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Law Practice

Officer of the court

Nov. 24, 2020

The lawyer’s job description is this: officer of the court. This is true without regard to whether the lawyer ever steps foot ...


Notwithstanding constitutional limitations, the Legislature has provided that in probate conservatorship proceedings — cases i...



Appellate Practice, Constitutional Law

Of late, the California Supreme Court has devoted a fair bit of its time to resolving ambiguities in several of the recently a...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced courts all over the state to quickly adapt to new modes of operation. Civil operations in Ora...



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Settlements are often largely within the control of the parties to structure to bring a case to resolution. However, when sett...


Next in the Negotiating Trauma & the Law series, Protima Pandey speaks about why her experiences across nonprofit, public,...



Data Privacy, Civil Litigation

Data privacy law is quickly becoming the hottest legal issue of the 2020s. Over the previous decade — amid the rapid growth of...


Every person who served in the United States' armed forces is not a "veteran," under the law. Instead, Congress gave the Depar...



Since 2008 when she was involuntarily placed into a probate conservatorship in California, she has not been able to control he...


With flu season approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic enduring, there is extreme concern about the possibility of getting sick...



Whether you live in a city, a suburb, or out in the country, you have probably seen a “private property” or “no trespassing” s...


Law Practice

300 years ago

Nov. 2, 2020

Arthur Gilbert and I have some things in common: we both have two first names — only mine, Gilbert Arthur, sounds literary. An...



Speak to a risk management specialist in just about any industry, and they will tell you one of the best tools to prevent clai...


Law Practice

Selfish civility?

Oct. 28, 2020

The idea is that we benefit, perhaps selfishly, by acting with civility and professionalism: by simply being nice.



We are now eight months into the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, which took effect in February. The act attempted t...


Law Practice, Covid Columns

California's Rules of Professional Conduct are primarily about one thing: communication. And communicating effectively with cl...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

A tale of civility

Oct. 23, 2020

The story behind the State Bar oath become more.... civil.


Mallika speaks to a deputy public defender about what the last decade of indigent defense work has taught her about the diffic...



While Assembly Bill 3234 has been touted as a saving grace for first-time misdemeanor offenders who may be offered diversion b...


Earlier this month, a federal district court issued a ruling largely upholding the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 32, a la...



Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether to review Johnson v. Monsanto, a product-liability case that spawned ten...


Government, Data Privacy

Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act, offers a potential solution to the EU’s call for action after invalidating ...



Law Practice, Covid Columns

Lawyers continue to work full time while serving as teachers, housekeepers, chefs and caregivers. As a result, lawyers must fi...


Civil Rights, California Supreme Court

“It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours,” Harvey Milk said after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Sup...



On Nov. 3, California's electorate will vote on Proposition 19, a constitutional amendment that would substantially restrict p...


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases involving Arizona’s prohibition of so-called “ballot...



Judges and Judiciary, Community News

Last week, the Kern County Multicultural Bar Alliance held a panel addressing the important issue of the elimination of bias f...


Increasingly, our armed forces are imperiled by toxic hazards that have adverse effects on their health. Those who served in I...



On Sept. 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted certain amendments to the procedural requirements and resubmission...


Probate, Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

This recently enacted federal legislation has dramatically changed estate planning for retirement benefits.