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88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California
My Annual MeetingSpecial and Ticketed Events

The State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

Luncheons and Dinners, Great Speakers, Exhibits, Entertainment and More!

Sign up for ticketed events when registering online or else on the pre-registration and ticket fee form. Many of these ticketed events will sell-out before the meeting, so sign up early. Events and speakers are subject to change.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mark RoschCarol LevittOpening Session: “Super Google and Beyond: Conducting Legal and Investigative Research”

Thursday, October 8 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Seating is Limited | Session # 1 | 1 Hour MCLE

There’s so much more to Google than the simple search box on the home page…if you know where to look. At the 2015 Annual Meeting opening session, Carole Levitt and Mark E. Rosch, authors of Google for Lawyers and The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet, will reveal hidden Google search features, secrets, and shortcuts so you can quickly conduct legal and investigative research for all your client matters. They will also take you beyond Google to show you how to search anonymously and how to recover web pages that have disappeared (or been altered) that you need as evidence.

Featuring: Carole Levitt, J.D., M.L.S., and Mark E. Rosch

General Session and Presentation of the Spirit of CEB Awards

Thursday, October 8 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm | Seating is Limited | Session # 2 | 1 Hour Elimination of Bias

Co-Sponsored by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

Join us at our annual General Session which begins with the presentation of the 2015 Spirit of CEB Awards to recognize California attorneys who have given their time and expertise to the legal profession through their teaching and writing for CEB.

Next, Professor Kathleen A. Tarr will lead an entertaining dialogue on the legal community’s response to the biases within the entertainment industry.

“Delights, Diversions, and Discriminations: The Bias and Business of Show Business”

“White, male, 20s.” If included in most job descriptions, we would immediately denounce this language as illegal. What is it about the entertainment industry that stops most of us from batting an eye? Some popular television shows running for multiple seasons have never hired female directors or directors of color. As television writers age, their employment opportunities diminish. Geena Davis remarked in a recent NPR interview, “[I]f we add female characters at the rate we have been for the past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years.” So why isn’t the legal community more vocal about these discriminations? Join us as we examine bias and its perpetuation by the entertainment industry as well as the role of law and the courts. Presented by Kathleen A. Tarr with celebrity guests Amy Pietz and Edward James Olmos.

Kathleen TaarKathleen A. Tarr - A University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School graduate and former Skadden Fellow, Kathleen has also built a professional career in the entertainment industry, acting for the last 15 years in films and commercials and on television and stage. She is the author of numerous publications from creative non-fiction to law review including “Above and Beyond: Veterans Disabled By Military Service” which was cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A filmmaker as well, Kathleen’s documentary “Getting Played: who’s playing you?!” received Honorable Mention in the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival. Kathleen currently lectures in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University.

Amy PietzAmy Pietz - Originally trained as a ballet dancer but later discovered her passion for acting. She made her acting debut on the TV series Highlander and then became more familiar to TV viewers for her role on Caroline in the City, for which she received a SAG Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy. Amy has appeared in more than 300 episodes of television, including regular roles on The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Aliens in America, and has had guest starring roles on How to Get Away with Murder, Bones, and Law and Order SVU. She also has an extensive stage career, appearing in several productions in Los Angeles, Chicago and Broadway. Amy received a degree in acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School. She plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017, and is currently writing a book chronicling her life as an adoptee and birth mother.

Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos - Known as the “Olivier of the Latino world,” Edward James Olmos is a multitalented actor, producer, director, and community activist. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, and spent many years in theatrical roles until his performance in the musical play Zoot Suit, which led to a Tony Award nomination. He went on to star in such films as Wolfen, Blade Runner, Selena and 12 Angry Men, and on the television series Battlestar Galactica. He was honored with a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for his work in HBO’s The Burning Season, received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, and won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his role on the television series Miami Vice. Olmos also makes time to participate in many humanitarian efforts. He is a US Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and a national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Networking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 8 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Complimentary. RSVP Required | Event # 127

Gather with your colleagues and meet with vendors who will show you the latest and greatest equipment, products, services, and yes, even accessories. There are no classes scheduled during this time, so grab a quick bite to eat so you can shop the exhibit floor. Pre-register for this activity to receive your ticket for the complimentary lunch (provided to registered attendees only).

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 8 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Complimentary

The last class is over and a casual ‘happy hour’ awaits you in the Exhibit Hall. This activity features a wine tasting hosted by Theopolis Vineyards, a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley. Check the Exhibitor board for the location of the happy hour hot spots.

The California Women Lawyers Association 41st Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Thursday, October 8 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | $140 pp | Event # 128

Amy WeaverJoin the California Women Lawyers (CWL) at its 41st Annual Dinner, with keynote speaker Amy Weaver, General Counsel of Salesforce, Inc. who will reflect on her professional career and her leadership at Salesforce, Inc., an innovative global provider of enterprise cloud computing services. We hope you will join California Women Lawyers at their Annual Dinner celebrating 41 years of advancement for women, as well as the extraordinary career and contributions of Ms. Weaver. A ticket is required to attend the reception/silent auction and dinner. Tickets may also be purchased directly from CWL at www.cwl.org.

