LLS | Events | The Economics of Civil Justice Symposium

Access to Justice

Friday, September 29, 2006

Girardi Advocacy Center (Robinson Courtroom) - Loyola Law School

8:30am - 4:30pm

Symposim topics include:

9:10-10:40am- Panel I -Key Themes in the Relation between Law, Literature and Film                 Moderator/Commentator-Prof. Tom Goldstein, Berkeley School of Journalism

         Anthony Chase, Nova Southeastern University

         Yxta Murray, Loyola Law School

         Michael Asimow, University of California Los Angeles School of Law

10:40am-11:00am -BREAK

11:00am-12:30pm --Panel II-How Popular Culture Shapes Images of Lawyers       

         Moderator/Commentator-Chris Hawthorne, Loyola Law School

Richard Sherwin, New York Law School

Valerie Hans, Cornell Law School

12:30-1:45pm --Luncheon -Student Lounge

Short Film-What Children "Know" about Law and Lawyers
Produced by Civil Justice Program, Loyola Law School
Molly Murphy-Director

1:45pm - 3:30pm -Panel III-What Does Popular Culture Miss?

Moderator/Commentator-John T. Nockleby, Loyola Law School

Regina Austin, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Susan Bandes, DePaul University College of Law

James Elkins, West Virginia University College of Law

Commentator - Lawrence Friedman, Stanford University School of Law

3:30pm -RECEPTION -Patio area of Robinson Courtroom


Mock Trial

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Girardi Advocacy Center (Robinson Courtroom) - Loyola Law School

Private Investigators have been criminally charged with invading their target's privacy.  Meanwhile, the lawyers who hired the PI have now been sued by the targets.  The plaintiffs claim the lawyers should have supervised the PI more carefully.  What will happen if and when you hire a PI?  Are you civilly liable for the PI's acts if the PI steps over the line in conducting an investigation? 

This Mock Trial will explore these questions.  What lessons can lawyers learn from this mock trial?


Jack Daniels, Daniels Fine Israel Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP

John "Jack" Daniels , born in New York City , received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1963. He was the editor of Defense Dialogue, a Monthly Publication of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Daniels co-author Revised Legal Aspects of Diving Instruction and Diary for Federal Civil Litigation in the Wake of the 1993 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and authored Closing Argument: Using the Special Verdict Form for Equitable Distribution of Fault. He is a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitration Panel, the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associates, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federal Insurance and Corporate Counsel. Daniels chaired the Trial Tactics and Procedures Committee of the State Bar of California and was the president of LA ABOTA and the California American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also course director of the Jack Daniels LA ABOTA Trial Academy. Scuba diving and golf are two of Daniels' passions. He and his wife Susan raise puppies for the blind through Guide Dogs of America.


Hon. Rita (Sunny) Miller, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Sunny Miller graduated first in her class from Loyola Law School in 1979, s umma cum laude . She was Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review and received various awards for academic achievement. She joined the downtown Los Angeles firm of Munger Tolles & Olson upon graduation and was made a partner after 5 years. There she specialized in complex civil litigation. Judge Miller was appointed to the bench in 2000. She currently is assigned to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles , where she handles general jurisdiction civil matters. She is an editor of the Los Angeles Superior Court magazine Gavel to Gavel. She serves on the Bench & Bar and Trial Jurors Committees of the Court and her course materials on the appropriate treatment of trial jurors appear on the Court's Digital Library website. Her past pro bono and community activities include service as Special Counsel to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors assisting the Board in investigating the Sheriff's Department, service as a Hearing Examiner for the Los Angeles Police Commission, service on the Board of Family Assistance Involving The Homeless, service as the Secretary of the Human Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n, service on the Loyola Law School Board of Governors, and as a member of the Board of the Cowboy Lawyers Ass'n.


Michael Alder, Law Offices of C. Michael Alder, PC

Michael Alder specializes in trial work of all types of plaintiff's cases, and was selected as the 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, after being nominated for the award in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Alder is the youngest winner of the award in the history of the organization. Mr. Alder was also nominated as 2004 California Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He received the Presidential Award of Merit from CAOC in 2003. Mr. Alder grew up in Louisiana , attending Louisiana State University and graduating from LSU Law School in 1993. After clerking for The Hon. Lenore Prather, Presiding Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, he began his career at the Los Angeles offices of the late David M. Harney, a legendary California trial lawyer. He then moved on to work for another legendary trial lawyer, Michael Piuze, where he tried several cases a year before opening his own firm four years ago. Mr. Alder is currently a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). He co-chairs the Legislative Grass Roots Committee of CAALA, and is a frequent speaker at CAALA's annual Las Vegas convention on topics ranging from jury selection to the use of technology in the courtroom. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2004 and has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2005. Finally, Mr. Alder was recently selected as one of the Daily Journal's Top 20 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 for California .


