CAOC California College of Trial Arts
and the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
present the


Annual Tahoe Ski Seminar
March 24-25, 2006
Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort

Seminar Brochure (PDF)
Printable Registration Form (PDF)
Online Registration

Registration Fees
Hotel Information

Earn up to 9.5 MCLE Credits: 8.5 General; .5 Substance Abuse; .5 Ethics

Friday, March 24

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm
Welcome by Eric Ratinoff, President, Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association

2:55 pm - 6:15 pm
Law Office Management: You Know What You Are Doing In The Courtroom, But Do You Know What’s Happening In Your Office?
Moderator: Christopher Lee Kreeger, Rocklin

  • Building A Referral Tracking System - John P. Bisnar, Newport Beach
  • Don’t Let Your Management Skills Cause You To Become A Victim Of Malpractice - Yoshiaki C. Kubota, Santa Ana
  • How To Find, Hire And Keep The Best People - Walter T. Clark, Palm Desert
  • Law Office Management - Donald L. Galine, San Mateo
  • Being Virtually There - Lee S. Harris, San Francisco
  • Creating An Efficient And Effective Practice - Nancy Hersh, San Francisco
  • Law Office Management Issues - Christopher L. Kreeger, Rocklin

2:55 pm - 6:15 pm
Use It Or Lose It: The Potential For Technology In Your Practice
Moderator: Lori E. Andrus, San Francisco

  • Technology On A Shoestring - Robert E. Cartwright, Jr., San Francisco
  • Being Effective And Efficient Against Goliath: Using Technology At Every Step Of The Case - David M. DeRubertis, Woodland Hills
  • Sanction And Video Tape Depositions: Using Technology In Your Case From Start To Finish - Christopher B. Dolan, San Francisco, and Shaana Rahman, San Francisco
  • Get Your (Power) Point Made During Closing - Ingrid M. Evans, San Francisco
  • How To Get Visability Studies In Evidence - How To Use Them To Win - Paul Kayfetz, Bolinas, Paul Kayfetz Engineering Photography

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Party
sponsored by
Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
Don Galine, CAOC Vice President
Greg Tenbroeck, Harveys

Saturday, March 25

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Getting That Great Result Without Ever Having To Stand Up And Say "Ready Your Honor": Mediation Skills That Work

  • Roundtable Discussion - Always Select A Trained Mediator - Moderator: Al Schallau, Al Schallau, Attorney at Law, Palos Verdes Peninsula
  • Roundtable Discussion - Ten Tips For Successful Mediation - John M. Feder, Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini, San Francisco
  • Roundtable Discussion - How To Maximize Your Results At Mediation - Sanford M. Gage, EnGage Mediation, Los Angeles
  • Roundtable Discussion - What To Include In Your Mediation Brief - Charles Fredrick Hawkins, Hawkins & Caputo, San Jose
  • Settling Cases At Mediation Through Structure Utilization - John V. Vaclavik, The James Street Group, Inc., Eagle, Idaho

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Preventative Ethics: Getting A Winning Verdict In Your Personal Life
(MCLE: .5 Substance Abuse, .5 Ethics)

  • Ethical Dilemmas In Your Law Practice - Phillip A. Cooke, Yuba City
  • How To Handle The Highs And Lows Of Your Practice - Substance Abuse - J. Gary Gwilliam, Oakland

10:10 am - 12:10 pm
Jury Voir Dire: The Importance Of First Impressions. Is The Trial Over When Jury Selection Is Completed?
Moderator: John N. Demas, Sacramento

  • The Plaintiff’s Edge: Framing The Issues In Voir Dire - Steven J. Brady, San Rafael
  • The Geography Of A Jury: Trying Your Case In A Conservative Jurisdiction - Don A. Ernst, San Luis Obispo
  • The Winning Formula: How To Present Your Case In Voir Dire - Dean A. Hanley, Berkeley
  • Making The Jury Understand Damages In A Cynical World - Randy H. McMurray, Los Angeles
  • The Four Themes That Must Be Covered in Voir Dire - Jill P. Telfer, Sacramento

