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6th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp: A Motion and Trial Practice Skills Program

Pincus Professional Education

Judges, staff attorneys and expert litigators such as Keker & Van Nest Partner Steven Ragland will teach attorneys about motion and trial practice in the California Superior Court. This nuts and bolts program is designed for attorneys at the beginning of their careers. Attendees will:

  • learn important procedural issues that commonly trip up attorneys
  • improve their motion practice and brief writing
  • gain tips on how to prepare for, and give, a great oral argument
  • walk away with a better understanding of pre-and post-trial procedural issues
  • learn how to prepare for trial
  • have concrete ideas on how to give a more powerful opening statement
  • learn about case management statements and the effective use (or not) of motions in limine
  • get excellent tips about effective voir dire, the jury instruction process and jury verdict pitfalls


To register for this program, please visit this link.

About Steven Ragland

Steven Ragland has extensive experience in a broad range of criminal defense and complex civil litigation matters. Mr. Ragland has represented individuals and companies facing criminal allegations ranging from securities, mail, and wire fraud to drug and terrorism offenses. In the civil realm, he has successfully represented clients in breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, legal malpractice, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, contract interference, unfair business practice, and civil rights matters.

Mr. Ragland has litigated criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts throughout California, as well as Arizona, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. His significant appellate experience includes cases in the California Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of California, the Ninth and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Ragland has also represented individuals and companies before investigative agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, State Attorney General, United States Attorney’s Offices, and District Attorney enforcement units.