Alameda County
Bar Association

December ACBA Upcoming Events and Programs 

December 2, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Wendel Rosen)

Expert Witnesses 101: Best Practices for Presenting (and Opposing) Expert Testimony

Witness HiResExpert testimony can make or break your case. This program will provide varied perspectives on how to best handle expert witnesses. Covering both basics and more advanced issues, the program will focus on the following five subjects:

  1. Expert Selection: Picking the right expert (and avoiding the wrong one).
  2. Pre-Trial Disclosure and Discovery: Strategic and tactical considerations.
  3. In Limine Motions: Excluding or limiting expert testimony.
  4. Presenting Expert Testimony at Trial: Best practices for effective presentation of expert testimony and opinions.
  5. Expert Cross-Examination: Achieving maximum effect on cross-exam.

December 4, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ACBA Holiday Reception 20142014 Holiday Reception

Join the ACBA to celebrate another great year with a Champagne toast at the 2014 Holiday Reception. Enjoy a spectacular view of Oakland from the Skyline Room at the Oakland Marriott City Center and kick off the holiday season with your friends and colleagues from the legal community.

The reception is FREE to ACBA members and their guests, but we ask you to kindly RSVP by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. You can RSVP by following the registration link, by calling (510) 302-2209, or by emailing Whitney Ward at

December 12, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Barristers Dine with a Judge: Charles A. Smiley

SmileyColor - largeACBA Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Charles A. Smiley at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Department 1A on Friday, December 12, 2014. Participants will enjoy a boxed lunch and conversation in a casual and relaxed Q&A setting. Dine with a Judge events are excellent opportunities to get to know members of the bench! Judge Smiley is known for his involvement in the community and his friendly demeanor – sign up today, space is limited to 10!

December 18, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Using Meditation to Interrupt Addictive Behaviors

Please join the ACBA Labor and Employment Section along with the rest of the ACBA Sections for this workshop on content delivery and meditation practice. *The workshop qualifies for one hour of CLE credit for competence issues.

There is no doubt that lawyers experience a great deal of stress in their daily lives. The combination of unrelieved stress and unconscious craving often contributes to substance abuse and a range of addictive behaviors. The practice of meditation can help make us aware of our habitual patterns, as well as alleviate our stress and cravings.

Please visit the ACBA events calendar for even more events!