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April 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Expanding Electronic Access to the Federal Courts: the Pandemic’s Unexpected Opportunity

During this time of crisis, the courts have a chance to learn from the virtual ways they are doing their work.

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Tech Giants Pledge Their IP to COVID-19 Fight

Amazon, Facebook, HPE, IBM, Microsoft and Sandia Labs sign onto the Open COVID Pledge. Meanwhile, pledge organizers

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Family and Dispute Resolution in Pandemic Times

In their Mediation column, Abby Tolchinsky and Ellie Wertheim write: Mediation is a tool that lends itself to these

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Law Deans Ask California Justices to Provisionally License Students

The deans' request does not endorse a clean version of diploma privilege, which would allow recent graduates to practice

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Uber Hit With Suit Claiming Discrimination Against Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs

Plaintiff Lucia Greco claims that she has documented at least 32 times that she has faced discrimination from Uber drivers

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April 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mobile or Landline? SCOTUS Advocates Prep for First-Ever Phone Arguments

Appellate advocates are busy at work thinking about, and preparing for, the U.S. Supreme Court's first-ever phone arguments

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In-House Counsel Should Keep Track of 'CCPA 2.0' Amid COVID-19, CCPA Compliance

I don't think anyone has any doubt that he'll [Mactaggart] be able to get it on the ballot this year," Kim Phan

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Why Are Asian Americans Passing on Law School? New Report Offers Theories

A new report co-authored by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu projects that the number of Asian American

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Summer Associate Programs and COVID-19: How Law Firms Are Responding

A firm-by-firm guide to how Big Law is shifting its summer plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Postpone July Bar Exam or Cancel It, State Bar Tells Calif. Supreme Court

The board's decision not to immediately endorse diploma privilege, which would allow 2020 law school graduates to practice

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April 09 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

California Court Issues Precedent-Setting Decision in Rockefeller Case

The high court's unanimous opinion has far-reaching consequences, as it held where parties to a contract containing

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As California’s High Court Resumes Argument in Altered Format, Parties Adapt

With four judges appearing spaced out on the bench in the court's San Francisco headquarters and three hearing arguments

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Judicial Council Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Rules on Civil Deadlines, Bail

The emergency regulations temporarily restrict eviction proceedings, set a reduced bail schedule, encourage remote appearances

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Diversity Lab CEO’s Recession Advice for Law Firm Leaders? Double Down on Diversity

Caren Ulrich Stacy, who once served as head of talent for Arnold & Porter and Cooley, says that diverse lawyers could

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Tips for Successful Mediations Using Zoom Videoconferencing

Perhaps one of the few silver linings of this crisis is that it is occurring in an era of readily available virtual

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'No Heroes in the Story of This Case': Judge Turns Back Bid for Injunction Against Lyft

In an order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria lamented plaintiffs' "tone-deaf" arguments and how companies

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April 02 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Law Firms Need to Say It’s OK to Be Human Right Now

Whether through small gesture or large effort, now is the time to audition for the role of the person we'd want others.

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Lawsuits Target Zoom Over Facebook Data Transfers

Lawyers at Tycko & Zavareei assert that Zoom's sharing of user data to third parties was an "egregious breach of their

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Judiciary Endorses Emergency Court Procedures Amid Virus Pandemic

The Judicial Council received more than 50 letters—many of them critical of proposed delays to criminal proceedings—prior

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While Local Officials Rush to Address Crowding at Santa Rita Jail, Federal Detainees Linger

As the jail population has been trimmed from more than 2,600 to 2,149 people in custody in two weeks, roughly 400 to

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California Bar Is Pressed to Grant Diploma Privilege to Law Grads Amid Virus Crisis

The developments put California's committee of bar examiners, volunteers more accustomed to toiling quietly behind the

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March 26 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

California Judges and Lawyers Praise Statewide Suspension of Trials Amid Pandemic

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye faced a "tough call" in a rare scenario that required balancing competing interests.

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San Jose Federal Courthouse Closed After Visitor Treated for COVID-19

After the court was informed Monday that a person who visited the Northern District of California courthouse on March

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Virus Poses Latest Test To Supporting Attys' Mental Health

As lawyers grapple with the anxiety of a public health crisis, juggle work and family obligations at home, and adjust to physical isolation due to the spread of COVID-19, efforts to support attorneys’ mental health and wellness are paramount, according to mental health professionals.

