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Litigating Patron Tort Claims in Tribal Court

A presentation regarding key issues related to practicing in tribal court.

About this Event held virtually by San Diego Law Library

About the Program

This program features three experts who will discuss key issues related to practicing in tribal court, including:

  • Tribal court jurisdiction and procedural requirements  
  •  Case management in tort claims   
  •  Recommendations for tribal court practice
  • Pre-litigation administration and investigation of tort claims 
  •  Tribal representation in patron tort claims

About the Speakers:

Associate Judge Gregory Thompson was appointed to the Intertribal Court of Southern California in 2015 and previously served in the highest appointed position in three urban district attorney’s offices—Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Sheriff of San Diego County and retired from that position in 2015.

Alicia Soares joined Tribal First in 2008 as a General Liability Claims Supervisor. Alicia helps supervise and coach the adjusting staff on the Self-Insured liability claims, as well as the First Dollar Package Program clams. She has vast experience in handling and recognizing Federal Tort Claims, General Liability, Auto, Liquor Liability, and Employment Practices losses. She has been utilized by several Tribal clients and attorneys to consult on Tort Ordinances, Tort appeals processes and guidelines, and litigation parameters. Alicia also attends mediations, arbitrations and appeal hearings.

Phillip C. Samouris, Partner, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, has represented San Diego County Indian tribes in a variety of matters and disputes for over 20 years and has developed a specialty in Indian sovereignty claims. His experience also includes partnership and contractual disputes, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret lawsuits, interference with business relations, investor lawsuits, fraud, and employment issues. He has successfully handled numerous jury trials and arbitrations.

MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory MCLE Credit

*Registrants will receive email instructions for joining the Zoom webinar


Date And Time

Mon, August 17, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Little Known Secrets About Handwriting Identification

A seminar using case studies to illustrate methods of handwriting authentication.

About this Event held virtually by San Diego Law Library

About the Program:

Most work performed by forensic document examiners is authentication of handwriting, and the majority of this work is authentication of signatures. The forensic document examiner uses tools such as microscopes to examine the writing in question to find small details that a simulator will not discover, then learns if the questioned writing fits within the patterns observed in the person’s known writing.

This seminar uses case studies to illustrate methods of authentication. Cases include the Zodiac Killer and the 2018 Zahau v. Shacknai case that resolved whether Rebecca Zahau was murdered or committed suicide at the Spreckels Mansion on Coronado Island.

Topics covered will include:

  • Handwriting identification techniques
  • The 21 attributes of handwriting examined by forensic document


  • When are various tools used to examine handwritten documents?
  • What are generally accepted methods of examining handwritten documents?
  • What is the basis of handwriting comparison?
  • What is the difference between simulated writing and disguised writing?


About the Speaker:

Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court, testifying in cases involving will contests, contract disputes and others.

MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory MCLE

*Registrants will receive email instructions for joining the webinar.


Date And Time

Tue, August 18, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT