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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.
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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: 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.

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.

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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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