Past CTLA Programs

CTLA/NC offers continuing legal education through monthly programs and seminars, which offer MCLE credit for CTLA/NC lawyers. Educational and social activities, including luncheons and dinners with informative programs and discussions, involve topics of importance to the Criminal Defense Bar.

For more information on future events including date, time, location and RSVP information, please click on the respective link(s) below.

*September 5, 2012

“YES on Prop 34 – Replacing the Death Penalty in California with Life without the possibility of Parole.”

June 21, 2012

“The West Memphis Three Case – Defending the Falsely Accused.”

Memphis Three Audio 1



Memphis Three Audio 2



Memphis Three Audio 3



Memphis Three Audio 4


March 24, 2012

J. Tony Serra on The Art of Cross Examination

Introduction by Harris Taback


J. Tony Serra


March 20, 2012

“A Perspective on the Criminal Justice System from a former prosecutor, defense attorney and sitting United States District Court Judge – Lessons Learned” featuring The Honorable Charles R. Breyer, United States District Court Judge.

November 29, 2011

“Effective Jury Presentation,” featuring Chief Judge James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California with special introduction by Nanci Clarence, Esq.

October 28, 2011

“Realignment” – Overview of Law and Practice, & Judicial, Defense and Prosecutorial Perspectives.

March 22, 2007

“He’s back! – New Insights and Perspectives about the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” featuring J. Tony Serra.

March 1, 2007

“A Conversation with Judge McBride regarding the Criminal Master Calendar,” featuring Honorable Judge James McBride, San Francisco Superior Court.

June 30, 2006

“Legal Issues in Addiction Medicine,” featuring Dr. David Smith, M.D.

March 30, 2006

“The Use of Force” – Dealing with the San Francisco Police Department’s Use of Force, Beyond Pitchess Motions.

February 3, 2006

“Mean Streets” – A Dialogue on Urban Crime and Gang Violence

*September 7, 2005

A Retirement Dinner for our good friends and colleagues, Douglas S. Schmidt and Steven J. Scherr.

August 24, 2004

BLAKELY and Implications for Sentencing in Federal and State courts with speakers Assistant Federal Public Defender Dan blank, on Federal practice; and Deputy Public Defender Chris Gauger, on State practice.

*April 8, 2004

Kamala Harris Event

June 26. 2003

Round Table and Speaker’s event featuring United States Attorney Kevin Ryan.

*May 29, 2003

CTLA Round Table and Speaker’s event featuring Jeff Lubarsky, “Technical Tools of Defense.”

*April 30, 2003

Speaker’s Event featuring Jeff Adachi on “Creating a United Front: the Public Defender and the Private Bar.”

*March 18, 2003

CTLA round Table and Speaker’s event featuring Kevin Ryan of the United States Attorney’s Office

*January 28. 2003

Round Table and Speaker’s event featuring Dennis J. O’Patrny of the Recorder presenting an informative program on “Dealing with and Handling the Media.”

*January 8, 2003

CTLA Holiday and Speaker’s event featuring Christie O’Connor, Emmy award winning investigative journalist, of local and national acclaim, presenting an informative and influential program on “Dealing with the Media.”

*December 3, 2002

CTLA Holiday Party and Speaker’s Event featuring James J. Brosnahan, the lead defense attorney for John Walker Lindh, including commentary on “Protecting the People: The Constitution and the War on Terror.”

August 28, 2002

CTLA Round Table.

*June 6. 2002

Annual Installation and Judges Luncheon with a round table forum including J. Tony Serra, Cristina Arguedas, Michael Stepanian, and Joseph P. Russoniello, Dean of San Francisco Law School.

June 13, 2001

Implementation of Proposition 36 in the San Francisco Superior Courts, featuring The Honorable Judge Tomar Mason and The Honorable Commissioner Newton Lam.

November 16, 2000

New Developments in Immigration, Consequences of Criminal Cases, featuring mark Van Der Hout, Esq.

*June 16, 2000

Annual Installation and Judges Luncheon featuring Justice Ming W. Chin of the California Supreme Court.

*Indicates Non-MCLE Event