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9th Circuit Boot Camp (6th Annual): A Beginning and Intermediate Litigation Skills Seminar (CA) (2012)

9th Circuit Staff Attorneys Teach the Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice

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"Outstanding content and presentation. Faculty were knowledgeable. If they did not know a specific answer, they had it after the break."

 "Great seminar! Liked topics, structure, group exercises, depth/breadth of material, energy and style of speakers, [speaker] emailing 9th to ask questions raised by participants."

"Good overview."

"Fantastic program. Great informative speakers. Handouts useful."

"This is an outstanding seminar." John Addam, Esq.

"Was interesting & informative. Time well spent."

"Both presenters were knowledgeable well prepared, articulate and informative."

"Excellent presentation. Very helpful content & exercises were good."

"I was looking to augment my law school course work and the feedback from previous participants convinced me this was what I was looking for."  Jane Mariani, Esq.

"Paul's insight into the practical workings of the court was invaluable."  Ryan McBride, Esq.

"Very energetic and engaging."  Andrea Darrow Smith, Esq.

"Helpful insider comments and insights."  Cacilia Kim, Esq.

"Excellent.  Paul deserves the accolades he's received at Hastings.  Good use of exercises."  Tom Freeman, Esq.

"Very well organized with good exercises, too."

"Excellent!  Enthusiasm appreciated."

"Very good coverage of salient topics."

"Great speakers!"

"Excellent & effective."

"Paul is great, personable, clear spoken."  Debra Bookout, Esq.

"Excellent speakers!"

"Great to hear from a law clerk." 

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Course Summary


Pincus Professional Education proudly presents our 6th Annual 9th Circuit Boot Camp.

Learn the do’s and don’ts from staff attorneys who have seen it all, including a 9th Circuit supervising staff attorney with more than 25 years at the court.  You will not find a seminar like this one on the 9th Circuit anywhere.  It is top-notch, the speakers invest serious time preparing and they teach you what you need to know.  

We put this seminar on every year based on the evaluations. You can expect a small class size and lots of interaction with the faculty.

This is an excellent primer, and we are focused on providing you with advice, tips and a perspective from the court that you just can’t get anywhere else, including your own in-house trainings.

This seminar will provide concrete and practical advice at every stage of the appellate process from the filing of the notice of appeal to the issuance of the mandate. We will also include several practice exercises to give you the opportunity to apply the skills you will develop.

Our speakers will provide valuable insight into what is expected of you and what you can expect from the court, including a list of useful tips and common pitfalls to avoid.


Hotel Reservations: Enjoy the PINCUS preferred rate of $149.00 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  Call reservations at 800-421-8777 or 213-625-2211 and ask for rate code "PINCUS Catering Rate".

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What You Will Learn if You Attend This Seminar

  • An Overview of the Federal Appellate Process
  • Working with the Motions Unit
  • Briefing Your Appeal Effectively
  • Preparing the Excerpts of Record
  • Developing Your Oral Argument
  • Drafting Petitions for Panel Rehearing and Petitions for Rehearing En Banc
  • Using the Court's Electronic Filing System
  • Communicating with the Court:  Whom to Contact When You Need Help

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Individual: $415 per person
$395 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate:
Law Students:
$235 (current students only)
Audio Course Material Package:
$415 per package 

* Legal Aid/Non-Profit attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/Non-Profit firms.  It does not include attorneys employed by law firms that volunteer their time for non-profit causes. Partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration.  Please call (530) 877-8700 to discuss or email your request to

Additional discounts for law firms and public agencies sending three or more attorneys are available.

Annual subscriptions for law firms are also available. Call Sonya at the number below for more information. 

Register now by calling (530) 877-8700 or by clicking the register now button above.

  PDF Order Form

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CLE Specialization Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies that this seminar has been approved for 6.0 hours of Appellate Specialization Certification credit in California.

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MCLE Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies this seminar has been approved for 6.0 hours of MCLE credit in California.

Pincus Professional Education certifies this seminar has been approved for 6.0 hours of MCLE credit in Washington.

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

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Paul Keller, Esq.
Supervising Attorney
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Paul Keller is a Supervising Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he has served for more than twenty years.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches Legal Writing & Research, Moot Court, and Appellate Advocacy.  Previously, Mr. Keller served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit during his term as Chief Judge.  Mr. Keller received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986.

Monica Fernandez, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Monica Fernandez was hired under the Attorney General's Honor Program to serve as the law clerk for the Immigration Court in San Francisco in 1993.

In 1995, Monica began working as a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.  She served in both the civil research and motions units. 

In 2001, Monica left the Ninth Circuit to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California in San Francisco.  She worked on immigration cases in the Civil Division and later transferred to the Criminal Division where she worked on cases involving terrorism and violent crimes. 

In 2006, Monica resigned from the U.S. Attorney's Office and returned to the Ninth Circuit, where she trained eight new staff attorneys on immigration law and how to process immigration cases in the Court of Appeals.  In July of 2007, Monica transferred to the Pro Se unit in the Staff Attorney's Office.  The pro se unit is responsible for resolving jurisdictional issues in pro se appeals as well as managing the court's pro bono program.  Monica received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1993.

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What attendees have said about this seminar:

[Speaker] "Great! Very helpful presentation."

[Speaker] "Excellent! Dynamic, funny, engagin & extremely helpful."

[Speaker] "Knowledgeable; well prepared."

"Singlehandedly the most instructive, timely and practical MCLE seminar I can remember attending!"  Eric Vanderpool, Esq.

"I feel light years ahead understanding how to professionally and ably advocate in the 9th Circuit."  Jane Mariani, Esq.

"Excellent insightful glimpse into the process of how the court works, how the judges think, and how to improve counsel's performance."  Lana Rich, Esq.

"Good tips & common sense approaches.  I especially appreciated discussions on the internal workings of the court/procedures."  Ryan McBride, Esq.

"Excellent!"  Lori Teicher, Esq.

"Thank you - speakers provided a wonderfully insightful overview of the appellate process and the very human element of litigation.  Excellent course!"  Jeanhee Hong, Esq.

"This seminar was very helpful in identifying the do's and don'ts of 9th Circuit practice.  The subtle nuances were explained well by the panel."  Paul Carelli, Esq.

"I expected it to be very basic, but gained some great insights into the reality of the 9th Circuit!"

“I wanted to let you know I found the Boot Camp presentation totally worthwhile.  In these lean times of budget constraints my employer did not have the funds to cover the cost of the class so it came out of my own pocket.  Nevertheless, I am glad I went and plan on taking more courses in the Fall.  Thanks again for putting on a great program - wonderful instructors!!” 

"Well organized, informative and directly relevant to my practice." Tom Barham, Esq.

“Very well done… the appeal process was thoroughly discussed by very competent speakers.” Brad Rose, Esq.

"This was a wonderful balance of clerks with a practitioner moderator." Tara Borelli, Esq.

"Really great program. One of the best I've attended." Kimberly Smith, Esq.

"First rate speakers!" Sheila O'Sullivan, Esq.

“Excellent primer on writing briefs.” Robert Dupont, Esq.

"Practical and concise information. Very helpful!"

"Very good seminar.  Lots of great information and well-worth attending." 

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Terms & Policies

Seminar, Webinar, Webcast Registration and Attendance Terms & Policies

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.

Return/Refund Policy for Downloads/Tapes/CDs/DVDs:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

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