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California’s new Rules of Professional Conduct, effective Nov. 1, will implement a new ethical rule imposing duties of confide...


Judges and Judiciary, Family

If you stop by family court for an hour, you will see lawyered-up C-suite executives and self-represented day laborers sitting...



When it comes to legal malpractice cases, there’s rumor going around that “emotional distress damages” actually exist.


Law Practice, California Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

There is a new kind of risk in California law that affects the way cases should be analyzed, on appeal, in trial, through sett...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

At the end of last term, the U.S. Supreme Court hammered a bit deeper the wedge it had previously inserted between electronic ...


Government, Environmental & Energy, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently ruled that the public trust doctrine can apply to groundwater extraction, but the co...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Avoid quirky quarks

Sep. 10, 2018

Did you know that the subatomic particle, the quark, derives its name from Joyce’s impenetrable novel “Finnegan’s Wake”?


Law Practice

As football is America's favorite spectator sport, it is not surprising that many football terms have crept into our everyday ...



Law Practice

Adopting technologies can help lawyers reduce the risk or even the impact of the mistakes and client relations issues that can...


Possible federal action imposes grave immigration consequences on older adults and their families for accessing public benefits.



San Francisco’s law goes into effect in January, paving the way for it to become the largest city in the United States to ban ...


Law Practice, California Supreme Court

The unmistakable takeaways from a recent California Supreme Court ruling: (1) Clients get notice. Period. No exceptions. And (...



Lawyers face unique ethical and professional issues when representing cannabis businesses.


California Courts of Appeal, Law Practice

A Court of Appeal ruling muddles law concerning the applicable causation standard when a lawyer is sued for fraud or intention...



Litigation & Arbitration, Civil Litigation, International Law

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Senate Bill 766 amends the California International Arbitration statute with new rules for California ...


As soon as something goes wrong in a representation, the first instinct for many attorneys may be to turn to colleagues for ad...



Judges and Judiciary, Government

Since the last effort in 2000, there has been little public discourse about the need to put a constitutional amendment on the ...


Law Practice

With the academic year underway, first-year law school students need to be aware of the "seven deadly sins," critical missteps...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

As UCI’s law school celebrates its 10th anniversary, ranked 21st among all the nation’s law schools, reviewing those early com...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

Why were three companies singled out to pay an enormous “public nuisance” bill? Because in the first half of the 20th century,...



We will never win the war on poverty in America unless we solve the problem of legal aid first.


If withdrawal is not done properly, it can make a bad situation even worse and result in a legal malpractice claim or a bar co...



California Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Law Practice

Will the California Supreme Court invalidate broad advance conflict waivers commonly used by large law firms in their engageme...


Law Practice

Our participation in the modern version of this great experiment in democracy demands that we communicate with one another, wi...



State Bar & Bar Associations

The State Bar of California is considering a proposal to begin applying a consumer alert badge to State Bar member profile pag...


Pop-up shops are here to stay; the following is a list of characteristics that should be considered by a landlord interested i...



Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor/Employment

With just 11 full-time and part-time DFEH mediators, there are far more cases in California that we can assist.


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

If Brett Kavanaugh's views becomes the law in more cases like Young v. Hawaii, the right to bear arms is at risk of swallowing...



Criminal, Appellate Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Earn MCLE credit familiarizing yourself with traffic infraction appeals.


New York attorney Michael Cohen made headlines again after revealing that he secretly recorded conversations between himself a...