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Moot Court - Thank You

Moot Court – Thank You

Teaching Teenagers to Argue in Court, that is! 13th Annual Moot Court Competition Moot Court is an appellate argument activity and competition put on by the Center for Economic and Civic Education (CESQD) and CCCBA. On Saturday October 14, 2017 about 75 students will come to the Bray Courthouse and present their oral arguments on […]

Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

California’s outspoken response to the new administration indicates that the gap between state and federal employment laws will only increase.

California’s Wage Equality Law:  Will a Rise in Social Awareness  and Litigation Lead the Way to a Rise in Pay?

California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the Way to a Rise in Pay?

California’s 2016 Fair Pay Act which strengthens California’s pay equality statute, is suggested to possibly be “the nation’s most aggressive attempt” to close the salary gap between men and women.

What You Should Know about the Private Attorneys General Act in 2017

What You Should Know about the Private Attorneys General Act in 2017

This article is a top-level summary of how California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) works. PAGA has been revised several times, and has been the subject of many appellate court decisions, since it was first introduced in 2004.

Recent Developments in Paga Litigation

Recent Developments in Paga Litigation

SB 836, effective June 27, 2016, made important changes in PAGA requirements. Except as otherwise noted, the requirements apply prospectively to all PAGA cases pending as of June 2016 and to all PAGA claims initiated thereafter.

You Did What to my Claim? Capping a Commercial Landlord's Attorney's Fees in Bankruptcy

You Did What to my Claim? Capping a Commercial Landlord’s Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy

The court disagreed with the lower courts’ all-or-nothing approach and remanded for further factual findings in apportioning attorney’s fees between termination-related efforts and work unrelated to termination.

How Bulletproof are Spendthrift Trusts in Bankruptcy?

How Bulletproof are Spendthrift Trusts in Bankruptcy?

What is a trust? A trust is a document that places ownership of an asset in a separate entity – also called a trust –for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries.[1] The assets are managed by a trustee, who invests and distributes funds according to the trust’s instructions. Often a trust is created by a […]

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Both mediators and participants should understand the possibility that mediation communications and writings may be discoverable in certain situations. Two California court decisions that protected the absolute privilege, despite creating arguably unfair results, have caused much consternation.

Caveat Venditor - Expanding Disclosure Obligations of Residential Real Property Vendors

Caveat Venditor – Expanding Disclosure Obligations of Residential Real Property Vendors

California has enacted several new laws and revised existing statutes that impact sellers’ disclosure requirements. These developments affect not only sellers of residences with one to four dwelling units, who must complete a Transfer Disclosure Statement (“TDS”), but also those who are exempt from completing a TDS.

The Evolution of Parentage Law and Recognition of LGBTQ Families and the Impact on Children in Dependency Proceedings: A View from the Bench

The Evolution of Parentage Law and Recognition of LGBTQ Families and the Impact on Children in Dependency Proceedings: A View from the Bench

For unwed same-sex couples with children, the failure to seek determination of legal parentage can lead to unanticipated consequences for these families. Not only do these parents face possible loss of custody and visitation rights but the child may suffer long-term emotional harm…

Considerations in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases Involving LGBTQ Parties

Considerations in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases Involving LGBTQ Parties

Unique issues can arise in the context of domestic violence restraining order cases involving LGBTQ litigants. In some cases the person seeking protection (or a witness) may not be “out” about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Meet CCCBA's 2017 Section Leaders

Meet CCCBA’s 2017 Section Leaders

Introducing an amazing group of hardworking and dedicated individuals who are the backbone of the Contra Costa County Bar Association – the Section Leaders!

Annual Officer Installation Luncheon, January 27, 2017

You are invited to the CCCBA’s annual Officer Installation Luncheon at Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. We will honor Judge Trevor White and Judge Thomas Maddock for their many years of service as they hang up their robes and retire from the bench. OFFICERS TO BE INSTALLED BOARD MEMBERS: Philip […]

All in the Family - The Marchianos

All in the Family – The Marchianos

The value of hard work, integrity, compassion, it can be used in any profession. Especially, as a lawyer, it’s about being a good person and dealing with people. That’s the most important part.

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Indeed it has been some time since I penned the popular Civil Jury Verdicts column. Same old story: Very few attorneys are reporting their jury verdicts to me. I will say, trials are getting out in our Contra Costa Superior Courts, so I know there are cases to report. I also know local lawyers who […]