Oral Advocacy Is Your Last Chance To Win: Learn How To Make the Most of It From People Who Know



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Oral Advocacy Is Your Last Chance To Win: Learn How To Make the Most of It From People Who Know
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March 11, 2024
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About the Program
Meet the Speakers
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Judge Michelle C. Kim



The Hon. Michelle C. Kim is an appointed judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Previously, Judge Kim was a Los Angeles County Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender for 15 years, during which she handled a wide range of criminal cases, jury trials, and supervised attorneys.

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Judge Lawrence Riff



Judge Lawrence P. Riff, Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Riff was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2015. His assignments have included criminal misdemeanors, civil trials, and family law “home court” and long cause trial departments. Before judicial service, Judge Riff was a partner of the international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP where he served as the firm’s Managing Partner for its Los Angeles office for 17 years and Practice Group Leader for the firm’s U.S. Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Practice Group.

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Hon. Halim Dhanidina (Ret.)


Mediator, Arbitrator, & Appellate Consultant Signature Resolution

The Honorable Halim Dhanidina (Ret.) brings more than 25 years of legal experience to Signature Resolution. With his background as a lawyer, Superior Court judge, and Court of Appeal justice, he offers impartiality and perceptiveness as a neutral party.  ​

Justice Dhanidina is no stranger to challenges and credits his success to his unique career overseeing different facets of the trial process. His experience as a lawyer, coupled with his nine years in the California Second District Court of Appeal and Los Angeles County Superior Court, has broadened his perspective of the legal system and deepened his understanding of each role’s distinct challenges.  

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Rachael C. Kogen
Rachael C. Kogen


Fraser, Watson & Croutch, LLP

Rachael Kogen began her litigation career in New York in 1994 defending hospitals and doctors. She worked as a senior associate at the country’s largest professional liability law firm, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker focusing on defending medical professionals.

After practicing for almost ten years in New York, she relocated to California in 2004 and passed the California Bar Exam. She continued her career in Southern California at the Cooperative of American Physicians’ in-house law firm, Schmid & Voiles, defending doctors in all areas of medical negligence.

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