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 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 enhancing the utility of the magazine by enabling full text searching, hyperlinked content, virtual delivery to wherever you are and other features. The […]
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 very excited to make this new offering available to our membership. How appropriate that the theme for this flagship issue […]
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 some social engineering, it turns to the almighty credit. Individuals can rack up tax credits by saving energy in their […]
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 energy. Here, we are building capacity for both distributed and centralized solar power generation. Homes and businesses are installing roof-top […]
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 the areas of energy and water conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention that businesses must meet in order to be certified as a green […]
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 programs and then generation, with an emphasis on renewables. There are many programs implementing the loading order. Property owners, developers, […]
The new Arnason Justice Center, which opened to the public on November 15, 2010, is a “green”/sustainably designed building receiving LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The design was inspired by East Contra Costa County’s natural beauty. The material choices, colors, textures, landscape, and the public areas are in response to […]
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 of making false or misleading statements to consumers regarding the environmentally-friendly nature of a product or service, or the environmentally-friendly practices of a company. […]
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 on online advertising. It cannot be emphasized enough that your law firm website must be good before you spend any money […]
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: Under Business and Professions Code § 6200-6206, if you serve or intend to serve your client a summons in a law suit or proceed under a contract that […]
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 photographer, Mike Moya, who took these great photos: To see more photos, please visit our Facebook page.
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 as a full time Juvenile Department and Family Law Department. In addition, there is a Self-Help Center on the main […]
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, David Ginn and David Pastor, when they presented their hour-long presentation on expert witnesses at the Robert G. McGrath American […]
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 an attorney. We know a lot of people are on the move in our local legal community, and I don’t […]