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In May 2015, The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board asked readers, “Could you live in L.A. on $221 a month?” The answer then, a...


Law Practice

To market, to market!

Jul. 12, 2019

Ethical lawyer advertising can be like a high-wire act.



Judges and Judiciary

They profoundly influence our lives. They can be found all over the world. When not fulfilling their mission, they blend in wi...


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at the end of 2017 doubled the estate and gift tax exemption. With much aplomb, it was announ...



U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

On the morning of September 28 last year, Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. A few hours...


Military Law, Health Care & Hospital Law, Government, Family

Many veterans believe that government benefits are only available if they were wounded in combat or suffer from a disability r...



Community News

LA-ABOTA program update

Jun. 18, 2019

You won't find a better close-up audience experience to hone your trial skills than by watching and hearing the state's very b...


Government, Alternative Dispute Resolution

For 30 years -- since Avis Ridley-Thomas founded it in 1989 -- the Dispute Resolution Program has been providing free mediatio...



Real Estate, Government

Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a proposed rule which would terminate housing assistance...


Judges and Judiciary, Constitutional Law

I recently attended a talk by Judge Jeffrey Sutton who sits on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The subject was a book h...



Constitutional Law

Julian Assange. Bryan Carmody. Each incident is a troubling incursion on First Amendment freedoms. One is a flat-out violation...


California’s new Rules of Professional Conduct, effective Nov. 1, 2018, put new two factors at the top of the list of 13 eleme...



Civil Litigation, Law Practice, Government

In the past few years, private advocacy groups that intervene to defend challenged laws have successfully sought hundreds of t...


Law Practice

Lawyers have a duty to communicate with their clients. And they have many options regarding the means they use to do so. These...



As the asset-light business model for hotel companies has become de rigueur, long-term management contracts have taken on incr...


“What am I supposed to do, just die in prison?” I was seated just outside the dilapidated holding cell adjacent to the courtro...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

A moral dilemma

May 8, 2019

So am I going to go ahead with my novel? I’m thinking about it.


Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

To produce sufficient food and fiber to feed California, the nation and the world, Central Valley farmers use synthetic and o...



From ancient times, people have erected statues celebrating significant figures of their eras. As times change, such monuments...


Civil Rights

Imagine being a teenage girl and locked up in a juvenile detention facility. Now imagine being sexually assaulted up to 10 tim...



Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediators persist in efforts to rebuild and renew. The destroyers and innovative creators of the last 856 years in the evolvin...


It is not enough to be competent with the “black letter” principles. Lawyers will be competent only if they are aware of the ...



There’s a legitimate debate about how best to balance public coastal access with private property rights. But there should be ...


Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

Yet another example of the sacrifices military families make



Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

On April 17, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association will celebrate its Forty Fourth Anniversary at a dinner at th...


Law Practice, California Supreme Court

Our Selma

Apr. 3, 2019

“Our Selma” is an apt description of this person we so love and respect. This affectionate possessive was how retired Supreme ...



Law Practice, Civil Rights

New York did it. San Francisco and Newark did it. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Connecticut and other jurisdictions are considerin...


Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law

Manufacturers may soon find themselves back in the hot seat after a March 14 decision from the Connecticut Supreme Court.



Brenda F. Harbin-Forte, a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court, has researched and written about African-American women ...


Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by declaring a moratorium on executions in California and even tweeting out images of the execu...