David O'Keefe, Bonne Bridges Mueller O'Keefe & Nichols

DavidO'Keefe is the President and senior member of Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O'Keefe and Nichols. He attended Loyola University , graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in May 1961. Thereafter, Mr. O'Keefe attended the University of California , Los Angeles , School of Law , graduating in May 1964 with a Juris Doctor. Mr. O'Keefe became a member of the State Bar of California in December 1965. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, for the Central District of California. Mr. O'Keefe has been lead trial counsel in over 250 jury trials and arbitrations. His primary area of interest is professional liability litigation, including the defense of physicians, healthcare entities, and attorneys. Throughout his career, Mr. O'Keefe has been called upon to speak at conferences and to make presentations regarding professional liability and managed care issues. Additionally, Mr. O'Keefe also litigates in various other fields, including elder abuse, catastrophic personal injury, products liability, entertainment and land use/riparian water rights. As a litigator, Mr. O'Keefe has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Additionally, Mr. O' Keefe served as a past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles Chapter. He is also a long-time member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Steve Goldberg, Goldberg & Gille

Steven Paul Goldberg is a partner in the Law Offices of Goldberg & Gille. Mr. Goldberg's practice consists of civil tort litigation including personal injury, product liability, wrongful death, professional malpractice, bad-faith insurance cases, and business torts. It is a plaintiffs' practice. A member of the California Bar since 1982, Mr. Goldberg has testified as an Expert in legal malpractice matters and has for the last twelve years served as an arbitrator, settlement officer and mediator in the Superior and Municipal Courts. He is presently a member of the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, Civil Justice Program, Loyola Law School . Mr. Goldberg has been a Professor since 1984 at the University of West Los Angeles , School of Paralegal Studies where he has taught Pleadings, Evidence, Discovery and Law and Motion. He has lectured to the Los Angeles Paralegal Association and has been a lecturer on behalf of the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), as well as CAALA. Mr. Goldberg serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center at the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and is also a Founding Member of the Advisory Board of the LPGA/Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Urban Youth Golf Program. Mr. Goldberg was the recipient of the 2004 UCLA and University of California Villaraigosa Science Award . He is the recipient of the CAALA 2003, 2004, and 2005 Presidential Awards. In 2000 Mr. Goldberg consulted for Warner Brothers Studio's television show "ER".

Christa Haggai, Law Offices of Christa Haggai
Christa Haggai is a sole practitioner in West Los Angeles . She has been practicing law since 2000 and has exclusively represented injured plaintiffs during her career. A considerable amount of her practice is also devoted to working for various small firms on a contract basis. Ms. Haggai is on the CAALA Board of Governors. She is also a member of CAOC, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms Haggai graduated from Southwestern University School of Law.

Michael Schonbuch, Daniels Fine Israel Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP
Michael N. Schonbuch received his JD from Boston University .   While an undergraduate at State University of New York at Albany, he was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and was appointed as a senatorial intern for United States Senator Alfonse D'Amato from 1986-1987. Schonbuch joined Daniels, Fine, Israel & Schonbuch, LLP as a law clerk in 1989 and became a partner of the firm on January 1, 1998 . His practice focuses upon resolution of cases via jury trial. He specializes in civil defense litigation. Fifteen percent - twenty percent of his practice stems from substituting into actions previously handled by other defense counsel for purposes of seeing a matter through jury trial. The majority of his currently pending matters involve premises liability defense including but not limited to alleged claims of inadequate security and lighting, unsafe premises, dangerous premises conditions, third party criminal conduct, assault and battery and intentional torts all resulting in a wide range of alleged catastrophic injuries. Schonbuch also handles matters involving wrongful termination, products liability, sexual harassment and discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. Schonbuch represents local shopping centers, strip malls, educational institutions, bars, clubs, taverns, commercial and residential apartment complexes, parking facilities and many businesses throughout Southern California .