--- ethics - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 1/9/2017
--- presented by PETER R. AFRASIABI

This CLE covers the ethics questions that arise in making disqualification motions in federal court. It addresses the governing California and ABA rules that are at issue in such challenges, as well as the judicial ethics canons.

It explores the ethics questions by looking at the most bitter San Francisco federal court disqualification battle ever, from the Harry Bridges deportation trials. It then looks at the ethics questions in making disqualification charges in the contexts of judicial relationships with parties, witnesses, attorneys, as well as when judicial race-based commentary or party-based race assertions about the judge trip ethics wires, both by judges and lawyers.

Key course points are:
• The key ethics rules that govern disqualification challenges.
• Discovery when and how you can, and cannot, bring such motions.
• Learn to identify the ethics and substantive rules that govern the assessment of disqualification.
• Learn the rules related to judicial bias based on party, witness, attorney relationships.
• See the most bitter disqualification battle in SF federal court ever and how it played out for the lawyers, client and court.

--- presented by PETER R. AFRASIABI

Variety Magazine has named Peter Afrasiabi a Top 50 Intellectual Property lawyer. From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to copyright fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley to protecting artists in copyright and trademark disputes, Peter handles federal copyright, trademark and entertainment disputes.

Recognized for his expertise, Peter has been a legal commentator on NBC and CBS, a copyright expert witness in litigation, recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (an honor less than 5% of lawyers in Southern California receive), and was selected by the University of California to author the annual intellectual property piece, Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks.

His first book "Show Trials" was an Indie National Book finalist. A regular speaker and provider of Continuing Education to lawyers around the country, Peter is also an adjunct professor of law.