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2008 PROGRAM
Friday PM - April 4, 2008
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
Registration and Syllabus Distribution
5:30 pm -
7:30 pm

Taking, Defending and Giving Expert Witness Testimony at Deposition

Kenneth P. Roye, Esq., Chico, CA

Garry Hubert, Esq., Hubert and Yasutake, Concord, CA

Alan J. Jang. Esq., Buresh, Kaplan, Jang & Feller, Berkeley, CA

Randy W. Gimple, Esq. of Carlson, Calladine and Peterson, San Francisco, CA

Lisa Oller, MOA Reporters,
Sacramento, CA
Saturday AM - April 5, 2008
9:00 am - 10:00 am Liability Insurance Policy Coverage Issues in Wildland Fire Litigation
James H. Wilkins , Esq., Wilkins, Drolshagen & Czeshinski, Fresno, CA
Current Trends in Wildland Fire Investigations Gary L. White, White & Associates, Bend, OR

Paul Steensland, Grants Pass, OR
10:00 am -
11:00 am
Impact of Bankruptcies Upon Fire Litigation Dave Caplan, Esq. Chapel Hill, NC and San Francisco, CA
A System Level Approach to Managing The Risk of Powerline Contacts by Trees Siegfried Guggenmoos
Ecological Soliutions, Inc., Alberta, Canada
11:00 am -
12:00 pm
Non-Delegable Duties, Peculiar Doctrine, Negligence Per Se, Res Ipsa and Tort-In-Essence Kenneth P. Roye, Esq., Chico, CA

Garry Hubert, Esq., Hubert and Yasutake, Concord, CA

Alan J. Jang. Esq., Buresh, Kaplan, Jang & Feller, Berkeley, CA


Randy W. Gimple, Esq. of Carlson, Calladine and Peterson, San Francisco, CA
ICS for Attorneys and Insurance Companies Gary L. White, White & Associates, Bend, OR

Paul Steensland, Grants Pass, OR

Danny Nichols, Fire Litigation Consulting, Oroville, CA

12:00 to 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
Preserving Your Appeal
Brendon Ishikawa, Esq., Davis, CA
Photogramatry and Aerial Photography as Evidence. Christopher Curtis, CBC Surveys,
Sacramento, CA
2:30 pm -
3:30 pm
Practical Approaches to Negotiating Damages Claims in Wildland Fire Cases Prof. Wes Higbie, Esq., University of California, Berkely - Dept. of Environmental Science Policy and Management

William G. Apger, Esq., Attorney and RPF,
Chico, CA
Dendrochronology, A Forensic Tool Thomas Harlan, Tucson, AZ
3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
Professional Responsibility Issues in Fire Litigation Michael E. Wine, Esq., W. Covina, CA

Jerome Fishkin, Esq., Fishkin Slater, LLP,
Walnut Creek, CA
Securing The Fire Scene and Preserving Evidence Jim L. Nanamkin

Doug Allen, Fire Investigator,
Running Springs, CA
Sunday - April 6, 2008
9:00 am -
10:00 am
Environmental Restoration Planning and Costs-Basis of a Damage Claim

John Harris, Landscape Economics, Hollywood, FL

10:00 am -
11:00 am

Metallurgical Failure Analysis of Powerline Equipment

Dr. Les Hendrickson, Phd., Phoenix, AZ

11:00 am

Closing Comments and Adjournment

Kenneth P. Roye, Esq., Chico, CA



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