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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From How Appealing: Access online the Winter 2021 edition of Appellate Issues, a publication of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers: Via this link. Usually, this issue focuses on the previous November’s Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit, but this year out of necessity it mostly focuses on the new normal. Access online the new issue of The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process: You can access the table of contents via this link and you…
  One vocal critic of this blog objects to the posting of legal-themed license plates as “silly.” Well, SCAN posts what SCAN wants to post, silly or not, including this recent pic of a car parked near the beach in La Jolla. And it’s relevant, sort of, to this case here about appealing from sanctions orders. The set up reads like something from the appellate specialization exam. But specialists should have no trouble untangling the…
There has been much chatter about Justices Liu and Kruger being appointed to other positions. Today’s DJ, for instance has ‘Attorney General Goodwin Liu,’ urging Gov. Newsom to make such an appointment. Similarly, there’s been talk about appointments to the 9th Cir., SCOTUS, or the SG’s office. The best place to follow this conversation is At The Lectern, which today reports that Justice Kruger reportedly has declined Solicitor General job twice. Law360 has Trump’s
The DJ’s special insert today is Top Lawyers of the Decade, on the Chief is on the list, of course(!), in Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye: The solid core who has held together California’s judicial branch, which begins: “Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s first decade as Chief Justice of California was plagued by chronic budget shortfalls, a record number of wildfires, and a pandemic. Five of the court’s seven justices retired. These events were bookended by a…
Assume a case is dismissed for plaintiff’s failure to serve defendants and prosecute the case. Plaintiff then appeals the dismissal order. Can defendants who were never served filed a respondent’s brief as “specially appearing respondents”?  An argument for such standing is that respondents have a right to defend their interests on appeal because reversal would prejudice them. But the Court of Appeal here (in fn.1) says no dice: A “respondent” is an adverse party (Cal.…
  The Judicial Appointment Process:What You Need to KnowFebruary 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.Free event! No MCLE.REGISTER HERE   Diversifying the profession and our bench is critical for all Californians. Hear from the Governor’s new Judicial Appointments Secretary, the Deputy Judicial Appointments Secretary, the Chair of the Judicial Nomination Evaluation Committee, the two sitting judges about the judicial appointments process and how to plan your path to the bench.   Immediately following the event, a…