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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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International Dignitaries Tour Family Justice Center Courthouse

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 25, 2017

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September 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 25, 2017

Businesses Begin Filing Class Actions Against Equifax

Consumers aren’t the only ones suing over the Equifax data breach: Small businesses, including a law firm and a credit union, want to recoup financial losses tied to the massive cyberattack.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

Lights! Camera! Action! SCOTUS Coming to Screens Big and Small

Three projects based on the U.S. Supreme Court are in production or development, including one about a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and another about the late Justice Thurgood Marshall.
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Sources: Trump to Tap Connolly, Noreika for Delaware District Court

President Donald Trump is expected to announce Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Colm F. Connolly and Maryellen Noreika, a partner with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, as his nominees to fill two open judgeships on Delaware's district court, multiple sources said this week.
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Judge Erica Yew Receives Top Award from Judicial Council of California

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 21, 2017

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September 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

California's Push to Boost Overtime Eligibility, Mirroring Obama Rules, Fails in Legislature

California legislation that would have increased the number of workers eligible for overtime pay died in the final hours of the state's 2017 legislative session Saturday, ending a push to revive Obama-era rules that the Trump administration has moved to undo.
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Cal Supremes Limit Prop 218’s Impact on Tax Initiatives, but Less Than You Might Think

On Aug. 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued a 5-2 split decision in California "Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland," S234148. Immediate responses from many commentators reflect an expansive view of this decision, including a perception that the case could pave the way for communities to establish special taxes with majority voter approval, rather than the 2/3 required by Article XIII C, section 2. An alternate reading of the case, however, suggests a narrower impact from the decision.
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A Primer on Uber's Big Day at the Ninth Circuit

The appeals court will be weighing issues critical to the fate of major driver class actions against Uber and workers' collective rights generally.
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‘Really Hard and Intense:’ Departing Northwestern Law Dean Says of Competition Among Top Schools

Daniel Rodriguez will step down as dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law at the end of the academic year after more than six years, the school announced Tuesday.
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Xavier Becerra Urges Tech Companies to 'Join Us' on Internet Liability Bill

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in Washington on Tuesday urged tech companies to "join us at the table" to craft federal legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. The general counsel to the Internet Association, representing major U.S. companies, tells a U.S. Senate committee the bill "introduces overly broad concepts of criminal and civil liability."
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September 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 18, 2017

Equifax Executives' Stock Sales Raise 'Fundamental Questions' Tied to Breach

Equifax Inc. has maintained that three executives were unaware of a massive data breach when they made stock trades on Aug. 1—worth more than $1 million—days after the company discovered the attack. Still, published reports about the stock sales raise "fundamental questions," two partners at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney said in an article published Friday at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
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Corporate Friend or Balanced Perspective? EEOC Chair Nominee's Experience Is Debated

Business leaders are welcoming a would-be EEOC chair in longtime general counsel Janet Dhillon, whose background in corporate legal departments would provide a perspective "from the trenches" of the private sector. Labor and civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are spotlighting the nominee's role at a retail industry advocacy group that opposed the power of workers to challenge discriminatory practices. Dhillon's confirmation hearing is next week.
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Sessions’ Chief of Staff Tapped to Lead DOJ Civil Division

Career DOJ lawyer Joseph 'Jody' Hunt was nominated today.
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Ninth Circuit Eases Time for Appeal of Class Certification Rulings

In a case over a purported aphrodisiac dietary supplement that promised "animal magnetism," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, splitting with nearly half the country's federal appellate courts on a matter of first impression, decided to expand the time available to ask for reconsideration of decertification.
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September 13 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Equifax's Latest Legal Nightmare Might Be This Chatbot

DoNotPay's latest chatbot release can help you sue Equifax for negligence in small-claims court. But what impact may it have on consumer protection?
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State Bar Leaves Reducing Exam Score for Supreme Court to Resolve

California state bar trustees on Wednesday punted the fate of the bar exam pass score to the California Supreme Court, offering the justices a range of choices on the controversial issue, from leaving the score at 144 to lowering it to 139.
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This California Bill Would Restrict Immigration Enforcement in State Courts

A Los Angeles lawmaker says he'll pursue a bill in January that would bar federal immigration agents from arresting or questioning undocumented immigrants in state courthouses unless they first obtain a warrant.
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5 Things to Know About the First Wave of Equifax Actions

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 11, 2017
A major theme in the suits will be how Equifax, whose entire business as a credit reporting agency is to maintain personal and confidential data on individuals, wasn't prepared for hackers who have hit retailers and health care companies for that same information.
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September 8 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 8, 2017

Ninth Circuit Sides With Hawaii, Rules Grandparents Exempt From Trump's Travel Ban

The court upheld a district court ruling that said grandparents of U.S. citizens and other family members of U.S. residents are exempt from President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.
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From Migrant Field Worker to Big Law Managing Partner—The Remarkable Journey of Joshua Briones

By the time he was 8 years old, Joshua Briones was rising before dawn to pick strawberries and cherry tomatoes, moving from town to town in California with his immigrant farm worker parents. Today, Briones, 44, is the managing partner of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo’s Los Angeles office and a lauded litigator. This is the story of his remarkable journey.
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Trump's DOJ Backs Colorado Baker Who Refused Service to Gay Couple

The Trump administration delivered a new blow to the gay and lesbian community on Thursday when the U.S. Justice Department sided against a same-sex couple in a major discrimination case at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justice Department filed a brief backing a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. "Weddings are sacred rites in the religious realm and profoundly symbolic ceremonies in the secular one," Jeffrey Wall, the acting U.S. solicitor general, wrote in the amicus brief.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

University of California, With Covington's Help, Sues Trump Over DACA

UC president Janet Napolitano signed the directive implementing DACA when she was secretary of homeland security in 2012.
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4/26/2018
Diversity Happy Hour

5/2/2018
Fourth Annual Law Day Mixer

5/3/2018
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Recent Recognitions
Hon. Edward J. Davila2017 Diversity of the Year
Steven B. Haley2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year

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