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The floodgates protecting truly professional conduct of the legal profession were opened on June 27, 1977, the day the U.S. Su...

Judges and Judiciary

Ballot designation blues

Dec. 11, 2019

In October 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 235, which amended Elections Code Section 13107 to call for the ...

Law Practice

A veteran’s access to a lawyer can mean the difference between living under a roof or under a bridge

Family, California Courts of Appeal

A recent case has deepened a split of authority in dependency law. The split concerns one of the most frequently litigated gro...

Multiple sources have helped establish the principle that lawyers may ethically represent clients operating in the cannabis in...

Law Practice

Attorneys are often asked by their clients, “What do you think is going to happen?” or “What is this case worth?” Through expe...

The California Legislature has seen fit to add a new tolling exception to the statute which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports

Two high-profile cases have highlighted certain aspects of music copyright infringement litigation which have become quite con...

Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice


Dec. 3, 2019

This, my December column occurs in the month when many readers may be vacationing, a perfect time to let it all “hang out” and...

Civil Rights

Whatever it takes

California Courts of Appeal

A new day has dawned with the California Supreme Court’s approval of new Rule 3.3, Candor Toward the Tribunal, last November. ...

Because 150 people became homeless every day, homelessness rose by 12% last year. We will never end homelessness if we only he...

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate

While the expense associated with sophisticated M&A counsel may seem excessive, especially to first-time sellers, the real...

Among the flurry of bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October were Assembly Bill 61 and Assembly Bill 1493, which expand th...

Criminal, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court recently brought welcome clarity to the law of the kill zone theory. But even after the latest ru...

Law Practice, Civil Rights

Elijah Cummings, Daniel Goodman and George Washington.

Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice


Nov. 4, 2019

Contempt for education threatens democratic institutions.

Constitutional Law, Administrative/Regulatory, U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court should prevent further erosion of the lines drawn by the Constitution and strike down the CFPB's for-cause r...

Government, Constitutional Law

Law enforcement agencies in San Diego County were early adopters of hand-held facial recognition technology. Now these SoCal c...


What is a kill zone?

Oct. 31, 2019

Understanding the myriad sources of confusion

Law Practice, Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

The whole truth

Oct. 30, 2019

Even our friends who lack a J.D. know, a witness typically swears that she will tell not just the truth, and not just nothing ...

Labor/Employment, Civil Rights

It was recently reported that Ernst & Young subjected women employees to “training” that would keep the company’s men happy.

California Courts of Appeal, Criminal, California Supreme Court

Shocks: after or fore?

Oct. 22, 2019

The California Supreme Court’s strict circumscription of the “kill zone” theory in a recent case was no doubt designed to shor...

U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law

My radical proposal is this: Where a state court misapplies — or even cites and then ignores — Supreme Court precedent, the Su...

Tax, Government

The California Exodus

Oct. 9, 2019

How to stay golden when migrating from the Golden State

Government, Constitutional Law


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...