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Native Americans, Family, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

The Indian Child Welfare Act, and potentially tribal sovereignty, suffered a significant setback last week when a federal cour...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

This term the Supreme Court has a chance to overturn a decades-old decision that kept many property owners out of federal courts.



Law Practice, Criminal

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For years, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, non-gove...


The new Rule 5.5 modifies former Rule of Professional Conduct 1-300, titled “Unauthorized Practice of Law.”



It does not always occur to attorneys to formally close the matter internally and to send a file closing letter to a client.


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Take a look around you. Consider what is occurring throughout the country. An uneducated citizenry and one predominantly educa...



There are countless reasons why people who are sexually assaulted or abused do not report what happened: It’s painful. It’s em...


Military Law, Government, Criminal

This article not a judgment on the merits of capital punishment or its appropriateness in these cases, which include defendant...



California Supreme Court

Earn MCLE credit reviewing a recent Supreme Court case dealing with a conflict waiver that didn't quite get the job done.


Given the requirement to promptly refund unearned advance fees, once the disputed funds are identified and segregated, lawyers...



Probate, California Supreme Court

In a case of first impression, a California Court of Appeal recently held that only trustees and beneficiaries under a current...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Walking into the inner sanctum of a judge’s chambers, I immediately felt a sense of awe. Sure it was filled with lots of diplo...



Real Estate, Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

The affordable housing crisis in California is longstanding and well known. A recent California Court of Appeal decision addre...


Judges and Judiciary, Family

If you stop by family court for an hour, you will see lawyered-up C-suite executives and self-represented day laborers sitting...



Judges and Judiciary, Government

A little-known California constitutional provision allows courts to overturn election results due to defamation if the losing ...


When it comes to legal malpractice cases, there's rumor going around that "emotional distress damages" actually exist.



Law Practice, California Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

There is a new kind of risk in California law that affects the way cases should be analyzed, on appeal, in trial, through sett...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

At the end of last term, the U.S. Supreme Court hammered a bit deeper the wedge it had previously inserted between electronic ...



Government, Environmental & Energy, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently ruled that the public trust doctrine can apply to groundwater extraction, but the co...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Avoid quirky quarks

Sep. 10, 2018

Did you know that the subatomic particle, the quark, derives its name from Joyce’s impenetrable novel “Finnegan’s Wake”?



Law Practice

As football is America's favorite spectator sport, it is not surprising that many football terms have crept into our everyday ...


Law Practice

Adopting technologies can help lawyers reduce the risk or even the impact of the mistakes and client relations issues that can...



Possible federal action imposes grave immigration consequences on older adults and their families for accessing public benefits.


San Francisco’s law goes into effect in January, paving the way for it to become the largest city in the United States to ban ...



Law Practice, California Supreme Court

The unmistakable takeaways from a recent California Supreme Court ruling: (1) Clients get notice. Period. No exceptions. And (...


Administrative/Regulatory

Lawyers face unique ethical and professional issues when representing cannabis businesses.



Law Practice, California Courts of Appeal

A Court of Appeal ruling muddles law concerning the applicable causation standard when a lawyer is sued for fraud or intention...


International Law, Litigation & Arbitration, Civil Litigation

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Senate Bill 766 amends the California International Arbitration statute with new rules for California ...



As soon as something goes wrong in a representation, the first instinct for many attorneys may be to turn to colleagues for ad...


Judges and Judiciary, Government

Since the last effort in 2000, there has been little public discourse about the need to put a constitutional amendment on the ...