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San Francisco State University
Downtown Campus at the
Westfield San Francisco Centre
835 Market Street – 6th Floor
C A L I F O R N I A A T T O R N E Y S F O R C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E
Michael Becker, Robert Boyce and Jonathan Soglin
2 0 11 A P P E L L A T E P R A C T I C E S E M I N A R S C H E D U L E AND TOPICS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011
**SFSU–Downtown Campus • 835 Market Street • San Francisco**
8:00 – 8:30am REGISTRATION
8:30 – 9:30am THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Al Menaster- Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender
9:30 – 10:30am THE DIDDLE OF HARMLESS ERROR
Charles Sevilla & George Schraer- Private Practice
10:30 – 10:45am BREAK
10:45 – 11:45am BATSON-WHEELER UPDATE*
Elisabeth Semel- Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
11:45 – 1:15pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:15 – 2:15pm BREAKOUTS
A) JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT
Victoria Henley, Director-Chief Counsel and
Janice Brickley, Legal Advisor to the Commissioners California Commission on Judicial Performance
B) MISDEMEANOR APPEALS
John Hamilton Scott- L.A. Deputy Public Defender
2:15 – 2:30pm BREAK
2:30 – 3:30pm RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FEDERAL HABEAS LAW
J. Bradley O’Connell - Assistant Director, First District Appellate Project
3:30 – 4:30pm MIRANDA ISSUES
Marjorie Cohn - Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
This program entitles participants to up to six (6) hours Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits, including *one (1)hour specialization credit of Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession.
Albert Menaster has served as a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County since 1973, and was named CPDA’s “Defender of the Year” in 1987, and was chosen Defense Attorney of the year by the LA County Bar Association in 2007. Al writes books, articles and lectures frequently on a wide range of defense topics, including computer technology for defense attorneys, juvenile court practice, Proposition 115, Three Strikes, Proposition 36, Courtroom Evidence and Motion Practice. Al has argued before the United States Supreme Court and repeatedly before the California Supreme Court. He has written and spoken at many programs for CACJ and CPDA over the years, and has authored amicus briefs with a remarkable success rate. Al is a managing editor of CACJ’s Forum magazine, for which he writes a tech. column and book reviews, as well as substantive legal articles.
J. Bradley O’Connell
J. Bradley O’Connell is the Assistant Director of the First District Appellate Project, which he joined in 1986, as one of its original staff attorneys. Brad has litigated appeals and writ proceedings on a wide range of issues, with emphasis on homicide issues, jury instructions, sentencing enhancements, habeas corpus practice, and sexual predator commitments. His recent victories include People v. Randle, 35 Cal.4th 987 (2005) in which the California Supreme Court extended the Flannel imperfect self-defense doctrine to imperfect defense of others. He recently appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hedgpeth v. Pulido, 555 U.S. 57 (2008). Brad has also taught “Post-Conviction Remedies” as an adjunct professor at UC-Hastings School of Law.
Charles Sevilla, CACJ past President. Chuck Sevilla will speak with co-presenter George Schraer on “The Diddle of Harmless Error.” A detailed syllabus will be provided covering numerous issues from which Chuck and George will discuss the challenges of persuading the appellate court that trial court error is prejudicial to the trial’s outcome. In this regard, they will discuss, among other topics, strategies for arguing prejudice through the statement of facts, the latest in review standards, and converting state issues into federal issues to get Chapman rather than Watson.
Chuck is a former Chief Deputy State Public Defender, Chief Trial Attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, and has been in private practice in San Diego since 1983. His publications include two novels (Wilkes: His Life & Crimes, Wilkes on Trial). Other fictional work includes briefing before the appellate courts of California, the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
S P E A K E R S
George Schraer received a BA degree in History, magna cum tsuris (tsuris is a Yiddish word meaning trouble or suffering), from U.C. Berkeley in 1968 and his JD degree, summa cum tsuris, from UCLA in 1971. The highlights of his law school career were playing basketball in Pauley Pavilion on a daily basis and attending UCLA in the midst of seven consecutive NCAA basketball championships spanning the Abdul-Jabbar to Walton era. He was ill on the only day any law was taught at the school and entered the profession unencumbered by any knowledge of the subject. His first appointed appeal, People v. Mayberry (1975) 15 Cal.3d 143, resulted in a unanimous favorable decision establishing the defense of mistake of fact as to consent. His appellate career has been on a downward spiral since then. He has been counsel of record in more than 600 criminal appeals, including 13 in the California Supreme Court, and has been the author or co-author of ten amicus briefs in the California Supreme Court and three in the United States Supreme Court. He has been counsel of record in more than 50 published Court of Appeal cases, most of them humiliating losses. Like most criminal appellate attorneys, he works like a galley slave, wears t-shirts and levis while working in a home office, and lives a simple life on a subsistence basis.
John Hamilton Scott
John Hamilton Scott (AB, UC Davis, 1968; JD, USC, 1973), was employed by the Los Angeles County Public Defender from 1974 to 2010, and in retirement continues to work part-time for that Office. Since 1979 he has been exclusively concerned with appellate litigation and has filed innumerable writs and appeals in the superior court’s Appellate Department/Division. He was a member of the Appellate Division Rules Working Group of the Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee which had primary responsibility for drafting the 2009 amendments to the Rules of Court regarding writs and appeals in misdemeanor cases.
Elisabeth Semel has been a criminal defense lawyer since she was admitted to practice in 1975, first as a deputy public defender and, later with the firm of Semel and Feldman. She has represented clients in state and federal courts with an emphasis on homicides and capital cases. Beginning in 1997, Semel served as the Director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project in Washington, D.C. Semel joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2001, as the first Director of the Death Penalty Clinic. In that capacity, Semel represents clients facing capital punishment and engages related litigation such as amicus curiae briefs. Semel and her students have prepared amicus curiae briefs that were filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in several death penalty cases, including
Miller-El v. Cockrell, Miller-El v. Dretke, and Snyder v. Louisiana (all dealing with race discrimination in jury selection).
Marjorie Cohn is a criminal defense attorney who has done trial and appellate work as a public defender and in private practice. She is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and international human rights. A past president of the National Lawyers Guild, she is also deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her books include Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice (1998), Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law (2007), Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (2009), and The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse (2011). Professor Cohn testified in 2008 about Bush administration torture policy before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She is a frequent commentator for local, regional, national and international media. See www.
Victoria B. Henley
Ms. Henley has been the Director and Chief Counsel of the California Commission on Judicial Performance since 1991. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law with honors in 1978. She was engaged in the private practice of law with Long & Levit in San Francisco
from 1980 to 1990. She has lectured and served as a panelist for numerous judicial and legal education programs since 1985 in the United States and in other countries. She is a member of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. She also serves on the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
Janice Brickley has been the Legal Advisor to the California Commission on Judicial Performance since 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, she was an investigating attorney for the commission. Ms. Brickley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt). Prior to her employment with the commission, Ms. Brickley was in private practice specializing in criminal appellate and juvenile law, served as a pro-tem juvenile court referee in the Alameda County Superior Court, worked as a public defender in Alameda County, and clerked for a justice of of the Alaska Supreme Court. She has served as a pro tem juvenile court referee in the Alameda County Superior Court, taught numerous courses as an adjunct law professor, and was a contributing author to California Juvenile Court, Practice & Procedure (Matthew Bender). As a supervising attorney at the Northern California Innocence Project, Ms. Brickley, with Golden Gate University School of Law Professor Susan Rutberg, and their students, successfully litigated a writ of habeas corpus that won the release and exoneration of Pete Rose who spent 10 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. She is a board member of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel.
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