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The State Bar of California is gearing up to add more hours to the CLE requirement. The reaction from lawyers everywhere is predictable: “No-o-o-o-o!” But think about it, counsel: Would two more hours a year of continuing legal education be that bad if CLE providers could come up with seminars relevant to your day-to-day practice? No, this is not a plug for The Recorder‘s unique roundtable CLE programs (though, if pressed, I would have to admit they’re the best damn value for your CLE dollar). Instead, here are a few suggestions for courses that could actually make CLE worthwhile. � The Conflicts Trade: Shaming Wealthy Judges Into Recusal. With the rise in online stock trading, more and more judges are managing personal investment portfolios these days. Learn the tricks journalists use to discover conflicts of interest judges have with parties before the court. Worksheets provided to project the number of years before your court figures out its new computerized conflicts checking system. One hour. � North by Southwest: Finding Your Way to the California Supreme Court. It’s not easy finding the supreme court, what with it convening in a different city nearly every month. In this course Newport Beach attorney Federico Sayre offers helpful hints to other directionally challenged litigators. Tip No. 1: Be sure to check the court calendar before buying those plane tickets. One hour. � Employment: The New Insurance Defense. For employment lawyers only. Employment law is coming increasingly under the control of large insurance carriers. In this course insurance defense lawyers recommend effective strategies for coping with the inevitable commoditization of employment law. Five minutes. � Loopholes in Pay Parity Law: Can We Move Everyone to Stockton? Presented by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, this class examines a legislative proposal that state lawyers be paid comparably to other public attorneys in their regions. � Acquitting Yourself With Grace: How to Accept Actually Losing a Trial. For DAs only. Do you find yourself charging defense witnesses with perjury, whining to the media about evidentiary rulings, pounding the floor from a prone position during the reading of the verdict? This course will help you accept that a record of 99-1 isn’t really such a bad thing. � Winning Through Hallucination: How to Survive Repeated Losses Before a Republican Bench. For PDs only. This course will help public defenders disguise their shock when a motion is actually granted. � So You Want to Be a Judge Maker? If it seems as if all your friends and colleagues are serving on semi-official committees to recommend judicial appointments, this course is for you. Learn about an exciting new field from Bay Area trial lawyer Joseph Cotchett and Gerald Parsky, manager of Bush’s California presidential campaign. With forms provided for campaign contributions to the governor and president. � On the Outs: Getting Back in the Good Graces of Your Old Law Firm After Foolishly Leaving it for Some Pie-in-the-Sky Startup. Among the strategies discussed: volunteering free bike messenger services, being on call to park the managing partner’s Lexus, serving as the consultant who informs current lawyers and staff members they’re being laid off. � Soaring Swine: How to Get CLE Credit for Reading Silly Editorials. MCLE approval pending. Course set to be offered when pigs fly. Scott Graham is the editor ofThe Recorder.

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