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View From the Bench 2018

The SCCBA Civil Practice Committee presents an MCLE Seminar:

When: March 22, 2018
Where: SCCBA Seminar & Conference Center
31 North Second Street, 4th Floor
San Jose, California  95113
United States
Presenter: Civil Practice Committee
Contact: SCCBA

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E-Filing, the new court reporter policy, two new Case Managers, proposed changes to Rule 4 Settlement Conferences will all be covered in our upcoming A View from the Bench. There is no “same old, same old” in this program. There are many changes that civil practitioners will want to hear directly from our Case Managers in order to avoid costly mistakes or delays. Don’t be left behind. Sign up now.

Though we can’t place you behind the Bench, we will try to give you a virtual peek, from the perspective of the 2018 Civil Case Managers. What do the Judges see when you stand before them? How do they react to what you say? What are they thinking? All of these questions, and more will be answered on March 22nd.

We will cover the burning issues of the year in Santa Clara County.

  • Trial Calendar - How is our trial calendar? Are we still going to get out the first time we’re set for trial?
  • Civil Trial JudgesWho are the new Civil Trial Judges?
  • E-Filing - E-Filing has come to the Santa Clara County Superior Court Civil Division. What do you need to know to make sure your properly and timely filed documents get to the judge hearing your case?
  • Time to Trial - Is the time to trial still 60-120 days from trial setting conference, or has that changed?
  • Defaults - Where are we at in processing these/are these being processed?
  • Tentative Rulings - Are they really tentative? Can you change the judge’s mind? should you try? How do you do it?
  • Meet and Confer - The key to resolving issues, and to a judges’ heart. No matter how much you may tire of hearing those words, the process is important in resolving Law and Motion – and required for many motions. Informal discovery conference, anyone?
  • Ex-Parte Applications - Whose emergency is it? Legitimate applications vs. support group for those with degrees in procrastination.
  • Triggers - Not a pair of Roy Rogers’ horses, but things that we do that could vex, harass, or annoy our judicial officers.
  • Excuses, Excuses - My dog ate my papers, my dog ate my cell phone calendar, my dog ate my client, my dog is a named defendant in a dog bite case, it is not my dog – what is the judges’ philosophy on continuances of trial and law and motion matters?

These questions, and many more you might ask, will be answered in our two hour program with our 2018 Case Managers: the Honorable Mary E. Arand, the Honorable Peter Kirwan, the Honorable James Stoelker, and the Honorable Theodore C. Zayner.  Gain insights that will help you succeed in civil practice. Attend this program for an update on local rules, the hot button issues in Law and Motion, and, most importantly, the preferences of each Case Manager.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


SCCBA Member: $69  
SCCBA New Admittee:
(Under 5 years in practice)
Non-Member Event Attendee: $109  
Honorary: FREE  
 Attend Online
SCCBA Member: $95
Non-Member Event Attendee: $135
Registration: 5:30pm
Program: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

2.0 General Substantive Law




Hon. Mary E. Arand,
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 

Hon. Peter H. Kirwan,
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 


Hon. James L. Stoelker, 
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 


Hon. Theodore C. Zayner, 
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 



Richard A. Pedersen, 
Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego 



For your convenience this program is also being offered via Live Webcast.

Please register for either the in person seminar or the live webcast, which have separate pricing levels. Registering for the live webcast requires an InReach account which is separate from your SCCBA account. If you require assistance, please contact InReach at 1-877-880-1335.

Parking is available just across the street from the SCCBA at the 3rd Street Parking Garage located between E. Santa Clara Street and St. John Street (SCCBA does not validate). 

Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  


PLEASE NOTE: Registration fees must be paid prior to the program, or at the program check in. SCCBA will no longer invoice attendees for payment subsequent to the program. Cash, Credit Card, and Check accepted. 

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email. We will not provide hard copies. If you would like a hard copy of the materials we will provide upon request for a fee o
f $25.00.  

*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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