Appellate Practice Seminar 2020
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CACJ offers a unique one-day Appellate Practice Seminar tailored to addressing timely issues in appellate law and practice. See program information below.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/10/2020
When: October 10th, 2020
Where: Virtual
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/10/2020
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Appellate Practice Seminar 2020

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

6hrs MCLE + 1.0hrs Elimination of Bias


8:30am - 9:30am
Al Menaster, Case Law Update

9:45am - 10:45am
Laura Arnold - COVID-Issue Spotting - Spinning Gold from Straw

11:00am - 12:00pm
Lis Semel - Batson Update (1.0 hrs Elimination of Bias)

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Brad O'Connell- State Habeas

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Rebecca Jones & Jennifer Hansen - SB 1437  1170.95 Appeals from Inmates

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Chuck Sevilla & George Schraer - Getting Remotely Up-Close and Personal -- Appellate Law in the Age of Covid

Speakers and Sessions

Al Menaster
The Year's Cases: 2019-2020 - Cases in the Time of Covid-19
A review of the past year’s developments in caselaw from California Appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.  This will focus on issues relevant to appellate lawyers.

Laura Arnold
COVID Issue-spotting – Spinning Gold from Straw
Fun thing about a global pandemic … interesting legal issues for appellate counsel. Whether we’re looking at extensions of statutory time limits resulting in due process violations, or conflicts between state authorization and local court implementation orders, or continuances granted without a showing of good cause, or compromised confrontation rights in our COVID-safe jury trials, there is bound to be a little something for everyone!

Chuck Sevilla & George Schraer
Using Creative Zingers to Buttress Winning Arguments
Most writing in the standard appellate brief is as bland and colorless as mayonnaise on provolone between slices of Wonderbread. The speakers believe there are occasions in which a well-placed zinger, or a classical or biblical reference, or something humorous, might actually contribute to the argument.  While not insisting that appellate attorneys write in a way that is outside their comfort zone, the speakers will highlight some instances in which a zinger might buttress a winning argument.

Lis Semel
Batson Update

Brad O'Connell
State Habeas Corpus:  Principles, Practice & Practicalities
This session will focus more on the practical aspects of our appellate habeas practice -- i.e., for panel attorneys working with the projects. It will deal with matters such as the main categories of our habeas work, including habeas investigation during pendency of an appeal (the most common), out-of-blue appointments by Ct of Appeal on inmate-filed petitions (such as parole habeas), and what I'm nicknaming "leveraged appointments" such as where staff or panel attorney files a habeas pet on someone's behalf (e.g., to take advantage of new case law affecting a former client) and tries to get Ct Appeal to appoint them nunc pro tunc. It will also deal with topics like  habeas investigation (incl seeking investigative or expert requests), timing of the petition in relation to the appeal (including late-in-the-appeal, post-opinion, or post-remittitur filings), OSC's, & seeking Supreme Ct review.

Rebecca Jones & Jennifer Hansen
When is a murder not a murder?  Navigating resentencing under PC 1170.95
SB 1437, which sometimes feels like the “lawyers’ full employment act,” has reopened hundreds of old murder convictions.  From the superior courts up to the Supremes, judges are sorting out how to implement resentencings under PC 1170.95. We are swimming in uncharted waters, and this is our chance to shape the law. Get the latest updates and think about creative ways to win.

Seminar Tuition

Members $159.00  | Non-Members $199

Syllabus Materials

A link will appear on the page following your paid registration, this page will contain all the seminar information.

Free Seminar Tuition

If you are a Life Member or Patron Member and wish to register for this seminar by using your FREE Tuition, you must enter in the code APPELLATEPATRON or APPELLATELIFE for the free tuition.


Due to the nature of the program and distribution of materials, there will be no cancellations.

Seminar Coordinators

Seminar Coordinator: Robert Boyce
Seminar Committee Chair: Jacqueline Goodman
CACJ President: Eric Schweitzer

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