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Interview with US Bankruptcy Judge, Hon. Roger Efremsky

Interview with US Bankruptcy Judge, Hon. Roger Efremsky

The Honorable Roger L. Efremsky has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for over 10 years in the Northern District of California and is now serving as Chief Judge. The Contra Costa Bar Association is extremely pleased to present the following interview with Judge Efremsky conducted by Mary Ellmann Tang, a board member of […]

The Personal Injury Case and the Automatic Stay

The Personal Injury Case and the Automatic Stay

One of the trickiest snares that can spring up in the middle of a personal injury case is a bankruptcy stay. With a bankruptcy filing, all collection activity is stopped and litigation grinds to a halt. If the filer is the plaintiff, the ownership and control of the plaintiff’s action is transferred in an instant […]

Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay is a pioneer hospice established in 1977 by community volunteers to create support for patients who wanted to die at home. In the 40 years since then, Hospice East Bay has been privileged to serve more than 25,000 patients and their families.

Reflections on Life and Death

Reflections on Life and Death

My interest in life and death started when I was a teenager and my grandmother moved in with us.[1] My mother took care of her for two years before she died of cancer. I watched as my mother balanced her career managing a medical lab with continuing to run a busy house with three of […]

An Insurance Defense Attorney's Perspective on Effective ADR

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective on Effective ADR

I would like to share my perspective on how to make the most of the ADR process.  In my 33 years as an insurance defense attorney I have participated in hundreds of mediations. I have also served as a volunteer mediator for the courts in over 100 cases.  In my view ADR is the most […]

Mediation: The Cure for What Ails Your Case

It comes up all the time: two parties who can’t be in the same room for more than 10 minutes without coming close to blows, but don’t have the money to continue to fund the litigation;  the client who, no matter how many times you explain logically and rationally that their position makes no sense, […]

MCLE Self Study: Ethical Pitfalls of Mediating with Self Represented Litigants

MCLE Self Study: Ethical Pitfalls of Mediating with Self Represented Litigants

Serving as a mediator in a case where one or both parties do not have counsel can create ethical dilemmas for the mediator. California has not adopted a code of ethics that governs mediators in private settings. Attorneys acting as mediators continue to be bound by the California Rules of Professional Conduct.

Giving Back

Giving Back

So often we have the opportunity to use our legal backgrounds to repay favors from long ago or provide tremendous relief to a friend in need.
My message this month is to look for ways to give back. It feels right. You can make a difference. It will also enrich your life.

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Where can low and moderate income residents across the State of California, including immigrants, go for advice and legal help on a vast array of consumer problems? Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) is the go-to resource. Headquartered in Oakland, HERA addresses issues ranging from student loan problems, homeowner concerns and automobile loan problems, to […]

"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 […]