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Popular “Dos and Don’ts for Newer Lawyers” Seminar Returns on June 28

Judges and attorneys to offer advice and practical tips



By Carla Oakley, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Chair, BASF Litigation Section


Judges and experienced civil and criminal trial lawyers will offer a host of practical tips for young lawyers at the popular “Dos and Don’ts for Newer Lawyers in the Courtroom and Office” CLE seminar at noon on Thursday, June 28 at BASF.

Panelists include Northern District of California Judge Charles R. Breyer and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Tigar, as well as Ismail Ramsey, Ramsey & Ehrlick, and Anita Stork, Covington & Burling. The program will be moderated by Tracie L. Brown, Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Panelists will offer their advice regarding things newer lawyers can do to impress judges, clients and other lawyers in their offices, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Among other things, the panelists will identify mistakes they have observed in briefs written by newer lawyers and during their initial courtroom appearances.

Panelists will also offer tips for improving writing and courtroom advocacy skills, and for gaining valuable experience. The judges on the panel will share their views on what approaches do and do not impress them with court filings and presentations. While newer lawyers may not have many opportunities to get courtroom experience, the panelists will share ideas for how newer lawyers can overcome obstacles and secure more courtroom opportunities. The panel will address tips for success in the office, as well as in the courtroom.

Attendees will learn from our experienced panel about things they can do to become the “go-to” associate for senior litigators in their office, and how to work with and manage other lawyers and staff who support them. Panelists will talk about the types of projects and court filings often handled by newer lawyers, such as discovery and procedural motions, and offer tips for how to succeed with these key building blocks for every case.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Litigation Sections of BASF and the Barristers Club and will be held at the BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery Street in San Francisco. Register for the June 28 seminar at

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