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U.S. Supreme Court, Securities, Constitutional Law, Administrative/Regulatory

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Securities and Exchange Commission's use of administrative law judges violates ...


Labor/Employment, Government, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

The New Parent Leave Act expands access to 12 weeks of job-protected baby bonding leave to qualifying workers who work for emp...



Year in Review Column, Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary

The Legislature enacted of Code of Civil Procedure Section 430.41 in 2016, and earlier this month a new set of changes took ef...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

When a new pope is selected by the assemblage of cardinals at the Vatican, the papal conclave releases white smoke into the sk...



Law Practice, Books

Jack Walker's powerful, insightful and moving "Eye Corps: Coming of Age at the DMZ," details his experiences as a recon patr...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

High school journalism has been losing ground since the 1970s due to education budget cuts -- and rulings of the U.S. Supreme ...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Year in Review Column, Civil Litigation, Law Practice

In the Matter of Ethics

Dec. 29, 2017

The State Bar Court Review Department issued a range of attorney discipline opinions this year. As usual, the most common comp...


Administrative/Regulatory

The Federal Communications Commission defied the facts, flouted the law, and ignored the will of millions of Americans when it...



U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

People v. Buza provides an opportunity to ensure that fewer people in the state are convicted of crimes they did not commit an...


Year in Review Column, Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

Attorneys as defendants

Dec. 22, 2017

Catch up on this year's legal malpractice developments,



The question of what constitutes "informed written consent" can be a complicated one, depending on the circumstances.


Tax, Government, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

Here, we have tried to provide an early and high-level overview of federal income tax issues with which California attorneys s...



U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Civil Rights

Two weeks ago, body camera footage of the police killing of Daniel Shaver flooded news outlets across the country, along with ...


Civil Litigation, U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

The objective of this article and self-study test is to review the law regarding objections to the use of peremptory challenge...



Contracts, California Courts of Appeal, Appellate Practice

A cautionary tale on the perils of "plugging in" those standard settlement terms when more careful drafting is warranted.


State Bar & Bar Associations, Administrative/Regulatory, Law Practice, California Supreme Court

Whatever your view, changes are aplenty, and more are coming. If you get a chance, make your own contribution to the bettermen...



Government, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

Imagine that you're one of the more than 350,000 women in California who becomes unexpectedly pregnant every year. Maybe you f...


Judges and Judiciary

The world of graveyard shift night owls is unfamiliar to lawyers who go on to become judges.



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Half the state may want to avoid jury duty, but the other half includes not just those who serve with alacrity, but some who s...


U.S. Supreme Court, Appellate Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Although the courts' hesitancy to give guidance for future cases seems maddening at first blush, there is some method to that ...



Government, Administrative/Regulatory

As Los Angeles County's first cannabis management officer, it is my job to implement the cannabis regulatory policies of the L...


Law Practice, Administrative/Regulatory

It took until autumn 2017 for the California attorney general to recognize that only a licensed attorney can lawfully represen...



Constitutional Law, Labor/Employment, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of California's "mandatory mediation and conciliation" p...


Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Cake goes to court

Dec. 6, 2017

As fires consumed the outskirts of the Los Angeles basin fueled by strong Santa Anas, religious fervor heated up Tuesday morni...



Transportation, Corporate

Last month, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, issued a harsh criticism of Tesla, stating that its fixed costs ...


U.S. Supreme Court, Judges and Judiciary, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

In 1962, Dorothy and Lincoln Mulkey were living and working in Santa Ana in pursuit of the American Dream.



Judges and Judiciary

His extraordinary legal career and life in the service of others reflected the great courage with which he served as a United ...


Judges and Judiciary, Appellate Practice

Perfectly acceptable words can become detestable through overuse and misuse. "Incredibly" and "iconic" vie for first place on ...



Year in Review Column, U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that venue in patent cases based on where a corporation "resides" is limi...


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

A federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of California provided a key link in the evolutionary chain of school desegre...