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U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

When officers stop a car for a traffic violation, they may employ a trained dog to sniff the vehicle for drugs. But how long m...


Constitutional Law, Criminal, U.S. Supreme Court

Can a person be guilty of federal bank fraud even where his scheme contemplates no deception of a bank? ...



In the ordinary criminal case, if an accused's conduct is prohibited by the plain text of a statutory provision, the person is...


Law Office Management

The Urge to Exclaim

Sep. 2, 2014

In legal writing, don't give in to the urge to exclaim. ...



Law Office Management

Your Own Style

Aug. 2, 2014

Even in legal writing, find your own style to create compelling communication. ...


Constitutional Law, Books

Erwin Chemerinsky is impressed and disturbed by Richard Epstein's The Classic Liberal Constitution. ...



The case may resolve a split between the 9th Circuit and the California Supreme Court as to whether proof of subjective intent...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Criminal

What happens if the officer was mistaken about the facts or the law such that, with the proper information considered, the off...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal

A recent opinion by the U.S. high court may significantly expand the class of Californians prohibited for life from possessing...


U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal

The U.S. high court recently issued an opinion explicating the elements of a federal aiding and abetting charge, providing the...



Criminal, Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, the U.S. high court granted certiorari in a case in which a litigant's right to a fair trial collides with the law'...


Law Office Management

The U.S. Supreme Court's docket has been filled with blockbuster cases in recent years. Will the upcoming term continue that t...



Constitutional Law, Books

The Great Dissent

Aug. 2, 2013

Erwin Chemerinsky reviews The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - and Changed the History of Free S...


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Ready, Aim, Mediate

Apr. 2, 2013

Tips on how to have a successful mediation. ...



Law Office Management

Erwin Chemerinsky discusses what should we look for at the gay marriage oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court in which advoc...


Law Office Management

UC Hastings law professor Rory Little on why liberals and and conservatives alike should embrace "standing" in the Prop. 8 sam...



Civil Litigation

The doctrine of "minimum contacts" takes on a new dimension when applied to a defendant who does business only over the Intern...


Law Office Management

Cases on the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming docket look to be as significant as those on last term's. ...



Don't be fooled - a public reproval for attorney misconduct can tarnish your image and hurt your business. ...


Know thy adversary - what the State Bar considers when deciding to close an inquiry or investigation. ...



Measures lawyers should take to secure client consent of the fee agreement. ...


U.S. Supreme Court

Our annual U.S. Supreme Court preview focuses on important issues that will confront new Associate Justice Elena Kagan and her...



Judges and Judiciary

A Moral Choice

Sep. 7, 2010

The moral of the story? Perhaps running against an exceptionally well-qualified judge demonstrates lack of judgment.


Judges and Judiciary

The unseating of San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer will have a far greater politicizing effect than many...



Law Office Management


Law Practice



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

Cases that run the gamut from free speech to the right against self-incrimination fill the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2009-10 docket...


Questions will remain surrounding the many people who entered into same-sex marriages during the window when it was legal. ...



Law Office Management

Agent of Change

Mar. 2, 2008

I do hospice volunteer work, offering care and support to residents during the last hours of their lives. The experience has ...


Law Office Management

The generation that came of age between the civil rights era and the Reagan revolution has had a profound impact on the practi...