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Free Deposition Tips MCLE May 21

Tuesday, May 21, Noon to 1:30pm
​Tips for Taking an Effective Deposition
1.5 Hours free general participatory MCLE credit to those attending at the SF Law Library
Presented by Richard Koskoff, of Booth and Koskoff
ceb logo Co-sponsored with CEB

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Join veteran trial attorney Richard Koskoff for a practical and informative program about how to take an effective deposition. He will share with you a variety of tips and strategies for how to set the stage for a meaningful deposition and how to approach and handle critical areas of a deposition. Richard will demonstrate some of his teaching points:

  • Obtaining and preserving evidence, including reports and other documents
  • Identifying key players to depose and what to cover in the depositions
  • When to hire an expert
  • Questioning adverse lay witnesses, with examples
  • How to depose expert witnesses, with examples
  • How to approach critical areas of testimony and ask key questions, with examples
  • How to handle objections, and which ones to make, with examples
  • When to continue/terminate the deposition
  • This program is appropriate for all experience levels.

Richard B. Koskoff is with the firm of Booth & Koskoff, in Torrance, California. Mr. Koskoff has more than 150 jury trials as a prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, and plaintiff’s attorney. He has recovered over $100,000,000 on behalf of his clients as a civil litigator. He represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and major personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries. He handles products liability, construction, automobile accident, abused children, and general negligence cases. He has been selected to Super Lawyers for the past 15 years, consecutively, and has been nominated as a CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Koskoff is active in both legal and community-based organizations. He has been a speaker and lecturer for CEB, CAALA, and CAOC. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

May 21 2019 Deposition MCLE Flyer

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Free Westlaw MCLE May 15 at Noon

Wednesday, May 15, Noon to 1:00pm
Litigation Research with Westlaw
1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE

Presented by Jonathan Dorsey, Esq.
Client Representative, Government, Thomson Reuters
An email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson
***Download Flyer Here***

During this course, you will learn how to most efficiently locate and use Westlaw’s litigation resources. We hope that you are able to attend!

May 15 2019 Litigation Research With Westlaw MCLE Flyer

 


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Free MCLE Advanced Westlaw January 17 Noon-1:00 PM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm, Advanced Research on Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit – An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson.

This program will build on the introductory overview on how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Jan 17 2018 Adv Research on Westlaw MCLE Flyer

 


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Free Environmental Law MCLE

PDF iconTuesday, July 25, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, California’s Maligned Environmental Law:
An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects
Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC
1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s premier environmental law, and a model for similar laws across the country.  Although it’s revered by many, it’s also often derided as a boondoggle that gives undue leverage to NIMBYs and special interest groups.  Governor Brown, for example, has called attempts to ease its restrictions “the Lord’s work.” CEQA requires consideration of environmental impact on the development of “projects,” and requires the consideration and screening of a wide range of alternatives.  It has been controversially invoked as a drag in a wide range of situations, from creating new bike lanes to building large-scale utility projects.

In this hour-long program, Tom Engels, PhD, a principal at Horizon Water and Environment; Rob Peterson, PhD, a CEQA project manager at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); and Jonathan Koltz, a lawyer with the CPUC, will provide a brief overview of the CEQA process, discuss why CEQA’s policy goals can be poorly perceived—and why those perceptions might not be entirely accurate—and explain why CEQA remains a vital tool for informing both the government and the public about the projects subject to the law.  They will provide examples from their work at the CPUC, with a focus on how staff have approached the complex process of reviewing, and finding alternatives for, large utility infrastructure projects with price tags that typically exceed $100 million and that affect thousands of Californians.

July 25, 2017 CEQA MCLE Flyer


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Free MCLE on Group Health Plan Fiduciary Responsibilities

PDF iconWednesday, July 19th, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, What it Means to be a Group Health Plan Fiduciary
Presented by the Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) developed this presentation to help attendees understand how the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA apply to group health plans, and to help them avoid problems in managing such plans. The program will cover some of the basic responsibilities in setting up and operating a plan and some of the possible pitfalls.

Christine Kerley has worked with EBSA since 2006, during which time she has held positions as Investigator and Benefits Advisor.  She has conducted investigations and informal reviews dealing with a wide range of ERISA compliance issues. Ms. Kerley is a member of the California State Bar, and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This is the second in a series on employment benefits presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco Law Library. MCLE materials will be provided at the program.

Check for details on additional upcoming programs in this series:
August 9, ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities
August 16, What to Expect From a Health Plan Investigation
September 14, Health Benefits Under Cobra

July 19 2017 Health Fiduciary MCLE Flyer


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Upcoming Free MCLE Program July 12

PDF iconWednesday, July 12, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw

SFLL Westlaw MCLE July 12

Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

This comprehensive overview will teach you how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Check our speakers guide or our website for more information about future programs.


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Free MCLE Program June 28, Noon-1:00 PM

PDF iconWednesday, June 28, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Substance Abuse in the Legal Community

Substance Abuse Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Competence

This event will include a discussion of the relevant professional rules of ethics. We will also discuss the effect of substance abuse on the legal practice within our micro-culture of the Bay Area.

You can email sflawlibrary@sfgov.org with “subscribe” in the subject line to receive our e-updates with information about upcoming programs. Programs are free and open to everyone. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.