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Criminal, California Courts of Appeal, Government

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...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Judges and Judiciary

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.


Government, Judges and Judiciary

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



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


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

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...



Civil Rights, Criminal, Government, Judges and Judiciary

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


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

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



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The Golden State should reform unnecessary, out-of-date and overly protectionist bar admission policies in federal district co...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



A Riverside case involves the right of people with developmental disabilities to marry as well as the right not to be pressure...


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

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



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

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


U.S. Supreme Court, Year in Review Column, 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...



Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory, Labor/Employment, Government

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...



Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary

Current court rules are vague and flimsy. It is time for the Judicial Council to flex its rulemaking muscles and protect vulne...


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. ...


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

People v. Buza provides an opportunity to ensure that fewer people in the state are convicted of crimes they did not commit an...


Corporate, Tax, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

Here, we have tried to provide an early and high-level overview of federal income tax issues with which California attorneys s...



Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal

Two weeks ago, body camera footage of the police killing of Daniel Shaver flooded news outlets across the country, along with ...


Contracts, Appellate Practice, California Courts of Appeal

A cautionary tale on the perils of "plugging in" those standard settlement terms when more careful drafting is warranted.