10:10 am - 12:10 pm
Lights, Cameras, Action! The First Day of Trial. Setting The Stage For The Jury
Moderator: Miles B. Cooper, San Francisco

  • Motions In Limine And Related Issues - Adam Shea, Los Angeles, Lisa L. Maki, Santa Monica
  • Framing Issues - R. Rex Parris, Lancaster
  • Trial Notebook And Related Issues - Gregory A. Yates, Encino

12:25 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch Break

1:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Winning Your Case Through Direct and Cross Examination
Moderator: Joel Krissman, Long Beach

  • Winning Your Case Through Your Client’s Direct Examination - Micha Star Liberty, Walnut Creek
  • Cross Examination Of The Defense Neuropsychologist - Salvador A. Liccardo, Saratoga
  • Winning Your Case Through Direct And Cross Examination - Bruce Brusavich, Torrance
  • How To Uncomplicate The Complicated - Roman Silberfeld, Los Angeles

1:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Teaching The Jury Why Its Verdict Matters: Damages
Moderator: Albert G. Stoll, Jr., San Francisco

  • Teaching The Jury Why Its Verdict Matters: Damages - Ian Herzog, Santa Monica
  • Getting The Jury To Connect With Your Client In Voir Dire And Opening - Andrew B. Jones, Fresno
  • Securing Justice For Your Client When There Is No Economic Loss - Wayne McClean, Calabasas
  • Structuring Your Closing Argument To Maximize Damages In The Era Of Tort Reform - Kevin Meenan, Pasadena

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Creating The Vision And Completing The Compelling Picture
Moderator: Holli P. Thier, San Francisco

  • Connecting With Your Jury - Thomas T. Anderson, Indio
  • Telling Your Story Through Opening And Closing - Brian D. Chase, Newport Beach
  • Weaving The Themes From Beginning To End - C. Brooks Cutter, Sacramento
  • Connecting With Your Jury: Closing The Deal With The Compelling Picture - Frank N. Darras, Claremont

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dances With Wolves: The Insurance- Punitive Damages Tango
Moderator: Stuart R. Chandler, Fresno

  • From Filing To Trial: Keeping Punitive Damages Alive In Your Case - Douglas K. deVries, Sacramento
  • Punitive Damages: A New Hope - Charles M. Miller, Berkeley
  • Punitive Damages In Products Cases - Brian J. Panish, Los Angeles
  • Bad Faith Trials And Punitive Damages: Connecting With The Jury - John N. Quisenberry, Los Angeles

Chair: Donald L. Galine / Co-Chair: Eric Ratinoff
Committee: Frank Pitre, John Demas, Glenn Ehlers, Christopher L. Kreeger, Joseph H. Marman, Craig C. Sheffer, David E. Smith, Jill P. Telfer, Wendy C. York, Michael M. Reyna, Lori Sarracino, Wendy Murphy
Education Co-Chairs: Mary Alexander, Donald L. Galine, Larry Hall, Lisa Maki, Brian Panish

Ski with the Stars

Ski Directors Stuart Chandler and Lisa Maki will coordinate a meeting time and place on Friday morning for those who would like to meet up on the hill. Call Stuart at 559-431-7770.

High Impact
Juris Productions, Inc.
Law Video Consultants
Legislative Research, Inc.
Paul Kayfetz, Inc. Engineering Photography
The James Street Group
Thomson West

Seminar Registration Fees:
Registration includes CD-ROM syllabus and CLE certificate.
$245 CAOC Member (Paid by March 17, 2006)
$270 CAOC Member (Paid after March 17, 2006)
$345 Attorney Non Member (Paid by March 17, 2006)
$370 Attorney Non Member (Paid after March 17, 2006)

No refunds 7 days prior to the the seminar. Refunds will be honored only if a written request is submitted to CAOC on or before 7 days prior to the seminar and will be subject to a $50 service charge. Registration substitutions may be made only when the substituting party holds the same membership category as the original registrant.

Seminar Registration: (916) 442-6902

Harvey's Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort
Hotel Reservations: (800) 455-4770
Room Rate: Thursday $109; Friday & Saturday $159
Group Code: S03CATT
Room Block Cut-Off Date: March 9, 2006 - or until the block is sold out