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Law Practice, Civil Rights


Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

It is no secret that in 1776, when the Founding Fathers wrote the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People” did not i...



State Bar & Bar Associations

Lawyers, this is your cue: It’s time to step up to the plate. Especially young lawyers and law students.


Military Law, Civil Rights

In the military, Jackie Robinson took a stand within a racist system



Constitutional Law, Government

President Donald Trump’s constant attacks on the judiciary are a violation of the separation of powers set out in the U.S. Con...


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...



Entertainment & Sports, Labor/Employment, 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...


A recent decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal may explain why some litigants and lawyers don’t know when to stop. As t...



California Supreme Court, Criminal

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...


In California the judge’s Oath of Office begins, “I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Unit...



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...



State Bar & Bar Associations

In order to improve access to legal services, the State Bar should promote the use of online attorney referral and matching sy...


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



In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others in California and beyo...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice

The ABA recently issued an ethics opinion to clarify the line between legitimate advocacy and conduct that would violate Model...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

There’s a fine line separating legal “puffery” from outright lying.


Legal Education, Law Practice

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



Constitutional Law, Law Practice

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...



Next in the Negotiating Trauma & the Law Series, interview with Fresno-based immigration lawyer on the importance of givin...


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...