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‘Special master’ appointed to eye State Bar

October 20, 2016 | Capital Weekly
A special master has been named to ride herd on the State Bar’s request for money – a move that follows the Legislature’s unprecedented refusal to allow the bar to collect dues from thousands of attorneys.

Opinion: Attorneys should support State Bar's special assessment

October 20, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Who wants to receive a dues bill? Honestly, none of us. But unless the California Supreme Court grants the State Bar's petition for a special assessment, not only the State Bar but all California lawyers will suffer. Why?

Prop. 57 could shorten prison time for thousands of inmates

October 19, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
Proposition 57, potentially the most significant revision of California sentencing laws in 40 years, would allow the state parole board to consider releasing inmates who have served their basic term for a crime the law defines as nonviolent.

Opinion: High court must support access to justice

October 19, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) If the California Supreme Court orders active California lawyers to fund some State Bar activities during the next year, those activities should include support for access to justice. The court has inherent authority, and ample reason to use it.

Appellate Court Hears Arguments in DA Recusal Case

October 18, 2016 | Voice of Orange County
An appellate panel heard arguments Monday on a judge’s order barring Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ office from prosecuting mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai, with the justices seeming to agree that the unprecedented ruling was based on “a careful analysis.”

Time limits, jury sensitivity discussed to shorten trials

October 17, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Impose time limits, confer with opposing counsel about exhibits or jury questionnaires, and avoid repetition. These were among the suggestions judges, plaintiffs' and defense attorneys made during a symposium on speeding up jury trials in California.

Law school officials oppose State Bar's funding request

October 17, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A group of 21 law professors has urged the California Supreme Court not to fund the State Bar until the agency's attorney discipline system makes protecting the public its top priority.

Judicial Profile: Greg Olson

October 17, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Rather than serving up coffee or tutoring as a summer college job, Riverside County Commissioner Greg Olson put himself through school by gutting, scaling and packing salmon aboard a ship in the Bering Sea.

Veteran Marin judge Boren to retire from bench

October 16, 2016 | Marin Independent Journal
Judge Terrence Boren, the longest serving active judge in Marin Superior Court, will retire Tuesday after a career handling many of the county’s most serious criminal cases.

Judge who was admonished is honored by peers

October 14, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) During the Alliance of California Judges recent education conference, the group honored a judge who was publicly admonished in late September for his treatment of potential jurors prior to a 2014 gang murder trial.

Judicial Profile: Lia Martin

October 13, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After 13 years as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, she was elected commissioner by fellow superior court judges in April 2006 and appointed judge by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2010.
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