Major serious trials are complex and dynamic processes. This seminar will examine trial tactics through the lens of a complex murder trial that occurred in 2015. The topics will cover the use and identification of the various actors, witnesses, and experts in the trial. It will also contain viewpoints on jury selection, Preliminary Hearings, 402 evidence hearings and the use of such transcripts at trial. The use of themes from voir dire to opening and closing statements will be covered during this seminar as well. Other topics will include the use of D.N.A at trial along with DNA and third party culpability tactics Evidence presentation, prosecution perspectives, and Appellate aspects will
also be covered.
Law Offices of Walter Rubenstein
Walter Rubenstein graduated from New York University, earning a Doctorate in Philosophy and earned his Law Degree from Empire Law School here in Sonoma County. He has been a felony trial attorney since 1991. He is a member of both the California State Bar and the Public Defenders Associations. He is also a Board Member and the Representative of the Criminal Bar Section to the Sonoma County Bar Association and a member of the Sonoma County Bar Education Committee.
Gordon Bartley Scott
Attorney at Law
In the late 1970’s, Bart Scott said, “If all else fails, I can always go to law school.” He enrolled at Hastings in 1982, and graduated in 1985 after having served on the executive board of the Hasting Law Journal while externing at the Court of Appeal and working as a clerk for a law firm. Loads of fun.
After a year and a half of civil litigation in San Francisco, he went to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where he argued cases in the Circuit Courts of Appeal. Because he represented the government, he often won. Because some of the litigants were unions, he sometime lost.
After a brief tenure with another San Francisco civil firm, he joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in the criminal and family support divisions for 10 years.
Since 2000, he has had a practice focusing on criminal defense and indigent appeals. Since 2010, he has been working almost full time doing appeals. He has appeared in the appellate courts in the First District (San Francisco); the Second District (Los Angeles); the Third District (Sacramento); the Fifth District (Fresno); and the Sixth District (San Jose). He has argued once before the California State Supreme Court with a temperature of 102. He got no sympathy from the Court.
When he’s not kicking against the pricks, he plays guitar and wonders if he should have taught high school English.
Bruce G. Enos
Criminal Trial Consulting
Jenny P. Andrews
Law Office of the Public Defender
Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She has been a public defender in California since 1996, and is currently assigned to felony trial staff at the Sonoma County Public Defender. She worked previously at the Santa Barbara Public Defender and the Alameda County Public Defender. She is a faculty member of the Trial Skills Institute of the California Public Defenders Association, and of Gideon’s Promise in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of its Forensic Sciences Committee. She is also a member of the National Association for Public Defense and a member of its Education Committee.
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: Check-In: 8:30 am; Presentation: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Walter Rubenstein, Law Offices of Walter Rubenstein
Gordon Bartley Scott, Attorney at Law
Bruce G. Enos, Criminal Trial Consulting
Jenny P. Andrews, Law Office of the Public Defender
Place: Camelot Ballroom, Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Cost: $295–SCBA Members; $350–Public
MCLE: 6.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law
Student: $195 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)
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