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"Can We All Get Along?"

“Can We All Get Along?”

We can each do our part to understand each other better. We can all benefit from listening and appreciating the views and ideas of those who have backgrounds and perspectives which differ from our own.

New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

Hello, I am Phil Andersen and I am very excited to be serving as your next Board President. I have had the pleasure of working on the Board for the last seven years, and have met many of you, but for those who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself. I […]

President's Column, The Benefits of CCCBA

President’s Column, The Benefits of CCCBA

As my year as President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association winds down, I find myself thinking about the many benefits I have received from the CCCBA since I joined the organization some eight years ago, when I first moved my practice to Contra Costa. Initially, I joined the Women’s Section and the Real […]

Welcoming Outsiders... The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Welcoming Outsiders… The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. Emma Lazarus, from the New Colosses Thanksgiving has always been my mother’s favorite holiday. I always thought this was a […]

Life as a Solo

Life as a Solo

I am a solo attorney that relies heavily on technology. This not only makes me more efficient, but saves space and time.

President's Message

President’s Message

Many of you have a strong creative side that you express outside of the law. How would you like to have a place to publish your work? That is the idea behind Creative Corner,

President's Message, Like Water and Oil:  Millennials and Traditional Law Firms

President’s Message, Like Water and Oil: Millennials and Traditional Law Firms

Firms and Millennials are like water and oil. They don’t naturally blend, but if you shake it up, you can create a fabulous vinaigrette!

Message from the President: June 2016

Message from the President: June 2016

Our members are looking for more networking opportunities and many are looking for programs closer to their homes or offices.

President’s Message: May 2016

President’s Message: May 2016

With immigrants comprising 14 percent of America’s population and growing, it is clear that the need for attorneys with immigration law knowledge is essential.

Civility

Civility

Recently there have been some fine examples of civility from the legal profession, such as at the induction of David Goldstein to the Contra Costa Superior Court.

The Value in Diversity

The Value in Diversity

Why should law firms be concerned about diversity? Well, there are many sound reasons, but let’s just look at one today: Financial success.

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Clearly, we need to find practical ways to manage our stress and maintain our health. Here are some tips for incorporating technology into a healthy lifestyle.

Meet Your 2016 Board President: Elva Harding

Meet Your 2016 Board President: Elva Harding

I love to travel, garden, scuba dive, cross country ski, ride my bicycle in the Oakland/Contra Costa hills and walk my dog, Murphy. I have an Instagram account where I post pictures of street art I have found during my travels.

A Legal Kvetch

A Legal Kvetch

It is as if the analogy is taught in law school as one of the core tenets of effective litigation practice: “Whenever distinguishing an estimate from a guess, bring up tables.”

The Jury Trial

The Jury Trial

I thought I would examine the natural endpoint after one common form of ADR—mediation—fails: The jury trial.