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October 10 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple's Bruce Sewell: 'I'm Done With Being a GC'

Sewell, whose departure from Apple was announced last week, reflected on the company's evolving legal department, iPhone privacy controversies and "The Cellphone Wars."
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 

Can Arbitration Solve Tech Sector's Litigation Cost Concerns?

A recent report identifies budgeting and time as major concerns for tech companies during litigation. Arbitration is an answer, says the report, but pros and cons exist for both dispute resolution mechanisms.
Read the full story at The Recorder


Morning Coats and First Arguments: Female SCOTUS Lawyers on Breaking Barriers

Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Supreme Court and appellate practice, Judge Patricia Millett of the D.C. Circuit and Sarah Harrington of Goldstein & Russell reflect on the evolution of the Solicitor General's Office, and women arguing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over New Contraception Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its decision to drop a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers offer employees free contraception.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

How Companies Are Reacting to Overtime Rule Uncertainty

Companies have open questions about the fate of the Obama-era overtime regulations, despite a Texas federal court ruling nixing rules that would have doubled the salary threshold for workers eligible for time and half pay and extended greater pay to millions of more workers.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Hillary Smith, Square

Smith, general counsel and corporate secretary of the mobile payment company, led legal and regulatory efforts in Square's offering of convertible notes resulting in almost $390 million in net proceeds to the company.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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October 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 6, 2017

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Nikki Stitt Sokol, Facebook

Sokol has helped lead the company's successful fights against class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and New Jersey's Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Orrick Taps Consulting Firm for New Diversity, Inclusion Head

The firm has brought on attorney and career coach Joi Bourgeois to serve in a newly created role.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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October 5 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Charges Against San Diego Cannabis Attorney Alarm Industry Lawyers

The prosecution of San Diego attorney Jessica McElfresh has raised alarms among lawyers who serve the cannabis industry both for the charges she is facing and the wide scope of documents that prosecutors have sought to look at.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 

Jeff Sessions Memo, Reversing Transgender Protections, Further Inflames Divisions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the U.S. Justice Department's stance that transgender employees should be protected in the workplace, a move that clashes with federal appeals court decisions and another government agency's interpretation of civil rights laws.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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October 4 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Email Prankster Targets Another Jared Kushner Lawyer

A D.C. noodle house co-owner and a UK emailer were behind efforts to dupe Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Lawyers Suing Over Flint Crisis Want Compensation Fund

Lawyers suing over Flint’s contaminated drinking water want a fund established to compensate more than 100,000 victims of a public health crisis that they insist government officials and two engineering firms created and then covered up.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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October 3 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wells Fargo CEO, Facing Senate, Resists Call to End Forced Arbitration

Wells Fargo & Co. chief executive Tim Sloan defended the bank's use of mandatory arbitration as he appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, drawing stiff criticism from Senate Democrats who are resisting a Republican effort to repeal a new regulation that bars the financial industry from forcing consumers to waive their right to file class actions. A Sidley Austin team helped prepare Sloan for the congressional hearing.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justices Show Their Colors in SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case

In a case that could end extreme gerrymandering, Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the swing vote, a role he often plays. Other justices also assumed their customary roles during the closely watched argument.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Will the Supreme Court Sacrifice Workers' Rights to Arbitration?

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard what may be the most important workers' rights cases in over 80 years. The employers' arguments dismiss the National Labor Relations Board, gut the labor laws, and falsely make eliminating class actions the "core" of the Federal Arbitration Act. Their implications, moreover, are staggering.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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Just Resolve CEO Rob Christopher Speaks on Indemnity Law at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Legal Education Seminar

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 2, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif.Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Just ResolveFounder and CEO Rob Christopher joins respected panelists from the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) Insurance Law Committee to speak at a minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) seminar about indemnity agreements. Rob also serves as General Counsel for Christopher Ranch LLC, and has nearly 40 years of experience as a litigation and trial attorney. The event takes place on October 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT and will address fundamental issues regarding preparation and interpretation of contractual indemnity provisions.
Read the full story at Business Insider 

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September 29 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 29, 2017

California Court of Appeal Affirms Outlet Stores Can Sell Outlet Clothes

The need for this judicial proclamation was precipitated by a lawsuit filed against Gap alleging that it was fraudulent and unlawful for Gap to offer Gap branded merchandise at its outlet store that was not identical to the Gap branded merchandise offered at its non-outlet stores.
Read the full article at The Recorder

 

 

False Claims Act Cases Are Piled Up at SCOTUS: What to Watch

Legal fees, pleading requirements and disputes over timing—the False Claims Act is providing the U.S. Supreme Court with myriad issues as companies and whistleblowers pitch the justices on cases to take for the new term. Time will tell if the justices are willing to bite. Here's a snapshot of several pending petitions.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

Words of Wisdom from Master Litigators

Authenticity. That more than any other quality was flagged as a key to success by 22 litigators showcased in the National Law Journal’s annual “Winning” special report published on Wednesday. What other advice did they have?
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Oops! Lawyers' Email Snafus Highlight Risks to Firms, Clients

Email may be essential for lawyers, but this week it felt like their worst enemy.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

A Father's Lament

That weekend in August, Charlottesville, Virginia, where I live, became unsafe for me and my family because of our race.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

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September 27 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What Do Lawyers Really Do With Their Time?

A new report finds that U.S. lawyers devote only 29 percent of each workday to billable hours, and the rest on administrative tasks and business development.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Gavelytics Localizes Judicial Analytics for California Litigators

The tool combines predictive machine learning with human review to provide insights into how judges differ from one another.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Key Labor Case at the US Supreme Court Could Affect Millions of Workers

A report released Wednesday shows that more than 60 million workers in the United States are subject to mandatory arbitration in employment contracts, highlighting the potential scope of a key U.S. Supreme Court case that confronts the legality of those agreements.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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September 26 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jeff Sessions Is Met With Protest at Georgetown Law

The U.S. attorney general has received a frosty reception from some students and faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is scheduled to deliver a talk on free speech on college campuses Tuesday.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

PepsiCo GC Tony West On Public Service, In-House Path

From private legal practice to the U.S. Department of Justice to his current role as executive vice president for government affairs and general counsel of PepsiCo Inc., the force driving Tony West has been a desire to serve the public good.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

Senators Demand Testimony from Equifax CEO In Spite of Retirement

The Senate demanded testimony from former Equifax CEO Richard Smith Tuesday, despite his retirement in the wake of a massive data breach.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Law Prof to Senators: Trump Can't Pardon Himself

A group of law professors testified before Congress on Tuesday on how to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from removal and separation of powers issues.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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International Dignitaries Tour Family Justice Center Courthouse

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 25, 2017

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4/24/2018
How to Draft a Custody Order

4/26/2018
Diversity Happy Hour

5/2/2018
Fourth Annual Law Day Mixer

Recent Recognitions
Steven B. Haley2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year
Golnesa MonazamfarBarrister of the Year 2017

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