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Five years into California implementing the most sweeping change to state water law in a century, the first lawsuits are hitti...


Law Practice

300 years ago

Nov. 2, 2020

Arthur Gilbert and I have some things in common: we both have two first names — only mine, Gilbert Arthur, sounds literary. An...



We are now eight months into the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, which took effect in February. The act attempted t...


Mallika speaks to a deputy public defender about what the last decade of indigent defense work has taught her about the diffic...



While Assembly Bill 3234 has been touted as a saving grace for first-time misdemeanor offenders who may be offered diversion b...


Earlier this month, a federal district court issued a ruling largely upholding the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 32, a la...



Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether to review Johnson v. Monsanto, a product-liability case that spawned ten...


Data Privacy, Government

Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act, offers a potential solution to the EU’s call for action after invalidating ...



Civil Rights, California Supreme Court

“It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours,” Harvey Milk said after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Sup...


On Nov. 3, California's electorate will vote on Proposition 19, a constitutional amendment that would substantially restrict p...



U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases involving Arizona’s prohibition of so-called “ballot...


Judges and Judiciary, Community News

Last week, the Kern County Multicultural Bar Alliance held a panel addressing the important issue of the elimination of bias f...



Increasingly, our armed forces are imperiled by toxic hazards that have adverse effects on their health. Those who served in I...


On Sept. 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted certain amendments to the procedural requirements and resubmission...



Probate, Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

This recently enacted federal legislation has dramatically changed estate planning for retirement benefits.


The bill codifies an employer’s reporting requirements in the event of COVID-19 infections at the workplace and clarifies Cal/...



Covid Columns, Civil Litigation

On Sept. 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Senate Bill 1146, codifying current COVID-19 Emergency Rules of Court 11 and 12 as Cal...


Criminal, Government, Covid Columns, Administrative/Regulatory

Significant infusions of government resources into the private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted focus on a ne...



Law Practice

A column about columns

Oct. 5, 2020

Number 299, but who’s really counting?


Judges and Judiciary, Covid Columns

COVID-19 has not stopped judicial outreach programs. But it will change them. Judicial outreach will emerge stronger and bette...



Defining “medical necessity” in the context of medical and surgical benefits has already been a challenge for health care, and...


Entertainment & Sports, Covid Columns

As summer turns to fall, movie and TV production is just beginning to gear up in the face of a pandemic that is showing little...



Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

Neither the courts nor federal agencies have addressed whether an employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement is lawful...


Covid Columns, Law Office Management, Real Estate

Businesses and investors can get ahead by embracing the changes that are here to stay.



Alternative Dispute Resolution

Parties use a judge pro tem to ensure a decision maker is knowledgeable in the law applicable to the dispute as well as having...


Labor/Employment, Covid Columns

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to impose notice, record keeping and safety obligations on employers in Ca...



Entertainment & Sports, Covid Columns, Health Care & Hospital Law

The COVID-19 edition of the 2020 NCAA college football season is unlike any of the previous 150 seasons.


Legal Education, State Bar & Bar Associations

In 2018, 55% of Californians at all income levels experienced at least one civil legal problem in their household, yet nearly ...



Law Practice, Covid Columns, State Bar & Bar Associations

The “diploma privilege” boils down to full faith and credit access to justice for “Us” and no faith and credit for “Them,” mea...


Labor/Employment, Covid Columns, Tax

President Trump issued an executive memorandum last month to allow payroll tax deferral for employees in response to the ongoi...