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Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Thanks, and I mean it

Dec. 3, 2018

This, my last column for the year, leans toward the sentimental, but I hope not the maudlin.


Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Joshua Groban as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court.



Law Practice

Over the years I have participated in so many panel discussions that I lost count. But the panel I was on last week made an im...


Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

The U.S. government began regulating falconers and falconry practices in the 1970s. In 2008, the regulations were modified to ...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

When the doors of this fifth principal courthouse opened six decades ago, it was heralded as the "Dream Courthouse" and the "C...


Law Practice

As of Jan. 1, 2019, veterans sentenced prior to Jan. 1, 2015 will have an opportunity to go back to court and ask for a senten...



Native Americans, Family, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

The Indian Child Welfare Act, and potentially tribal sovereignty, suffered a significant setback last week when a federal cour...


Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

This term the Supreme Court has a chance to overturn a decades-old decision that kept many property owners out of federal courts.



Law Practice, Criminal

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For years, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, non-gove...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Take a look around you. Consider what is occurring throughout the country. An uneducated citizenry and one predominantly educa...



There are countless reasons why people who are sexually assaulted or abused do not report what happened: It’s painful. It’s em...


Military Law, Government, Criminal

This article not a judgment on the merits of capital punishment or its appropriateness in these cases, which include defendant...



Probate, California Supreme Court

In a case of first impression, a California Court of Appeal recently held that only trustees and beneficiaries under a current...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Walking into the inner sanctum of a judge’s chambers, I immediately felt a sense of awe. Sure it was filled with lots of diplo...



Real Estate, Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

The affordable housing crisis in California is longstanding and well known. A recent California Court of Appeal decision addre...


Judges and Judiciary, Family

If you stop by family court for an hour, you will see lawyered-up C-suite executives and self-represented day laborers sitting...



Judges and Judiciary, Government

A little-known California constitutional provision allows courts to overturn election results due to defamation if the losing ...


Law Practice, California Supreme Court, Appellate Practice

There is a new kind of risk in California law that affects the way cases should be analyzed, on appeal, in trial, through sett...



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

At the end of last term, the U.S. Supreme Court hammered a bit deeper the wedge it had previously inserted between electronic ...


Government, Environmental & Energy, Constitutional Law, California Courts of Appeal

The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently ruled that the public trust doctrine can apply to groundwater extraction, but the co...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Avoid quirky quarks

Sep. 10, 2018

Did you know that the subatomic particle, the quark, derives its name from Joyce’s impenetrable novel “Finnegan’s Wake”?


Law Practice

As football is America's favorite spectator sport, it is not surprising that many football terms have crept into our everyday ...



Possible federal action imposes grave immigration consequences on older adults and their families for accessing public benefits.


San Francisco’s law goes into effect in January, paving the way for it to become the largest city in the United States to ban ...



Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

California’s record-breaking wildfires in 2018 raise not only climate change and forest management issues, but also spotlight ...


International Law, Litigation & Arbitration, Civil Litigation

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Senate Bill 766 amends the California International Arbitration statute with new rules for California ...



Judges and Judiciary, Government

Since the last effort in 2000, there has been little public discourse about the need to put a constitutional amendment on the ...


Law Practice

With the academic year underway, first-year law school students need to be aware of the "seven deadly sins," critical missteps...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

As UCI’s law school celebrates its 10th anniversary, ranked 21st among all the nation’s law schools, reviewing those early com...


California Courts of Appeal, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Why were three companies singled out to pay an enormous “public nuisance” bill? Because in the first half of the 20th century,...