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2018 Summer Webinar Series: July 11 - August 15

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Our Summer Webinar Series is back! Save the dates and mark your schedules as follows:

2018 Summer Webinar #1:  Writing Effective Amicus Briefs

Wed July 11 (12:00-1:15 pm)

Instructors: Aimee Feinberg, California Department of Justice, Solicitor General's Office; Lindsay Nako, Impact Fund

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2018 Summer Webinar #2: Applying for Work in California with a Prior Conviction

Wed August 1 (12:00 - 1:15 pm)

Instructors: Beth Avery, National Employment Law Project; Christopher M. McNerney, Outten & Golden LLP

2018 Summer Webinar #3: Advanced Class Notice Issues

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Wed August 15 (12:00 - 1:15 pm)

Instructors: Amy F. Robertson, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center; Shana Scarlett, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Registration will open after Memorial Day, including an option to purchase all three for a special price.


While the series has been broadcast, recordings of each session are still available: just complete the order form(s) below. CLE credit is also still available upon confirmation that the recording has been viewed.

2017 Summer Webinar #1: Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Interviews: An Immigration Law Training
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Wednesday, June 7, 12pm - 1pm Pacific Time

Instructor: Kaitlin Kalna Darwal, Immigration Managing Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza

The recent executive orders and implementing memorandum have promised an increase in immigration enforcement.  Those individuals entangled in enforcement efforts may find themselves needing assistance in credible fear or reasonable fear interviews. This webinar will provide an overview of the different removal authority under immigration laws as well as the procedures for processing those who express a fear of returning to their home countries.  The webinar will also provide an overview of asylum laws, the impact of recent changes by the Administration, and how you can help.

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2017 Summer Webinar #2: Impact Litigation for Direct Services Organizations
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Wednesday, June 21, 12pm - 1pm Pacific Time

Instructors: Jocelyn D. Larkin, Executive Director, The Impact Fund & Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation & Training, The Impact Fund

In 1996, the 104th Congress prohibited Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) grant recipients from initiating or participating in class action suits. Class actions also can be resource-intensive, expensive, and prolonged. As a result, many direct services providers have focused their efforts on impact litigation, cases brought on behalf of one or a few plaintiffs with the potential to bring significant change to others. In this presentation, Jocelyn Larkin and Lindsay Nako will walk through the steps of identifying impact cases, selecting plaintiffs, framing claims, and maximizing litigation for its greatest benefit. If you are new to impact litigation or looking for a refresher course, we invite you to join us.

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2017 Summer Webinar #3: Using Cognitive Bias Evidence in the Courtroom
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Wednesday, July 26, 12pm - 1pm Pacific Time

Instructors: Felicia Medina and Jen Orthwein, Medina Orthwein LLP

Attentional Bias. Confirmation Bias. Expectation Bias. Recency Bias. Myriad forms of cognitive or implicit bias are well-recognized in scientific literature. But how can you use cognitive bias evidence in the courtroom? In this presentation, civil rights litigators Felicia Medina and Jen Orthwein will discuss when cognitive bias evidence can be useful, the forms this evidence can take, and strategies for getting it admitted in court. Whether you are litigating individual or class cases, civil or criminal cases, cognitive bias evidence may play a role. This webinar will provide a brief overview of cognitive bias and an in-depth discussion of when and how to develop this type of evidence to best serve your case.

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2017 Summer Webinar #4: Four Simple Words – The Standard for Approval of Class Action Settlement Notice and the Extinction of “Preliminary Approval”
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Wednesday, August 9, 12pm - 1pm Pacific Time

Instructors: Dena Sharp, Partner, Girard Gibbs LLP; Daniel Hutchinson, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

“Fair, adequate, and reasonable.” Those four simple words belie the complexity of the class action settlement approval process. In this presentation, experienced class action litigators will discuss “preliminary approval,” the first step of the court’s settlement approval process and a necessary hurdle to clear before you can notify class members of any settlement. Recent years have seen an increase in denials of preliminary approval and a likely forthcoming rule change will eliminate the term “preliminary approval” from our vernacular. If you haven’t moved for preliminary approval recently, you will want to join our instructors Dena Sharp and Daniel Hutchinson for their guidebook on the new topography of settlement approval.

