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Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Our nation and our people are strongly but fairly evenly divided. Both sides claim the high ground. Too many of us irrationall...


California Supreme Court

‘Jurassic’ Wisdom

Jul. 20, 2021

A five-justice majority of the California Supreme Court recently held that appellate courts owed no deference to a trial court...



California Supreme Court, Civil Rights

It is time to approach the officials with ultimate responsibility over legal ethics and the delivery of competent legal servic...


U.S. Supreme Court, Government

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, a six-justice U.S. Supreme Court majority sent a message to the country: If you...



The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld your constitutional right to privacy of association. On July 1, in a 6-3 opinion in American...


According to data from the last Homeless Count in 2020, the city will have to house more than 66,000 people. Now it’s time to ...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

Even as the State Bar of California acknowledges mistakes regarding its stunning failure of regulatory oversight in the matter...


Judges and Judiciary

Just think if James Joyce were writing his magnum opus “Finnegans Wake” today on a computer, auto correct would drive him over...



The first impulse of an attorney on the receiving end of a legal malpractice claim may be to panic. Here are some helpful tips...


Government, U.S. Supreme Court

There has been much buzz about the surprising loquaciousness of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a statement regarding...



Law Practice, Civil Rights

The pop singer’s conservatorship case is a perfect example of why laws that “protect” the right to counsel have too many looph...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

In Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco, the Supreme Court spoke with one voice. Knick v. Township of Scott means what i...



Hats off to Public Counsel's Amanda Pertusati and Paul Hastings' Andy LeGolvan


Technology, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The majority opinion encourages Congress to amend Section 230 to legally mandate that platforms adopt automated content filter...



Unfortunately, the pop star’s experience is a common one for people with developmental disabilities or mental illness, whose f...


Law Practice, Civil Litigation

A win in a class action is a win for many. It is not only the members of the class action who are directly part of the settlem...



Law Practice, Civil Litigation

Every lawyer knows that filing a complaint in court is only the beginning of the litigation process. Like the opening kickoff ...


Health Care & Hospital Law, Family, Criminal

People living with HIV or AIDS must decide whether, how and when to disclose their positive status. In many states, different ...



Government, Constitutional Law

While Georgia, Texas and a plethora of other states look to undermine voting rights and further disenfranchise voters, right h...


When the Human Trafficking Institute began publishing an annual data set on human trafficking prosecutions in 2018, there was ...



Health Care & Hospital Law, Government, Criminal

While many other nations around the world have enacted broad reforms in recent decades to replace criminal sanctions with heal...


A federal judge’s recent opinion striking down California’s assault weapons ban has gained attention for its contrarian view t...



COVID-19 restrictions required adaption in all walks of life, particularly in public forums. The justice system learned to ada...


There once was a time when Angelenos with the misfortune of ending up in a car crash could at the very least count on an offic...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Revelations III

Jun. 7, 2021

Lately I’ve been thinking about judges searching for anonymity when taking a beating by a “higher” court.


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

Policymakers are preparing to make decisions before the California constitutional deadline of June 15 to pass the 2021-22 Cali...



Military Law, Legal Education

Two Army veterans, suffering from physical and mental injuries were discharged with less than honorable characterizations to t...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

A unanimous Supreme Court held that if the cops want to get inside your house and take your guns, they’re going to need a warr...



Last November, I was supposed to go home. I had served 17 years in prison for a crime I committed at age 20. I was granted cle...


A recent explosion of social science research documents the collateral consequences of pretrial incarceration, such as the los...