ABTL - Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Northern California

Incredible innovations in case management have developed over the last forty years. Changes in summary judgment, court-annexed ADR, scientific evidence, pre-discovery disclosures, and multi-district litigation forever changed the way that complex litigation is resolved. Judge William W. Schwarzer, one of the most accomplished and influential jurists to serve on the Northern District and a former Director of the Federal Judicial Center, helped lead this change and shape modern federal civil procedure. Our highly respected and expert panelists will discuss the development of complex litigation and case management, reflect on what has worked, and offer their view on the areas where we need to continue to innovate.



Elizabeth Cabraser

Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Hon. Fern M. Smith (Ret.)

Former judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Past Director, Federal Judicial Center

James M. Wagstaffe

Partner, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP



Thomas B. Mayhew

Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP and past clerk to the Hon. William W. Schwarzer


Note: The Northern District Historical Society is hosting a tribute to Judge William Schwarzer preceding our program, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 4:30 pm, 19th Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.  For more information, or to register for the Historical Society event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-judge-william-w-schwarzer-tickets-36416995213.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


6:00 p.m. — Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m. — Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. — CLE Program


The Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Veranda Ballroom (5th Floor)

The main entrance of the Hotel is located at 217 Stevenson Street, which is accessed from Third Street. The hotel is near the Powell Street BART Station.

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$115 — ABTL Members
$130 — Non-Members
$80 — Public Sector Attorneys
$1150 — Member Table of 10
$1300 — Non-Member Table of 10
Complimentary — Sitting Judges

* Add $20 per person for registration after 9/6/17.


1 Hour MCLE Credit

The ABTL certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


Contact Michele Sliva at abtl-ncal@comcast.net or (925) 447-7900.