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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office created a process to prioritize examination of trademark applications covering certain CO...


An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case is highlighting the need to pay greater attention to the justices’ conflicts of interest a...



The board of trustees of the State Bar of California will be reviewing the Annual Discipline Report on Friday. During the meet...


Military Law, Law Practice

The veteran community has unique needs as a client base which differ from civilian clientele. Consider some examples: A vetera...



Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

When U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney dismissed charges against defendants in the Central District of California for the fail...


Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

Los Angeles County Superior Court’s restraining order courts in a year of emergency.



U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law

The Supreme Court is poised to review the standard for a defendant to successfully show that an error in federal constitutiona...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Letters, Law Practice

Ralph Baxter and Zachariah DeMeola believe the legal system is broken. Their arguments for why and how nonlawyer ownership of ...



Military Law

Wanna bet which proves more effective in speeding up justice for veterans… more government regulations or class action lawyers?


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Public officials, even judges, may sometimes give voice to social issues



The top-down approach to conservatorship reform has been tried for nearly 15 years with very little success. Perhaps it is tim...


Tax, International Law

Before gifting to foreign charities (through checks, credit cards or Venmo), consider that charitable giving outside this coun...



Law Practice, Law Office Management

The experience of managing a law firm during the 12-plus months since California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his March 19, 2020, ...


As the administrative state has expanded, so too has the importance of the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA ensures public scr...



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

A fundamental aspect of private property is that the owner can choose whom to let onto the property and who to exclude as a tr...


Military Law, Civil Rights

Does the military really want women in its ranks?



Constitutional Law

A recent 9th Circuit decision was the first appellate ruling to permit a lawsuit to proceed on a challenge to forced membershi...


A measure relating to appointed legal counsel in probate conservatorships was recently introduced into the California Assembly.



San Francisco lost sight of a simple truth when it decided that condo conversions presented an opportunity to require property...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, California Courts of Appeal, Appellate Practice

To follow up on last month’s column “Revelations,” this column centers on, not centers around, opinion writing.



In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a vexing decision in Castle Rock v. Gonzales. There, the co...


Alternative Dispute Resolution

A mediation checklist

Feb. 24, 2021

Clients should also be told about the risks of litigation, including trial, mediation costs and the financial advantages and d...



Alternative Dispute Resolution

As a result of COVID-19, we all have experienced a state of seemingly unrelenting fear and panic, with family and health conce...


Health Care & Hospital Law, Data Privacy

On Jan. 21, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HIPAA privacy rul...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

To collect $1,200 plus interest, a Nebraska county took Walter Barnette’s land worth $25,000 and gave it to an investor. Walte...


The California Judges Association has established an Award that will be given every three years to an exceptional judicial out...



When the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 was amended in late 2018, one of the amendments opened the door to using electroni...


Law Practice

Next in the Negotiating Trauma & the Law Series, Professor Ty Alper speaks about representing clients on death row; being ...



Judges and Judiciary, Appellate Practice

Revelations

Feb. 1, 2021

Well-known appellate attorney Jon Eisenberg complained to the Judicial Performance Commission about delays in filing opinions ...


On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would stop adding people t...