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Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

When a new pope is selected by the assemblage of cardinals at the Vatican, the papal conclave releases white smoke into the sk...


Labor/Employment

Ninth Circuit and the Department of Labor clarify when an intern is entitled to minimum wages and other employment benefits. ...



Books, Law Practice

Jack Walker's powerful, insightful and moving "Eye Corps: Coming of Age at the DMZ," details his experiences as a recon patr...


Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court

High school journalism has been losing ground since the 1970s due to education budget cuts -- and rulings of the U.S. Supreme ...



Administrative/Regulatory

The Federal Communications Commission defied the facts, flouted the law, and ignored the will of millions of Americans when it...


U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal, Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court

People v. Buza provides an opportunity to ensure that fewer people in the state are convicted of crimes they did not commit an...



Tax, Government, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

Here, we have tried to provide an early and high-level overview of federal income tax issues with which California attorneys s...


Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Criminal

Two weeks ago, body camera footage of the police killing of Daniel Shaver flooded news outlets across the country, along with ...



Contracts, Appellate Practice, California Courts of Appeal

A cautionary tale on the perils of "plugging in" those standard settlement terms when more careful drafting is warranted.


Constitutional Law, Administrative/Regulatory, Government, California Supreme Court

Imagine that you're one of the more than 350,000 women in California who becomes unexpectedly pregnant every year. Maybe you f...



Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Can court outreach inspire the public to dialogue with opposing factions on contentious social issues? It did just that with a...


Judges and Judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

Although the courts' hesitancy to give guidance for future cases seems maddening at first blush, there is some method to that ...



Administrative/Regulatory, Government

As Los Angeles County's first cannabis management officer, it is my job to implement the cannabis regulatory policies of the L...


Real Estate

California is a leader in promoting alternative energy sources, including the use of solar power in connection with residences...



California Supreme Court, Labor/Employment, Constitutional Law

The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of California's "mandatory mediation and conciliation" p...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

Cake goes to court

Dec. 6, 2017

As fires consumed the outskirts of the Los Angeles basin fueled by strong Santa Anas, religious fervor heated up Tuesday morni...



Corporate, Transportation

Last month, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, issued a harsh criticism of Tesla, stating that its fixed costs ...


Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Judges and Judiciary, Constitutional Law

In 1962, Dorothy and Lincoln Mulkey were living and working in Santa Ana in pursuit of the American Dream.



Judges and Judiciary

His extraordinary legal career and life in the service of others reflected the great courage with which he served as a United ...


Judges and Judiciary, Appellate Practice

Perfectly acceptable words can become detestable through overuse and misuse. "Incredibly" and "iconic" vie for first place on ...



Year in Review Column, U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that venue in patent cases based on where a corporation "resides" is limi...


Civil Rights, Obituaries, Judges and Judiciary, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

In just the last few days, one charmed Prince Harry has gotten engaged and another Prince Harry has left us.



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of California provided a key link in the evolutionary chain of school desegre...


Labor/Employment, Corporate

I have to join in the chorus of voices asking: How can this be? Who is to blame? What can we do?



Government, Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Military Law

In the early 1980s, I had the honor of representing a group of 11 Japanese-American World War II soldiers. Each soldier had co...


Employee stock options are a great perk, but they can be complicated. By Robert W. Wood



Judges and Judiciary, Government

Since the current focus in Washington is on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is easy to overlook t...


Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights

Doss v. Bernal was filed in 1943. The plaintiffs alleged that permitting Mexicans to live in the neighborhood would cause them...



Government, Military Law, Civil Rights, Administrative/Regulatory

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 raises serious due process issues and procedural barriers acut...


Family, Administrative/Regulatory, Native Americans

While the Indian Child Welfare Act has its detractors, numerous national child welfare organizations tout it as the "gold stan...