The pandemic gave Jeff Clause the opportunity to pick up homebrewing as a new hobby. After one year of brewing his own beer at home, Jeff entered the California State Homebrewing Competition and placed 3rd in the IPA and Double IPA categories, collecting two bronze medals. Jeff also recently guest lectured at UC Law SF on the topic of taking and defending expert depositions… Rich Schoenberger taught a two day deposition course in association with the program Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) at UC Davis King School of Law. In March he presented on voir dire techniques at a San Francisco Trial Lawyers CLE program and spoke at the annual CAOC Sonoma Travel Seminar on “Overcoming the Natural Fear of Trial”… Khaldoun Baghdadi spoke at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Annual Complex Litigation Symposium, providing an update on the Paraquat Multi-District Litigation.  Khaldoun has served as co-lead counsel via court appointment in the proceedings, which are now pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois… Joseph Nicholson published an article in the Winter 2023 issue of SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer magazine. The article analyzed potential problems with CACI’s present cash value instruction in light of the requirements of the prudent investor rule… In April, Mike Kelly was invited to present the Commencement lecture for Temple University’s Beasley School of Law Litigation Advocacy LLM class of 2023. In March, Mike presented at the annual TBI Med/Legal Brain Injury seminar in San Diego at which more than 2,000 healthcare, legal and allied professionals were in attendance. Mike’s presentation was titled  “Using Analogies and Metaphors in Opening and Closing in TBI Cases.”… Spencer Pahlke finished Season 4 of his trial advocacy podcast Unscripted Direct, one of the country’s leading law school podcasts. In May, he hosted the first-ever National Plaintiff’s Law Association Conference, which welcomed law students dedicated to plaintiff’s work from across the country… Clifton Smoot served as a coach for the UC Law SF (formerly UC Hastings) Trial Team throughout the spring semester. His team of students completed a successful run at the regional competition in February 2023, and earned their place to compete at the US’s most prestigious mock trial tournament: the National Trial Competition. Along with his co-coach, Clifton helped coach the students in preparation for the multi-day national finals competition. Clifton also continues his work as a board member and volunteer coach for The Miracle League of SF Peninsula (MLSFP), an adaptive baseball league for youth and adult players with special needs… Conor Kelly spoke at the annual CAOC Conference in Hawaii and at the CAOC Don Galine Spring Conference in Sonoma where his presentation focused on advanced cross-examination in auto cases. Earlier in the year Conor was invited to lecture at the UC Law SF course on personal injury litigation discussing pre-trial case resolution… Doris Cheng accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of San Francisco. She was also appointed to the Board of Visitors for the National Judicial College. In April she served as co-director of the NITA Midwest Drills program held in Chicago… Sara Peters published a column for the Daily Journal arguing that California should retain the 2022 law which allows plaintiffs to recover pre-death pain and suffering damages. In addition to teaching her annual course on Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School, she was also a featured speaker this year at Golden Gate University School of Law. In April she spoke on mass tort issues at UC Law SF: Mass Torts Made Perfect… Andrew McDevitt presented at the national meeting of AIEG  in Memphis on autonomous driving technology. In November he spoke at the Summit Council meeting in New Orleans on crash avoidance technology and automatic emergency braking in large trucks. Doug Saeltzer just completed his 11th year at UC Law SF (formerly UC Hastings) teaching the Practical Litigation course. In March, Doug was inducted into the International Society of Barristers at the group’s annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain. In November 2022 he was sworn in as the Second Vice President of CAOC.

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