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U.S. Supreme Court, Judges and Judiciary, Government, Constitutional Law

We are fortunate that most people have forgotten that Article III judges were unceremoniously removed from office and that the...


Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights, California Supreme Court

We all have a stake in language access in California courts — the legitimacy and viability of the legal system in such a diver...



Probate, Law Practice

When confronted by an elderly transferor, every competent estate attorney must reflexively obtain a California certificate of ...


U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

The frequency with which the U.S. Supreme Court has, in recent years, been changing patent law is dizzying, and the court ofte...



Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

Until a recent Federal Circuit ruling, the practical application of these duties and burdens in litigation was hotly disputed,...


Civil Litigation, Law Practice, Appellate Practice

Navigating Appeals

Apr. 16, 2018

Set sail on a voyage through the California Rules of Court for civil appeals. The booty: MCLE credit.



Law Practice, Law Office Management

In some cases, an entire law firm can be disqualified if the firm hires an attorney who has acquired, or could possibly have a...


U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law

A duty to de-escalate

Apr. 12, 2018

It’s time for a new standard: Police should be legally required to de-escalate or use alternatives to deadly force whenever po...



Health Care & Hospital Law, Government

Lawsuits should not be the first recourse to sound mental health policy and effective programs.


Civil Litigation, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

The commission was so preoccupied with whether or not it could regulate short-term rentals, it didn't stop to think if it should.



Law Practice, Civil Litigation

An attorney who is called to serve as a witness in an action faces unique risks -- even one who has questioned hundreds of wit...


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

Notwithstanding some unfortunate language in prior cases, there really is not any such burden-shifting doctrine associated wit...



Government, Constitutional Law, Administrative/Regulatory, International Law

On March 23, President Donald Trump signed a law that could undo the very protections for privacy and autonomy that American c...


Letters, Judges and Judiciary, Government

When any of us fail to “take actions that place the good of society above self-interest,” the public perception of the integri...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Crayfish to judges

Apr. 2, 2018

Note to valued readers: What appears in the following column is not an April Fools' joke. Please observe that the publication ...


Judges and Judiciary, Civil Litigation, Law Practice

If you want an interested judge, you need to be an attentive advocate.



A 2017 survey of lawyers' professional liability insurers shows an upward trend in the average fees and costs incurred in defe...


Letters, Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Government

As Justice Anthony Kline reminds us, certain developments in recent years have threatened to make it more difficult for courts...



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

If courts allow companies to use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to block automated access by competitors, it will threaten o...


Law Practice

The widening gap between how the law is expected to be (and generally is) practiced, and certain events transpiring in our pol...



Law Practice

Even in light of a life-altering disaster, an attorney must act competently, preserve confidentiality, maintain confidentialit...


Government, Criminal, Judges and Judiciary

During Monday’s State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye once again called on California lawmakers...



Government, Criminal, California Courts of Appeal

Does the judicial branch ever tell the political branches of government, "Hold my beer"? The recent efforts to reform Californ...


Letters, Judges and Judiciary, Government

We feel the recent story on Jerry Brown’s judicial picks doesn’t paint an accurate picture of all that the governor has done t...



Judges and Judiciary, Government

I am generally pleased to note that the vast majority of the current field of candidates for Los Angeles County Superior Court...


Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

The California primary election takes place on June 5. The state’s general election follows on Nov. 6. This includes the elect...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

Not my vote

Mar. 5, 2018

For now, unless I have reason not to do so, all incumbent judges have my vote.


Judges and Judiciary, Government

Now that it is election season, the legal community once again will turn part of its focus upon the upcoming elections for sup...



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

“The only constant is change.” Heraclitus may have been talking about life. But he might as well have been talking about the c...


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

People clamored onto the courthouse steps in the case of the baker who declined to make a cake for a gay couple’s nuptials — o...