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Tax, Real Estate, Land Use, Civil Rights

City ordinances need to be carefully crafted so they do not single out religious institutions in name or application.


Law Practice, Labor/Employment, Appellate Practice

With so much employee mobility today, law firms need to create an environment where their best people don’t want to leave.



Government, Civil Rights

Thompson said that the officers could not enter without a warrant. The officers pushed their way in, shoving Thompson to the f...


The next time you are negotiating and reviewing contracts, remember the whereas clauses. Those sentences that begin with old, ...



Litigation & Arbitration, Civil Litigation

Any comparison to three-dimensional chess, however, is insufficient by itself to illuminate the nearly unlimited facets of pro...


It is inconceivable but true that SCOTUS is the only judicial entity in the land that does not have a binding set of ethics co...



In the age of social media, one’s words can take on a life of their own, regardless of disciplinary consequences and First Ame...


U.S. Supreme Court, Litigation & Arbitration, Labor/Employment

Nothing happened in the argument to suggest that the predictable majority has evaporated. Overall, the justices in the predict...



Ginni Thomas’ words and actions have caused some academic and other commentators to find that Justice Thomas should have recus...


The question remains: what are Justice Thomas’ ethical obligations now and into the future should another election or Jan. 6 c...



Legal Education, Environmental & Energy

Before we undermine the integrity of our state’s environmental protection system, we should do a reality check on the UC Berke...


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Had Vince Lombardi coached mediators and not football players, his famous proverb might sound something like this: “Great comm...



For countless law enforcement agencies, the scope of disclosures they are legally required to make often turns on what constit...


Consumer Law, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

Subrogation is commonly described as a legal device that allows one person to "step into the shoes" of another in relation to ...



Law Practice

How to fire a client

Mar. 16, 2022

This has probably never happened to you: The facts turn out to be very different than initially relayed by your client. Or a c...


California Supreme Court, Banking

In a landmark decision sure to have a significant impact on the real estate banking industry, the California Supreme Court dec...



Labor/Employment, Government

We need political willpower and cooperation among officials to hold bad actors accountable for wage theft in L.A.


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

Don’t miss the broader legal significance of the Supreme Court’s vaccine-or-test cases.



Securities, Law Practice, Civil Litigation

As we enter the third month of 2022 amid swirling uncertainty in many aspects of professional and personal life, legal practit...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

While my colleagues and I strongly support education and awareness to heighten our sensitivity to implicit bias, I cannot help...



Almost immediately after the filing of a new complaint or a decision on a dispositive motion, attorneys may receive a call fro...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Government

How do we hold attorneys accountable for alleged misconduct that is not a matter of shortchanging clients, but rather an effor...



Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation

As part of its fair use analysis, the district court opined that Corellium’s use was transformative: Its product did not merel...


U.S. Supreme Court, Land Use, Constitutional Law

This is the story of a California couple caught in the cross-hairs of environmental bureaucracy bent on revenge for the crime ...



International Law, Corporate

While the U.S. government has made some recognition of its of policy regarding China, it’s important to ask whether corporate ...


Labor/Employment, Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

In a recent decision, the California Supreme Court rejected a line of cases that required plaintiff-employees to satisfy the t...



U.S. Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Axon Enterprise, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission to decide whether fe...


Administrative/Regulatory

Californians often take for granted that our consumer protections are muscular and new chemical dangers are addressed with an ...



U.S. Supreme Court, Labor/Employment, Government

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s effort to turn the Occupational Safety and Health Admi...


Practitioners representing survivors of sexual abuse sue the State of the Vatican City (i.e., Holy See) because they argue tha...