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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 […]

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 again that the primary way we participate in our democracy is to vote. Moving to the 2012 Election & Politics […]

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.