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

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Produced on February 21, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

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

Credit Information

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Benjamin G. Shatz

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Benjamin G. Shatz, a certified Appellate Specialist, co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

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 areas of law including entertainment, employment, copyright, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, unfair competition, and anti-SLAPP.

He has Chaired the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts, the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Committee, and LACBA’s State Appellate Evaluation Committee.

He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the CLA’s Litigation Section, is a Trustee of the LA County Bar, and on the Executive Committee of LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section.

Before private practice he clerked for The Honorable Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and externed for The Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He is a frequent lecturer and author, having been published in California Litigation, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, The Daily Journal, The Recorder, Inside Counsel, For the Defense, California Defender, CEB Civil Litigator Reporter, and many other legal publications.

He authors Exceptionally Appealing (a monthly column in the Daily Journal) and blogs at Southern California Appellate News.


John M.

Excellent and practical guidance.

Ralph O.

I liked the discussion of ghostwriting and plagiarism.

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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