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Immigration Law Perspective

Immigration Law Perspective

Mr. Knight’s arrest or possible convictions may preclude him for having the requisite good moral character for naturalization.

Suzanne Boucher

Family Law Perspective

Given the facts of this case, the court would most likely grant a temporary restraining order giving Elaine sole physical custody of the children…

Employment Law Perspective

Employment Law Perspective

Most private employers do NOT have the right to request an employee’s criminal history. However, there are exceptions.

President’s Message: May 2016

President’s Message: May 2016

With immigrants comprising 14 percent of America’s population and growing, it is clear that the need for attorneys with immigration law knowledge is essential.

Introducing CCCBA’s New Immigration Section

Introducing CCCBA’s New Immigration Section

The Immigration Law Section will provide continuing education, training and mentoring for immigration attorneys. The next section meeting will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Inns of Court: Animal Law

Inns of Court: Animal Law

Judge Mockler’s pupilage group put on a rousing, energetic Jeopardy-like contest centered around animal law.

Civility

Civility

Recently there have been some fine examples of civility from the legal profession, such as at the induction of David Goldstein to the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Bar Soap: April 2016

Bar Soap: April 2016

It is most amusing, but also embarrassing, to sit in court waiting for a case to be called and being forced to listen to attorneys appear on Court Call and drone on about issues unrelated to their cases.

Inns of Court: Free Speech

Inns of Court: Free Speech

A threatening statement was provided in three different contexts: rap song, YouTube video and Facebook post. How does the law handle this?

The Value in Diversity

The Value in Diversity

Why should law firms be concerned about diversity? Well, there are many sound reasons, but let’s just look at one today: Financial success.

PAGA Amendments: Limited Right to Avoid Civil Penalties for Wage Statement Defects

PAGA Amendments: Limited Right to Avoid Civil Penalties for Wage Statement Defects

In 2015, the Legislature took steps to slow some of the PAGA litigation. Employers now have a limited ability to avoid litigation by curing two types of alleged violations.

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

This Inns group showcased how not to act in front of judges. Whether you are being extremely rude or extremely obsequious, judges do not really need either.

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Clearly, we need to find practical ways to manage our stress and maintain our health. Here are some tips for incorporating technology into a healthy lifestyle.

Bar Soap: February 2016

Bar Soap: February 2016

We lost several more friends and colleagues since my last column. Judge Richard Arnason quietly passed away in his sleep at the age of 94.

Ethics and Your Online Presence

Ethics and Your Online Presence

State bars are in a race to regulate social media use, but their limited knowledge of technology means that they have a difficult time defining the ethical boundaries.