All About Writs, with the California Appellate Law Group

Friday, October 8, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, October 8, 2021, for a presentation by three distinguished specialists, Robert Roth, Charles Kagay, and Susan Horst about family law writ petitions. Writs can be confusing and mysterious and can set the stage for dramatic reversals in litigation. We are excited that the California Appellate Project is joining us to shed some light on this power pre-trial procedural option.

Robert A. Roth has over 30 years’ experience as an appellate practitioner and more than 25 published appellate opinions that bear his name, and is widely regarded as one of the leading family law appellate specialists in California. He has won twice in the California Supreme Court, and represented the successful respondent in In re Marriage of Ostler and Smith (1990) 223 Cal.App.3d 33, which established the method California courts use to calculate division of bonus income. Mr. Roth was one of the first attorneys in California certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar, and he has remained a certified appellate specialist for more than two decades. Mr. Roth frequently gives CLE presentations on appellate issues, and writes articles on matters related to appellate practice and family law. He also has extensive experience as an appellate mediator.

Charles Kagay has decades of appellate experience in both California and federal courts.  He frequently handles appeals involving complex or novel legal questions, and his cases have addressed first-impression questions of civil procedure and statutory interpretation, including issues related to antitrust law, administrative law, physician credentialing, and anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) motions.  He also handles trial court actions of an appellate nature, such as petitions for writs of administrative mandamus and bankruptcy appeals. Mr. Kagay has been certified as California appellate specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California for the past 14 years. 

Susan Horst is a specialist in writs of mandamus and prohibition in the California appellate courts. For more than 31 years, Ms. Horst served as the writ attorney for the California Court of Appeal for the First District, Division One, in San Francisco. Ms. Horst is one of the only practicing attorneys in California to have devoted virtually her entire career to appellate writs. As writ attorney in the First District, Susan evaluated thousands of pre- and post- trial writ petitions in all types of civil and criminal matters. In the process, she learned precisely what the justices on the Court of Appeal look for before taking the extraordinary step of granting writ relief — and what an opposing party needs to highlight to have the best shot at getting a petition denied. Ms. Horst’s three decades at the Court of Appeal gave her both extensive writing experience and a wide-ranging knowledge of substantive law. 

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance. Please log in on the SMCBA website to print out your MCLE certificate after the event.

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 for non-section members.

Registration: Please log in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. If you wish to pay by check, please still register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note for which event you are paying and the name of the attendee.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. Please note that you’ll need to be logged into a Zoom account to join the webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.