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Hastings Law Journal

Abstract

In August 2013, U.C. Hastings College of the Law was honored to host its first ever MCLE conference addressing “Criminal Litigation Ethics.” MCLE, of course, means “mandatory continuing legal education,” and I was pleased to organize a conference that addressed, in an academic setting, this vital topic of practical lawyering that appears in the headlines almost every day. Our unique objective was to provide two full days of hands-on training by nationally prominent criminal defense and prosecution lawyers, for litigating lawyers as well as law students, separated by setting and geography from the competition of daily practice. The conference was a huge success, not the least because of our two keynote speakers, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeffrey Adachi—both nationally renowned criminal lawyers and U.C. Hastings graduates.

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