

In this seminar, estate planning attorney Tim Murphy will explore some of the unique challenges and opportunities in creating an estate plan for vintners, farmers and/or ranchers. You will learn strategies to "give away the farm" while meeting the required obligations of estate tax provisions, wills, trusts and other elements that would encompass an agrarian business.

Mr. Murphy will discuss transfers within families prior to death including gifts, buy-sell agreements, installment sales, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT), family corporations and family partnerships. He will also cover conservation easements, special use valuations and transfers upon death, delineating potential pitfalls regarding liquidity issues that may occur when dealing with a trust-owned farm/ranch.

Welcome to La-La Land! A Guide to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Proceedings

Designed primarily for attorneys, this presentation will focus on the major concerns of representing a Debtor in Chapter 7 and include discussions of necessary software, forms and general filing procedures as well as ways in which the perspectives of Bankruptcy law can be used in other fields of law.


What Insurance Do Lawyers Need?

Insurance. What kind, how much? Being a defendant in a lawsuit is a great way to build empathy for your clients if you are a trial lawyer, but otherwise it has nothing to commend it. Accidents happen; humans make mistakes; and lately cyber security has become quite scary. Spend an hour learning about the insurance you and your law firm need to protect against the many risks that threaten your success.

What's New In Child Welfare Law?
This workshop will explore recent developments in Child Welfare Law practice, one of the newest areas of specialization for California State Bar members. We will also discuss new dependency legislation, recent case law and hot topics related to the representation of children and families in the Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency Court. Amina Merritt, Esq. has been a juvenile dependency attorney in Sacramento County since 1999 and previously represented Los Angeles County DCFS (formerly DPSS) in civil litigation involving death or injury to children in custody or care. Topics will include “non-minor dependent” status, the new definition of “non-related extended family members” and other legislation related to educational outcomes for foster youth.

Workers' Rights in California: The Five Fundamentals
David Graulich, Esq. represents people who have been 'wronged at work.' His practice is devoted to helping people deal with legal matters that happen on the job. David's presentation will describe "The Five Fundamentals" of employment law in California: at-will, employee or contractor, exempt or non-exempt, FEHA, and wrongful termination. This CLE material is intended for attorneys who are new to employment law, as well as a review of fundamentals for those who practice infrequently in this field. Members of the public who wish to learn about workplace rights are also invited.

Writing for the Legal Professional: Demand Letters

Learn from a legal writing expert how to elicit the action you want, and avoid the risk of losing your reader with the impact of your demand letter.

Writing for the Legal Professional: Motions

The best mindset for preparing a motion is organization. Prepare your procedural device in law with tips and techniques from a legal writing expert.

Writing for the Legal Professional: The Essentials
In the legal profession every memo, letter, e-mail, or brief must be clear and to the point. Your ability to write can and will affect the momentum in your case. Learn from an expert how to get your ideas across using appropriate legal writing tools.

You Spoke and We Listened: A Presentation Focused on HIPAA, HITECH, and the Final Rule

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a court scheduling conflict for Marcia Augsburger there is a new speaker for this presentation,  Lara Dawn Compton, Associate, DLA Piper

This presentation will concentrate on HIPAA. Topics will focus on: Covered Entities, Business Associates, and Conduits – Understanding who HIPAA regulates and who it does not cover; Risk Assessments – Creating a firm foundation for HIPAA compliance and effective policies, procedures and training; Security Incidents, Breaches and Audits – Demonstrating compliance and avoiding the imposition of fines for perceived noncompliance; and Contracts and Agency – Proactively managing litigation risk.