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California Civil Procedure:
From Start to Finish

Audio Track Outline and Index of Materials

Introductory Materials:
Lois Schwartz, Esq., Biographical information
Edward Blum, Esq., Biographical information
Website Resources for online codes, rules, forms and judicial system charts.
California Code of Civil Procedure, (CCP), Table of Contents
Primary Course Outline (“Outline”): Subsections referred to throughout program

Track Numbers and Materials

DISC ONE:

Materials:
Structure of the California Courts
Structure of the Federal Court System
How a Civil Case is Processed
California Codes

1) 10:46: Structure of California Courts
2) 9:02 Overview of Legal Research

DISC TWO:

Materials:
Summary: Where Law is Made, Where Law is Found
Jurisdictions and Reporters
Precedent and Stare Decisis

1) 11:59 Where Law is Made; Where Law is Found (Federal)
2) 8:34 State Law
3) 2:24 California Administrative Law
4) 4:01 Local Law: County
5) :40 Local Law: Municipal
6) 12:46 Jurisdictions and Reporters; Precedent and Stare Decisis
7) 4:13 Persuasive Authority: Legal Research; Witkin

DISC THREE:

Materials:
Sources of Procedural Law for California Researchers
Main Sources of American Law
OUTLINE, Sections I - V

1) 10:47 Sources of Procedural Law for California Researchers
2) 14:31 Three-track litigation system
3) 2:53 Choosing a Court
4) 3:32 Removal to Federal Court
5) 18:48 Jurisdiction (Subject matter and Territorial)

DISC FOUR:

Materials:
Outline of Joinder

1) 11:11 Review: Structure of Courts
2) 6:18 Joinder
3) 5:57 Codification of Rules of Joinder
4) 11:34 California Rules of Joinder (Permissive)
5) 8:42 Plaintiffs (Permissive)
6) 6:01 Defendants (Permissive)
7) 4:41 Effect of Joinder of Additional Defendants

DISC FIVE:
Outline of Joinder (cont.)

1) 1:23 Effect of Joinder of Additional Defendants (cont.)
2) 1:11 Joinder in Cross-Complaints
3) 7:39 Compulsory Joinder
4) 7:12 Special Joinder Devices in California
5) 2:11 Interpleader
6) 6:15 Intervention
7) 13:03 Class Actions
8) 3:49 Exercise One
9) 5:02 Exercise Two
10) 5:34 Exercise Three
11) 4:02 Exercise Four

DISC SIX:

Materials:

Filing by Form
Form Pleadings (including form interrogatories)
OUTLINE: VIII and IX

1) 1:15 Pleadings: The Complaint: pleading to be construed liberally
2) 2:44 Federal Notice Pleading
3) 3:42 Form Pleadings
4) 2:24 Supplemental Complaint
5) 11:06 Prayer for Relief
6) 3:19 Pleadings: The Demurrer
7) 1:40 Special Demurrer
8) 4:38 Ruling on the Demurrer

DISC SEVEN:

Materials:
OUTLINE: XI - XVI

1) 1:08 Review, Pleadings, Answers
2) 9:26 Denials
3) 4:15 Affirmative Defenses
4) 9:19 Cross Complaints
5) 5:28 Amendment of Pleadings
6) 9:31 Truth in Pleading
7) 6:33 Statutes of Limitations
8) 3:52 Diligent Prosecution

DISC EIGHT:

Materials: OUTLINE: XVII

1) 5:09 Demurrers and Motions to Strike
2) 9:51 Motion Practice
3) 5:03 Motions
4) 3:04 Notice Requirements
5) 3:51 Postal Mail
6) 2:45 Hearing Scheduling
7) 1:48 Proof of Service
8) 6:37 Tentative Ruling Procedure
9) 2:20 When Attendance at Hearing Not Required

DISC NINE:

Materials: OUTLINE: XVIII - XVIII (E) (2) (d)

1) 4:43 Discovery: The Discovery Act: CCP 2016 – 2036
2) 6:38 Rules of Discovery
3) 2:36 Scope of Discovery
4) 8:48 Work Product
5) 5:30 Qualified Work Product
6) 4:51 Relevance to Subject Matter
7) 2:37 “Reasonably Calculated to Lead to Discovery of Admissible Evidence”
8) 2:03 Fishing Expedition Objections
9) 1:04 Methods of Discovery
10) 2:07 Informal Discovery
11) 5:58 Formal Means of Discovery: (Depositions: oral and written)
12) 5:23 Interrogatories
13) 3:15 Inspection Demands
14) 3:36 Medical Examinations

