Center for Continuing Education

California Civil Procedure:
From Start to Finish

12.5 hours

Featuring: Lois Schwartz, Esq.
with a special presentation by Edward Blum, Esq.,
“Anatomy of a Lawsuit”

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Program Overview:
This 16-CD, 12.5 hour digitally recorded MCLE audio program offers an overview of the basic steps in California civil procedure: from start to finish. It discusses actual practice issues such as client intake, case strategies, choice of forum, filing the complaint, challenges to the complaint, joinder of parties and cross complaints, discovery, summary judgment, pre-trial motions, use of form pleadings, trial process, legal research and more. The course utilizes and discusses the California Civil Code, California Rules of Court, local rules, California Judicial Council forms, form jury instructions, research and online resources and other essential materials. This course is an excellent introduction for beginning attorneys who are sole practitioners or who work in offices where supervising attorneys may not have time to provide this valuable training. It is also an excellent resource for paralegals and future bar candidates. The program includes a 92 page manual with numerous resources, including references to materials available online. These materials are described on the Audio Track Outline and Materials.

Instructor Lois Schwartz received her J.D. from Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, in 1989. She practiced education law briefly before she was called back to academics. She has taught substantive courses and skills courses at a number of law schools in the Bay Area for the past ten years, including Santa Clara University School of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, Golden Gate University School of Law and San Francisco Law School. During the academic year 2001-2002 she served as the law clerk for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, Edward L. Blum has conducted over 150 trials involving all areas of civil litigation. In addition, he has served as judge pro tem and court appointed arbitrator. His “Anatomy of a Lawsuit” adds the valuable perspective of a seasoned litigator.

Presented at San Francisco Law School.

As with all CCE MCLE Audio programs, this program is eligible for participatory credits.

Call 1-800-443-MCLE or email for more information, or to inquire about student and multiple order discounts.

This program is no longer available in the CCE catalog.