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Wed, Sep 20


Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar

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Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar
Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Time & Location

Sep 20, 2023, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

Westin Gaslamp Quarter , 910 Broadway Cir, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

About the Event

The San Diego Federal Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California are pleased to present the Nineteenth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Practice Seminar.  The annual seminar is dedicated to the memory of former U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep, who served as a District Judge in the Southern District of California for over twenty years and as the District's first female Chief Judge from 1991 to 1998.

This year’s seminar will feature welcome remarks, a special video tribute featuring Hon. Ruben B. Brooks (Ret.), and panel presentations by several Southern District of California District Judges and Magistrate Judges. The panels will focus on various aspects of pretrial and trial practice, including effective use of evidence, success with the Magistrate Judges, lesser-known strategies in federal court, and meeting the new District Judges.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Registration

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Welcome & Video Tribute featuring Hon. Ruben B. Brooks (Ret.)

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm – Evidence Best Practices & Rule Changes

  • Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw
  • Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo
  • Judge Todd W. Robinson
  • Judge Linda Lopez

2:20 pm – 3:10 pm  – Tips from the Magistrate Judges

  • Judge Bernard G. Skomal
  • Judge Jill L. Burkhardt
  • Judge Lupe Rodriguez, Jr.

3:25 pm – 4:15 pm – Practicing Before the New District Judges

  • Judge Robert S. Huie
  • Judge Andrew G. Schopler
  • Judge James E. Simmons, Jr.

4:15 pm – 5:05 pm – Pre-Trial and Trial Motions and Procedures

  • Judge William Q. Hayes
  • Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel
  • Judge Cynthia Bashant

5:05 pm – 5:10 pm  – Closing Remarks

5:10pm – 6:00pm – Reception

Cost:       Free

MCLE:    4.0 hours of General MCLE Credits

*Space is limited.  If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please email so we may add registrants from the waitlist.

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