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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.

Inns of Court

Inns of Court

The Robert G. McGrath Chapter of the American Inns of the Court met at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Attendees were treated to a presentation pulled from two aspects of a similar scenario. The first is from the hit TV series, “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to the massive hit, “Breaking […]

Did You Know?

Board of Directors – Did You Know?

Did You Know that the CCCBA can help track your MCLE certificates?

CCCBA’s New Communications Coordinator, Carole Lucido

CCCBA’s New Communications Coordinator, Carole Lucido

New CCCBA Communications Coordinator, Carole Lucido produces Contra Costa Lawyer, magazine, CCCBA websites and social media presence and takes photos and videos at CCCBA events.

Sustaining Firms 2016

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk – Your CCCBA Membership

Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We ask a short question related to an upcoming theme and responses are then published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. This month we ask, “What do you value most about your CCCBA membership?” The professional development programs. I’m a member of the […]

In the Spotlight: Tom Cain

In the Spotlight: Tom Cain

It has been said that those who can, do. And those who can do more, volunteer. Tom Cain is a perfect example of this concept. Co-founder of the Lawyer in the Library program, Tom is also one of the dedicated attorneys who volunteers to work at the two monthly clinics, assisting pro per litigants in navigating the legal system.

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 […]

Pittsburg Court 2016

Pittsburg Court 2016

As the change of season from summer to fall begins, so too will things change at the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center next year. We are losing a judge in our Criminal Division and gaining a judge in our Family Law Division. With our Pittsburg criminal filings substantially increasing, this will be another challenge to […]

What Happens Next? Probate Division 2016

What Happens Next? Probate Division 2016

What happens next? Hypothetical #1: An elderly woman wants to amend her trust. She has three adult children. The current trust specifies that the residue of her trust is to pass in equal shares to the three children. The proposed trust amendment leaves 97% of the residue, which at that moment would amount to about […]

Richmond Court 2016

Richmond Court 2016

The Richmond courthouse continues to be busy. Since January, approximately 42 misdemeanor and two felony trials have taken place. There have been multiple trials that have been assigned out, yet did not conclude due to subsequent resolution both prior to and after a jury being sworn.

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.

Chart: Percentage of Unrepresented Petitioners in Family Law Cases in Contra Costa Superior Court

Data contained in the chart below represents initial family law filings in March of two years:  2010 and 2016.  Whether or not parties are represented in family law cases tends to change repeatedly as the case progresses;  these fluctuations are not reflected in the chart.  The chart reflects each party’s status at the time of […]

Contra Costa County Family Law Pro Per Programs

As the number of self-represented litigants continues to grow (some estimates are as high as 70%) the Family Law Section has implemented new and different outreach programs to help pro pers, and in turn, assist the court.

Election Integrity

Election Integrity

With November approaching, everyday citizens are working to ensure the integrity of the Presidential election. Volunteers with California’s Election Integrity Project (EIP) and True the Vote (TTV) are part of a non-partisan, grass roots movement to ensure that election results reflect the will of lawful voters. With trust in the system, citizens will gain confidence […]