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Inside Guest Column: December 2013

Inside Guest Column: December 2013

This month we celebrate giving back to our community. Not surprisingly, our members serve others in more ways than we could have imagined.

Pro Bono for CCC Residents: Bay Area Legal Aid

Pro Bono for CCC Residents: Bay Area Legal Aid

The urgent legal needs of Contra Costa’s more than 200,000 impoverished residents are met by BayLegal.

Pro Bono for Children: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Pro Bono for Children: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASA volunteers prevent children from becoming lost in an overburdened legal and child welfare system.

Pro Bono for Students: Center for Economic and Civic Education

Pro Bono for Students: Center for Economic and Civic Education

The CESQD creates and organizes the moot court competition as an arena for students to hone and showcase their analytical, persuasive and speaking skills.

Pro Bono for Seniors: Free and Low-Cost Legal Services

Pro Bono for Seniors: Free and Low-Cost Legal Services

There are numerous ways to become involved and make a difference for seniors. Your participation is a vital and valued component of improving their quality of life.

Pro Bono for the Disabled: Rubicon Programs

Pro Bono for the Disabled: Rubicon Programs

Rubicon Legal Services team empowers clients to access health insurance, housing, jobs and financial stability.

The Ethics of Pro Bono Service

The Ethics of Pro Bono Service

With approximately 1.2 million or more lawyers in the country, if even half did the ABA proposed and California recommended 50 hours a year, that would mean 30 million lawyer-hours a year devoted to those in need.

WriterCoach Connection: It’s About Writing and So Much More

WriterCoach Connection: It’s About Writing and So Much More

In addition to developing critical thinking and writing skills, WriterCoach Connection helps students find their own unique voices and develop their confidence.

One Million Dollars in Food from the Bar

One Million Dollars in Food from the Bar

$1,000,000? That’s right! Next year, our Food from the Bar goal is to cross the one million dollar mark.

In 2013, our competitive food & fund drive benefiting the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank will be in its 22nd year. Since its inception, we have raised over $950,000 to help the Food Bank provide nutritious meals to the nearly 150,000 people the organization serves each month in our counties.

Election Protection: Lawyers and Law Students Protecting the Right to Vote

Election Protection: Lawyers and Law Students Protecting the Right to Vote

Election Day is fast approaching. With less than three months to go, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is mobilizing legal volunteers nationwide to lead Election Protection, the country’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Election Protection was formed in 2001 to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy. Through the dedication of attorneys, law students, and paralegals around the country Election Protection is able to provide voters with comprehensive and immediate assistance on Election Day. This service has been instrumental in helping Americans all over the country to exercise their right to vote for the past decade.

Civil Fast Track Settlement Mentor Conferences

Most attorneys who practice in Contra Costa County are generally familiar with the Court’s several Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs.  There are specific requirements which all ADR panel members must meet to serve on the panel (described in CCC Local Rules of Court, Rule 109) and thus be eligible to conduct mediations, arbitrations, neutral case […]

ADR in Family Law

Family Law Litigants in Contra Costa County get Meaningful Alternative Dispute Resolution Opportunity Through the Double Pro Per Settlement Conference Calendar

Pro Bono Spotlight: Katzen & Schuricht aim to preserve important bankruptcy law principle

In Wolfe v. Jacobson (In re Jacobson), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8103 (9th Cir. Apr. 23, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that bankruptcy debtors who successfully asserted a homestead exemption nevertheless lost the protected layer of value (here, $150,000), because a judgment creditor forced a postpetition execution sale of the house, and the debtors failed to reinvest their share of the proceeds in a new dwelling within six months. The court effectively reasoned that whenever a California exemption is allowed in a bankruptcy case, the debtor’s right to postpetition proceeds from the exempt value is subject to California’s time-limited protection of proceeds.

Thank You for Your Support of the Elder Law Center and the Law Center’s Pro Bono Efforts!

The Law Center (“TLC”), and the Elder Law Center (“ELC”), along with its Board of Directors would like to gratefully thank all the Members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Sections that continue to support our pro bono efforts for the working poor and elder population in our community. In 2011, TLC and ELC […]

The Color of Justice: Judges, Attorneys Encourage Students to Consider Legal Career

The Color of Justice: Judges, Attorneys Encourage Students to Consider Legal Career

On November 4, 2011, judges and attorneys, including Richmond’s own Christopher Darden, hosted an informal, interactive program aimed at encouraging students to become the new face of justice. As part of the program, students met and talked with legal assistants, attorneys and judges of color in an informal setting where they learned about their backgrounds and how they succeeded.