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While Assembly Bill 3234 has been touted as a saving grace for first-time misdemeanor offenders who may be offered diversion b...


Earlier this month, a federal district court issued a ruling largely upholding the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 32, a la...



California Supreme Court, Civil Litigation

The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether to review Johnson v. Monsanto, a product-liability case that spawned ten...


Data Privacy, Government

Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act, offers a potential solution to the EU’s call for action after invalidating ...



A recent ethics opinion by the American Bar Association examines intimate relationships, friendships and acquaintances with op...


Civil Rights, California Supreme Court

“It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours,” Harvey Milk said after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Sup...



Government, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases involving Arizona’s prohibition of so-called “ballot...


Judges and Judiciary, Community News

Last week, the Kern County Multicultural Bar Alliance held a panel addressing the important issue of the elimination of bias f...



Law Practice, Data Privacy

The California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct has issued a new formal opinion, 2020-203, tha...


When a lawyer and law firm receive third-party funding, the well-known professional duties to a client can easily become blurr...



Increasingly, our armed forces are imperiled by toxic hazards that have adverse effects on their health. Those who served in I...


On Sept. 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted certain amendments to the procedural requirements and resubmission...



Probate, Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

This recently enacted federal legislation has dramatically changed estate planning for retirement benefits.


Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

The bill codifies an employer’s reporting requirements in the event of COVID-19 infections at the workplace and clarifies Cal/...



On Sept. 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Senate Bill 1146, codifying current COVID-19 Emergency Rules of Court 11 and 12 as Cal...


Government, Criminal, Covid Columns, Administrative/Regulatory

Significant infusions of government resources into the private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted focus on a ne...



Law Practice

A column about columns

Oct. 5, 2020

Number 299, but who’s really counting?


COVID-19 has not stopped judicial outreach programs. But it will change them. Judicial outreach will emerge stronger and bette...



On Sept. 25, the Judicial Council of California approved an amendment to California Rule of Court 10.469 to make education on ...


Defining “medical necessity” in the context of medical and surgical benefits has already been a challenge for health care, and...



Entertainment & Sports

As summer turns to fall, movie and TV production is just beginning to gear up in the face of a pandemic that is showing little...


Neither the courts nor federal agencies have addressed whether an employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement is lawful...



Law Office Management, Real Estate, Covid Columns

Businesses and investors can get ahead by embracing the changes that are here to stay.


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Parties use a judge pro tem to ensure a decision maker is knowledgeable in the law applicable to the dispute as well as having...



Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to impose notice, record keeping and safety obligations on employers in Ca...


Health Care & Hospital Law, Entertainment & Sports, Covid Columns

The COVID-19 edition of the 2020 NCAA college football season is unlike any of the previous 150 seasons.



Legal Education, State Bar & Bar Associations

In 2018, 55% of Californians at all income levels experienced at least one civil legal problem in their household, yet nearly ...


Covid Columns, State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The “diploma privilege” boils down to full faith and credit access to justice for “Us” and no faith and credit for “Them,” mea...



Tax, Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

President Trump issued an executive memorandum last month to allow payroll tax deferral for employees in response to the ongoi...


Upon learning that my client and I were going to be part of the first post-pandemic jury trial in San Francisco, I was nervous...