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general/Legal Malpractice

<em>Knock knock!</em> State Bar special master at your door

Mar. 3, 2017

Since 1979, a select group of hand-picked individuals from the State Bar's Special Master's List have been responsible for carrying out search and seizures of evidence in possession of or under the control of attorneys, physicians, psychotherapists and clergy members. By Jonathan Goldstein

general/Discovery

Interrogatories and demands to produce

Feb. 27, 2017

Earn MCLE learning about interrogatories and demands to produce documents. By Patricia M. Lucas and Gary Nadler


general/Civil Procedure

Max out joint defense agreements

Feb. 24, 2017

In the past, litigation typically involved only one plaintiff and one defendant. Modern litigation, however, tends to be far more complex, involving multiple parties, parent corporations, affiliated entities, insurers and sometimes "angel" funders.

general/Evidence

Experts and hearsay rules: cross versus direct

Feb. 17, 2017

Review the basics involving hearsay and experts. The key points: (1) The rules are different on direct vs. cross; and (2) the rules on direct have changed in a big way. By Lawrence Riff


general/Consumer Law

Tread carefully as a debt collection attorney

Feb. 10, 2017

Circuits are split on whether debt collection attorneys can be subject to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act liability when engaging in procedural filings or communicating with a debtor's counsel.

general/Civil Practice

Limits on garnishment of low income debtors

Feb. 3, 2017

It is important for attorneys and unrepresented litigants in judgment enforcement proceedings to know the facts and their rights and to provide the court hearing a claim of exemption with complete information. By Thomas D. Long


general/Criminal Law

<em>Brady</em> disclosures

Jan. 30, 2017

Learn about the prosecution's duty under Brady, limitations on the duty, what constitutes favorable and material evidence, and how the Brady duty intersects with the right to discovery under Pitchess. By Elia Pirozzi

general/Appellate Practice

New Year's resolution: filing appeals on time

Jan. 27, 2017

The starting point is Rule 8.104 of the California Rules of Court. Unless a statute or another rule says otherwise, it provides appellants with all-important deadlines for filing a notice of appeal. By Gary A. Watt


general/Legal Malpractice

Year in review: attorneys as defendants

Jan. 6, 2017

Although there were no earth-shattering appellate opinions in cases against attorneys in 2016, attorney-defendants did achieve a number of victories. By Kenneth C. Feldman and Alex A. Graft

general/Jury Practice

Conducting voir dire in civil trials

Dec. 30, 2016

The pleadings long-settled, and discovery now completed, it is now time for you to try your client's civil case before a jury. By Elizabeth R. Feffer and Cherisse H.A. Cleofe