|Institute Video Programs Available to
Schools and Bar Associations
Some MCLE programs sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute have been videotaped. The following videos are now available at no cost to law schools for classroom viewing and to bar associations for presentation at local MCLE programs. For details, call John Hanft at the Witkin Legal Institute (800) 537-2707 ext. 639.
1. Appeals and Writs: Recent Developments and Creative Strategies in Family Law
This program, presented at the 1996 annual meeting of the State Bar of California, features noted family law and appellate attorneys Victoria De Goff and Richard Sherman, of De Goff and Sherman in Berkeley. Ms. De Goff is a member of the Witkin Legal Institute Advisory Board. The program is approximately an hour and a half in length and qualifies for MCLE credit and specialization credit in Family Law and Appellate Law. The video is accompanied by extensive program materials. Some of the topics discussed include interim rulings on bifurcated issues, standards of appellate review, sanctions for frivolous appeals, writ practice in family law cases, and records and briefs on appeal
2. Civil Trial Basics
This program, presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the State Bar of California, features nationally-known litigator James Brosnahan, a senior partner with Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco. Mr. Brosnahan is a Witkin fellow. This program is valuable for new litigators, as well as experienced trial lawyers who wish to improve and polish their skills. Mr. Brosnahan offers valuable insights and techniques in handling civil trials. The program is approximately two hours in length and qualifies for MCLE credit, including one half hour of ethics credit. The video is accompanied by extensive program materials. Some of the topics discussed include opening statements, jury selection, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments
3. The New Restatement of Products Liability
This program, presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the State Bar of California, features James E. Hogan, professor of law at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught since 1967. Professor Hogan is a Witkin Fellow and his specialty is civil procedure. Professor Hogan explains changes and developments in the principles of law governing products liability litigation and examines the recently adopted Restatement of Products Liability. The program is approximately two hours in length and qualifies for MCLE credit. The video is accompanied by illustrative program materials.
4. Current and Future Economics of Law Practice: Will Your Firm Survive?
This program, presented at the 1999 annual meeting of the State Bar of California, is a panel discussion featuring James J. Brosnahan, Richard A. Ardoin, Brian C. Leck, and Gerald Holt. Topics include why firms fail, the characteristics of mid-size and small firms that succeed, why firms merge, go national, and go global, and the tension between law practice ad a business and a profession.
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