In my recent blog entry, 998 Update: Avoiding the Wreckage, I mentioned that the CCP 998 decisions keep on coming. Little did I know that even more were on the way. Each new decision covers a wrinkle that could affect the outcome of a case in dramatic ways. And so as lawyers, we have to constantly update our understanding of how the statute works. It's actually not that easy -- the more one ponders the operation of the statute -- the more one sees additional potential complications. All of which can make evaluating a 998 offer a stressful process, after all, our clients are relying upon our expertise, right?
In an attempt to share some accumulated knowledge and reduce that stress, Don Willenburg of Gordon & Rees and I are taking our 998 MCLE presentation on the road. We are presenting in San Jose on April 4 in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Bar Association. You can find the details here: m360.sccba.com/event.aspx And then on May 17, we will be presenting at the Contra Costa County Bar Association in Martinez: http://www.cccba.org/attorney/calendar/event.php?id=1457
Both programs are two hours long and will cover a spate of recent 998 decisions. I hope you can join us and share some insights and war stories of your own. In the meantime, here is a list of the more recent decisions that may cause you some, well, "excitement."
Hope to see you in San Jose or later, in Martinez.