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KUDOS to our Selfless CCCBA Fee Mediation/Arbitration Program Volunteers

KUDOS to our Selfless CCCBA Fee Mediation/Arbitration Program Volunteers

The Fee Arbitration Program could not operate without the dedicated attorney, lay mediator and arbitrator volunteers. These volunteers offer their time and expertise to the community by helping attorneys and their clients resolve fee disputes without the expense of going to court. Your admirable work ethic is appreciated by the CCCBA Board of Directors, the […]

Lawyer Referral & Information Service: Update and Thank You

Lawyer Referral & Information Service: Update and Thank You

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the attorneys of our Lawyer Referral and Information Service, our Moderate Means program and our LRIS Committee. The members of our LRIS sign up each year to receive referrals from us.in their areas of practice They agree to give the client a 30-minute consultation, and hopefully retain […]

How the CCCBA Gave Back in 2017

How the CCCBA Gave Back in 2017

We are so proud of the generous members of the CCCBA who made financial donations and who gave their time to support the community and the CCCBA. Thank you!

Pre-flections on the Law: Emily Lahl

Pre-flections on the Law: Emily Lahl

I initially became interested in pursuing a career in public service after interning for a non-profit organization, the Center for Bioethics and Culture. The organization focused on the ethical issues surrounding women and fertility and worked on awareness and policy. I was stunned at the lack of information available to women who were making huge […]

Pre-flections on the Law: Kate Mignani

Pre-flections on the Law: Kate Mignani

Six years ago, I suddenly became a single mother of four, with children ranging from 11 to 21.  Though I had a degree from U.C. Berkeley and a previous career in communications, my job as stay-at-home mom had lasted nearly two decades and I was at a loss as to what I would do to […]

Pre-flections on the Law: Chelsea Davis

Pre-flections on the Law: Chelsea Davis

At a young age I knew I wanted to become a protector of legal rights and a social justice advocate just like my honorable father who served as a police officer in Contra Costa County and Alameda County for 25 years. He frequently referred to me as “Judge Chelsea” because I never hesitated to voice […]

Thank You

Thank You

This is my last President’s Message to you.[1] I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our 1,537 attorney members for your amazing work this year. I believe the true measure of success of any organization is how much its members give back, and by that measure this year has been a resounding […]

The Call to Service - Interview with Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes II

The Call to Service – Interview with Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes II

Judge Reyes is one of the newest additions to our bench. In a recent conversation, he discussed some of the factors and events that preceded his joining the bench in Contra Costa. Early Life I was born at the United States Naval Station Subic Bay, Olongapo City in the Philippines. My family emigrated to the […]

Hon. Wade Rhyne

An Officer and a Gentleman: An Interview with Hon. Wade Rhyne

Wade Maxwell Rhyne was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa on May 22, 2017 and began his first assignment in Pittsburg after having taken his oath of office on July 31, 2017.

Empowering Civil Litigants:  CCCBA's Pro Per Civil Litigation Clinic

Empowering Civil Litigants: CCCBA’s Pro Per Civil Litigation Clinic

In the clinic, we try to help litigants understand things like the function of the pleadings, the reasons for and use of discovery procedures, preparing a case for trial, and much more. The clinics are held once a month at CCCBA’s main office.

Interview with Tax Court Judge David Laro

Interview with Tax Court Judge David Laro

I had the honor and privilege of having Judge David Laro as one of my professors for Tax Policy and Valuation courses during my LL.M. studies at the University of San Diego. When I learned that I would be the guest editor for the Contra Costa Lawyer’s tax and business issue, my immediate thought was […]

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

There was a time I prepared a Civil Jury Verdicts Column every month. And in almost all cases, the reports came right out of our Superior Court in Martinez. Back then the Court statistics showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or so civil cases to verdict in Martinez Superior Courts. As the years have […]

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Are you happy? It sounds like a simple question, but it is a surprisingly difficult one for many people to answer.  We all have multi-faceted lives and being happy in one area of our lives may or may not correlate to being happy in another. Work is an area where many people find the concept […]

Lawyers: Six Tips for Workplace Health

Lawyers: Six Tips for Workplace Health

Employees in law offices spend a lot of time sitting at desks, staring at screens and poring over case documents. Add in long hours and the stress of deadlines, and an attorney’s workplace begins to pose serious health threats. Having a sedentary lifestyle (either because of work or personal choices) can put you at risk […]

You Knew this Could Happen

Assumption of Risk: You Knew This Could Happen

Some of us engage in the occasional risky activity, from skydiving to bungee jumping, or even texting while walking. Some active people participate in dangerous activities more frequently, like mountain biking or skateboarding. So if you get hurt while engaged in some activity in which there is a known risk, can you still recover for […]