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U.S. Supreme Court, Labor/Employment, Government

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s effort to turn the Occupational Safety and Health Admi...


Practitioners representing survivors of sexual abuse sue the State of the Vatican City (i.e., Holy See) because they argue tha...



What appellate courts have said about Penal Code Section 1170.91


Law Practice

Set new habits in 2022

Jan. 5, 2022

A few “resolutions” for attorneys aimed at fixing five bad habits that are all too common and that can create unnecessary risk...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Will try to be optimistic about the future. Sorry, I can only try. But I can be certain about a resolution that is an acknowle...


Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

A victim of domestic violence is expected to speak to dozens of players up and down the chain of our various legal systems, fr...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

In a world where our disagreements often drive the narrative, I’d like to take a moment to explore areas of agreement. It is p...


Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice, Covid Court Ops

As 2021 comes to an end, we wanted to report on what the Los Angeles County Superior Court has been able to do this year and p...



Law Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Members of the legal community should be societal leaders and live up to the California attorney’s oath, which contains the fo...


U.S. Supreme Court, Education Law, Civil Rights

Should racial preferences in university admissions be legal? The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to revisit that hotly d...



Despite having knowledge of major deficiencies with every part of the probate conservatorship system, Chief Justice Tani Canti...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The State Bar's justifications for the program ultimately fall flat.



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

The Finality Line

Dec. 10, 2021

Where the Legislature is silent about retroactivity, courts presume that the new statute will apply to all defendants whose ca...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

Much has been about the State Bar of California’s proposed paraprofessional program which would allow nonlawyers to practice l...



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

District Judge Roger T. Benitez applied the Supreme Court’s Heller test, holding that California’s ban was unconstitutional (a...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

On December 1, the Supreme Court’s engagement on the topic of abortion was much more public and formal. A nearly two-hour-long...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

To argue that prohibiting states from restricting pre-viability abortions allows the Supreme Court to avoid the philosophical ...


Lawyers hoping to find goodies in their stocking should take stock of whether they have been “nice” lawyers in 2021. When Sant...



Military Law, Government, Law Practice

It’s beginning to look a lot like bias / Everywhere you go / Take a look at Cal and the feds, not listening once again / Just ...


The consequences from addiction — or even single incidents of intoxication — can be life-altering.



U.S. Supreme Court

Along the California coast, we have a case where the rhetoric of property and liberty have met the reality of the California C...


Government, Civil Rights

Houses of worship must be kept safe, secure and welcoming for all members and visitors. And we must come together to stand in ...



Administrative/Regulatory, Environmental & Energy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a “Strategic Roadmap” that sets forth the agency’s comprehensive plan...


Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations, U.S. Supreme Court

The majority of federal district courts -- including those in California -- have enacted local rules requiring admission to th...



9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Technology, Data Privacy, Civil Litigation

The federal appellate court recently issued an important ruling that helps clear the way for accountability for the private co...


By this time next year, following the November 8, 2022, midterm election, we should know whether the California Changes to Med...



James Bond, the dashing and impossibly clever spy, always bested the bad guys thanks to the deep pockets of technology and int...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

For several decades now, the federal and California courts have been debating -- blessedly, not to the point of fisticuffs -- ...



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

The U.S. Supreme Court on October 29 agreed to review a 9th Circuit decision that broadly construed the right of individuals t...


The Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act is a bipartisan bill -- an all-too-uncommon phenomenon in today's political environ...