George Nicholson—who was an outspoken critic of then-Chief Justice Rose Bird while executive director of the California District Attorneys Association from 1976-79 and was the Republican Party’s unsuccessful candidate for attorney general in 1982—yesterday announced his retirement as a justice of the Third District Court of Appeal, effective Jan. 2.
California’s cap-and-trade system to fight global warming survived a major legal test Thursday when a state appeals court ruled that the auctions at the heart of the system do not constitute an illegal tax.
California’s marquee climate-change program faced tough scrutiny on Tuesday from a state appeals court judge who seemed skeptical that the $4.4 billion raised from the state’s cap-and-trade program complied with laws regulating taxes and fees.
Aspiring attorneys take note: Don’t interrupt the judge, come to court prepared and don’t open your arguments with a poem. Those were among the lessons state appellate court justices gave UC Davis law students after hearing arguments in two cases last week at King Hall.