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State high court wrestles with rest break case

September 30, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court dove head first into a giant rabbit hole Thursday in interpreting a seemingly simple law: Nonexempt employees who work at least 3.5 hours get a 10-minute, paid rest break.

Land use battle draws interest from environmentalists, other cities

September 30, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Nearly three years after accepting the case for review, state Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Thursday about allowing a 51-acre parcel in the city of Orange to move ahead, despite lower courts giving it the green light.

Malcolm Lucas dies at 89

September 29, 2016 | Capitol Weekly
Malcolm Lucas, the former chief justice of the California Supreme Court who led the high court during one its most turbulent political periods, has died at the age of 89, his family announced.

Former Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas was known for steady leadership

September 30, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Malcolm M. Lucas, the former chief justice who steered the state Supreme Court through politically turbulent times and promoted the modernization of the state's judicial branch, died Wednesday of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Former Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas dies

September 29, 2016 | At the Lectern
The Supreme Court announced that Malcolm Lucas — the 26th Chief Justice of California — died yesterday. He was 89.

Editorial: Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas was gracious, independent

September 29, 2016 | Sacramento Bee
Former California Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas was a thoughtful, tough and gracious jurist who provided the state’s courts with a steady hand in the tumultuous time after voters ousted his predecessor, Rose Bird. He died Wednesday at age 89.

Opinion casts cloud over State Bar's $1.6M transfer

September 29, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar cannot "under any circumstances" legally transfer funds from its Lawyer Assistance Program to its Client Security Fund, according to a recent opinion from the Legislative Counsel's office in Sacramento.

Judicial Profile: Henry Walsh

September 29, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judge Henry Walsh has bled Dodger blue for a long time — a very long time. His fandom traces back to his childhood when the team was on the other side of the country in Brooklyn.

State Bar president pleased with his term despite challenges

September 28, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) David Pasternak is quick to admit his past year as State Bar president was full of difficulties for the agency, including the Legislature failing to enact a bill funding the bar and the resignation of the organization's top prosecutor amidst controversy.

Judicial Profile: Steven C. Bailey

September 27, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) He once heard a case in his South Lake Tahoe courtroom against a pimp and a prostitute who came from out of town. They tried to take out a local prostitute by kidnapping her and driving her out into the woods.

Opinion: Stopping courthouse project poses security risk

September 25, 2016 | Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Without apology, he has redirected $1.4 billion in the courts’ construction funds placing it in the state’s general fund. The reallocation of funds has halted the completion of the local criminal courthouse, which was slated to be completed in 2020.

New state law will limit electronic filing fees

September 26, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) AB 2244 is a response to the growing use of e-filing for court documents — a practice that is likely to increasingly becoming mandatory in courts across the state.

State Bar facing fiscal crisis

September 26, 2016 | Capitol Weekly
The agency that protects Californians from unethical lawyers faces an uncertain future because of complaints about its ability to do its job.

Opinion: Wounded once in Afghanistan, and again in Sacramento

September 24, 2016 | Sacramento Bee
I had a serious relapse five months into treatment and was expelled. But the Veterans’ Court didn’t give up. My mentor, Patrick Russell, worked with court staff members to find another facility willing to accept me.

Sacramento officials start lobbying campaign for new courthouse

September 23, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council has offered a $7.73 million contract to a prominent architectural firm to deliver preliminary design plans for a new downtown Sacramento County courthouse, despite the fact that the courts don't have the money to build it.
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