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Meet the Lawyers Guiding California's Coronavirus Pandemic Response

Accustomed to working behind the scenes, their efforts are now surfacing publicly in emergency declarations, letters

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Taxi Companies Strike Out in Bid to Pursue ‘Predatory’ Pricing Claims Against Uber

California's First District Court of Appeal ruled Monday the Unfair Practices Act does not apply to Uber, whose rates

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March 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Impacting California Courts: Roundup of Services

The California Supreme Court on Monday suspended in-person oral arguments until "deemed prudent to resume normal measures."

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9th Circuit Shuts Down Public Access to Courthouses

Hearings will be live-streamed as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit prohibits public access to all locations

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In a Year Full of Worry and Division, How to Protect Your Mental Health

Just as you can do things to safeguard yourself from the coronavirus, you can also takes steps to avoid the mental fallout.

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State Bar Ices Proposed 'Regulatory Sandbox,' Legal Referral Rule Changes

The decision was a blow to members of a task force who developed the recommendations over the course of 14 months.

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As COVID-19 Increases Remote Work, Cyberhygiene Is A Must



As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, companies are now in full-scale preparation for potential disruptions to their business.

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March 12 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Eastern District Prosecutor and Wife Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff's office indicated investigators believe that Timothy Delgado, an assistant.

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LinkedIn Presses Computer Trespass Claims at SCOTUS Against Data Miner

LinkedIn's lawyers contend that a Ninth Circuit decision has "denied operators of public-facing websites a critical

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Calif. Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Finding Due Process Rights Outweigh Online Privacy

California's First District Court of Appeal passed on the case's constitutional questions, writing that the California

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Cantil-Sakauye Extols Courts as 'Place for Social Justice'

The California chief justice's annual annual State of the Judiciary address touched on a variety of topics, including

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March 05 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

9th Circuit: Employers Can't Rely on Prior Pay to Justify Gender Disparities

The express purpose of the [Equal Pay Act] was to eradicate the practice of paying women less simply because they are

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Varied Perspectives, Better Solutions: The Case for Diversity in Law School Leadership

Diversity cannot be just a buzzword, nor is it captured by mere statistics. It must be in the fabric of each institution.

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California's Judicial Diversity Inched Up in Newsom's First Year

The small statistical changes reflect the relatively few appointments and nominations that Newsom made to the bench

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New Bill Pitches Big Court Reforms Aimed At Transparency

The Democratic legislation includes a code of ethics for the justices, free PACER access for most users and live streaming.

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Reddit Will Not Have to Hand Over Identity of Former Jehovah's Witness

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled a Redditor's posts citing Watch Tower's copyrighted works were fair use but that

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A Privacy Violation Is a Concrete Injury, Ninth Circuit Underlines in Facebook Settlement Over Private Message Probes

Alan Butler, general counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the appeals court order continues "

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February 27 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ninth Circuit: YouTube May Be Ubiquitous, but That Doesn’t Mean It Violated PragerU’s First Amendment Rights

"That YouTube is ubiquitous does not alter our public function analysis," wrote Judge M. Margaret McKeown in a decision

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In Google Antitrust Discovery, a Small Victory for In-House Counsel

Google had sought to limit what discovery documents could be seen by outside experts in investigations brought by state

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No Free Lunch: How to Chart Your Course to Success as a Government Lawyer

You're now trading your pocket square or designer bag for a lapel pin and government-issued laptop case. How do you.

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California Takes the Lead in Regulating PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

California finds itself once again taking the lead by setting regulatory standards stricter than the rest of the nation

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California Task Force Recommends Limited Fee-Sharing, 'Regulatory Sandbox'

"I think there was a lot of unanimity. There were a few splits but overall it was a great group of people marching to

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February 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

More Biglaw Firms Encourage Associates And Staff To Use Gender Pronouns In Email Signatures

Biglaw firms across the globe continue to promote diversity and inclusion among their ranks by instituting transgender-friendly workplace policies. To that end, many firms have decided

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California Lawmakers Press Newsom to Name First LGBTQ Justice 

State legislative leaders urged Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday to “make history” by nominating the first openly LGBTQ justice to the California Supreme Court.“We encourage you to seize the historic opportunity presented with the retirement of Associate Justice Ming W. Chin,” Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

5 Takeaways From Qualcomm’s 9th Circuit Antitrust Appeal

Things did not go so well for the Federal Trade Commission, or the Department of Justice for that matter, at a hearing

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Appellate Court Sustains Whistleblower Claim Against SF City Attorney Herrera

In an unpublished opinion, California's First District Court of Appeal said that evidence "amply supports" a jury's

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California Appellate Law Group Brings Work-Life Balance to a Niche Practice

Chairman Ben Feuer says his firm's model is especially appealing to millennials like him, or lawyers of any generation

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