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Waikiki: Why Bother?

Waikiki: Why Bother?

I will admit to a shameful, dirty secret. I like Waikiki. Yes, I know there are innumerable places the world over to which I should travel while I am able and before I die. There are countless temples, pristine nature preserves, delicious foods, parks, national treasures, amazing architecture and fine works of art that need to be experienced if one can truly be said to have lived a full life.

Restaurant Review: Cypress, Walnut Creek

Restaurant Review: Cypress, Walnut Creek

contemporary Californian with a french twist

Partners in Love and Law - Top Ten Tips for “Couples in Business and Bed Together”

Partners in Love and Law – Top Ten Tips for “Couples in Business and Bed Together”

From courtroom to bedroom, couples in the legal profession are making it work together.

Law school not only helped produce great lawyers; in some cases, love partners. Other legal practitioners found themselves in Love and Law later in their careers. Some have decided to hang a single shingle and combine their law practice.

The Side Bar: Postino

If the cold weather is getting to you and you are in need of a little comfort, consider meeting a friend at Postino for a glass of wine and some antipasto.

MCLE Con Limón

In October 2011, CCCBA members traveled to Cancun to sharpen their trial skills with Judge Austin. Taking a study break, the group climbed to the top of the Mayan Ruins at Coba…

Bar Soap – January 2012

It has been a while, so where to start? How about a solution for the Occupy Movement? Lots of vacant office space in the East Bay due to law firm break-ups. Simply move the folks in and voilá! In fact, 1331 N. California Boulevard in Walnut Creek is particularly in need of some occupation. The positive news is the announcement of new firms in our midst. It is always cause for celebration when lawyers get together to form a new venture among themselves. Remember the excitement and anticipation?

The 12 Days of Christmas (Slightly Modified)

The 12 Days of Christmas (Slightly Modified)

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a smartphone with an app for TV

Restaurant Review: Artisan Bistro

Restaurant Review: Artisan Bistro

The bistro began in the 1880’s as a small restaurant serving simple meals in a modest setting. Paintings by Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, Renoir and others verify it as a place for relaxation and companionship. The former is history; the latter is still valid.

The SideBar: ØL Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop

The SideBar: ØL Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop

Even if you’re a dedicated wine drinker like me, sometimes the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, namely beer, demands attention. At øl in Walnut Creek, beer gets the vast and detailed attention it deserves.

The Side Bar: The Door Restaurant

The Side Bar: Happy Hour Opportunities in the East Bay. This week: The Door Restaurant

"Crime after Crime" - Film Review

“Crime after Crime” – Film Review

“If only he had left me alone.” He didn’t and, as a result, it took 26 years, a dedicated team of pro bono attorneys, a documentary film team, a grassroots media campaign, not to mention the ‘Governator’, to free Deborah “Debbie” Peagler.

Health Quiz

Health Quiz

Do you get enough exercise? Sleep? Do you smoke or drink? Do you own a pet and do you spend enough time away from work? Take this quiz and find out if you’re hot or not…

THE SIDEBAR: Wine Thieves

THE SIDEBAR: Wine Thieves

The SIDEBAR is our new monthly column on happy hour opportunities in the East Bay. Featured this month: Wine Thieves

Restaurant Review: The Door

We now know that, for a forest, fire is a kind of overheated cleanser. While fire is not regarded as having a similar commercial advantage, that may not be true for The Door, which has replaced the Walnut Creek’s tasty but incinerated Zheng Long. In October of 2009, after an 18-month absence, owner Steven Chen […]

Am I Drinking too Much is a Rhetorical Question!

  Alcohol use is an integral part of our culture as lawyers. Having been a trial lawyer for well over 40 years, I certainly have had an opportunity to observe alcohol use in our profession. And, of course, I have participated in it. If you look at the history of our profession, dating to the […]