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Audio: Reevaluating How California Elects Judges

October 26, 2016 | KQED
With 17 propositions on the state ballot this year, California voters have plenty to research. So it’s no surprise that they might not be familiar with the candidates for superior court judges or know whether they want to retain an incumbent judge.

Class actions challenging state on bail move forward

October 26, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Two class actions calling money bail an unconstitutional violation of equal protection have moved forward in Sacramento and San Francisco federal courts, raising questions about the future of bail in California.

Judicial Profile: Sonia Cortés

October 25, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As a child, Sonia Cortés lived for several years in public housing owned by the Yolo County housing agency in the small farming town of Winters. By her mid-30s, she was the agency's lawyer.

‘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.
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