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Audio: Oral Argument Webcasting

September 18, 2017 | KCBS
Chances are you’ve never watched the California Supreme Court in action. But.. as KCBS’s Jeff Bell reports, a new high-tech program aims to change that.

State Supreme Court seeks comment on bar exam score

September 18, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court is accepting comment through Oct. 2 on the State Bar’s report recommending three options be considered for the passing score on the bar exam.

Justice Liu separate statements influence legislative session

September 17, 2017 | At the Lectern
Justice Goodwin Liu has revived the practice of occasionally writing separate statements when the Supreme Court denies petitions for review. Two of those statements influenced bills that the Legislature passed on Friday at the end of its 2017 session.

State’s Supreme Court takes up SF’s dispute with universities over taxes

September 14, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court will hear San Francisco’s appeal seeking millions of dollars in parking taxes from lots run by three state university campuses, which have avoided charging customers a 25 percent fee that the city levies on users of all other parking facilities.

Yolo judge will lead California judicial committees

September 15, 2017 | Daily Democrat
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye named Rosenberg as chairman of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Audits and Financial Accountability for the Judicial Branch. He is one of nine judges to serve on the committee.

Federalism Now conference

September 15, 2017 | SCOCAblog
The day is divided between a framing panel and two topical panels, one focusing on federalism and environmental law (climate change, specifically) and the other focusing on federalism and immigration law. The Chief Justice of California will deliver the keynote address, and the program concludes with remarks by Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law

Opinion: One bar exam is enough

September 15, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court should join the vast majority of other state supreme courts that have adopted reciprocal admission on motion for experienced attorneys from other states. Studies by the State Bar of California have recommended, and the California Legislature has endorsed, this practice.

Opinion: I Can’t Visit My Sons in Prison Because I Have Unpaid Traffic Tickets

September 14, 2017 | The Marshall Project
To visit someone in a Michigan state prison, you have to fill out an application and send it to the Department of Corrections with a self-addressed envelope. A couple of months after I mailed mine in, they sent me a sheet of paper saying that I was not approved to see either of my two sons, Harvey and Antwan, who are incarcerated.

California bar brief pokes holes in some arguments for a lower bar exam cut score

September 14, 2017 | ABA Journal
Amidst arguments that lowering the California bar exam cut score may help diversity in the profession, increase lawyer access for moderate-income residents and have no influence on attorney misconduct findings, the State Bar of California filed a data-heavy brief with the California Supreme Court taking the position that there’s scant evidence for the majority of those claims.

State legislators act on several bills affecting courts, lawyers

September 14, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security voted 6-1 to accept Senate amendments to AB 83, a bill to give collective bargaining rights to non-managerial Judicial Council employees.

Gay man becomes first out president of CA state bar

September 14, 2017 | The Bay Area Reporter
The State Bar of California welcomed its first openly LGBT president this month with the recent swearing in of attorney Michael Colantuono, a gay man who lives outside of Grass Valley in the northern Sierra Foothills.
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