Criminal Law Section

News from the Section

Webinar: Firearms 101 for the Novice

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This programs offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Criminal Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

A basic understanding of firearms is required in order to effectively handle cases containing this type of evidence.  This webinar will cover firearms statutes, the basics of how firearms function, different types of firearms and ammunition and proper firearms terminology. 

Attendees will learn about different types of firearm-related evidence including ballistics, gunshot residue, and DNA.  In addition, the course will include a discussion on how to properly introduce firearms into evidence during trial.

Speakers: Wade Chow and Ryan Kao

Webinar: How to Introduce Documentary Evidence in Trial

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This programs offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Criminal Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will cover the procedural and substantive law regarding the process of introducing documentary evidence.

 The course will focus of various types of documentary evidence, the process of authenticating and laying a foundation for the evidence, how to overcome hearsay objections and other relevant issues related to documentary evidence. 

Speakers:

  • Christopher Honigsberg, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
  • Mark Sevigny, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Webinar: Trial Techniques for the New Attorney: So You Are Starting Your First Trial?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This programs offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Criminal Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Trying one’s first trial can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience.  This webinar will provide an overview of the jury trial process and will provide practical information regarding the various stages.  The content will include strategies and tactics in dealing with peremptory challenges, challenges for cause, introduction of exhibits,  opening statements and closing arguments.

Speaker: Hon. Beverly Bourne

Webinar: Admit Your Evidence Like a Pro: Evidence 101, Evidentiary Foundations & Legal Ethics for the Trial Attorney!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Criminal Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

In order to be an effective and ethical advocate for one’s client in the courtroom, an attorney should understand the basic rules of evidence and know how to use those rules to admit important pieces of evidence.  In addition, the attorney should have a basic understanding of some of the ethical issues that arise during a trial.

The webinar is geared toward new attorneys and attorneys with limited trial experience.  The course will focus on common evidentiary issues that arise during trial, relevant rules of evidence and will feature some demonstrations on laying foundations.  The topics will include the four basic hurdles to admissibility of evidence, social media evidence, cell phone records, business records, official records, photographs and videos. 

Speaker: Mark Jackson, Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

The Marshall Manne Schulman* Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking entries for The Marshall Manne Schulman* Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country. Deadline for submissions is midnight, February 28.  Please submit your entry to Lynn Taylor at lynn.taylor@calbar.ca.gov.

Grand Prize
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  • $1500 cash prize
  • The Grand Prize -winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

The Honorable Mention Prizes:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status may be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

* Marshall Schulman, first started practicing law in 1953 after graduating from Loyola Law School. He began working as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1956. As a prosecutor, Marshall handled several high profile cases, including prosecution of the “Onion Field” murder case. After nearly 10 years of service as a prosecutor, Marshall left the office to begin a successful criminal defense practice in Santa Ana. In 2002, Marshall moved his practice to San Francisco, a location closer to his wife’s family. He served for many years as a member and then advisor of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Criminal Law Section. He states that what he liked most about his service on the Committee was “the camaraderie between the defense lawyers and prosecutors.” Marshall was instrumental in implementing the policy of balancing defense and prosecution members on the Committee. In addition to his service to the Criminal Law Section, Marshall was a past President of the Orange County chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, was elected into the American College of Trial Attorneys and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and was one of the founders of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He was instrumental in developing the State Bar Criminal Law Specialization program. When asked to sum up his thoughts about the practice of criminal law, Marshall stated, “it is the most challenging, interesting, and rewarding area of the practice of law. I enjoy my colleagues and my opponents. I find that it is a highly ethical practice, which is surprising to most people. I am going to miss it terribly.”

Photos from Our Mixer at U.C. Hastings!

On January 27, Executive Committee Members teamed up with the U.C. Hastings Criminal Law Society for a fun evening of drinks and tales from the trenches. Thanks for a great time! See bigger versions of the photos on our Facebook page.

Otis Bruce, Jr. with students from U.C. Hastings

Group shot of Otis with the students

Criminal Law Section Executive Committee members with students

Retirement of Criminal Law Section Advisors Gregory Paraskou and Marshall Schulman

The Criminal Law Section would like to thank long time section advisors Gregory Paraskou and Marshall Schulman. After years of service to the Criminal Law Section, both are retiring from practice.

Gregory Paraskou began practicing law in 1971 after graduating from the University of California Hasting College of the Law. In 1972, he began his 28-year career with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s office. While a deputy public defender, Greg was on the special trials unit, handling many homicides and high profile cases including People v. Richard Farley, a 1988 case involving a mass shooting at a high-tech firm. In 2000, Greg moved to Santa Barbara where he served first as Assistant Public Defender and later, as the Chief Public Defender. Greg served for many years as a member and advisor to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Criminal Law Section. When asked what advice he had for criminal law practitioners, Greg stated, “it is important to remember that your first consideration is what is in the best interests of the client. When you ask that question and answer it honestly, it becomes pretty clear what you have to do.” Greg is enjoying his retirement – he is involved with several non-profit organizations, and is learning to play the piano.

Marshall Schulman, who will turn 89 years old this month, first started practicing law in 1953 after graduating from Loyola Law School. He began working as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1956. As a prosecutor, Marshall handled several high profile cases, including prosecution of the “Onion Field” murder case. After nearly 10 years of service as a prosecutor, Marshall left the office to begin a successful criminal defense practice in Santa Ana. In 2002, Marshall moved his practice to San Francisco, a location closer to his wife’s family. He served for many years as a member and then advisor of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Criminal Law Section. He states that what he liked most about his service on the Committee was “the camaraderie between the defense lawyers and prosecutors.” Marshall was instrumental in implementing the policy of balancing defense and prosecution members on the Committee. In addition to his service to the Criminal Law Section, Marshall was a past President of the Orange County chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, was elected into the American College of Trial Attorneys and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and was one of the founders of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He was instrumental in developing the State Bar Criminal Law Specialization program. When asked to sum up his thoughts about the practice of criminal law, Marshall stated, “it is the most challenging, interesting, and rewarding area of the practice of law. I enjoy my colleagues and my opponents. I find that it is a highly ethical practice, which is surprising to most people. I am going to miss it terribly.”

Do You Miss a Webinar? It's in Our Online Catalog!

Criminal Law Section members can get participatory MCLE credit for viewing programs online, including webinars put on by the Criminal Law Section that you may have missed. Choose from Criminal Law programs.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Articles from the Criminal Law E-Bulletin

The Criminal Law E-Bulletin is sent each month to members of the Section. The E-Bulletin often includes articles of lasting interest, and we have compiled some of these from 2012 on and posted them in the Members Only Area. Section members can access the articles by clicking on the link and signing in to My State Bar Profile.

The Sections and CYLA Are on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn

Social media, anyone? The Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now have pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events.

We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets."

And by the way, the CYLA definition of "young" is any California attorney under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice.

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Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Criminal Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

 A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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Criminal Law Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
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