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Unpleasant Surprises?  The Limits of Public Comment on Proposed Ballot Initiatives

Unpleasant Surprises? The Limits of Public Comment on Proposed Ballot Initiatives

It had been unclear exactly how much an initiative could change after public comment. After the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Superior Court [2] the answer is: quite a bit.

Wendy McGuire Coats

My Vote. My Voice.

Welcome to the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine’s Election & Politics edition. While looking back at the 2008 Elections edition and President Robin Pearson’s article on our country’s history of close Presidential Elections, I was reminded …

Employment Practices Liability Coverage: What Every California Employer Should Know

Employment Practices Liability Coverage: What Every California Employer Should Know

Employment claims are very frequent and chances are that every employer will face them as part of doing business at one or more times during the existence of its business.

Juvenile Law Perspective

Juvenile Law Perspective

It is a virtual certainty that the county’s child protective services agency has determined to commence juvenile dependency court proceedings.

Inns of Court: Free Speech

Inns of Court: Free Speech

A threatening statement was provided in three different contexts: rap song, YouTube video and Facebook post. How does the law handle this?

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

You must consider at the outset what material is available online about your client and manage the client’s online presence, to the extent it is ethical to do so.

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

This Inns group showcased how not to act in front of judges. Whether you are being extremely rude or extremely obsequious, judges do not really need either.

Smartphones and the Police: Riley v. California

Smartphones and the Police: Riley v. California

Given the proliferation of smartphones, it was only a matter of time before the Supreme Court would be called upon to address the application of the Fourth Amendment.

Meet Your 2016 Section Leaders

Meet Your 2016 Section Leaders

Meet the section chairs and find out how being a member can enhance your practice…

Proposition 47: A View from the Bench

Proposition 47: A View from the Bench

I am struck by how ill-suited the Proposition system is to addressing complex criminal justice issues, and how difficult it is for judges to tease from ambiguous words the practical rules they must apply.

Recent Developments in Arbitrator Disclosure

Recent Developments in Arbitrator Disclosure

Can counsel successfully vacate an arbitration award after finding negative undisclosed information about the arbitrator in an Internet search?

The Perfect Mediation

The Perfect Mediation

The perfect mediation is a goal. The self-determination aspects make the process more satisfying than trial.

The High Price of BYOD: Managing Legal Risk for Employers

The High Price of BYOD: Managing Legal Risk for Employers

Bringing your own device (BYOD) has been the single most radical shift for employers since computers invaded the workplace, but it comes with a costly new price tag for California employers.

Is Your Worker an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

Is Your Worker an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

An employer is not immune from liability for misclassification simply because the worker signed a written contract agreeing to be treated as an independent contractor.

An Overview of Employment Arbitration Agreements

An Overview of Employment Arbitration Agreements

Employment attorneys need to be familiar with the pros and cons of arbitration, its requirements and limitations, as well as the legal theories to invalidate such agreements.

Privacy vs. Public Access in Civil Cases

Privacy vs. Public Access in Civil Cases

Public access to court records is not an absolute good; it should be favored only to the extent that the privacy interests of litigants are offered appropriate protection.

Privacy Protections in the Juvenile Court

Privacy Protections in the Juvenile Court

Any right that the general public may have to access confidential juvenile proceedings and records must take into account the need to protect the privacy rights of the child.

Ethics and Capacity

Ethics and Capacity

MCLE SELF-STUDY: What should a lawyer do when the client does not want to follow advice or when the client is mentally impaired? These issues are among the most difficult lawyers ever have to face.

On Lamps, Lifeboats and Ladders

On Lamps, Lifeboats and Ladders

In 2015, locating a female attorney is no longer a “Where’s Waldo?” experience. Regardless of gender, the CCCBA and its sections provide members the opportunity to support one another and grow professionally in the practice of law.

Ladies, You’re Invited to Calendar it, Show up and Go!

Ladies, You’re Invited to Calendar it, Show up and Go!

Half the battle is calendaring and attending the event. To make the most of this inherently relationship based experience, showing up mentally is fundamental and takes practice.