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Law Practice, Corporate, Banking

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...

Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property

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.

Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice


Nov. 4, 2019

Contempt for education threatens democratic institutions.

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

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

Constitutional Law, Government

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

Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights, 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...

California Supreme Court, Criminal, 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...

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

Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights

The Judicial Council has been misinforming the judiciary about the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act since t...

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...