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Hon. Wade Rhyne

An Officer and a Gentleman: An Interview with Hon. Wade Rhyne

Wade Maxwell Rhyne was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa on May 22, 2017 and began his first assignment in Pittsburg after having taken his oath of office on July 31, 2017.

Volunteering with the Court

Volunteering with the Court

It’s a “Win-Win” Have you ever noticed that helping others can have the added benefit of helping ourselves? It’s true. Sometimes what benefits others, also benefits us – it’s the ultimate “win-win.”[1] Working with our courts and volunteering my time is one area that I have found to be a true “win-win.” Not only have […]

2018 Judicial Assignments

2018 Judicial Assignments

PHOTOS: Bar Fund Benefit

Members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association came together to support the Social Justice Collaborative on September 28. Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors and attendees who contributed over $42,000 for this worthy cause. The Social Justice Collaborative provides full-scope legal representation for victims of crime, unaccompanied minors and refugees and asylum […]

PHOTOS: Hastings Alum of the Year

Congratulations to Presiding Judge Jill Fannin, who was named UC Hastings Contra Costa Alum of the Year on October 4, 2017.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? – Lawyers in the Library

Did you know that 4.3 million people in California come to court without an attorney each year. Seventy-five percent of people in civil cases are unrepresented. In 90% of family law cases, at least one party does not have a lawyer and in 90% of eviction cases, the tenants have no counsel. (Source: Bonnie Hough, […]

PHOTOS: Women’s Scholarship Awards Dinner

On Thursday October 11, 2017 the Women’s Section of the CCCBA honored the 2017 recipients of the Honorable Patricia Herron and the Honorable Ellen James Scholarship, pictured in the slideshow above. The Women’s Section also hosted Suzanne Wertheim who spoke on the topic, “The American Bias Towards Explicit “No.”

Show Me the Money: When Can Trustees Use Trust Funds to Litigate?

Show Me the Money: When Can Trustees Use Trust Funds to Litigate?

Over the past 30 years, the use of revocable living trusts has rightly become the preferred estate planning vehicle for persons seeking to protect and pass on their estates.  With that growth has come a corresponding increase in trust-related litigation.  As a result, an increasing number of civil litigators are finding themselves directly or indirectly […]

Effective Use of Paralegals in Civil Litigation

Effective Use of Paralegals in Civil Litigation

As clients push for more services for less money, attorneys and firm management are faced with keeping a careful eye on the bottom line while still providing high-quality legal services. One of the most efficient ways to keep clients happy in this regard is to put paralegals to work. The days of paralegals performing the […]

Frivolous Lawsuits and Motions: What Do We Do with Them, and What Should We do with Them?

Frivolous Lawsuits and Motions: What Do We Do with Them, and What Should We do with Them?

Nearly everyone would likely agree that a truly frivolous lawsuit or court motion is a bad thing – except the person filing it. In other words, for most people frivolous tactics are a nightmare, while for a few they are a business model.

Echoes of History –  1942 – 1983 – 2017: From the Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Travel Ban

Echoes of History – 1942 – 1983 – 2017: From the Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Travel Ban

December 7, 1941.  The United States is suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.  A Day of Infamy.  Within two months, President Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066 which banishes 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast states, two-thirds of whom are American citizens.  They suffer […]

Empowering Civil Litigants:  CCCBA's Pro Per Civil Litigation Clinic

Empowering Civil Litigants: CCCBA’s Pro Per Civil Litigation Clinic

In the clinic, we try to help litigants understand things like the function of the pleadings, the reasons for and use of discovery procedures, preparing a case for trial, and much more. The clinics are held once a month at CCCBA’s main office.

CCP § 998 Offers Revisited

CCP § 998 Offers Revisited

If there is one overarching guideline in handling § 998 offers in your practice, it is to keep it simple. The more a § 998 offer includes, the more likely a court will find something wrong with it

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

In your law practice have you ever reached an impasse in trying to settle your case with an insurance claims adjuster? At times it can be frustrating. [1]  Working for two insurance defense law firms and three in-house insurance law departments over the past 33 years has given me some ideas on how to deal […]

Money & Litigation

Money & Litigation

The ability to fund litigation is one way money affects litigation.  As the costs of litigation increase, clients have looked to new ways to fund or offset those costs.