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Criminal Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.

July 2013 - Criminal Law Edition

July 2013 – Criminal Law Edition

Highlights of the July 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about criminal court budget cuts, side effects of the Realignment Legislation, defense counsel ethics and more.

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

With the Walnut Creek courthouse no longer hearing criminal cases, we have had to absorb their very heavy misdemeanor caseload into Martinez. The Martinez criminal trial departments must now try all of the Walnut Creek misdemeanor trials as well as the bulk of the felony trials from throughout the county.

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

The Criminal Law Section held an MCLE luncheon on May 9th. The topic was: What Lawyers Need to Know Today About Realignment. The speaker was Garrick Byers, Statue Decoder, CCC Public Defender’s Office.

Criminal Law Division - 2012 in Review

Criminal Law Division – 2012 in Review

We thought last year’s budget cuts were brutal. Hold onto your hats for 2013!

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

As you know, the Court, the District Attorney, and the Public Defender are suffering from massive budget cuts. To give you an idea of how bad it has gotten, we hear rumors that the District Attorney is collaborating with the Public Defender to outsource telephone wiretaps (also known as “phone hacking”) to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Bar Soap: October 2014

Bar Soap: October 2014

Thanks to all for your input. I received comments on Super Lawyers, verdicts, settlements, lawyers on Courtcall and lawyers on the move.

The Ethics Corner: Avoiding Fraudulent Conduct

The Ethics Corner: Avoiding Fraudulent Conduct

What should a bankruptcy lawyer be required to do to verify the legitimacy of the client’s statements and position? If the lawyer takes what the client says at face value, when is that not enough?

The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family

In prior “Stories from the Bray Building,” Judge Carlton encountered Three Strikes, mental health, legal ethics, incarceration and contentious civil litigation. Now he presides over a difficult civil trial.

Inns of Court: May the Force Be with You

Inns of Court: May the Force Be with You

When Darth Vader used his force choke, serious pain was being inflicted upon the victim, but Darth Vader wasn’t even touching him. Is it merely police presence or is it deadly?

Bar Soap: June 2014

Bar Soap: June 2014

I have enough trouble keeping my kids and their friends from using “like” in their conversations, but as I sat in a hearing the other day, a lawyer used it at least five times in arguing a motion.

Family Means No One Gets Left Behind or Forgotten*

Family Means No One Gets Left Behind or Forgotten*

We need to restore faith in our courts’ ability to meaningfully enforce modern family rights and responsibilities and ensure everyone equal access to justice.

Elder Court: Streamlining the Legal Process to Ensure Access to Justice

Elder Court: Streamlining the Legal Process to Ensure Access to Justice

The concept of Elder Protection Courts has spread across the state and the country, with Contra Costa County serving as a mentor court.

Shared Parenting after Undocumented Abuse [Full Article]

Shared Parenting after Undocumented Abuse [Full Article]

FULL ARTICLE: Discusses the phenomenon whereby two parents who have experienced undocumented Interpersonal Violence (IPV) are ordered by the Family Court to share a joint physical custody parenting plan after separation.

Tax Avoiders Beware: Disclosure of Foreign Assets Held By U.S. Taxpayers Underway

Tax Avoiders Beware: Disclosure of Foreign Assets Held By U.S. Taxpayers Underway

While the 30 percent withholding is a familiar concept with respect to payments to foreign persons, the new withholding regime under FATCA adds several new complexities.

Technology: Don’t Fear It, Embrace It

Technology: Don’t Fear It, Embrace It

If you don’t embrace technology, you will probably be left behind. The following websites and email services are helpful in making hardware and/or software decisions…

Inns of Court: Marsy's Law

Inns of Court: Marsy’s Law

Marsy’s Law literally changed the definition of the word “victim,” expanding it to also include specific family members of the crime victim. The presentation highlighted how under Marsy’s Law, civil or family law attorneys can assist in protecting the victim and victim’s family.

2014 Annual Officer Installation Lunch [photos]

2014 Annual Officer Installation Lunch [photos]

On January 24th, the 2014 Board of Directors and Section Leaders of the Contra Costa County Bar Association were officially installed during a luncheon at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill.

Mediation Confidentiality: How Far Should It Go?

Mediation Confidentiality: How Far Should It Go?

California’s statutory scheme of mediation confidentiality is very broad. Essentially, the “Las Vegas Rule” applies: “What happens in mediation, stays in mediation.”

Prison of Peace: Teaching Conflict Resolution to Convicts

Prison of Peace: Teaching Conflict Resolution to Convicts

The program has changed the lives of these women and they are now duplicating the work among other prisoners.