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Title:  Practical Advice on How to Avoid Costly Discovery Disputes
Speaker:  Robert Gerard
Summary:   In this video, Robert Gerard provides practical advice on how to avoid costly discovery disputes by establishing good relationships with opposing counsel, picking your discovery battles, and utilizing available resources. ... more
Title:  How to Conduct (and How to Best Prepare For) Voir Dire in State Civil Cases
Speaker:  Michael G. Yoder
Summary:   In this video, Mike Yoder talks about how to conduct (and how to best prepare for) voir dire in state civil cases. Learn about the mechanics and objectives of voir dire, including best practices and helpful dos and don’ts.... more
Title:  Elder Law / Trust and Estates Tips and Pointers.
Speaker:  Amy E. Haupert
Summary:   In this video clip Amy discusses the benefits of listening for red flags and paying attention to various nuances of family interaction during the intake process as well as the role of the estate attorney, the importance of documentation, and the impact of capacity and the attorney client relationshi... more
Title:  Employment Law
Speaker:  Michelle Reinglass
Summary:   Whether you are taking on your first employment law client or your fiftieth, employment law expert Michelle Reinglass’ guidelines will help you perfect your employment client intake interviews. ... more
Title:  Intake – Client Red Flags
Speaker:  Julie McCoy
Summary:   Figuring out when to say “yes” and when to say “no” in the initial client intake process can make the difference between a successful client engagement and a major headache! Seasoned litigator and appellate attorney Julie McCoy shares invaluable insight into the intake process by pointing out six re... more
Title:  Taking & Defending Depositions
Speaker:  Yoshiaki Kubota
Summary:   The key to a successful deposition - whether defending or taking - is preparation. Developing and honing the skills necessary for taking and defending depositions is the focus of this presentation by trial attorney Yoshiaki Kubota. Gain useful insight as a successful litigator provides preparation t... more
Title:  Magistrate Judge Criminal Duty
Speaker:  The Honorable Douglas F. McCormick
Summary:   Learn more about criminal duty Magistrate practices with the Honorable Douglas McCormick. Judge McCormick reviews criminal duty procedures – providing a judicial perspective of the Court’s obligations and procedures as he discusses the issues most commonly encountered in federal criminal duty matter... more
Title:  What It Means To Be A Trial Lawyer
Speaker:  Roy L. Comer
Summary:   On the fence about pursuing a legal career as a litigator? Watch this presentation by veteran trial attorney Roy Comer who provides valuable insights into not only what it takes to be a litigator, but also what it means to be a trial lawyer. ... more
Title:  Tips on Conducting an Initial Interview in a DUI Matter
Speaker:  Kate T. Corrigan
Summary:   Former prosecutor Kate Corrigan provides tips and highlights potential pitfalls for new attorneys conducting initial interviews with potential DUI clients.... more
Title:  Managing Client Expectations Before Mediation
Speaker:  John B. Hurlbut, Jr.
Summary:   Preparation and client communication are the hallmarks of successfully managing your client’s expectations before mediation. Walk though these crucial phases of pre-mediation preparation with attorney John Hurlbut as he highlights important considerations and provides you with practical advice for m... more
Title:  How to Conduct Intake in a Conservatorship Matter
Speaker:  Pearl G. Mann
Summary:   Enjoy this video which walks you through – in a first person format – the process used by attorney Pearl Mann as she intakes a basic conservatorship matter. This example will highlight a set of basic steps that may be used or taken into consideration when preparing to meet with a potential conserva... more
Title:  A Playbook for Navigating Federal Court Rules
Speaker:  The Honorable Josephine L. Staton
Summary:   Federal Rules, and local rules, and Judges Standing Orders – Oh, My! Confused by the interplay between the Federal Rules, local rules and individual judicial Standing Orders? You’re not alone. This excellent video presentation by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton provides helpful information a... more
Title:  Billing: How to Collect Fees
Speaker:  Michael Gazin
Summary:   40 year attorney Michael Gazin shares his time-tested tips for effective billing practices.... more
Title:  Tips for success in Law & Motion
Speaker:  Dean Zipser
Summary:   Tips for success in Law & Motion, before, during and after the hearing, from a Past President of the OCBA and veteran litigator.... more
Title:  Reflections on a prestigious 45-year career
Speaker:  Thomas Malcolm
Summary:   Reflections on a prestigious 45-year career by one of Orange County’s preeminent trial attorneys, including lessons gleaned from the ups and downs along the way.... more
Title:  Intake in a Personal Injury Matter
Speaker:  Darren Aitken
Summary:   Practical tips for conducting the initial interview with the potential personal injury plaintiff, including the 3 critical areas that must be assessed for a meaningful evaluation of the viability of the client's claim.... more
Title:  Anticipating and Avoiding Corporate Indictment
Speaker:  John Hueston
Summary:   OCBA 2011 President and former Enron Prosecutor John Hueston addresses representing the corporation in connection with threatened criminal prosecution: Tips on avoiding an indictment and deter prosecution.... more
Title:  Alternative Dispute Resolution
Speaker:  Stuart Jasper
Summary:   Veteran litigator Stuart Jasper discusses how to win at mediation, including proper timing, preparation, mediation and settlement structures, and how a successful mediator addresses potential impasses and attempts to provide the most value for each side.... more
Title:  Why Good Lawyers Volunteer
Speaker:  Ken Babcock
Summary:   From the Director of the Orange County Public Law Center, how doing pro bono service can enrich you as a person and as an attorney, including an overview about PLC, what it does, and opportunities for volunteering within PLC and beyond.... more
Title:  An A To Z Guide On The Practice Of Family Law
Speaker:  Mark Minyard
Summary:   A veteran family-law attorney provides an A to Z guide on the practice of family law, with emphasis on traps and pitfalls to avoid.... more
Title:  How To Prepare A Winning Case For Trial
Speaker:  Thomas Pistone
Summary:   A 30-year trial veteran shares his insider tips on how to prepare a winning case for trial, including preparation of the opening statement, witness examinations, checklists, outlines, the trial notebook, and more.... more
Title:  The 998 Offer
Speaker:  Wylie Aitken
Summary:   Nationally recognized trial attorney Wylie Aitken discusses the basics of 998 offers: The effects of making and receiving statutory pretrial settlement offers as well as tactics and strategies.... more
Title:  Fee Agreements
Speaker:  Robert K. Sall
Summary:   Attorney Robert Sall provides a 'nutshell' presentation on fee agreements including valuable resources, must-know code sections, and practical tips.... more
Title:  Preparing Your Client for Deposition
Speaker:  William S. O'Hare
Summary:   Veteran attorney William O'Hare discusses the ins and outs of preparing your client for deposition.... more
Title:  Persuasive Writing
Speaker:  Marjorie G. Fuller
Summary:   Appellate attorney and professional writer Marjorie Fuller provides invaluable tips and advice on how to write like a persuasive pro.... more
Title:  Do What You Love, Love What You Do
Speaker:  Jeanne A. Thomas
Summary:   Attorney Jeanne Thomas shares some valuable insights as well as her own unique perspective on balancing life/work issues in the practice of law.... more