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Legal Research They Didn’t Teach You in Law School

June 11 at 2:00pm

Presented by Rebecca Miller, Cori Racela & Sue Himmelrich
Researching at a public interest organization doesn’t always look like it did in your legal research class, especially when your assignment asks for more than case law. Join us to learn different ways to approach research questions big and small.


Writing Introductions – Starting Off on the Right Foot

June 16 at 2:00pm

Presented by Dick Rothschild & David Kane
Introductions matter. Learn how to capture the reader’s attention, drive home your main points, and set yourself up for success – all on the first page of your brief.


Complaints No One Can Complain About

June 25 at 9:30am

Presented by Alex Prieto & Helen Tran
The complaint starts a case in court. This session covers the nuts and bolts of drafting an airtight complaint to lay out the claims of your case.


Drafting Dynamic Declarations

July 1 at 10:30am

Presented by Robert Newman & Nisha Vyas
Declarations tell important stories that bring the facts of a case to life. More importantly, they are a crucial way for courts to understand what’s at stake and the real human impact. Join us to learn how take your declarations from dull to dynamic.


Writs: They’re Easier Than You Think

July 6 at 2:00pm

Presented by Dick Rothschild & Rebecca Miller
California writs are at the heart of impact litigation in state court and a powerful tool to change policy or action and get class-like relief without bringing a class action. This training will provide an overview of C.C.P. §§ 1094.5 and 1085 writs and help you envision what your next great case will be.


Getting Down with Depositions

July 14 at 10:00am

Presented by Madeline Howard, Antionette Dozier, Sue Himmelrich & Matt Warren
Depositions can be daunting and require both preparation and thinking on the fly. We will go through it all—from combative opposing counsel to difficult deponents—to give you some practical tips for your next deposition.


Spotting Race: Intro to Race-Based Claims

July 21 at 12:00pm

Presented by Matt Warren & Mona Tawatao of the Equal Justice Society
Racial injustice continues to marginalize our clients face across the state. Come to this training to get a basic understanding of a range of potential race-based claims, learn to issue-spot disparities, and discuss how to advance justice in meaningful ways.


Summer Training Series Donors
As of July 8, 2020

Susman Godfrey LLP

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Michelle Coquelin (Western Center Advisory Board Member)
Nick Spear (Western Center Advisory Board Member)
Li Wang (Western Center Advisory Board Member)