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Tax, Government

The California Exodus

Oct. 9, 2019

How to stay golden when migrating from the Golden State


Government, Constitutional Law

Impeachment

Oct. 8, 2019

Shouting and blasting from synagogues to Washington DC



What ethical obligations arise when an attorney is required to withdraw from representation because the client’s claim(s) lack...


Due increasing lateral movement, it is more important than ever that firms take a close look at who they are hiring and how to...



In a 4-3 decision, and after many months of deliberation, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling on Sept. 16 in Bru...


Judges and Judiciary

Judges should be held to the highest of ethical standards, and there's no reason they should keep a reward, like a pension, if...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

A bankruptcy proceeding isn’t ordinarily what you think of as a Supreme Court blockbuster. But when the bankruptcy proceeding ...


Government, Civil Rights

The Los Angeles City Council is on the verge of enacting our own Right to Counsel Program, providing legal counsel to tenants ...



Environmental & Energy

With climate change at our doorstep, our state leaders know we don’t have time to wait until the next drought to create a more...


State Bar & Bar Associations

Based upon a long line of California cases, a new ethics opinion acknowledges the potential dual benefits to both clients and ...



Law Practice

Sometimes, a lawyer might be the first responder


Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

In a recent case of first impression, the California Supreme Court considered whether settling with a party in a multiparty to...



Civil Litigation, Government

Assembly Bill 1270 (Stone) is an attempt to expand the False Claims Act to allow the attorney general, local prosecutors and p...


Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has rejected the government's attempt to require a youth probationer, as a condition of release, ...



Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The Jagged Shore

Aug. 20, 2019

The shore defining the boundary of indigent defendants' constitutional right to forestall or forego liability for certain asse...


Criminal, Constitutional Law

States are increasingly recognizing that lives can be saved by Extreme Risk Protection laws, which enable people who exhibit ...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Are we in the midst of a similar trend in formal legal writing, relaxing the use of contractions? Are the few judicial contrac...


Law Practice

WHY?

Aug. 5, 2019

August — the month that many of my readers are on vacation. So why write an August column? Other columnists take off a month o...



Military Law, Government

Disposable Warriors

Aug. 5, 2019

We send them there. We break them. Then we take away their benefits.


Immigration, Government

Our country can uphold both national security and its commitment to refugee protection. Indeed, it's done exactly that for dec...



Government, Constitutional Law

Last month, the San Francisco City Council voted to prohibit city agencies from using facial recognition software on municipal...


Currently pending before the California Supreme Court is an issue that calls into question the motivations of California offic...



State Bar & Bar Associations

Now that California has adopted its own version of ABA rule 8.4, Misconduct, it is increasingly apparent that an attorney´s of...


State Bar & Bar Associations

The California State Bar Ethics Committee recently joined the discussion regarding legal services to cannabis clients in a pro...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Rub a dub dub

Jul. 23, 2019

There may now be three justices open to moving away from substantive due process as the basis for incorporating the rights the...


In May 2015, The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board asked readers, “Could you live in L.A. on $221 a month?” The answer then, a...



Law Practice

To market, to market!

Jul. 12, 2019

Ethical lawyer advertising can be like a high-wire act.


Judges and Judiciary

They profoundly influence our lives. They can be found all over the world. When not fulfilling their mission, they blend in wi...



The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at the end of 2017 doubled the estate and gift tax exemption. With much aplomb, it was announ...


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

On the morning of September 28 last year, Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. A few hours...