Continuing Legal Education

The RCBA is a State Bar-approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. The CLE Committee is responsible for overseeing the MCLE Program. The committee meets monthly to discuss ideas for upcoming programs that will be interesting for RCBA members and will help them comply with State Bar educational requirements. The current committee consists of five members: Melissa Cushman, Susan Exon, Abram Feuerstein (Co-Chair), L. Alexandra Fong, and Brandon Mercer (Co-Chair). The CLE Committee is also responsible for the annual CLE marathon, where attorneys can obtain 4 of the 6 specialty credits (2 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Competence Issues, and 1 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society) for a low-cost. 

In 2013-2014, the CLE Committee conducted a monthly series of MCLE programs devoted to trial practice skills, including the following topics:

  1. Motions in Limine;
  2. Voir Dire;
  3. Opening Statements;
  4. How to Prepare Your Client for Testifing at Trial;
  5. Direct Examination;
  6. Cross Examination;
  7. Expert Discovery;
  8. How to Present Expert Testimony;
  9. Evidentiary Objections from a Judicial Perspective;
  10. Closing Arguments.

The CLE Committee's first series was well attended and featured many distinguished speakers from the legal community. 

In 2014-2015, the CLE Committee conducted a monthly series of MCLE programs devoted to civil litigation skills, including the following topics:

  1. Client Intake, including Drafting the Complaint;
  2. Responding to the Complaint, including Attacking the Pleadings;
  3. Investigating the Claim (Sub-Rosa);
  4. Developing a Discovery Plan;
  5. Legal Research;
  6. Law & Motion;
  7. Expert Discovery;
  8. Case Management & Trial Setting;
  9. Dispositive Motions, including Motions for Summary Judgment;
  10. Alternative Dispute Resolution;
  11. Basic Trial Preparation;

The CLE Committee's second series was well attended and featured many distinguished speakers from the legal community.

For the 2016-2017 year, the CLE Committee hopes to begin a series of CLEs focused on motion practice. We are looking for attorneys and judges to speak on a wide variety of topics, including demurrers, motions to strike, motions for judgment on the pleadings, Anti-SLAPP motions, motions to compel, motions for summary judgment, pre-trial motions, and post-judgment motions.

If you are interested in learning about other topics, please contact the CLE Committee. If you are interested in presenting a CLE, please contact the CLE Committee. If you are interested in joining the CLE Committee, monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room at RCBA. The committee is always looking for new members and ideas for future MCLE programs that RCBA members will enjoy.


CLE Events

Thursday, October 26, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
CLE Brown Bag Series “Developing and Implementing a Litigation Discovery Plan” (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Monday, October 30, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
APALIE CLE "Drinking Cultures: Korean Business Practices and You"  (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr Competence Issues).
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
CLE Series "Impactful Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Mediation and Trial" (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Criminal Law Section "Advanced Cross Examination" (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Civil Litigation Section "Civil Master Calendar - 2018 Edition" (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Friday, November 17, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
General Membership Meeting (more info to be added) (CLE Credit: 0.75 hr General).
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Family Law Section (more info to be added) (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Thursday, December 7, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
General Membership Meeting - Joint w/ SBCBA "State of the State Bar" (CLE Credit: 0.50 hr General).
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Joint CLE Committee & Civil Litigation Section “Laying Evidentiary Foundations and Evidentiary Objections” (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Joint Appellate Law & Criminal Law Sections "Criminal Writs and Appeals" (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PMMORE INFO | RSVP
Family Law Section "Recent Changes to Military Pensions" (more info to be added) (CLE Credit: 1.0 hr General).
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