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State Bar & Bar Associations, Letters, Law Practice

I initially had no interest in accepting the Daily Journal’s request to its subscribers to submit articles either in support o...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System’s pursuit of and support for new legal service models in variou...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The State Bar’s paraprofessional program is unlikely to minimize the justice gap and will result in individuals with insuffici...


Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

If the pandemic has had any kind of benefit, it’s that it has raised awareness of the functions and dysfunctions of our courts...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

Among all of the reports and analysis commissioned by the State Bar, there is no empirical justification for the proposition t...


U.S. Supreme Court, Labor/Employment, Civil Litigation

The Washington Department of Ecology allows public employee union representatives to communicate with workers in the building’...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

Those who may be opposed to licensing paraprofessionals opine that the failure of these new entrants may negatively impact pub...


Immigration, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A pair of 9th Circuit cases will examine what the Constitution requires Congress to do when confronted with the present-day ef...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers adopted a resolution last November opposing the nonlawyer ownership of law firms a...


Criminal, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

You’ve been arrested and charged with a crime. You’ve been denied pretrial release, and you don’t have the money for bail. So ...



Insurance, Civil Litigation, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Three recent 9th Circuit rulings held that business income and extra expense losses incurred following business closures order...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

In recent years, the decades-long rule barring nonlawyers from having an ownership stake in law firms has been reversed in Ari...



Criminal, Civil Rights

There are many ways to answer the question of whether the drug wars are racist, and all of them are “yes.” In California, spec...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

My warranty is up

Oct. 5, 2021

I am optimistic that Supreme Court justices who read this column will take my advice and write shorter opinions.



Lawyers, like everyone else, are capable of doing bad things. This is especially true when they are funding grotesque lifestyl...


Mexican-Americans faced horrifying discrimination in this country. In her book “All For One & One For All,” author Amy Wat...



Last month, the California State Bar published its “California Paraprofessional Program Working Group Report and Recommendatio...


Law Practice

A court reporter’s gavel-to-gavel account of a four-month Zoom trial during COVID



Corporate, Civil Litigation, California Courts of Appeal

A recent appellate court opinion that is now certified for publication resolves some open questions about how membership inte...


Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy

After agreeing to settle some 2,600 separate lawsuits over the company’s involvement in fostering the nation’s opioid crisis, ...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Legal Education

The burden of overwhelming debt is hurting many new graduates — including lawyers — and that affects the American economy. You...


Discover some effective terms for seeking and obtaining indemnification that protect both parties and reduce the likelihood of...



Decades of underbuilding, largely due to red tape imposed by prohibitive land use laws, has pushed California into a housing c...


The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are the only judges in our country who are not subject to a code of judicial ethic...



Government, Antitrust & Trade Reg., Administrative/Regulatory

America’s longstanding antitrust policy is under fierce attack. What was once a relatively insipid area of law characterized b...


Health Care & Hospital Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

S.B. 8 sets procedural traps, but providers and advocates can overcome them through the ordinary processes of presenting const...



Law Practice, Entertainment & Sports, Books

Real to Reel

Sep. 13, 2021

How fortunate we are to have Professors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow again offering invaluable insights into the movies we ...


Entertainment & Sports

You know that feeling you get when you want to yell at the screen because a fictional lawyer in a television show mishandled a...



Obituaries, Judges and Judiciary

I’d like to think Judge Romero was my friend. When I thought about applying to the bench, his was the first advice I sought. H...


Every litigator knows the anxiety of getting ready to press send on a big document production and, no matter how carefully the...