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2019 Summer Webinar Series
Wednesday, June 5– 12:00-1:15 pm Pacific
Presenters: Lindsay Nako & David Nahmias, Impact Fund
The law prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination has shifted rapidly in recent years. With three Title VII cases headed to the Supreme Court, more change is sure to come. This training will discuss the current state of federal and California law protecting LGBTQ workers and workers with HIV/AIDS. Participants will learn to recognize and address common biases that harm LGBTQ people in the workplace, as well as practical considerations for advising LGBTQ, especially transgender, clients.
This presentation is part of the Impact Fund’s Impact LGBTQ initiative and qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit.
Wednesday, June 26– 12:00-1:15 pm Pacific
Presenters: Stacie Jonas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid & Juno Turner
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is intended to combat human trafficking and forced labor in part by creating a federal private right of action for victims and criminal charges and sanctions for traffickers. Recent high-profile cases, such as Menocal v. GEO Group in the Tenth Circuit, have highlighted this law as a critical tool for worker and immigrant rights. Our presenters have litigated individual, group, and class cases under the TVPA. They will explain how the law works and tips for navigating civil cases as they interact with immigration and criminal proceedings.
Wednesday, July 17– 12:00-1:15 pm Pacific
In 2012, California became the first state in the country to recognize a human right to water. Seven years later, low-income Californians in unincorporated communities and many others still do not have reliable access to safe and affordable drinking water. The laws and regulations that affect water can be confusing and complex but are critical to the health of our communities. Join us for an introduction to water law in California with an emphasis on the path to clean drinking water and the role of litigation in getting us there.
This presentation is part of the Impact Fund’s Clean Water Project.
2018 Summer Webinar Series
Originally broadcast 07.11.18, a recording is now available.
Aimee Feinberg, California Department of Justice, Solicitor General’s Office
Lindsay Nako, The Impact Fund
Join us for an illuminating discussion on the ins and outs of amicus briefs – when to file them, how to frame them, identifying co-amici, working with pro bono counsel, and more. Our instructors have been on all sides of the issue and look forward to sharing the valuable lessons they have learned.
Originally broadcast 08.01.18, a recording is now available.
Beth Avery, National Employment Law Project
Christopher M. McNerney, Outten & Golden LLP
The California Fair Chance Act, a statewide “Ban the Box” law, went into effect on January 1, 2018, following a number of local laws and regulations prohibiting or discouraging public and private employers from asking about prior convictions on initial job applications. Our instructors will explain the landscape of laws and regulations that limit employers’ ability to consider convictions in making hiring decisions, the rights of job applicants with prior convictions in California, and how to counsel clients with prior convictions and enforce their fair opportunity to work.
Originally broadcast 08.15.18, a recording is now available.
Amy F. Robertson, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Shana Scarlett, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
One of the hardest parts of a class action can be communicating with your class – particularly when they are hard to find, your means of communicating with them are limited, or they could be everyone in America. Our instructors have successfully distributed notice under challenging circumstances, and will discuss their strategies for success, factors to be considered in constructing a notice plan, and how to convincingly present your plan to the court.
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2017 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES, Jun 7 - Aug 9
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.
Originally presented June 7, 2017 this webinar is now available as a recording.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES, Jul 6 - Aug 31
Please NOTE: THIS SERIES HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED
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)
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.
WEBINAR #2: WORKING WITH STATISTICAL EXPERTS - THU AUg 11, 12PM - 1:15PM PACIFIC (1.25 CA MCLE CREDIT)
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)
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.
2015 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES
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)
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)
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)
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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