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2016 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES, Jul 6 - Aug 31


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Expert trainers, great topics, California MCLE credit and all from the comfort of your desk, lounger, garden or deckchair! Just $60 per session, with special rates for all three ($150), nonprofit/gov ($10) and students ($5).

Webinar #1: Supreme Court Class Action Review - Life after Campbell-Ewald, Tyson Foods, and Spokeo - Wed Jul 6, 12pm - 1:15pm Pacific (1.25 CA MCLE Credit)

Trainers: Jocelyn D. Larkin (Impact Fund) & Deepak Gupta (Gupta Wessler)

After a term that analyzed plaintiff pick-off attempts, the dreaded “trial by formula,” and Article III standing, how did class actions fare? Join us for a review of the 2015-16 Supreme Court term—what was and wasn’t decided, the implications, and hot topics for the next term.


Trainers: Linda Dardarian (Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho) & Marc Bendick (Bendick & Egan Economic Consultants)

For many practitioners, statistical experts are a necessity, but also a mysterious and potentially expensive part of your case strategy. Our trainers will illuminate each phase in the lifecycle of a case through the lens of working with a statistical expert, providing helpful tips and best practices for making the relationship as beneficial as possible. 

Webinar #3: Latest developments in attorneys' fees - wed AUG 31, 12pm - 1:15pm pacific (1.25 CA mcle credit)

Trainers: Lindsay Nako (Impact Fund) & Robert Schug (Nichols Kaster)

Whether briefed during settlement approval proceedings or after a judgment in your clients’ favor, your motion for attorneys’ fees often is prepared during or just after a busy time in your case. This program will review current California and federal law concerning attorneys’ fees, including an analysis of the recent California Supreme Court decision in Laffitte v. Robert Half International. Our trainers will guide you through the steps to making a persuasive argument to the court and what to do ahead of time to make the briefing as effective as possible, whether your case is a class action or individual litigation. 


The webinars listed below are no longer available for broadcast, but a note of them is retained for archival purposes.

An Introduction to E-Discovery: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:00 - 1:15 pm

1.25 hours MCLE credit available

Trainers: Kathryn Burkett Dickson (Dickson Geesman) and Christian Schreiber (Chavez & Gertler)

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Electronic discovery affects everyone, from new litigators to the most seasoned trial lawyers. The ability to navigate the waters of this continually-evolving field can mean the difference between efficiently obtaining the key documents needed to win your case and missing out on critical evidence that you never even knew existed. This webinar will provide a "nuts and bolts" overview of e-discovery for attorneys of all experience levels. Our panelists will cover a variety of topics, including e-discovery in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, what to look for in local rules and standing orders, drafting discovery requests, negotiating search terms, data preservation, and more!

Pleading and Certifying Class Action Claims for Injunctive Relief

Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 - 1:15 pm

1.25 hours MCLE credit available

Trainers: Mary-Lee Smith (Disability Rights Advocates), Krista Stone-Manista and Sarah Poppy Alexander (Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld)

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Injunctive relief is the backbone of civil rights litigation. Injunctions ensure that illegal practices - such as systemic prisoner abuse and discrimination against persons with disabilities - are brought to an end. This webinar will cover practical tips for pleading and certifying class actions seeking injunctive relief, including selecting appropriate class representatives, dealing with standing issues, crafting the class definition, defining the requested injunction, deciding whether to seek preliminary relief, and preparing for discovery and class certification. Our experienced panelists will also discuss important developments in injunctive relief following the Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes.

Class Action Settlement Ethics

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:00 - 1:15 pm

1.25 hours MCLE credit available

Trainers: Jocelyn Larkin (Impact Fund) and Cornelia Dai (Hadsell Stormer & Renick)

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Settling a class action can be tricky business. It may take weeks, or even months, to reach agreement on the monetary figures, programmatic terms, and countless other provisions that go into even the most straightforward class action settlement. Ethical issues add yet another layer of complexity. Being prepared to address potential ethical pitfalls is critical to achieving a settlement that is fair to class members and will withstand scrutiny by the reviewing court. This webinar will discuss common ethical issues in class action settlements, such as class representative enhancement payments, releases, confidentiality, cy pres awards, reverse auctions, side deals, "clear sailing" agreements, and attorneys' fees.

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