Conference on the Supreme Court of California: SCOCA Conference 2017
Conference/Symposium | January 13 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m. | UC Hastings College of the Law, Louis B Mayer Student Lounge
Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice; Kathryn Mickle, Assoicate Justice; Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice; Leondra R. Kruger, Associate Justice
California Constitution Center, Hastings Law Journal
SCOCA Conference 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B Mayer Student Lounge
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 the California Constitution Center will present its conference on the California Supreme Court, in partnership with the centers friends at Hastings Law Journal, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Institute of Governmental Studies.
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8:00 (registration and continental breakfast)
9:00 A Conversation on the State of the State Judiciary
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California
This fireside-chat style conversation will cover a range of topics on the state of the California judiciary generally and the state high court in particular, such as: the courts civic education outreach mission, the judicial budget, relations with the other branches of government, and the potential impact on the courts operations from recent changes in the law.
10:00 Review of Major Recent SCOCA Decisions
Danny Chou, Santa Clara County Counsels Office
Darien Shanske, UC Davis School of Law
Rory Little, UC Hastings College of Law
Rex Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jeremy Rosen, Horvitz & Levy
This moderated panel will review a selection of recent significant California Supreme Court cases, including decisions on both criminal and civil law. The panel will overview the cases, explain the decisions, and show how they fit into the broader context of the law. Expect some cautious predictions about developing trend directions.
11:00 Get Your Review Petition Granted
David Kaiser, Staff Attorney, California Supreme Court
Aimee Feinberg, California Department of Justice
Dennis Peter Maio, Reed Smith
Myron Moskovitz, Moskovitz Appellate Team
This moderated panel will walk through the procedural requirements of a review petition, overview the statistics on grants and denials, and deliver the hard truth about the likelihood of any given petition being granted. The appellate experts on the panel will have some sage advice and cautionary tales based on their experience, about what can advantage a petition and mistakes to avoid.
12:00 (catered lunch break)
1:00 Panel Discussion on the Future of the State Bar of California
Yolanda Jackson, Bar Association of San Francisco
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, State Bar of California
David Pasternak, Pasternak & Pasternak
David Chiu, California State Senate
This moderated panel will review the history of the conflict over the bars functions, overview the issues underlying the positions, and describe the bars past and current efforts at reform. Each panelist will present their differing views on the bars role in the profession and society, and debate the various options for the bars future and their expected consequences.
2:00 The California Constitutional Right of Privacy
David A. Carrillo, UC Berkeley School of Law
Stephen M. Duvernay, Benbrook Law Group
Jill Bronfman, UC Hastings College of Law
J. Clark Kelso, McGeorge School of Law
Lothar Determann, Baker McKenzie
This moderated panel will describe the current state of Californias privacy law, and highlight the conflict points and areas of common interest between individuals, business, and the government. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on the interests to be balanced, the test to be applied, and the best balance point. The panel will attempt to resolve the ultimate question in this area of the law: what a grand unified privacy analysis would look like.
3:00 A Conversation on the Role of the State High Court
Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Supreme Court of California
Professor Joseph Grodin, UC Hastings College of Law
This fireside-chat style conversation will cover the state and federal aspects of the California Supreme Court. On the state level, the discussion will review the status of the state high court as the leader of an independent branch of the state government, explore the interrelationships between the judiciary and the other branches, and explain the unique policy making function of a state high court. The federal portion of the discussion will focus on principles of federalism and the relationship between Californias high court and the federal judiciary.
4:00 Ask the Justices: a Question and Answer Session
Dean Melissa Murray, UC Berkeley School of Law
Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Supreme Court of California
Associate Justice Leondra R. Kruger, Supreme Court of California
In this informal session, two current members of the court will consider moderated substantive and procedural questions submitted by the audience. Note that justices cannot comment on pending cases.
5:00 Reception in the Alumni Reception Center, across the street in 200 McAllister. Wine and snacks will be served.
General Admission $100, Public / Nonprofit / Academic Admission $50