The Art and Science of Jury Selection: Civil and Criminal

This course will cover the selection of jurors to sit on a jury in criminal and civil cases. Information will be provided about how and why questions are asked of potential jurors. The manner and style of questions will be covered. The use of preemptory challenges, the hidden agendas in jury selection, and knowing when to stop will also be topics of discussion. The panel, with the accumulated experience of over 300 jury trials, will provide you with their thoughts about jury selection and will respond to all questions asked during the presentation.

Hon. Shelly Averill Superior Court

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Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use and Mental Health Issues Among Attorneys

This Interactive Program Will: ~ Discuss how prevalent substance use and mental health issues are among attorneys. ~ Discuss how substance use and mental health issues impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence. ~ Describe the signs and symptoms of addiction, depression, anxiety, and stress. ~ Provide information on the Lawyer Assistance Program and other resources.

Lita Abella Senior Program Analyst, Lawyer Assistance Program The State Bar of California

Lita Abella is a Senior Program Analyst at the State Bar of California. Her role is to conduct outreach and present education programs for the Lawyer Assistance

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Developments in Bail Reform

How will bail reform effect courtroom practice and the rights of defendants for due process and equity in Sonoma County? This panel of key stakeholders will cover current local practice, possible changes to local practice, as well as appellate court decisions including, California and U.S. Supreme courts. Discussions will explore bias, a possible split in the circuits, statutes, and referendums.

Shilpi Agarwal ACLU of Northern California Dale Miller Law Office of Dale C. Miller Matt Perry County of Sonoma Probation Dept.

Jill Ravitch Sonoma County District Attorney Hon. Jamie Thistlethwaite Sonoma County Superior Court

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