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A recent decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal may explain why some litigants and lawyers don’t know when to stop. As t...


Law Practice, California Supreme Court

Chin up

Aug. 3, 2020

I had dinner the other evening with the philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. I remarked that Justice Ming Chin was retiring from...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Four U.S. Supreme Court cases from last term, coupled with the news that the Catholic Church received $1.4 billion in COVID-19...


In California the judge’s Oath of Office begins, “I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Unit...



Here are some pointers on how to avoid putting a foot in your mouth when the judge says, “Cross-examination, please.”


U.S. Supreme Court, Health Care & Hospital Law, Civil Rights

On July 8, the Supreme Court issued a blow to the ongoing fight for birth control access. The case in question involved a rule...



State Bar & Bar Associations

In order to improve access to legal services, the State Bar should promote the use of online attorney referral and matching sy...


In part overshadowed by fears of COVID-19, the homelessness situation in Los Angeles and beyond is far from easing up. Once t...



In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others in California and beyo...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The ABA recently issued an ethics opinion to clarify the line between legitimate advocacy and conduct that would violate Model...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

There’s a fine line separating legal “puffery” from outright lying.


Legal Education, Law Practice

A conversation with international human rights expert and UC Hastings Professor, on writing about traumatic events to trauma-c...



Constitutional Law, Law Practice

As a public interest legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation litigates in multiple ways: Primarily, we initiate, defend a...


As fiduciaries, trustees are typically guided by the responsibilities and obligations imposed on them under the law and/or pur...



Next in the Negotiating Trauma & the Law Series, interview with Fresno-based immigration lawyer on the importance of givin...


Judges and Judiciary, Books

This is a good time to re-read — or for some to pick up for the first time — materials on implicit bias, and in particular how...



The asylum system is under attack. Over the past few years, we have seen policy after policy, fueled by racism and xenophobia,...


Military Law, Law Practice

For nine years, I ran over to the local Veterans Treatment Court, VTC, on Tuesday afternoons to act as a mentor, primarily to ...



Judges and Judiciary

It’s all different. More so than any of us can remember. Lesson we all know, but many have stored in the back of a mental clos...


The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest are having a disproportionate effect on people in California's low-income co...



The legal complications caused by COVID-19 have raised some novel legal issues, but there are no special COVID-19 ethics rules...


A society’s budget reveals its moral values, and by that metric, 21st century America barely hovers above bankruptcy. Our budg...



It is the rare attorney who will never have a fee dispute. A recent case emphasizes the importance of keeping accurate and con...


A part of the Negotiating Trauma & the Law Series, Mallika Kaur speaks to a civil rights attorney about how she navigated ...



Even the best tax planning tends to be complex and unpredictable. Recently, however, planners have become interested in a simp...


Constitutional Law, Contracts

There would seem to exist a wide chasm between the constitutional protections afforded by the contract clause to protect again...



Government, Constitutional Law

It’s a funny thing about the Rule of Law: It’s not a rule, and it’s not a law. It is, rather, a set of principles, a body of n...


State Sen. Susan Rubio has a venerable history of authoring legislation addressing the issue of domestic violence. However, un...



U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

In a decision issued June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to address an important question: Does the abuse of ...


The commonly used methods of valuation are categorized into three primary approaches. The three approaches are the asset, inco...