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2019 Federal Courts Symposium

Changes, Trends and Updates in the Central District of California

If you are a lawyer who appears before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, don’t miss this year’s Federal Court Symposium on October 30, 2019, in Los Angeles, where District Court and Magistrate Judges will share their views on litigating cases in the Central District of California. 


3:30 – 4:00 PM - Registration
4:00 – 4:10 PM – Introductions
4:10 – 4:30 PM – Welcome / Update on Central District of California
                            (Chief Judge Virginia A Phillips)

4:30 – 5:10 PM - Topic 1: Settlement Conferences:  Gain insight from District Court and Magistrate Judges on best practices.
Moderator: Geoffrey T. Stover, Steinbrecher & Span LLP
Speakers: Hon. John E. McDermott, Hon. S. James Otero, and Hon. Suzanne H. Segal 

5:10 – 5:50 PM - Topic 2: Trial Practice:  Procedures, trends and tips on trial practice before District Judges and Magistrate Judges!
oderator: Aaron M. May, Huang Ybarra Gelberg & May LLP
Speakers: Hon. Cormac J. Carney, Hon. John A. Kronstadt, and Hon. Patrick J. Walsh (Chief M.J.)

5:50 – 6:30 PM - Topic 3: Inside Judges’ Chambers:  Learn the "do's and don'ts" of practice before District Judges and Magistrate Judges!
Moderator: Shehnaz M. Bhujwala, Boucher LLP
Speakers: Hon. Dolly M. Gee, Hon. Fernando M. Olguin, and Hon. Rozella A. Oliver

6:30 – 8:00 PM - Reception

Hon. Cormac J. Carney, District Judge
Hon. Dolly M. Gee, District Judge
Hon. John A. Kronstadt, District Judge
Hon. John E. McDermott, Magistrate Judge
Hon. Fernando M. Olguin, District Judge
Hon. Rozella A. Oliver, Magistrate Judge
Hon. S. James Otero, District Judge
Hon. Virginia A. Phillips, Chief District Judge
Hon. Suzanne H. Segal, Magistrate Judge
Hon. Patrick J. Walsh, Chief Magistrate Judge

Aaron M. May, Huang Ybarra Gelberg & May LLP
Shehnaz M. Bhujwala, Boucher LLP
Geoffrey T. Stover, Steinbrecher & Span LLP

Omni Hotel Los Angeles
251 S. Olive Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90012

CLE credit:  2.5 hours of CLE credit


Judicial Officers


CLE+ Cardholders


CLE+ Cardholders with Reception

$ 80

Law Students 
$ 50

Litigation Section Members


Government/Non-Profit Staff

$ 80

LACBA Members

$ 200

All Others

$ 250

Block of 8 Tickets




, 2019 Federal Courts Sponsors
10/30/2019 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Omni Los Angeles Hotel 251 S. Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
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