• Opinion | Supreme Court homelessness case holds extra significance for Black Californians

    February 28, 2024

    The long history of redlining and downzoning helped create the racial disparities in California’s homeless population. The barriers impeding housing development and access for Black communities must be addressed – and fast.

  • Judicial Profile: Los Angeles County Judge Melissa Lyons

    Daily Journal
    February 28, 2024

    (Subscription required) Explaining how she handles the conflicting testimony in such cases, Lyons said it's the quality of the evidence litigants present, not just their words, that makes a difference. "Sometimes, one party may not be the most credible, but when I hear from a witness, sometimes things clear up. Unfortunately, sometimes, it works out where I have to just say, 'You know, it's dismissed because you haven't met the burden.'"

  • Judges and lawyers call for new ways to serve notice

    Daily Journal
    February 28, 2024

    (Subscription required) Problems with personally serving Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige have stalled two Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuits against him in recent weeks. As a result, plaintiffs' attorneys have accused him of purposefully evading service, with a party requesting permission to serve him by publication.

  • State Bar Unveils Potential $164 Attorney Licensing Fee Increase for 2025

    The Recorder
    February 27, 2024

    (Subscription required) State bar leaders on Monday unveiled proposed licensing fee increases that, if approved by the Legislature, could push active lawyers’ annual bills to more than $600 starting in 2025.