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October 2013 - Open Forum Edition

October 2013 – Open Forum Edition

Highlights of the October 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about disability access laws, workplace investigations, mediation and more.

Contra Costa Gotcha

Contra Costa Gotcha

In this issue, we depart from the format of having a subject focus and instead present an open forum for articles on diverse topics.

The Boys and Girls of Summer

The Boys and Girls of Summer

As the clock struck three, players streamed in from everywhere as fast as judges coming to an 8:30 a.m. hearing.

The Latest on California Disability Access Laws: A Mid-course Correction from the Legislature

The Latest on California Disability Access Laws: A Mid-course Correction from the Legislature

The new law encourages preventive measures by giving special considerations to businesses that take a proactive approach.

Workplace Investigations: The Importance of Determining Scope and the Impact of Harris v. City of Santa Monica

Workplace Investigations: The Importance of Determining Scope and the Impact of Harris v. City of Santa Monica

When a workplace investigation involves allegations that an employment decision was motivated by discrimination, counsel should be mindful of a recent California case.

An Alternative Approach to Pre-mediation Discovery

An Alternative Approach to Pre-mediation Discovery

This article explores how disputes may be strategically positioned for early mediation whilst providing for enough core discovery to make mediation meaningful, without breaking the bank.

When Tax Collectors Were Paid on Commission – An Abbreviated History of California Tax

When Tax Collectors Were Paid on Commission – An Abbreviated History of California Tax

California outnumbers the United States three to one. How did this happen?

So What Is a City Attorney?

So What Is a City Attorney?

The city attorney is there to give legal advice, free from political pressure or undue influence. When these roles are maintained, a city can run like a Swiss watch.

Possible Major Changes to Mediation Confidentiality on the Horizon

Possible Major Changes to Mediation Confidentiality on the Horizon

The California Law Revision Commission formally began its study of how much to weaken our current mediation confidentiality protections.

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): Today and Tomorrow

ODR no longer appears to be an interesting curiosity. In numbers of matters resolved, automated ODR processes may already exceed traditional methods.

Food Truck Treats: Cupkates

Food Truck Treats: Cupkates

They have been named “Best Food Truck” by SF Weekly and East Bay Express. These cupcakes often sell out long before their time is up at any given location.

Bar Soap - October 2013

Bar Soap – October 2013

Gossip, speculation, rumor, innuendo and real stories are often what best describes my attempts to put together a Bar Soap column.

Grape Grower’s Liens – Their Uses and Limitations

The enforcement of a grower’s lien, third-party buyers and bankruptcy are subjects that no grower wants to face. Because grower’s liens are an imperfect remedy in the event of non-payment, it is extremely important for a grower to conduct his or her own due diligence investigation of potential buyers.

2013 MCLE Spectacular

2013 MCLE Spectacular

CCCBA’s 19th Annual MCLE Spectacular will take place on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Walnut Creek Marriott. Earn up to 7 MCLE credits in one day!

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Please welcome our newest members that have recently joined the CCCBA.

Coffee Talk: How is the Discovery Facilitator Program working for you?

Coffee Talk: How is the Discovery Facilitator Program working for you?

The Discovery Facilitator Program is working fine so far but needs improvements.