DISC TEN:

Materials: OUTLINE: XVIII (E) (2) (e) – XVIII (E) (2) (f) (ii)
Discovery: Hypotheticals

1) 5:17 Request for Admissions
2) 6:40 Consultants and Trial Experts
3) :47 Hypotheticals
4) 2:18 Number 87
5) 2:15 Number 88
6) 7:22 Number 90
7) 3:25 Number 93
8) 11:39 Number 94

DISC ELEVEN:

Materials:
Anatomy of a Lawsuit Outline

1) 1:08 Edward Blum: Introduction, “from the trenches.”
2) 3:50 “Anatomy of a Lawsuit”
3) 1:37 Goal of Settlement
4) 4:02 Role of Evidence Code
5) 8:36 Client intake / Attorney-client Relationships
6) 5:23 Rejection of Cases
7) 6:10 Payment / Retained Agreements
8) 5:33 Evaluation of Case for Purpose of Preparing Complaint
9) 3:45 Ethical Issues
10) 6:37 Pleading All Theories
11) 2:45 Legal Research at the Outset

DISC TWELVE:

Materials:

Anatomy of a Lawsuit Outline (cont.)

(Starting at 19:50)
1) 1:04 Filing non-meritorious Complaints
2) 4:44 Analysis of Complaint from Defense Standpoint
3) 9:48 Cumus Counsel
4) 2:47 Answer
5) 9:35 Cross Complaint
6) 9:57 Discovery: Tactical Concerns / Deposition Practice

DISC THIRTEEN:

Materials:
Anatomy of a Lawsuit Outline (cont.)

1) 4:53 Interrogatories
2) 5:33 Value of Depositions
3) 7:14 Document Demands
4) 5:24 Defending a Deposition
5) 3:06 Requests for Admissions
6) 1:58 Time Sequence of Discovery
7) 9:16 Summary Judgment Motions / Law & Motion
8) 3:16 Law & Motion: Tentative Rulings
9) :38 Case Management
10) 3:44 Settlement: Judicial Arbitration
11) 5:27 Mediation / Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
12) 5:31 Mandatory Settlement Conferences

DISC FOURTEEN:

Materials:
OUTLINE: XVIII (F) – XX
Note: 75 days filing rule: Summary Judgments and Summary Adjudication Hearings
Case Management: Rule of Court 209
Overview of Recent Development in Jury Instructions (“Plain English”)

1) 9:02 Review of Program Outline to Date
2) :30 Judicial Oversight of Discovery
3) 2:08 Disposition without Trial
4) 1:31 Summary Judgment
5) 1:06 Judgment on the Pleadings
6) 3:31 Default Judgment
7) 1:10 Offer of Judgment
8) :52 Right of Contribution Among Tortfeasors
9) 3:03 Arbitration and Mediation Review
10) 4:02 Types of Arbitration
11) 3:24 Trial / Definitions
12) 8:01 Proceeding to Trial
13) 8:29 Jury vs. Bench Trials
14) 6:38 Jury Vocabulary / Voir Dire
15) 8:13 Jury Challenges

DISC FIFTEEN:

Materials:

OUTLINE: XX (D) – XXIII
Res Judicata Problems

1) 9:17 Order of Trial
2) 9:59 Deliberation and Verdict
3) 6:35 Common Trial Motions
4) :26 Relief from Judgment
5) 4:13 Judgment-related Remedies
6) 3:35 Appellate Review
7) 7:29 Scope of Appellate Review
8) 2:20 Prior Suits / Res Judicata
9) 1:39 Res Judicata Problems
10) 4:22 Number 124
11) 2:19 Number 125
12) 2:41 Number 126
13) 2:53 Number 127
14) 6:11 Number 128

DISC SIXTEEN:

Materials:
Res Judicata Problems (cont.)
California Litigation Problems

1) 8:41 Res Judicata Problem Number 128 (cont.)
2) 5:06 California Litigation Problems: Problem One
3) 2:37 Problem Two
4) 3:11 Problem Three

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