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Contra Costa Lawyer February 2011

February 2011 – The Green Issue

Highlights from the “Green” issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer include articles on tax incentives for ‘going green’ (Shiva Moosoun and Mark Ericsson), solar power in California (Pippin Brehler), certifying your law office as a green business (Robin Bedell-Waite and Kristen Thall Peters), building efficiency in California (Pippin Brehler), as well as the greening of the Contra Costa County Superior Court (Kiri Torre), and FTC proposed changes to Green Marketing Guides (Cyrus Wadia).

Welcome to the Green Edition!

Welcome to the Green Edition!

Welcome to the inaugural electronic issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer – appropriately themed Green!

With this new online-only format, the Contra Costa County Bar Association is reducing its carbon footprint while …

February 2011 President's Message

February 2011 President’s Message

Welcome to our very first online issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer! I think I can speak on behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the editorial board when I say that we are …

Government Green for Going Green

Government Green for Going Green

Few things in life exceed the pleasure of qualifying for a tax credit.  A credit is money in the bank because it reduces a taxpayer’s taxes, dollar for dollar.  When the government wants to do …

The Sun’s Rising Power in California

The Sun’s Rising Power in California

California is quickly developing substantial solar generating capacity.  Increasing energy prices, federal economic stimulus funding and concerns over security from reliance on foreign energy sources and to protect natural resources are driving investment in renewable …

Certifying Your Law Office as a Green Business

Certifying Your Law Office as a Green Business

THE BAY AREA GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM offers a path towards environmentally friendly operations for your business—and then rewards you for it!  More specifically, the Program has laid out specific standards in …

California Delivers Building Efficiency

California Delivers Building Efficiency

It is the policy of the State of California to minimize energy consumption.  This is founded in large part on a “loading order” that prioritizes efficiency to reduce generation demand, followed first by demand response …

The Contra Costa County Superior Court is Going “Green”

The Contra Costa County Superior Court is Going “Green”

The new Arnason Justice Center, which opened to the public on November 15, 2010, is a “green”/sustainably designed building receiving LEED[1] Silver certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The design was inspired …

Countering Greenwashing: FTC Proposes Changes to Green Marketing Guides

Countering Greenwashing: FTC Proposes Changes to Green Marketing Guides

In my article “It’s Not Easy Being ‘Green’” from the Fall 2010 issue of the State Bar of California’s New Matter magazine, I discussed the concept of “greenwashing,” i.e., the act …

Google

Marketing Your Practice with Google: Elements of a Successful Website

Before You Get Started, Have the Right Website in Place

Last time we wrote about the benefits of online advertising and now we are going to discuss some preliminary issues to consider before embarking …

How to Resolve Fee Disputes with your Client: Fee Arbitration and Mediation Program

When Your Client Has Not Paid Your Bill

If your client has repeatedly ignored your attempts to communicate and resolve your unpaid fee — follow these steps:

  1. Under Business and Professions Code § …
2011 CCCBA Officer Installation Lunch [Photos]

2011 CCCBA Officer Installation Lunch [Photos]

Thank you for joining us at our annual Officer Installation Luncheon, featuring the Honorable Consuelo Maria Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and our Presiding Judge Diana Becton!

A big ‘thank you’ also to our …

Arnason Justice Center - New Juvenile And Family Law Calendars

Arnason Justice Center – New Juvenile And Family Law Calendars

With the opening of the new Arnason Justice on November 15, 2010, the communities in East County will enjoy a beautiful state-of-the-art facility which houses four Criminal Departments and the Traffic/UD/DV/CH/Small Claims Department, as well …

News from the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court

News from the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court

Ironically, many attorneys are not experts on expert witnesses. This situation was fresh on the mind of Judge Ed Weil and his pupilage group, consisting of Bonnie Johnson, Robin Pearson, Kenneth Strongman, Laureen Bethards, Jay Chafetz, …

February 2011 Bar Soap

February 2011 Bar Soap

Hey, I am getting pretty good at this typewriter thing. Move over, Herb Caen. Well, perhaps he has already moved over. Anyone here who does not know who Herb Caen was? No, he was not …

Artistic Director Patrick Dooley, next to the solar panels that make The Ashby Stage the first 100% solar powered live theater in the county.

Green Theater: The Shotgun Players

Shotgun Players is a non-profit company that has been creating artistically excellent, innovative theatre in Berkeley since 1992.  Founding Artistic Director Patrick Dooley started our company with four eager actors and …

Three New Ethics Opinions

Three New Ethics Opinions

There are three new ethics opinions that are ready to be finalized that will impact all practicing lawyers once they are published.  The first is Formal Opinion Interim No. 08-0001 that …

Gil Berkeley: A Career With Purpose

Gil Berkeley: A Career With Purpose

This month, we spotlight Gil Berkeley. Our readers are likely to know Gil as one of this county’s eminent business attorneys, whose practice focuses on counseling privately-held companies on real estate …

Is it worth the "cost" of going green? Why or why not?

Is it worth the “cost” of going green? Why or why not?

It’s worth the cost to do it for real, but certification is pretty silly.  In order to be certified as a Green Business, we’d have had to replace our single bottle of glass cleaner with …

If an island state vanishes, is it still a nation? [The Associated Press]

Fascinating article on the legal and political  implications of the devastating effects of climate change on the Marshall Islands.  “If climate change drowns an island state beneath the waves,” Charles J. Hanley, AP Special Correspondent, …