Litigating For Social Justice II:
Trial Practice and Winning on Front of a Jury

Saturday January 26th, 2002      Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley

Jury Selection; Cross Examination; Closing Arguments;
Money Matters in Impact Litigation; Designing and Using Exhibits at Trial;
Elimination of Bias; Representing Clients in Retail Discrimination Cases

Coffee & registration 8:30 a.m.    Programs 9:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.    Check-in at Booth Auditorium

Pre-register by January 18 for discount!          Pre-registration form

Join us for the second Litigating for Social Justice MCLE. This year's program features new, interactive panels involving mock voir dire and cross examination. Participants will have an opportunity to watch some of the Bay Area's finest civil rights and criminal defense attorneys question live prospective jurors and witnesses. You can attend just one program or all 7 hours. We hope to see you there.

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


Program 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Jury Selection in Civil Rights Cases
Panel features attorneys and jury consultants conducting voir dire on mock jurors and discussing the tactics that they use when picking a jury in civil rights cases.

- Karen Jo Koonan, senior trial consultant with National Jury Project
- Will Rountree, trial consultant with National Jury Project
- Stephen Schear, civil rights attorney with the firm of Carter & Schear.
- Barbara Lawless

Program 2: 10:05-11:05 a.m
The Art of Cross-Examination
Panel features two attorneys conducting mock cross-examination of witness, and discussing tactics that they have successfully used in recent trials.

- Madelyn J. Chaber is a partner with the firm of Wartnick, Chaber, Harowitz, Smith & Tigerman, specializing in product liability litigation.
- Dan Siegel is a civil rights attorney at the firm of Siegel & Yee. He has been representing plaintiffs in civil rights cases for 30 years.

Program 2A: 10:05-12:05 [runs concurrently with Cross Examination and Closing Arguments panels]
Money Matters in Impact Litigation
Panel will discuss litigation budgeting and fundraising, fees and cost sharing agreements with co-counsel, expert expenses, class notice, distribution of damages, claims procedures, and attorneys' fees and tax issues.

- Jocelyn D. Larkin is Litigation Counsel for The Impact Fund, which provides grants, training and co-counseling support for attorneys with complex public interest cases. Ms. Larkin is the co-chair of the Employment Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee.
- Brad Seligman is an experienced class action attorney and founder of The Impact Fund.

Program 3: 11:10-12:10

Closing Arguments
Join prominent trial attorneys for a discussion of tactics to use and pitfalls to avoid in closing arguments.

- Jeff Adachi is a 16-year veteran criminal defense attorney who has tried over 100 jury trials. He was formerly the Chief Attorney of the SF Public Defender, where he served as a trial deputy for over 15 years.
- Robert Cartwright is the President of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He recently obtained a jury verdict in a products liability lawsuit, Dendy vs. Sears, Roebuck and Emerson Electric for over $4.25 million.
- Pamela Price is a leading civil litigator at the Oakland law firm of Price and Associates. She has won record settlements in several landmark sexual harassment cases on both the state and federal level, including the 1993 case establishing that Title IX prohibits a sexually hostile educational environment.

Program 4: 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Designing and Using Exhibits At Trial
This presentation will discuss methods for creating exhibits and presenting them to a jury, from the most basic to the most technologically complex. The presentation will also address utilizing new technology to develop trial graphics and use them in the court room.

- Chris Ritter is a partner at The Focal Point LLC in Oakland, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past 12 years, The Focal Point has worked with criminal and civil lawyers throughout the United States to make their courtroom presentations more persuasive by making their cases easier for jurors and judges to understand.

Program 5: 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Tackling Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Legal Profession
This panel qualifies for elimination of bias MCLE credit. Speakers will discuss racial and ethnic bias in the legal profession and strategies for dealing with these issues.

- The Honorable Judge Ken M. Kawaichi, Alameda County Superior Court, Member of the Race and Ethic Bias Committee of the California Judicial Council.
- Joan Haratani, President of the Asian American Bar Association and Partner with the law firm of Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May
- Arcelia Hurtado, Attorney with the San Francisco Public Defenders Office

Program 6: 2:25-4:25 p.m.

Representing Clients with Retail Discrimination Claims
Stategies and applicable civil rights laws; presented by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

- Chris Brancart, an attorney at Brancart & Brancart in Pescadero

Click here for the Litigating for Social Justice MCLE Pre-registration Form

For more information, call the NLG: (415) 285-5067