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Letters, Government, Judges and Judiciary

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


Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

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 ...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Civil Litigation

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...



Government, Letters, Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

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


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

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...



Judges and Judiciary, Government, Criminal

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


California Courts of Appeal, Government, Criminal

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



Judges and Judiciary, Letters, 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...


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

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, California Courts of Appeal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

“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...


Criminal, Judges and Judiciary, Government, Civil Rights

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



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

The use of drones spurs reassessment of time-honored privacy concerns.


State Bar & Bar Associations, Judges and Judiciary

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.



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

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


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

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



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

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


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

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



Government, Labor/Employment, 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...


Judges and Judiciary, Civil Litigation, Year in Review Column

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, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

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


Labor/Employment

Ninth Circuit and the Department of Labor clarify when an intern is entitled to minimum wages and other employment benefits. ...