How English Common Law Remains Relevant to Your Case



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September 16, 2022
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About the Program

Cal. Civil Code ß 22.2 provides: ?The common law of England, so far as it is not repugnant to or inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, or the Constitution or laws of this State, is the rule of decision in all the courts of this State.? The statute was originally enacted in 1849 and remains on our books.

The speakers will address some examples of how particularly in cases of first impression it can continue to play a decisive role in the evolution of our law.

This short lunch program features two speakers and a moderator who grew up in England and will explain why both litigators and appellate lawyers should be aware of this little used tool.

Hon. David Cowan, Supervising Judge, Civil Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham LLP
Edd Capewell, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Moderated by Michelle A. Wedderburn, Law Firm of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colma

Meet the Speakers
Michelle A. Wedderburn


Law Firm of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colma

Ms. Wedderburn represents health care providers and specializes in claim evaluations, arbitrations, and civil litigation with SAC. Prior to joining the Southern California office in 2020, Ms. Wedderburn practiced Family Law, Immigration Law and Landlord Tenant Law. She successfully completed significant mediation training with the City Attorney’s Office and is a 2018 graduate of prestigious Trial Advocacy Programs. This afforded her the opportunity to gain trial experience handling cases with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, from jury selection to verdict

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Edd Capewell


Loeb & Loeb LLP

Edward Capewell is a litigator with a broad practice including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, entertainment, and employment-related matters.

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Hon. David Cowan


Supervising Judge Civil Division Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge Cowan is Supervising Judge of the Civil Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Judge Cowan received his BA from Columbia University and JD from Univ. Calif., Hastings College of the Law. Prior to going on the bench, Judge Cowan practiced business litigation for seventeen years; initially, with Rogers & Wells, and later in his own office. In 2005, the judges elected him a Commissioner. In that capacity, he handled primarily family law cases in the Santa Monica Courthouse. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him a Judge. Until his move to Civil, Judge Cowan was assigned to the Probate Dept., where he became the Supervising Judge.

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs


Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP Partner

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. He is a litigator with an emphasis on media, entertainment and business disputes. Many of his cases have international dimensions. He co-founded Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham in 2010. He is President-Elect of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, has been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2022 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, Lawyer of the Year for Copyright in 2023 in LA by Best Lawyers, and has been honored as a media litigator by numerous international law and business organizations

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