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Law Practice

Lawyers have a duty to communicate with their clients. And they have many options regarding the means they use to do so. These...


As the asset-light business model for hotel companies has become de rigueur, long-term management contracts have taken on incr...



“What am I supposed to do, just die in prison?” I was seated just outside the dilapidated holding cell adjacent to the courtro...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

A moral dilemma

May 8, 2019

So am I going to go ahead with my novel? I’m thinking about it.



Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

To produce sufficient food and fiber to feed California, the nation and the world, Central Valley farmers use synthetic and o...


From ancient times, people have erected statues celebrating significant figures of their eras. As times change, such monuments...



Civil Rights

Imagine being a teenage girl and locked up in a juvenile detention facility. Now imagine being sexually assaulted up to 10 tim...


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediators persist in efforts to rebuild and renew. The destroyers and innovative creators of the last 856 years in the evolvin...



It is not enough to be competent with the “black letter” principles. Lawyers will be competent only if they are aware of the ...


There’s a legitimate debate about how best to balance public coastal access with private property rights. But there should be ...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

Yet another example of the sacrifices military families make


Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

On April 17, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association will celebrate its Forty Fourth Anniversary at a dinner at th...



California Supreme Court, Law Practice

Our Selma

Apr. 3, 2019

“Our Selma” is an apt description of this person we so love and respect. This affectionate possessive was how retired Supreme ...


Law Practice, Civil Rights

New York did it. San Francisco and Newark did it. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Connecticut and other jurisdictions are considerin...



Constitutional Law, Civil Litigation

Manufacturers may soon find themselves back in the hot seat after a March 14 decision from the Connecticut Supreme Court.


Brenda F. Harbin-Forte, a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court, has researched and written about African-American women ...



Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by declaring a moratorium on executions in California and even tweeting out images of the execu...


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

The 9th Circuit recently upheld a Santa Monica ordinance regulating short-term rentals companies. This decision is a win not j...



Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The schizophrenic Sixth

Mar. 20, 2019

The Bible may say, “No one can serve two masters.” But do these words of wisdom apply to the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel?


Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

Projected admissibility

Mar. 18, 2019

A July 2017 paper on quantum mechanics suggests the future influences the present. Our Supreme Court appears to have to come t...



The new tax law created an incentive program which encourages investors to make long-term financial investments in opportunity...


Judges and Judiciary, California Supreme Court

The funds may be used to defray the travel expenses of law students and graduate students needing to access archival materials...



In recent years, courts have shown little hesitation in imposing severe sanctions on attorneys if the court determines that th...


In the battle between desire for public access and environmental preservation, respecting property rights is the best solution



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Take a breath

Mar. 4, 2019

When I use commas, it’s so the reader can take a break.


In September, California became the first state to ban the sale of most cosmetics tested on animals. The passage of Senate Bil...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

On Wednesday, in the first part of this series I urged dissolving barriers among members of the legal profession. Here, I note...


Intellectual Property, U.S. Supreme Court

The Patent Office’s new guidance aims to upend the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank on two fronts.



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Congress never intended to allow these fees to be set so high.


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, State Bar & Bar Associations

Trial judges and appellate justices rarely interact across their courts. Judges and lawyers have sporadic, desultory contact a...