Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal (2010)

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"One of the best programs I have attended in years. Very good overview of SLAPPs and practical considerations discussed."

"Outstanding!  Very, very helpful!  All speakers are excellent."  David S. White, Esq.

"Good overview of intent of the law & unintended consequences."  Elena Gerli, Esq.

"Excellent program. Outstanding speakers and content."

"Very satisfied.  I knew very little about this topic.  Case cites & practical application was helpful."

"This is exactly what I was looking for.  You were right on!"  Charles R. Barrett, Esq.

"Practical and substantive information."

Dates and Times

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Course Summary

This seminar is co-presented by Pincus Professional Education and The Recorder.

SLAPP law suits, or “Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation,” have proliferated in California over the past two decades. In fact, these suits are so popular, there is even a new litigation response, the “SLAPPBACK.” It is important to know what is involved in this type of suit and how to either file one as a plaintiff, or respond to one on behalf of your client.

This seminar is taught by a long-term career court attorney for the California Appellate Court, a superior court Judge and experienced practitioners.  The program gives you an in-depth look at both sides of the coin when dealing with a SLAPP suit.

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What You Will Learn if You Attend This Seminar

  • Understanding the background and history of the SLAPP motion
  • Exceptions to SLAPP motions
  • The two prongs of a SLAPP motion
  • What to expect at the SLAPP motion hearing and how to prepare for it
  • What happens when the motion is granted or denied
  • Appealing the SLAPP decision
  • A step-by-step guide for defendants wanting to file a SLAPP motion
  • A step-by-step guide for plaintiffs needing to respond to a SLAPP motion
  • SLAPPBACK Motions

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MCLE Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies this seminar has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 4.0 credit hours in CA.

Upon request, we will assist attorneys in asking for CLE credit in other states.

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Philip L. Goar, Esq.
Senior Judicial Attorney
California Court of Appeal
Instructor Portrait

Since 1983, Mr. Goar has been a senior judicial attorney at the California Court of Appeal.  He is certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and has been a speaker and panelist at numerous programs sponsored by the State Bar, L.A. County Bar, CEB and CJER. Mr. Goar received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California in 1967.   Mr. Goar spent thirteen years in Legal Services programs for the poor including the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach, the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Western Center for Law and Poverty where he was Director of Litigation from 1972 to 1976.


Hon. Amy D. Hogue
Los Angeles Superior Court

The governor appointed Judge Hogue to the Superior Court in May 2002.  She has presided in an I/C general jurisdiction civil assignment since January 1, 2010, and served on various court committees, including the Los Angeles Superior Court Media Committee (Chair since 2007), LASC’s Trial Jurors Committee,  California Judges Association’s Midyear Planning Committee (Chair 2009), CJER’s Court Security Education Committee (2006-09), CJA’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2004-2006, 2008), and CJA’s Education Committee (2006-2007).  

Prior to her appointment, Judge Hogue was with the firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (fka Pillsbury Madison & Sutro; Lillick & McHose).  She acted as Lead Counsel representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate business cases in state and federal courts (First Amendment, media defense, employment, intellectual property, real estate, contracts, frauds, class actions, and other commercial disputes). Clients included individuals, television networks, publishers, financial institutions, advertising agencies, manufacturers, and other business entities.  Ms. Hogue was Co-Chair of Pillsbury Winthrop's Intellectual Property Group in high-profile cases involving celebrities such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vanna White, Neil Armstrong, Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  She also acted as Mediator in 75+ business and intellectual property cases.

Judge Hogue received her J.D. from Duke University, 1979.

James Joseph Moneer, Esq.

Law Offices of James J. Moneer
Instructor Portrait

James J. Moneer, Esq. has been representing plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of anti-SLAPP cases throughout California since 1994 - a year after section 425.16 became effective. 

Mr. Moneer frequently testifies as an expert for parties making or opposing SLAPP fee motions.  Mr. Moneer has successfully testified as an expert in legal malpractice cases arising from the grant and denial of SLAPP motions in the underlying case.  He also handles civil appeals and writs. 

Mr. Moneer has been recognized as an expert on California Anti-SLAPP law in Ramona Unified School Dist. v. Tsiknas (2005) 135 Cal.App.4th 510, 523-525 and Dowling v. Zimmerman (2001) 85 Cal.App.4th 1400.  He was lead counsel in five published anti-SLAPP decisions, including one before the California Supreme Court. Soukup v. Hafif (2006) 39 Cal.4th 260.  He was amicus counsel before the High Court in numerous other SLAPP cases. 

He is a frequent lecturer on the topic, teaches anti-SLAPP law at University of San Diego School of Law, and has published numerous articles on the subject.  He is sought out by firms to provide in-house training in anti-SLAPP matters to their attorneys.

Visit Jim's WEBSITE: http://www.SLAPPLAW.com
Visit Jim's BLOG and sign up for feeds: http://slapplaw.blogspot.com

Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner & Appellate Practice Group Co-Chair
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Instructor Portrait

Mr. Shatz is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist. 

Mr. Shatz is Co-Chair of Manatt’s Appellate Practice Group. He has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal, covering areas of law including entertainment, copyright, trademark, employment, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition.

Before joining Manatt, Mr. Shatz was in the appellate department of an international law firm. He also served as law clerk to The Honorable Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and as extern to The Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a frequent lecturer and author, having been published in California Litigation, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Inside Counsel, The Daily Journal, The Recorder, For the Defense, California Defender, CEB Civil Litigator Reporter, and many other legal publications.

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What attendees have said about this seminar:


"The overall content was good and helpful."





"Good explanation of statute and application."

"Very thorough and aimed at nuts and bolts."
"Tricky subject; well qualified panel."Peter Israel, Esq.

"Excellent- on point and well presented."
"Excellent-he [speaker] would have done agreat job as the sole presenter." Andrew Gray, Esq.


"Great job everyone!"  Eva J. Lee, Esq.


"Excellent panel & materials."

"Speakers were extremely informative."

"Helpful appellate perspective."  Elena Gerli, Esq.

"Very informative & practical."  M. Wolf, Esq.

"Helpful perspective from Judge's position."


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