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The Arbitration Section presents, in conjunction with the American Board of Trial Advocates
Civility Matters: Winning Inside and Outside the Courtroom

December 11, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Ethics Credit
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Untitled Document Civility Matters
Winning Inside and Outside the Courtroom While Being Civil

Join us for an interactive program on what really matters in litigation in trial.
Incivility in litigation -- civil or criminal -- rarely benefits anyone. Yet we all see it from time to time--counsel, client and even judges behaving badly. What to do? Come watch the actual film clips, see the transcript and emails, and listen to experienced litigators, a judge and mediator share practical advice for effectively dealing with incivility in civil and criminal cases.

Honorable Rick Darwin, San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Darwin was appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2017 by Governor Brown. He is currently assigned to Department 404 in the Unified Family Court. Prior to his appointment, Judge Darwin was a partner at Buchalter, where he served as the chairman of the firm's litigation practice group in San Francisco. As a lawyer Judge Darwin handled complex commercial and intellectual property disputes for clients in banking and technology, and managed high-risk litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Judge Darwin earned his law degree from Hastings in 1992, and his B.A. from UCLA in 1989.

Amee Mikacich, Hinshaw & Culbertson
Amee Mikacich advises clients in product and premises liability, labor and employment, and commercial litigation matters. She defends matters throughout California and in Oregon and Texas. Amee is involved in many prestigious legal organizations, including the ABOTA and IADC. She is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. As a member of the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers (CWL), Amee advocates for women in and out of the legal profession. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of California Women Lawyers.

Niall McCarthy, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
Niall McCarthy has extensive experience pursuing false claims cases arising out of fraud and other industries against the government and he has handled many consumer fraud class actions. Niall has repeatedly been selected as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in California by various publications, including the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal and Super Lawyers Magazine. He has received multiple California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Awards, most recently in 2019. McCarthy has been named a Top 100 attorney in California over ten times by the Daily Journal or by Super Lawyers Magazine. Niall is a graduate of the UC- Davis and Santa Clara University School of Law.


Mark LeHocky, ADR Services
Mark LeHocky was a former business litigation attorney and public company general counsel managing and resolving all varieties of civil disputes, Mark recently celebrated twenty years of neutral work. Mark's ADR practice includes business, intellectual property, employment, mass and individual torts as well as insurance coverage and malpractice claims. Mark also teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas Graduate School of Management and has repeatedly been voted a Best Lawyer in America for Mediation by Best Lawyers (c). See


BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


BASF Student MemberComplimentary
Section Member$30.00
BASF Member$40.00

Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.

Event Code: G194111

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