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

 198 McCallister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 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 center’s 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 Counsel’s 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 bar’s functions, overview the issues underlying the positions, and describe the bar’s past and current efforts at reform. Each panelist will present their differing views on the bar’s role in the profession and society, and debate the various options for the bar’s 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 California’s 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 California’s 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

  Registration opens November 1. Register online or or by emailing Caroline Cheng at by January 13, 510-642-9919