MCLE SESSIONS

By participating in this one, week-long program you can fulfill your entire three-year, MCLE requirement of 25 hours. This is possible through a combination of participatory credit in London and online:

16.5 hours    Participatory Credits, including 1 hour of competency and 1.5 hours ethics
8.5 hours     Access to online CLE classes to complete at your leisure for participatory credit

The educational plans for the 2019 A Week in Legal London are under continual development, the following sessions and speakers are confirmed:

A Birds-eye View of the English Legal System [+]
This talk will sketch out the fundamental details of the English legal system, both as a matter of principle and of practice. It will explain the structure of the English courts system, and of both the judiciary and the profession, and of the UK'S basic constitutional architecture. It will also consider how, as a matter of law, Britain's expected departure from the European Union has, might, and will affect those things.

Julius Grower, College Lecturer and Yates Glazebrook Fellow in Law, Jesus College Cambridge

Opportunities and Eccentricities in Resolution of Cross-Border Entertainment and Sports Disputes [+]
Entertainment and sports are not just international pastimes but complex, multi-billion-dollar industries which generate large volumes and a wide variety of disputes. Both industries were early adopters of alternate dispute resolution techniques, often custom-built and continually evolving to suit their particular process, substantive, and timing needs. Messrs. Huebner and Benz will discuss the legal issues, kinds of disputes, and particular challenges that they encounter in their respective practices. They will also discuss professional opportunities and project future developments in the various entertainment and sports sectors in the global hubs of California and London. As well as members of the California Bar, Mr. Benz is a barrister and Amb. Huebner a solicitor in England & Wales, and their discussion and insights will be truly international.

Matthew Rushton, JAMS International
Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner, Solicitor, Mediator, Arbitrator
Jeffrey Benz, Esq., FCIArb, CEDS

The Changing Landscape of International Arbitration in the United States: Spotlight on California [+]
As the largest economy in the United States and the fifth-largest economy in the world - exceeding that of France and the UK - California enjoys a commanding global presence. But despite its economic status, California's growth as a seat of international arbitration historically has been inhibited by uncertainty about the ability of foreign lawyers to appear in international arbitration proceedings in the jurisdiction. This uncertainty has been eliminated entirely with the recent unanimous passage and signing of California Senate Bill 766 in July 2018. California now boasts a "fly in, fly out" (FIFO) rule that is one of the most inclusive in the world, expressly allowing out-of-state and foreign attorneys to appear in international commercial arbitrations in the state. SB 766 took effect on 1 January 2019, sending the message that California is ready to unlock its full potential as a forum for resolving international commercial disputes and prompting robust international arbitration activity in the jurisdiction. Ms. Sambold, the Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association ADR Committee and Ms. Chedid, the President and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the newly formed California International Arbitration Council (CIAC), will offer a brief overview of California arbitration law, SB 766, its historical background, and the other attributes of California that make it an attractive jurisdiction for international arbitration. The mission and work of CIAC to promote and expand opportunities for international arbitration in California will also be discussed.

Maria Chedid, President & Co-chair of the Board of Directors, California International Arbitration Council
Ana Sambold, American Arbitration Association and Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association ADR Committee

Cross Examination - The Litigator's Essential Tool [+]
Under the justice system of the United States, the right to cross-examine adverse witnesses has been mandated by the Legislature and has been characterized as the "greatest engine" ever devised for ascertaining truth. In this session, we will explore some of the differences between the American and British styles of cross examination of witnesses, including clients.

Michael L. Justice, Esquire, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Michael L. Justice
Leah Saffian, Attorney & Barrister, Law Offices of Leah Saffian

Sweet Revenge: Who Gets the "Dough" When You Cross the Pond and Your Cookie Crumbles [+]
Imagine this: a divorcing couple divides their time and property between the United Kingdom and United States. They have children, pets, homes, business, and intellectual property in both jurisdictions. Join both Family Law and Intellectual Property experts from the UK and California to compare the law in each jurisdiction, identify and discuss the issues.

Eleri Jones, Barrister, One Garden Court Chambers
David Copping, Partner, Farrer & Co
Francine Ward, Esquire
Pamela Jones, Attorney at Law

Comparative Professional Responsibility for Attorneys in California and Barristers and Solicitors in England and Wales [+]
An examination of key similarities and differences between the Professional Responsibility requirements of a practicing lawyer in California, a solicitor in England and Wales, and a barrister in England and Wales.

Robert Hawley, Past Deputy Executive Director, State Bar of California
Sarah Clarke QC, Barrister, Serjeants' Inn
Jonathan Whitehead, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Two Countries Divided by the Common Law and Language: Don't Be a Grockle! [+]
Although the US legal system is derived from the UK Common Law, many words in the US/UK legal systems sound alike but, have different sometimes opposite meanings. Though both US/UK systems share common goals, they often seek to achieve those objectives in procedurally different ways: eg Fair trial objective and differences in Voir Dire, Abuse of Process, Contempt of Court, and Jury Selection.

This program will examine some of the terms of art, twists of phrases and their origin and procedural differences as well as some of the different approaches in the management of the courtroom during trial that will be observed in the Courts and theater during our Week in legal London.

Leah Saffian, Attorney & Barrister, Law Offices of Leah Saffian

Procedural, Legal, and Evidentiary Differences Between the British and California Law [+]
The play, Witness for the Prosecution, presents an English courtroom drama set in Court Number 1 in London's Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey). Following our seeing the play, we will discuss the procedural, legal, and evidentiary issues depicted in the play and contrast the differences between the UK and California procedure, legal, and evidentiary issues.

Michael L. Justice, Esquire, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Michael L. Justice
Leah Saffian, Attorney & Barrister, Law Offices of Leah Saffian

21st Century Lawyers: Healthy, Wealthy & Wise [+]
This session will review global disruption in the legal markets and impact upon the legal profession. Presenting the recent data gathered across the UK, Australia, USA and Canada regarding the health, wellbeing and ethical issues impacting the profession, together with some practical steps for law partners and business managers to alleviate the risks created to prepare their attorneys with resilience for practice.

Rachel Spearing, Barrister, Serjeants' Inn

Brexit – Unraveling a Gordian Knot [+]
On June 23, 2016, a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union. Since that date, the U.K. Parliament has not reached a consensus on proposed withdrawal terms, leaving Britain's future uncertain. With new deadlines looming for October 2019, session speakers will provide an overview of Brexit, address the latest developments and some legal impacts of Brexit on different forms of laws, and provide some practical steps and action points for lawyers and their client in dealing with the fluid state of affairs.

Duncan Calow, DLA Piper
Nick Fitzpatrick, DLA Piper

Additional MCLE sessions are planned and will be added to this web page as soon as those details are confirmed.