Witkin Legal Institute Programs

The Witkin Legal Institute participates in a range of programs statewide, including the following:

State Bar Annual Meeting

For many years, in September or October, the Witkin Legal Institute sponsored a substantive program at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California.

• 1996 Program: Appeals and Writs: Recent Developments and Creative Strategies in Family Law

• 1997 Program: Civil Trial Basics

• 1998 Program: The New Restatement of Products Liability

• 1999 Program: Current and Future Economics of Law Practice: Will Your Firm Survive?

• 2000 Program: Recent Decisions of the United States Supreme Court: Where Is the Court Headed?

• 2001 Program: Recent Decisions in Evidence—State and Federal—or the Civil and Criminal Litigator

• 2002 Program: Judicial Council Jury Instructions

• 2003 Program: Issues and Trends in Constitutional Law

• 2004 Program: The Ethics of Lawyers in Today's Litigation

• 2005 Program: The Role of Law in Reforming K-16 Public Education

• 2006 Program: The Psychology and Strategy of Effective Appellate Advocacy

• 2007 Program: Presentation Skills for Lawyers

• 2008 Program: Recent Developments in First Amendment Law

• 2009 Program: Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

• 2010 Program: Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

• 2011 Program: Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

• 2012 Program: Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

• 2015 Program: Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

California Judges Association Annual Meeting

In 2017, the Witkin Legal Institute became a co-sponsor of the Whitebread Lecture presented at the California Judges Association Annual Meeting.

Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition

Beginning in 1999, the Witkin Legal Institute assumed sponsorship of the Traynor Moot Court Competition from the California Young Lawyers Association of the State Bar of California. The competition has been held at the following locations:

• U.C. Berkeley (1999)

• U.C.L.A. (2000)

• Golden Gate University (2001)

• Pepperdine (2002)

• Hastings College of the Law (2003)

• U.C.L.A. (2004)

• University of San Francisco (2005)

• Southwestern University School of Law (2006)

• U.C. Berkeley (2007)

• U.C.L.A. (2008)

• University of San Francisco (2009)

• Loyola Law School (2010)

• University of San Francisco (2011)

• U.C. Berkeley (2012)

• San Jaoquin College of Law (2013)

• U.C.L.A. (2014)

• Golden Gate University (2015)

• San Joaquin College of Law (2016)

• McGeorge School of Law (2017)

• University of West Los Angeles School of Law (2018)

Sacramento Program

For many years, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Witkin Legal Institute sponsored an annual Gordon D. Schaber Memorial Lecture, named in honor of Gordon Schaber, a former dean of McGeorge School of Law, and a founding member of the Witkin Legal Institute Advisory Board. Currently, the Witkin Legal Institute co-sponsors an annual program at McGeorge School of Law. Prior lecturers and programs include the following:

• James Brosnahan (1998)

• Professor Gerald Gunther (1999)

• Justice Arthur Gilbert (2000)

• Professor Erwin Chemerinsky (2001)

• Joseph Cotchett (2002)

• Justice Carol Corrigan (2003)

• Justice Rebecca Wiseman (2004)

• Dean Elizabeth Rindskoph Parker (2005)

• Dean Gerald Uelmen (2006)

• Professors Michael Vitiello and John Osborn (2007)

• John Doar (2008)

• Benjamin Wagner (2009)

• Daniel Morain (2010)

• Anne Stausboll (2011)

• Dan Richard (2012)

• Peter Gleick (2014)

• Symposium: International Law of Property (2015)

• Symposium: Water and Public Works in Our Arid State (2016)

• Symposium: Regulating Marijuana at Home and Abroad (2017)

Fresno Program

Annually in June the Witkin Legal Institute provides a speaker for the Witkin luncheon of the Fresno County Bar Association. Witkin lecturers include Joseph Cotchett (1998), Justice Arthur Gilbert (1999), Justice James Ward (2003), and James Brosnahan (2000-2002; 2004-2018).

Oakland Program

Since 2001, the Witkin Legal Institute has co-sponsored an annual Bernard E. Witkin Memorial Symposium, presented by the Alameda County Law Library.

• 2001 Panel Program: Legal Research in California Revisited

• 2002 Panel Program: E-Courts: California Court Online

• 2003 Lecture: California's New Plain English Jury Instructions

• 2004 Panel Program: Ethics and Discovery on the E-Frontier

• 2005 Lecture: Snooping on Google for Legal Researchers

• 2006 Panel Program: Disaster Preparedness for the Solo and Small Law Firm:

Keeping Your Practice Alive During and After a Disaster

• 2007 Lecture: Internet Legal Research Revisited: Exciting New Tools

• 2008 Lecture: Client Relations in a Changing World

• 2009 Panel Program: California Courts Online

• 2010 Lecture: How to Make Ethical and Winning Use of California Legislative History

• 2011 Lecture: Practical Issues for Lawyers in a Rapidly Changing Legal Environment

• 2012 Lecture: The California Civil Justice Crisis

• 2013 Panel Program: Learning from Ethical Nightmares in Famous Trials

• 2014 Lecture: Superior Court: Behind the Scenes

• 2015 Lecture: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Law

• 2016 Lecture: Would You Sue This Lawyer for Malpractice

• 2017 Panel Program: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

• 2018 Lecture: Democratizing Climate Change Policies

Other Programs

The Witkin Legal Institute has sponsored or participated in a number of other programs.

  • In 1998, the Institute and the State Law Library of California sponsored a symposium: Shaping the Future of Legal Information.

  • Professor James Hogan spoke on behalf of the Witkin Legal Institute to local bar associations in central California in 1998 and 1999.

  • For several years, the Institute sponsored an annual lecture in San Diego. Lecturers included Erwin Chemerinsky (2003) and James Brosnahan (2004, 2006).

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