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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.

Inside: High Demand, Low Supply, and Technology Converge on Local Real Estate

Inside: High Demand, Low Supply, and Technology Converge on Local Real Estate

…what an exciting time to be a real estate practitioner, particularly in our county. All factors seem to be pointing to Bay Area real estate keeping and hopefully increasing its long-term value.

An Abbreviated History

An Abbreviated History

This issue of Contra Costa Lawyer magazine deals with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) current legal rights and some of the issues facing the community. One integral question to ask is, who created this term, LGBTQ? Is the term LGBTQ merely just a bunch of letters that have been grouped together over the […]

Inside: The Gift of Time

Inside: The Gift of Time

Have you ever thought about what would have happened to your clients had they not had the money to pay you for your work? Where do you think they would be now?

Navigating Challenging Seas

Navigating Challenging Seas

There is an oft-quoted proverb that says “smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors.” If the inverse is true, that “skillful sailors are made in rough seas,” then, given the choppy budgetary and labor waters that Contra Costa Superior Court is now traversing, we are making a lot of skilled mariners out of our judges, administrators, […]

A Concerted Effort

A Concerted Effort

I was honored to be selected as the Guest Editor for this year’s Family Law edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. Shortly after learning that I would serve as Guest Editor, I received several e-mails and telephone calls from attorneys, retired judges and commissioners, and volunteers offering to assist in submitting articles for this […]

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 […]

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

We decided that our August issue this year would be lighter and less law focused. We aimed to have articles that you could read on vacation and with your legal brains turned off.

Inside: Are You Covered?

Inside: Are You Covered?

Most insurance policies are prospective looking, covering for a loss that may occur in the future, pursuant to the contractual terms contained in the policy. However, a title insurance policy is an exception.

Inside: Guest Editor's Column, June 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, June 2016

You will find a set of facts and then eight different perspectives from participants along the road of criminal justice. I hope that you enjoy the journey.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, May 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, May 2016

How beneficial and realistic would building a border wall and removing millions of undocumented immigrants really be?

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, April 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, April 2016

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse and addiction, sexual abuse and criminality is a difficult task. But when it is successful, it brings a sense of great satisfaction.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, March 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, March 2016

We, as attorneys, should strive to add to, and not detract from, the concept of law as a noble, respectful and dignified institution and process.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, February 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, February 2016

With so much of our communication moving online and into various apps, even email can seem quaint at times.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, December 2015

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, December 2015

For this issue, we have a 1930 Philadelphia Athletics lineup of writers here to provide you with all-encompassing elder law information.