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Two new laws restricting the creation and distribution of so-called “deepfake” videos – Assembly Bills 602 and 730 – will beco...

Civil Rights, Military Law

The law isn’t doing the job. The #MeToo Movement hasn’t made a difference. What about the movies?

Appellate Practice


Jan. 6, 2020

New Year’s opening: no resolutions. At my age, it’s too late. And no clichés about it never being too late.

Civil Litigation, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

With the new year quickly approaching, now is a good time to reflect on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ significant cas...

Government, Constitutional Law

Hurricane Harvey. Words that struck fear into many Texans a couple of years ago. The pain still lingers — as does the litigati...


The new laws, most of which take effect Jan. 1, 2020, cover a wide area from wage and hour and work classification to hairstyl...

Law Practice, Banking, Corporate

Finding efficient solutions for high profile clients

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the federal Fair Housing Act with the goal to “guarantee a basic American ...

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...

Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports

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

Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary


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...

State Bar & Bar Associations

Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

“This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes.” We have all heard this statement when we are on the phone with pr...

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.

Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary


Nov. 4, 2019

Contempt for education threatens democratic institutions.

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

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...

Civil Rights, Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

The system looks good on paper. However, in actual practice it is terrible. The rights of seniors and other adults with disabi...


What is a kill zone?

Oct. 31, 2019

Understanding the myriad sources of confusion

Civil Litigation, Law Practice, 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 ...

Judges and Judiciary

Bankers know to the penny how much money they are managing in their financial institution. Elections are based on the actual n...

Criminal, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

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...