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Law Practice, Appellate Practice

In 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 274, granting California’s family and juvenile courts the discretion to recognize...


Labor/Employment, Judges and Judiciary

The law opens the door for judicial professionals who meet the law’s criteria to step into new and important roles, such as wo...



U.S. Supreme Court, Health Care & Hospital Law

The outcome of this case will have real-world implications on the fate of individual beneficiaries of programs such as Medicai...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

The case is poised to test whether the Constitution's structure and the separation of powers protect all states' policy choice...



My profile did not fit the societal view of someone that would find themselves in a psychiatric hospital. However, there were ...


The law treats parents who do not support gender transition as presumptively unfit.



Government, Ediscovery

Touhy Exposed

Oct. 13, 2022

Pushing back on federal agencies’ attempts to immunize themselves from subpoenas


Law Practice, Appellate Practice

One of the best things I have ever done to establish credibility in jury selection is to memorize all of the names in the pros...



U.S. Supreme Court

Epochal Decisions

Oct. 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court forecasts a devolution of power to the state legislatures as the vehicles of democracy, which assumes t...


Government, Ediscovery

What is new with CPRA?

Oct. 12, 2022

When responding to public records requests public agencies and attorneys alike are forced to address competing fundamental int...



Law schools and bar associations don’t accurately track the numbers of students and lawyers with disabilities, and the stigma ...


Technology, Civil Rights

Rarely have Joe Biden and Clarence Thomas agreed upon anything. But their mutual recognition that something must be done to li...



Real Estate, Civil Litigation

When a drug house burdens a community, an enforcement agency should explore Drug Abatement/Red Light Abatement Actions.


California Supreme Court

Companies that market expressive works should avoid relying on anti-SLAPP to protect promotional claims and should be mindful ...



U.S. Supreme Court, Judges and Judiciary

Parody as advocacy

Oct. 7, 2022

The Onion’s brief can fairly be described as a parody of a Supreme Court brief. Reading it raises the interesting question tha...


California’s Family Law Courts are quietly changing how they serve divorcing couples and their families. Here’s an easy fix.



U.S. Supreme Court, Intellectual Property

As new technology develops, it seems that the requirement of human expression, whether in creating an original work or transfo...


Torts/Personal Injury, Military Law

Are the kids okay?

Oct. 5, 2022

What we don’t know yet is what other birth defects or conditions will develop in the children of parents who were exposed to t...



Law Practice, Appellate Practice

What’s it to you?

Oct. 3, 2022

So lately grammar, its metamorphosis, something like K’s Metamorphoses, has become de rigueur.


Land Use, Government, Environmental & Energy

Data shows number of environmental review lawsuits remain low while California communities reap benefits from strong protections



Law Practice, Administrative/Regulatory

Assembly Bill 156, signed by Governor Newsom on Sept. 27, will help attorneys and consumers recognize whether they have a lice...


Judges and Judiciary, Bankruptcy

While it may not be obvious at first glance, the Texas Two-Step cuteness and other similar bankruptcy ploys that scream bad fa...



Antitrust & Trade Reg.

At its simplest formulation, the duty of loyalty is focused predominantly on conflicts of interest.


For example, coverage for such claims under a CGL policy is unlikely because an insured’s false representation or false advert...



In The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles report, it was estimated that Black Americans in Los Angeles have a median wealth of $4,...


Constitutional Law

The Supreme Court will again review prosecutors’ attempts to utilize the federal wire and honest services fraud statutes to ex...



Environmental & Energy, California Supreme Court

Swimming with the bees

Sep. 26, 2022

The Chief Justice is telling us, I think, that the issue in the case is not simply whether, in ordinary parlance, bumble bees ...


Even with planning, the estates of artists and other creators can present complex valuation problems because of the unique nat...



International Law

It is always recommended that immigration attorneys take preemptive measures to make sure their foreign clients are prepared f...


Civil Litigation, Administrative/Regulatory

Although it may take some time to fully implement and require adjustment by the various stakeholders, this system is sure to b...