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Children’s Rights – A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Children’s Rights – A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Welcome to the Children’s Rights Issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer. Serving as the co-editor of this issue with Barbara Suskind has been a very special experience for me. In our ever changing world children’s rights are constantly evolving. With growing immigration issues, divorce on the rise, LBGTQ rights taking center stage and a foster […]

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!*

On November 1, 2018 new Rules of Professional Conduct went into effect. These new rules were the result of years of drafting and review, comments and revision and represent the first major overhaul of the rules governing attorneys in California since 1989. Many of the revisions reflect a new numbering system for the rules, which […]

The Governor Does it Again!

Just before leaving office, Governor Jerry Brown messed up CCCBA’s leadership plans once again. In early 2018, he appointed two of our section leaders to the CCC Superior Court (Hon. Virginia George and Hon. Leonard Marquez), and on December 7, 2018 he tapped Wendy McGuire Coats, our incoming 2019 President, for the position on the Contra Costa bench left vacant by Judge Goode’s retirement.

Volunteerism - Good for the Soul and the Pocketbook

Volunteerism – Good for the Soul and the Pocketbook

How often during one’s legal career can one point to service, not compensation or compulsion, as the principal motivation for one’s legal work? This is what Pro Bono legal work offers. You may perhaps represent a particular person. You may possibly advocate on behalf of a particular cause. But above all, you serve: you serve […]

Much Change in 2018 - More to Come in 2019

Much Change in 2018 – More to Come in 2019

It is such an honor to write this article as the new Court Executive Officer of Contra Costa Superior Court. This court is a special place full of amazing judges, commissioners, and staff. I have been with the court for almost 13 years and I can truly say I enjoy it each and every day. […]

What I Learned from the Conference of California Bar Associations

Because the Conference provides a forum for improving the law, the organization attracts many lawyers from around the state who are willing to dedicate time and energy to improving the laws for the benefit of all Californians.

Inside

Inside

This month we decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of choosing a theme and asking people to write about it, we channeled our inner law-school professor and created a fact pattern and then we asked people in different areas of expertise to look at and give us their insights. Our fact pattern […]

A Look Back

A Look Back

Welcome to the first interactive issue of the Contra Costa County Lawyer!  This edition will take our more seasoned attorneys down memory lane while sharing the history of our legal community with our newer attorneys.  To prepare this issue, we researched previous editions of the Contra Costa Lawyer beginning around the 1970s, when the magazine […]

Inside: Constitutional Focus

July is the month when the hectic pace of lawyering slows down a bit and we have an opportunity to take a breath for reflection. It is also the month in which we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth. For those reasons, the Editorial Board picked July as the month to present a series […]

Planning for Your Transition from the Practice of Law

Planning for Your Transition from the Practice of Law

Recently, in both written and digital media we have been confronted with innumerable articles, blogs, posts and dissertations in regard to the ever-increasing numbers of baby-boomers who are retiring or otherwise transitioning out of the work force and how that may or may not impact society, the economy, social security and future employment opportunities.  Before […]

A New Frontier

A New Frontier

Weed Law. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, WEED. Certainly, many who have some seniority in the legal world never imagined that marijuana would be legalized, generating a whole new area of practice in our profession. What’s next? Weed law hypos on the State Bar exam? “Mary Jane wanted to open a cannabis dispensary…” It’s exciting; it’s […]

The Silver Lining Behind Local Planning Department Challenges

The Silver Lining Behind Local Planning Department Challenges

Inside this issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer, we see how the state and local jurisdictions are addressing the ever-increasing demand for space in the East Bay—for housing and cars. The increased congestion in Central Contra Costa is palpable; it seems to have increased exponentially in the 11 years since I arrived here, and I […]

Equal Means Equal

Equal Means Equal

Regardless of Who You Are, This Magazine is For You An invaluable lesson I have been teaching my 9-year-old daughter since birth, a belief I encompass in my work and daily interactions. Equal Means Equal. My colleagues, regardless of who they are – male, female or gender nonconforming, Democrat, Republican, Independent or undeclared, employer or employee, […]

Suzanne Boucher

New Laws in an Uncertain Year

This is an issue you do not want to miss.  The Editorial Board and a few other kind souls took on the onerous task of covering the new laws in several practice areas, including employment, trust and probate, family law, business, tax, criminal, professional responsibility and ADR.   This issue provides one stop reading to find […]

Reflections & "Pre-flections"

Reflections & “Pre-flections”

As we near the end of another year, many of us naturally tend to look back and reflect on the past year.  Regardless of your political affiliation, it is safe to say that 2017 was a year of great change – change that continues to shape our world, both personally and professionally. We, at the […]