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Supreme Court rejects employee claim against meal period waivers

December 10, 2018 | At the Lectern
The court’s unanimous opinion by Justice Goodwin Liu means an Orange County hospital will not have to pay penalties and unpaid wages for employees who, under the wage order, waived a second meal period for shifts lasting more than 12 hours.
Students get rare insights into inner workings of our legal system

Students get rare insights into inner workings of our legal system

December 10, 2018 | USC Dornsife
Aimed at students serious about working in law, politics or policy, Elefano’s course enables them to learn the art of legal writing by studying current cases going before the California Supreme Court and then by researching cases to recommend to Southwestern Law School’s Amicus Project. The latter enables law students to gain practical experience by preparing amicus — or “friend of the court” — briefs on a pro bono basis.

Northland officials keep watch as bail reform gains momentum

December 10, 2018 | Duluth News Tribune
As many jurisdictions nationwide begin to re-examine bail practices and, in some cases, implement sweeping reforms, Lew is keeping a close eye on trends and advocating for action locally. Far too many defendants face steep dollar figures they could never possibly meet, he said.

Opinion: The Brown Court’s Impact

December 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Both justices had considerable success at finding common ground with their colleagues. Although Justice Liu wrote more often early in his tenure than Justice Moreno did late in his, the data suggests that both justices were relatively similar in their philosophies, and that the gulf between them and the Republican-appointed justices was not all that great.

Judicial Profile: Lassen County Judge Mark Nareau

December 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Nareau has been a district attorney, a defense attorney, a civil attorney, a restaurant owner, a law instructor and women’s basketball coach at Lassen Community College. “He’s kind of a Renaissance man, a jack of all trades,” said Susanville attorney Dan A. Howe.

Editorial: California's golden pension rights need fixing

December 10, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
In a matter of months, California may get an answer on fixing its unsustainable public pension system. The state Supreme Court is due to rule on a politically loaded case that could open the door to peeling back retirement benefits in the name of fiscal need.

Brown Names Three to L.A. Superior Court

December 10, 2018 | Metropolitan News-Enterprise
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Wednesday night at a meeting of the Italian American Lawyers Association in Los Angeles that it is anticipated that by the time Brown leaves office on Jan. 7, all superior court vacancies will be filled. Brown has already filled all previously unoccupied seats on the Supreme Court and the courts of appeal.

Brown Appoints 13 to Benches Across California

December 07, 2018 | Courthouse News Service
Appointees include the first Korean-American judge in Alameda County Superior Court, the first Sikh judge ever named to the Sacramento County Superior Court and the first Filipino-American woman to serve as a superior court judge in the Bay Area.

Opponents of bail repeal law say they have signatures

December 07, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Opponents of a law phasing out cash bail in California said Thursday they were on the verge of at least putting the law on hold until the 2020 election.

Statewide movement to end court fees gains traction

December 07, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Building off the momentum of Alameda and San Francisco counties eliminating court administrative fees for people convicted of crimes, a California coalition of legal advocates intends to propose statewide legislation to end the practice.

California arrest rates hit lowest point in three decades, study says

December 06, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) While people young, male and non-white are still far more likely to be arrested, many of these disparities have narrowed in recent years. Arrest rates are also far higher in rural areas than in the state’s big cities.

California high court signals possible agreement with state on worker pension rollback

December 05, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
Confronting a public pension system with rising deficits, the California Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to approve some legislative reductions in future retirement benefits for hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers, but not the far-reaching cuts backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Employers Face Open Questions After Landmark 'Dynamex' Labor Ruling

December 05, 2018 | The Recorder
The court’s decision has rattled companies and forced state and federal courts to grapple with unresolved questions. Meanwhile, plaintiffs attorneys find themselves with more leverage to argue against workforce structures that label workers as independent contractors and not employees.
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