2017 December

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Articles in this issue:

Don’t let self-inflicted errors on the verdict form torpedo your verdict

Six tips from an appellate lawyer about how to minimize the risk of inconsistent verdicts

Jeffrey I. Ehrlich

2017 December


Bringing a Ninth Circuit appeal

This federal court received 11,000 new appeals in 2016 and terminated 12,000 pending cases – so let’s set your expectations

MaryBeth LippSmith

2017 December


A welcome change of course

A welcome change of course

The doctrine of trail immunity in the wake of Garcia v. American Golf Corporation and Toeppe v. City of San Diego

2017 December


The Federal Tort Claim Act and the discretionary function exception

The Federal Tort Claim Act and the discretionary function exception

The act seeks to avoid placing co­urts in the position of second-guessing the government; it is not intended to protect the Government from liability for violating its own safety mandates

Steven B. Stevens

2017 December


The disentitlement doctrine

A potent secret weapon to destroy your opponent’s contemptuous appeal

Scott Tillett

2017 December


The legal assistant’s perspective on MSJ

Nuts and bolts of summary judgment oppositions — or, how to keep your sanity and your job

Rose Gutierrez

2017 December


Write well to win more

Good writing is essential to winning the tentative rulings on critical issues

Valerie T. McGinty
Daniel U. Smith

2017 December


Establishing the record

An appellate lawyer’s perspective on what trial lawyers need to know about preserving their records for appeal

Janet R. Gusdorff

2017 December


The psychological science of persuasion

The psychological science of persuasion

Presenting your case to overcome jurors’ built-in resistance to persuasion

John P. Blumberg

2017 December



Appellate Reports

The dangers and difficulties of trying to put “teeth” into a settlement by including provisions that increase the amount the settling defendant must pay if it fails to perform

Jeffrey I. Ehrlich

2017 December


2017: Thanks for the opportunity to serve you

I didn’t know how much fun it would be to represent this great association

Ricardo Echeverria

2017 December

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