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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.

Inspirational Start to New Academic Year

September 23, 2016 | UC Davis
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who has two UC Davis degrees (Bachelor of Arts, 1980; and law, 1984), gave the keynote address, drawing particular attention to the use of the word “inspiring” in the convocation’s theme, “Inspiring Dialogue and Community.”

Oversight panel doesn't want bar's LAP director position eliminated

September 22, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The panel overseeing the Lawyer Assistance Program has recommended that the State Bar's board direct its executive staff to "repurpose" the program director position rather than carry out its plan to eliminate the role.

UCD kicks off new year with convocation

September 20, 2016 | Davis Enterprise
As an attorney, then judge and now chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Cantil-Sakauye said she “chose a career in conflict,” even though when she arrived at UCD, she said, she often just stared at her shoes.

Court allows leeway in College of San Mateo’s plan to pave garden

September 20, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court, weighing the fate of a 53-year-old garden at the College of San Mateo that school officials want to turn into a parking lot, told lower courts Monday to grant some leeway to agencies like the college district when they decide a proposed project won’t harm the environment.

Time-Lapse Video Finds No One Turning Out Lights In City Buildings

September 20, 2016 | CBS Los Angeles
In a city filled with energy during the day, there’s even more wasted energy at night, from lights on all night at City Hall, late at night at DWP headquarters, all day and all night at some Los Angeles County courthouses that have been closed for years.

S.C. to Consider Summer Jobless Benefits for Teachers

September 16, 2016 | Met News
The state Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether school employees who take a summer break after receiving reasonable assurance of employment for the fall term are not entitled to unemployment compensation during the break.

Lack of State Bar funding bill weighs on law schools

September 16, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Legislature's failure to enact a State Bar funding bill during its recently concluded legislative session could have unintended consequences for law schools.

Prop. 47 petitioners lose on resentencing ruling

September 16, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In a ruling that may bode ill for Proposition 47 petitioners, the 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled that judges who resentence felonies to misdemeanors under the measure can also revisit the original sentence and impose a harsher punishment.

State high court names new clerk

September 15, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Jorge E. Navarrete will serve as the state Supreme Court's 27th clerk and court administrator starting next month, the court announced Wednesday.

Judicial Profile: Gregory Jones

September 14, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Even with a workload upwards of 50 cases a day, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones tries to squeeze in an impromptu solo jam session in his chambers on his homemade acoustic guitar.
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