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A just society holds people accountable for what they do; it does not punish them for what they look like or where they may ha...


The constitutional due process implications of giving prosecutors discretion to investigate and charge women for engaging in a...



Insurance, Civil Litigation

Do all-risk business property insurance policies cover losses related to COVID-19? A recent decision out of the Western Distri...


Entertainment & Sports, Civil Litigation

While some have been enjoying the return of baseball, albeit without fans in the stands, the Oakland A’s are moving forward w...



It took 70 years of advocacy for the 19th Amendment to pass, and it has taken a hundred more for the Equal Rights Amendment to...


Labor/Employment, Entertainment & Sports, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Ruling in Judd v. Weinstein will help address sexual harassment in non-employment, professional contexts



Military Law

Supposedly, women have equal employment opportunities within our nation’s armed forces. But to avail themselves of those oppor...


Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports, Civil Litigation

Neil Young recently filed a lawsuit against Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. for copyright infringement over use of his son...



Criminal, California Supreme Court

When the system erred, it consistently showed that Black defendants were predicted to be higher risk, while white defendants w...


Law Practice, California Supreme Court

Chin up

Aug. 3, 2020

I had dinner the other evening with the philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. I remarked that Justice Ming Chin was retiring from...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Four U.S. Supreme Court cases from last term, coupled with the news that the Catholic Church received $1.4 billion in COVID-19...


Here are some pointers on how to avoid putting a foot in your mouth when the judge says, “Cross-examination, please.”



U.S. Supreme Court, Health Care & Hospital Law, Civil Rights

On July 8, the Supreme Court issued a blow to the ongoing fight for birth control access. The case in question involved a rule...


In part overshadowed by fears of COVID-19, the homelessness situation in Los Angeles and beyond is far from easing up. Once t...



Legal Education, Law Practice

A conversation with international human rights expert and UC Hastings Professor, on writing about traumatic events to trauma-c...


Law Practice, Constitutional Law

As a public interest legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation litigates in multiple ways: Primarily, we initiate, defend a...



As fiduciaries, trustees are typically guided by the responsibilities and obligations imposed on them under the law and/or pur...


A discussion with a Fresno-based immigration lawyer on the importance of giving clients more control and on the imperative of ...



Judges and Judiciary, Books

This is a good time to re-read — or for some to pick up for the first time — materials on implicit bias, and in particular how...


The asylum system is under attack. Over the past few years, we have seen policy after policy, fueled by racism and xenophobia,...



Military Law, Law Practice

For nine years, I ran over to the local Veterans Treatment Court, VTC, on Tuesday afternoons to act as a mentor, primarily to ...


Judges and Judiciary

It’s all different. More so than any of us can remember. Lesson we all know, but many have stored in the back of a mental clos...



The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest are having a disproportionate effect on people in California's low-income co...


A society’s budget reveals its moral values, and by that metric, 21st century America barely hovers above bankruptcy. Our budg...



A conversation with a civil rights attorney about how she navigated intersecting traumas and gifts of growing up in Berkeley a...


Even the best tax planning tends to be complex and unpredictable. Recently, however, planners have become interested in a simp...



Contracts, Constitutional Law

There would seem to exist a wide chasm between the constitutional protections afforded by the contract clause to protect again...


Government, Constitutional Law

It’s a funny thing about the Rule of Law: It’s not a rule, and it’s not a law. It is, rather, a set of principles, a body of n...



State Sen. Susan Rubio has a venerable history of authoring legislation addressing the issue of domestic violence. However, un...


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

In a decision issued June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to address an important question: Does the abuse of ...