Benjamin G. Shatz

* California State Bar Certified Appellate Law Specialist
* Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
* Member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
* Ranked by Chambers USA for California Appellate Litigation
* Named in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice
* Editor-in-Chief, California Litigation journal
* Trustee At-Large, L.A. County Bar Assn.
* Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules & Internal Operating Procedures (2017–20)
* Chair, LACBA State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (2013–19)
* Chair, Cal. State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts (2010–11)
* Cal. Lawyers Assn., Litigation Section ExCom Advisor (2013—)
* Chair, LACBA Appellate Courts Committee (2009–11)
* Expert witness in appellate and anti-SLAPP fees matters

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The Traynor competition is a nationally recognized appellate moot court competition and has been in existence for over 50 years. Only judges and legal specialists are eligible to serve as oral argument judges at the annual event.  The 2021 Traynor competition took place this past weekend, with ten teams (Davis, Empire, Golden Gate, Hastings, Loyola, McGeorge, Trinity, Berkeley, Univ. West LA, etc.). The program (listing the judges and other info) is here. Judges included…
  The following are currently sitting on assignment in the 2d District: Judge Rita Coyne Federman of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division One until June 30, 2021 Judge Upinder S. Kalra of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division Three until June 30, 2021 Judge Melissa R. McCormick of the Orange County Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Seven until June 30, 2021…
FRAP 3 is the notice of appeal rule for federal court. In particular FRAP 3(c) covers the “contents of the notice of appeal.” A proposal to add some subsections (4, 5, 6) into the rule to clarify what must be included in a notice of appeal is here. As explained in Bloomberg Law’s Latest Federal Rule Changes Seek to Streamline Notice of Appeal,  “some courts had interpreted Rule 3 to limit the appeal only…
LACBA Appellate Courts Section’s next webinar program is  “F*@# the Draft!:” 50th Anniversary of Cohen v. California at noon to 1:30 on June 7 Program Description: On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1971 First Amendment decision in Cohen v. California – the famous “F*@# the Draft” case that originated in LA Municipal Court and was argued in the Court of Appeal and U.S. Supreme Court by renowned UCLA law professor Melville…
A forthcoming law review article of note: Varsava, Nina, Professional Irresponsibility and Judicial Opinions (April 13, 2021). Houston Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3825848  In the U.S., the style of judicial opinions is subject to little formal constraint, and judges exercise sweeping, and sometimes shocking, rhetorical discretion in their opinion writing. Some judges write conversationally and in a jocular tone, others formally and solemnly. Some regularly include legally irrelevant details about litigants, with…
  Today’s DJ has High court moves cases from 6th District Court of Appeal, not for the 3rd, reporting that: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye approved the transfer of 24 cases from the 6th District Court of Appeal to the 4th District, Division 3 on Monday. She transferred six cases between the same two courts in March. In February, she transferred five cases from the 6th to the 4th District, Division 1. The 35 total…
Today’s DJ profiles 1/5’s Justice Needham in A Great Dissenter: Justice Henry E. Needham is often vindicated by the state Supreme Court. Needham, who declined to be interviewed for this article, was born in Mississippi but grew up in Berkeley. In 1965, he graduated from Fisk University, a historically Black university in Nashville. He graduated from San Francisco Law School in 1979 after working as a life insurance salesman in Oakland. Needham next worked as…
Law360 has Ex-9th Circ. Judge Escapes Atty’s Suit Over Porn Complaints and The States Where Biden Can Name A Generation Of Judges (“Biden can select nearly a third of California’s federal bench, with 18 of 61 seats currently or soon to be empty.”) CLA’s Litigation Update: The April 2021 issue of Litigation Update is now online, keeping you up to date on current case law 2021 Litigation & Appellate Summit Friday, May 14 @ 8:45…