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U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

A bankruptcy proceeding isn’t ordinarily what you think of as a Supreme Court blockbuster. But when the bankruptcy proceeding ...


Government, Civil Rights

The Los Angeles City Council is on the verge of enacting our own Right to Counsel Program, providing legal counsel to tenants ...



Environmental & Energy

With climate change at our doorstep, our state leaders know we don’t have time to wait until the next drought to create a more...


State Bar & Bar Associations

Based upon a long line of California cases, a new ethics opinion acknowledges the potential dual benefits to both clients and ...



Law Practice

Sometimes, a lawyer might be the first responder


Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

In a recent case of first impression, the California Supreme Court considered whether settling with a party in a multiparty to...



Civil Litigation, Government

Assembly Bill 1270 (Stone) is an attempt to expand the False Claims Act to allow the attorney general, local prosecutors and p...


Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has rejected the government's attempt to require a youth probationer, as a condition of release, ...



Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The Jagged Shore

Aug. 20, 2019

The shore defining the boundary of indigent defendants' constitutional right to forestall or forego liability for certain asse...


Criminal, Constitutional Law

States are increasingly recognizing that lives can be saved by Extreme Risk Protection laws, which enable people who exhibit ...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Are we in the midst of a similar trend in formal legal writing, relaxing the use of contractions? Are the few judicial contrac...


Law Practice

WHY?

Aug. 5, 2019

August — the month that many of my readers are on vacation. So why write an August column? Other columnists take off a month o...



Military Law, Government

Disposable Warriors

Aug. 5, 2019

We send them there. We break them. Then we take away their benefits.


Immigration, Government

Our country can uphold both national security and its commitment to refugee protection. Indeed, it's done exactly that for dec...



Government, Constitutional Law

Last month, the San Francisco City Council voted to prohibit city agencies from using facial recognition software on municipal...


Currently pending before the California Supreme Court is an issue that calls into question the motivations of California offic...



State Bar & Bar Associations

Now that California has adopted its own version of ABA rule 8.4, Misconduct, it is increasingly apparent that an attorney´s of...


State Bar & Bar Associations

The California State Bar Ethics Committee recently joined the discussion regarding legal services to cannabis clients in a pro...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Rub a dub dub

Jul. 23, 2019

There may now be three justices open to moving away from substantive due process as the basis for incorporating the rights the...


In May 2015, The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board asked readers, “Could you live in L.A. on $221 a month?” The answer then, a...



Law Practice

To market, to market!

Jul. 12, 2019

Ethical lawyer advertising can be like a high-wire act.


Judges and Judiciary

They profoundly influence our lives. They can be found all over the world. When not fulfilling their mission, they blend in wi...



The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at the end of 2017 doubled the estate and gift tax exemption. With much aplomb, it was announ...


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

On the morning of September 28 last year, Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. A few hours...



Military Law, Health Care & Hospital Law, Government, Family

Many veterans believe that government benefits are only available if they were wounded in combat or suffer from a disability r...


Community News

LA-ABOTA program update

Jun. 18, 2019

You won't find a better close-up audience experience to hone your trial skills than by watching and hearing the state's very b...



Government, Alternative Dispute Resolution

For 30 years -- since Avis Ridley-Thomas founded it in 1989 -- the Dispute Resolution Program has been providing free mediatio...


Real Estate, Government

Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a proposed rule which would terminate housing assistance...



Judges and Judiciary, Constitutional Law

I recently attended a talk by Judge Jeffrey Sutton who sits on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The subject was a book h...


Constitutional Law

Julian Assange. Bryan Carmody. Each incident is a troubling incursion on First Amendment freedoms. One is a flat-out violation...