Amy Weaver is General Counsel of Salesforce, Inc. where she advises the Board and manages its worldwide legal affairs. Amy is among the California Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology for 2015, an honor reserved for those who not only achieve personal success but who also make it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps. She previously managed global legal and corporate affairs for Univar Inc., as their General Counsel, and served as Deputy General Counsel for Expedia, Inc. Ms. Weaver also clerked for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked in private practice at Perkins Coie, LLP, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is a Harvard Law School graduate, and a Wellesley College alumna.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, October 9 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Complimentary

Don’t miss our Friday night happy hour in the Exhibit Hall. This is where the fun begins. Light munchies hosted by the Practising Law Institute.

President’s Festival

Annual Meeting Luncheons and President’s Festival—Food TrucksFriday, October 9 | 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Adults $45 pp | Event # 129 | Children 12 and under free | Event # 130

Get ready for a celebration just steps away from the hotel. We are staging an adventure outdoors for the kid in all of us. We’ll have music and dancing, action games, gourmet foodie trucks, and more fun surprises. St. Francis Vineyards will be on hand to feature its award winning wine at an informal tasting, and perhaps a visitor from a nearby park will be there to greet you. Your all inclusive pass (which includes drinks and food) is $45 per person. The truly young—anyone under 12 years of age—is free.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The State Bar Breakfast

Saturday, October 10 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. | $35 pp | Event # 131

Co-Sponsored by The State Bar of California Business Law Section

“Cybersecurity Challenges and Issues for Business Lawyers and Their Clients”

Juval AvivIn his speech, keynote speaker Juval Aviv, President & CEO, Interfor, Inc. will discuss cyber security threats faced by government entities and the private sector, where these threats are emanating and what is happening to organizations that have fallen victim to recent attacks. Hear about the increasing need for cyber security protections, challenges facing law firms and their clients, and recommendations for security measures that law firms can take to protect themselves and their clients.

Juval Aviv is Chairman and CEO of Interfor International. Mr. Aviv is a leading expert on terrorism and white collar crime and fraud. He led an elite Commando/Intelligence Unit in the Israel Defense Force, and participated in intelligence and special operations for the Israeli Secret Service. An account of one his missions became the basis of Steven Spielberg’s film Munich. As head of Interfor, Mr. Aviv conducts international investigations into white-collar crime, and has solved numerous cases of fraud, counterfeiting, embezzlement, anti-competitive behavior and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has spoken for many organizations, including the FBI, US Department of Justice, Smith Barney and the American Bankers Association. Mr. Aviv has served as a consultant on counterterrorism for the Fox News Channel, and has been featured in numerous articles in major magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Annual Swearing in Ceremony of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees and the California Judges Association Board of Directors

Saturday, October 10 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon | Complimentary

Join us at this year’s Swearing-in Ceremony. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will administer the oath of office to the President and incoming members of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees and The California Judges Association Board of Directors. Featuring the annual remarks of the Chief Justice and organization’s Presidents.

The State Bar Luncheon and Alexander F. Morrison Address

Saturday, October 10 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | $49 pp| Event # 132

“Judging Lehman: Lessons Learned From the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy”

Hon. James M. PeckKeynote speaker Honorable James M. Peck is a respected former Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York who presided over the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. He will share his personal experience with this calamitous collapse, assess how our judicial system performed during the financial crisis, and offer “lessons learned”—including how courts can deal effectively with extremely complex financial matters of global import when time truly is of the essence.

Hon. James M. Peck is global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group and is based in the firm’s New York office. He served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York from 2006 to 2014 and presided over the chapter 11 and SIPA cases of Lehman Brothers and its affiliates, constituting the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Judge Peck also brokered settlements in a number of high-profile cases including American Airlines and General Motors. He is a frequent speaker on insolvency issues, and has participated in conferences across the globe. Before his appointment, Judge Peck was in private practice for more than 35 years, concentrating for much of that time on bankruptcy law, business reorganization, and creditors’ rights.

Exhibition Show and Hours

We welcome all to join us at the 2015 Exhibition at the Anaheim Marriott in the Marquis Ballroom.

The Exhibit Hall is open to all State Bar members and guests. An Annual Meeting badge or Exhibit Hall pass (given at registration to non-registrants) is required for admission. Complimentary coffee will be offered in the Exhibit Hall on Friday and Saturday morning. See Exhibits for a list of exhibitors.

Thursday, October 8

12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon, Exhibits, and Happy Hour

Friday, October 9

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Exhibits and Happy Hour

Saturday, October 10

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA)

The Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) will hold its annual Conference of Delegates at the Sheraton Park Hotel, from October 9-11, 2015. Delegates must register directly with the Conference of California Bar Associations. Information on CCBA registration is at www.calconference.org (opens in new window). The State Bar Annual Meeting is a separate event with a separate registration process and fee. Delegates who also wish to attend the State Bar Annual Meeting may register for the meeting (see Essential Information). A State Bar Annual Meeting name badge will be required for admission to all Annual Meeting education programs. State Bar Annual Meeting registration also will be required to purchase tickets to certain Annual Meeting events. Delegates are welcome to visit the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall, but must stop by the State Bar registration desk to pick up an exhibit hall pass.