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Civil Litigation, Law Practice, Criminal, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

The California Supreme Court revised an expert’s ability to rely on hearsay not long ago. Earn MCLE credit catching up with wh...


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...


Judges and Judiciary, Government, Criminal, Civil Rights

The Los Angeles public defender has the potential to be the most influential public defender in the nation — and the office mu...



Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

The Golden State should reform unnecessary, out-of-date and overly protectionist bar admission policies in federal district co...


Intellectual Property

The ruling is the first to hold an internet service provider liable for copyright infringement by its customers, making it a c...



Letters, Judges and Judiciary

Judges are required to be fair, neutral and impartial and to be perceived as such at all times.


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Suffice it to say, when addressing Siri, I did not use the four-letter word, the first letter of which appears toward the last...



Civil Litigation, Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

The objective of this article and accompanying self-assessment test is to provide bench officers and lawyers with an overview ...


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

The Constitution protects an adult’s personal decision to engage in intimate, sexual activity with another adult, whether the ...



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 ...


Year in Review Column, U.S. Supreme Court, Environmental & Energy, California Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

With the appointments of Scott Pruitt (administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency), Ryan Zinke (secretary of the Int...



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...



Law Office Management, Law Practice

It is that time of year again. The holidays are over. Bonuses have been paid. Annual distributions to partners and shareholder...


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 ...



Administrative/Regulatory

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


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

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.


Tax, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory, Government

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 ...


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.



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, U.S. Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

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...


Labor/Employment, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

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



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

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...


Corporate, Transportation

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