Ethics for California Civil Litigators in Appellate Practice (Audio Only)

(562 Ratings)

Produced on: February 21, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio Audio Only

Taught by


Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In zealously advocating for clients, lawyers may sometimes lose their way and stray from the path of professionalism. This course, taught by California appellate lawyer Benjamin G. Shatz, intends to refocus consciousness on ethical practices, especially with regard to appellate practice and legal writing generally.

Handling appeals and legal writing are primarily solitary activities and it is when we are alone that we are most tempted to cross moral boundaries. Litigating ethically and following best practices go hand-in-hand. In addition to focusing on basics you already know (but probably haven’t thought deeply about in a while), this class discusses more cutting edge issues, such as plagiarizing from law review articles or other lawyers’ briefs.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand ethics in legal writing, including how to present facts without stretching them; address bad facts; make strong arguments and recognize frivolous arguments, and strike the right tone
  2. Review how to ethically cite legal authority
  3. Discuss ethical practice in the courtroom, such as answering questions directly or how to respond when you don’t know the answer to a question
  4. Explore cutting edge ethics issues, such as plagiarism and developments in attorney sanctions


Benjamin G. Shatz

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Benjamin G. Shatz is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified specialist in Appellate Law. He co-chairs Manatt’s appellate practice group and is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal, covering many areas of civil law. A frequent lecturer and author, his articles have appeared in California Litigation, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Inside Counsel, The Daily Journal, The Recorder, For the Defense, California Defender, and many other legal publications.


Christian B.

Good presenter

Kevin C.

Excellent presentation

Jay B.

Enjoyable program.

David D.

Well presented in an ethical manner

Robin E.

This program was very informative. It will be helpful in the appeal I am currently working on!

James B.

Excellent and informative.

John C.

This presentation was at a whole level above the usual course. Invest the money to make a video. It was extremely informative and entertaining.


One of the best programs offered.

Bonnie F.

Excellent review of some oft-overlooked ethical issues.

Larry D.

Very enjoyable program. Speaker was great, and kept in interesting.

Leonard A.

Excellent program

Mark K.

Good overview. Enjoyed the lecture.

Gerald C.


Dave D.

intelligent instructor

Sarah L.

Great tutorial! The concrete examples from specific cases were very helpful. Also, the amusing pictures and occasional humor were very much appreciated! i really enjoyed this course!

James H.

A most enjoyable program with some original thinking and excellent advice.

Trudi L.

Best course I've listened to thus far.

Katherine K.

Great speaker!

Erin H.

Enjoyed the mix of case histories and citations to law.

Angela K.

Very informative and great examples. Really enjoyed this CLE.

Thomas L.

Very detailed, practical and informative.

James M.

maybe the best ethics program I have taken in the recent past

Nicolle T.

Ben is knowledgeable and offered a good combination of rules, practical experience, cases, and hypotheticals. Often Ethics is not a class done well - this one certainly was - thank you!

Stephen T.

Informative and well presented.

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