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Coffee Talk: What signs of real estate recovery are you seeing?

Coffee Talk: What signs of real estate recovery are you seeing?

I see much of the venture capital and associated development plans (that suddenly went off the table during the recession) back on the table.

Coffee Talk: What are the pros and cons of working from home?

Coffee Talk: What are the pros and cons of working from home?

Pros: I can work in my casual clothes, play with the dogs, and take “power” naps. Cons: My home is now associated with work, I only have one screen hooked to my computer, and I have to use my cell phone for business calls which degrades quality.

Coffee Talk: What do you think about the government collecting your phone and internet data?

Coffee Talk: What do you think about the government collecting your phone and internet data?

“The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen—a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life.” – Former Justice William O. Douglas

Coffee Talk: What do you wish you had learned in law school?

Coffee Talk: What do you wish you had learned in law school?

I wish I had learned more concrete practical things in law school. For example, in Civil Procedure, I would have liked to have at least seen an example of a pleading or a discovery request passed around the room. Perhaps we could have even done an assignment where we had to prepare a pleading or […]

Coffee Talk: How have the court budget cuts affected you?

Coffee Talk: How have the court budget cuts affected you?

Unlawful Detainer matters have been severely impacted because of the budget cuts. UD’s have been “farmed” out to several different departments within the Superior Court in Martinez, Richmond and Pittsburg. After the closing of the Concord Court, and Walnut Creek Court only doing traffic, it has put a strain on all of our summary proceedings.

Coffee Talk: How do you fix the congressional process?

I believe that our Congress members now focus almost all their efforts to re-election rather than taking care of the nation’s business. Free TV and newspaper ads and finding a way to interest the bulk of the citizens in the political process would help. A fix must really wait to make the citizens angry enough to get out and vote in large numbers.

Coffee Talk: How have elder issues impacted your family or professional life?

As a full-time mediator, I have had the privilege of mediating several cases addressing elder issues. One involved a ninety year old widower who contested his daughter’s belief that he could no longer effectively manage his considerable portfolio of properties and would deplete her anticipated inheritance.

Coffee Talk: What did you do this year that you’re most proud of?

As an immigration law practitioner, the stakes can be very high when it comes to representing clients in deportation defense cases. One of the firm’s most difficult, yet rewarding cases this year was defending an undocumented woman who was a victim of domestic violence and put in immigration deportation proceedings. While three months pregnant, her […]

CoffeeTalk: Should bankruptcy judges be allowed to modify first mortgages (residential deeds of trust)? Why or why not?

Yes, Congress should at least experiment with letting bankruptcy courts treat home mortgages like other secured debts, which can be reworked in chapter 11 or 13 if the creditor is assured the economic value of its lien position.  The Bankruptcy Code currently bars modification of home mortgages to make them safer for lenders and therefore […]

CoffeeTalk: Facebook & Family Law. Discuss.

After my client separated from her husband, she received a friend request from a person named David. She initially declined, but he persisted. Upon reading David’s profile, she agreed to be friends because they appeared to have much in common. David stated that he was an architect with a wife and kids. He posted pictures […]

Coffee Talk: What do you, as a parent, do to monitor your kids’ social media/ electronic communication?

We are friends with our daughter on Facebook and have her password. We occasionally check her phone texts and computer to see what she is up to. However, more recent apps, such as Snapchat, allow a person to send a picture that is only viewable for up to 10 seconds before it is wiped and […]

Coffee Talk: What is your biggest headache after settling a case?

None. To me there is nothing better than a settlement. Hopefully it was well documented to get to the final settlement.

Coffee Talk: Lawyers in Love

This month, we asked our members who work with their spouse or significant other, to share their stories. We highlighted the following three stories in the Spotlight category – you can enjoy the rest of the responses below: Life, Love, Law & the Practice of All – Loren and Frank Acuña Black & Brown – […]

How is your expectation of privacy changing in the face of new and emerging technology?

How is your expectation of privacy changing in the face of new and emerging technology?

An interesting way of stating the issue.  I think we have a higher expectation of privacy than we actually have.  We have clearly moved out of any type of society where we expect privacy concerns to be honored.  Homeland Security, Internet adware, viruses and hacking pretty much do away with that kind of expectation.  Sensationalism […]

What Do You Do to Give Back?

I am the President of the Board for the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, member of the Hemophilia Federation of America, volunteer as a speaker and community member for the local High School two of my children attend and assist my wife with her nonprofit Parents and Providers Partnering for the Education of Young Children […]