First, on March 14, is the Phil Goar Night of the Roundtables (usual time and place, 4:30 to 6 pm in the employee lounge at the 2d Dist.): "This is an opportunity to hear directly from appellate court attorneys at the Second District Court of Appeal on topics of interest to all who practice before the court. This program will offer four simultaneous roundtable discussions. There will be a rotation half-way through the program in order to allow attendees to participate in two roundtable discussions." The tables this year are:
Preparing the Record: Tips and TrapsDiscussion leaders: Rashida Adams and Roumiana Velikova Ask a Writ AttorneyDiscussion leaders: Kendall Caudry and Tina Wong Publish or Perish: Will Your Case Last Forever?Discussion leader: Sharon Perlmutter Beyond Basic Briefs: Government Code Letters and MoreDiscussion leader: Laurie TaylorOn April 4 will be the Section's annual Supreme Court Luncheon with the Supremes and Justices of the Second District. The guest speaker is Ambassador David Scheffer, who will "discuss the challenges facing international criminal justice now and in the future, including: political support for the International Criminal Court, the creation of additional hybrid criminal tribunals, the difficulties that arise in complex trials of atrocity crimes, and the funding of such endeavors. He also will describe his work on federal legislation to incorporate crimes against humanity into Title 18."
Also, on April 12 there will be a program on brief writing.
In other news, see Law360 on Supreme Court To Weigh 30-Day Deadline For Fed. Appeals about yesterday's grant of cert in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing, SCOTUS 16-658, in which the 7th Circuit held that it lack jurisdiction over Hamer's appeal, even though the notice of appeal was filed late because the district court judge erroneously granted her an extension that went almost 30 days past the deadline.
Also, today is Cathy Catterson's last day as Circuit Court of Appeal Executive for the Ninth Circuit, after over 40 years of distinguished service to the judicial branch.