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Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Motion Practice: Do I Have An Appealable Order? (Vol. 1, No. 3)
Jeffrey E. Raskin; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on February 2008
I know what you’re thinking — “I don’t have to worry about the deadline to appeal until entry of judgment after trial.” But that supposedly “final” judgment is not the final word on appealability. Many prejudgment orders are appealable. A failure to appeal...

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Motion Practice: Admissible Evidence (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Robin Meadow; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on November 2007
Many motions, especially motions for summary judgment or summary adjudication, depend entirely on the evidentiary presentation, but the best evidence in the world isn’t good enough if you don’t present it properly.

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Don’t Lose Track: Handling Jury Instructions at Trial (Vol. 1, No. 10)
Jens Koepke; Greines Martin Stein Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on October 2008
California civil and criminal litigation overlap in a crucial area: preserving your record for appeal. Although this series of short articles is mainly designed for civil trial lawyers, some "best practices" apply in every trial. Keep an eye on what our appellate-lawyer writers have to...

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Proceed with Caution: Pitfalls in Preparing Jury Instructions (Vol. 1, No. 9)
Alana H. Rotter; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on September 2008
In the rush of preparing for trial, lawyers often leave the task of drafting jury instructions until the last minute. After the trial, however, the instructions are among the first things that an appellate specialist will want to review. Why? Because they are an unusually fertile source of trial...

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Offers of Proof: Avoid Waiving the Right to a New Trial or to an Appeal (Vol. 1, No. 7)
Edward Laucks Xanders; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on June 2008
To avoid waiving your right to appeal on erroneous exclusion of evidence, you must ensure the record sufficiently discloses the substance, purpose, and relevance of the excluded evidence.

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Trial: Technology in the Courtroom (Vol. 1, No. 5)
Alana H. Rotter; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on April 2008
Playing videotaped deposition testimony from a key witness or jazzing up a closing argument with a PowerPoint presentation may be effective ways to get the jury’s attention, but they’ll be lost on an appellate court unless trial counsel takes steps to include them in the record. These...

 

Adobe PDFAppellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Trial: ARM Yourself with Exhibits (Vol. 1, No. 8)
Timothy T. Coates; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published by (a newsletter of the Los Angeles County Bar Association) on July 2008
Exhibits are major weapons in a litigator’s arsenal. But it’s easy for things to go awry at trial, with devastating consequences for the verdict and subsequent appellate proceedings. That’s why you have to "arm" your self with three fundamental concepts in working with...

 

HTMLIt Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official in violating the conflict of interest provisions of the Code. This amendment, made possible with the passage of SB 952, advances the ability of prosecutors to charge all persons,...

 

HTMLChanges to the Charities Annual Return Announced
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 28, 2014
The Charity Commission has announced that the annual return for 2015 will contain three new questions following consultation on its proposals to increase transparency and accountability through annual reporting.

 

HTMLCharity Commission Compliance Case: Founder Benefit and Conflicts of Interest
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 28, 2014
The Charity Commission recently reported on an Operational Compliance case into the alleged conflicts of interest and private benefits relating to the estate agency business of the founder of House the Homeless.

 


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