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State Bar & Bar Associations

The State Bar of California’s sale of its ethics examination to the National Conference of Bar Examiners in 1980 and its deleg...


When clients choose their attorneys, they place faith in the attorney to handle the matter effectively and consistently with t...



Three California civil rights enforcement agencies are effectively missing in action when it comes to protecting people with d...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

In Caniglia v. Strom, 20-157, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide whether there is a “community caretaker” exc...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, California Courts of Appeal

Revelations II

May 3, 2021

The intriguing title of my February column “Revelations” was an intimate look (not exposé) on how appellate opinions are “proc...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Legal Education, Law Practice

Most state bars incorrectly think so.



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in a case asking whether you have the right to privacy when you make charitab...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, California Courts of Appeal

As presiding justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal, Division 2, in Riverside, I come into contact with the men and women...



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

State-licensed marijuana businesses have high IRS audit rates and face big challenges to minimize their federal tax burden. On...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Our duty to uphold the rule of law includes supporting judicial safety.



The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office created a process to prioritize examination of trademark applications covering certain CO...


An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case is highlighting the need to pay greater attention to the justices’ conflicts of interest a...



The board of trustees of the State Bar of California will be reviewing the Annual Discipline Report on Friday. During the meet...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Law Practice, Immigration

The State Bar of California is pushing forward a set of proposals that would license nonattorneys to practice law and further ...



Military Law, Law Practice

The veteran community has unique needs as a client base which differ from civilian clientele. Consider some examples: A vetera...


Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

When U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney dismissed charges against defendants in the Central District of California for the fail...



Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

Los Angeles County Superior Court’s restraining order courts in a year of emergency.


U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law

The Supreme Court is poised to review the standard for a defendant to successfully show that an error in federal constitutiona...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Letters, Law Practice

Ralph Baxter and Zachariah DeMeola believe the legal system is broken. Their arguments for why and how nonlawyer ownership of ...


Military Law

Wanna bet which proves more effective in speeding up justice for veterans… more government regulations or class action lawyers?



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Public officials, even judges, may sometimes give voice to social issues


The top-down approach to conservatorship reform has been tried for nearly 15 years with very little success. Perhaps it is tim...



Tax, International Law

Before gifting to foreign charities (through checks, credit cards or Venmo), consider that charitable giving outside this coun...


Law Practice, Law Office Management

The experience of managing a law firm during the 12-plus months since California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his March 19, 2020, ...



As the administrative state has expanded, so too has the importance of the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA ensures public scr...


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

A fundamental aspect of private property is that the owner can choose whom to let onto the property and who to exclude as a tr...



Military Law, Civil Rights

Does the military really want women in its ranks?


Constitutional Law

A recent 9th Circuit decision was the first appellate ruling to permit a lawsuit to proceed on a challenge to forced membershi...



A measure relating to appointed legal counsel in probate conservatorships was recently introduced into the California Assembly.


San Francisco lost sight of a simple truth when it decided that condo conversions presented an opportunity to require property...