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The employment landscape has changed drastically over the past year, with social media campaigns and even law student run groups affecting real change in the legal industry. Now, California employment lawyers might want to spend some time getting some relevant training to make sure they know what to do when a client shows up with a #MeToo case.

On either the plaintiff or defense side, in these divisive times, getting the right training to handle these matters can make the difference between winning your client's case and tanking the client's already tarnished reputation. Fortunately, the California Judges Association and The Rutter Group are offering an updated annual training, CJA/TRG Employment Litigation 2019: Facing Workplace Realities in Divisive Times, in just a few short weeks. (Disclaimer: The Rutter Group is a sister company to FindLaw.)

Navigating normal litigation when insurance adjusters are involved can be complicated, but most attorneys don't struggle too much with making adjusters fall in line ... or suffer.

But when it comes to bad faith insurance litigation, that's a whole different matter, and a whole different area of law, for that matter. Not only are the claims complex, but issues surrounding assignments of rights, or even coverages, can quickly expose those litigators who have no business pressing forward with a bad faith insurance case. Fortunately, The Rutter Group has an upcoming seminar that will benefit both novice and experienced litigators looking to bring or defend bad faith insurance cases. (Disclaimer: The Rutter Group is a sister company to FindLaw.)

California lawyers, are you ready for the new rules of professional conduct going into effect November 1, 2018? The comprehensive overhaul of the rules will undoubtedly have an impact on lawyers throughout the state, and if you're not prepared, it could spell disaster.

Fortunately, The Rutter Group, the company behind the best California legal research guides on the market, is putting on an evening seminar in the coming weeks in San Francisco and Los Angeles: Mastering California's New Rules of Professional Conduct: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know to be in Compliance. At the seminar, you'll learn about the most important changes to the rules, and what you need to do to stay in compliance, apart from just getting re-fingerprinted. (Disclaimer: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

While cases are won and lost at trial, a majority of cases won't get there. Why? It's not because they all settle magically.

It's not magic, it's pretrial litigation that clears court dockets and metes out the losers and settlers. And if you don't have the basics of pretrial litigation mastered, you can expect to end up getting the short end of the stick when settling (that is if you're lucky and don't get dunked on).

Luckily, for California litigators, The Rutter Group is presenting a two-day, twelve-MCLE-credit, Basic Training for Litigators: Civil Procedure Before Trial 2018 in both San Francisco and Los Angeles next month. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

There are two types of trial lawyers. Good ones and others.

And just because an attorney may not make any technical errors during a trial, that doesn't mean they're good, or even that they know what they're doing. Trial is about so much more, and only so much trial and error is going to be helpful in making a trial lawyer good at their job.

Plain and simple, if you want to be a good trial lawyer, you need training, and you need to keep up on your training.

When it comes to winning at trial, attorneys should never underestimate the power of a strong opening statement and an even stronger closing argument. The right opening can set the tone for the entire trial and a solid closing can tie your whole case together in neat little knot. Bad openings and closing can sink your case from the get-go.

From setting up the jury's expectations to explaining what in the world just happened over the past several days, these are two of the most critical components of any trial. Notably, these are also two of the three times an attorney is actually supposed to address a jury directly (the third being voir dire), so you better make 'em good.

Fortunately, The Rutter Group has an upcoming CLE seminar to help both new and experienced practitioners alike, aptly titled: Good Morning/Thank You Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: A Guide to Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. (Disclaimer: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

Civil litigators know that asking a question during a trial that you don't know the answer to is a big risk, even when it's your own witness.

A civil trial is not the time to be exploring new testimony. Discovery's done. Trial is about presenting the evidence you discovered via interrogatories, document requests, and of course, during depositions.

California lawyers, have you been California dreaming of learning to actually use technology in the courtroom? Have you been too timid to Tweet on behalf of your law firm? Do you get an eerie feeling whenever eDiscovery gets mentioned? If so, stop fearing tech, and take the time to learn about how it can actually help you in your practice.

If you can make it Los Angeles on February 10, then you can get schooled on some of the best practices for using technology in your legal practice. The Rutter Group, in coordination with the California Judges Association, will be presenting an all-star faculty for an all-day CLE covering a broad range of tech related issues: The New and Future Reality: How Technology is Affecting Litigation. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

Like you, the law is always changing. Sure, some things may stay the same. But every year, without fail, rules are tweaked, new precedent is set, and what you thought you knew no longer applies. Luckily for California lawyers, The Rutter Group has a spate of seminars coming up to help get you up to speed with the recent developments.

The Rutter Group's 2018 Update Programs: Family Law, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation will provide instruction on what has changed in these areas of law over the past year, and what changes are right around the corner. Each subject is a separate seminar providing specific instruction for California practitioners, along with 3 MCLE credits each (including 0.5 credits toward the ethics requirement). (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

When it comes time to make sure you've got all your MCLE credits, realizing you forgot to satisfy your Elimination of Bias requirement can be frustrating. This one can be especially frustrating because the courses offered online can often be horribly outdated, not to mention overpriced, and pretty much worthless.

Fortunately, The Rutter Group has a worthwhile, in person, 1 hour course that actually focuses on current issues surrounding the elimination of bias in the legal profession. The program, Bias in the 21st Century: Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, will teach you about the current issues surrounding "majority privilege," "white privilege," and "male privilege." (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)