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June 22 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Expands Patent Damages Beyond US Borders, Narrowly

In Wake of SCOTUS 'Carpenter' Decision, Koh Looks Prescient on Cell Tower Data

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SCCBA Statement Opposing the Separation of Children and Parents Seeking Entry to the United States

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 21, 2018
The SCCBA strongly opposes any government policy or congressional action that violates the due process rights of migrants seeking entry to the United States, including indefinite detentions, forcibly separating children from their parents, and forcing children, including toddlers, to appear in court on their own with no right to appointed counsel. These practices not only violate due process, but they are in opposition to the humanitarian values which represent founding principles of our democracy.


Additionally, the SCCBA endorses the letter  by ABA President Hilarie Bass, published Wednesday, June 20, 2018, subsequent to the Trump administration issuing an Executive Order on families being separated at the US border.   Issued June 21, 2018
Read the full story here

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Sacramento Judge Puts the Jeff Sessions Suit Against California on Trial

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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June 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ex-Partner Accuses Jones Day of 'Fraternity' Environment, Gender Bias

State AGs, ex-U.S. Attorneys to Sessions: Stop Separating Families at the Border

Wilson Sonsini to Launch London Office

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Lines Are Drawn in New Appeals Court Case Confronting LGBT Workplace Rights

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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June 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 15, 2018

Senate Committee Questions Judiciary's Anti-Harassment Efforts After Kozinski Scandal

Justice Dept., Threatening Supreme Court Action, Imposes Deadline in Sanctuary Cities Case

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June 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018

Justices, Sharply Divided, Say Ohio's Voter Registration Purges Are Lawful

Two Surprise Supreme Court Orders Show Why Recusals Matter

 

Unanimous US Supreme Court Bars 'Stacked' Class Actions

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June 8 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 8, 2018

Recall aftermath: Will the removal of Judge Aaron Persky prompt a new legal battle?

Less than 24 hours after a bitter campaign ended with voters overwhelmingly approving California’s first recall of a sitting judge in nearly a century, the legal profession may be setting up for . . .
Read the full story at The Mercury News

 

The recall of Brock Turner's judge, Aaron Persky, is a concerning blow to judicial independence

Barring illegal or unethical behavior, it is almost always be a mistake to recall a sitting judge.
Read the full story at NBC News

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June 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Voters Remove Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky From Bench, First in 80 Years

 

Beloved South Bay attorney mourned after death from March collision

SANTA CLARA — Family members and colleagues in the South Bay legal community are mourning the death of a cherished labor law attorney, who succumbed to injuries two months after she was hit by a . . .
Read the full story at The Mercury News

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California ChangeLawyers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

 

changelawyers.org

 

Sonia Gonzales

 

Hi Friends-

 

Two weeks ago, I sent you an email with a big announcement: California Bar Foundation is now California ChangeLawyers.

 

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one particular lawyer who is using his law license to elevate his community.

 

His name is Alfonso.

 

Alfonso is DACAmented. He was 5 when his parents brought him to America from Mexico. When he turned 16, Alfonso headed into the fields during his summer breaks, working right next to his parents.

 

As he harvested watermelons and grapes, Alfonso got to know other undocumented workers. He learned that they couldn’t file overtime claims or sexual harassment complaints because they lacked status. That’s when he decided to go to law school.

 

Today, Alfonso is the California ChangeLawyers Deportation Defense Fellowat Immigrant Defenders Law Center,where hedefends his undocumented clients and keeps families together.

 

I asked Alfonso why he puts himself at risk by being publicly “out” as a DACAmented lawyer.

Wouldn’t it be easier if he kept quiet about his status?

 

His response shook me: he told me that he see’s his law degree as a privilege that other undocumented people don’t have. He can’t and won’t just sit on the sidelines as his community is being targeted by this administration. It’s his duty as a lawyer—as an undocumented lawyer—to do what he can to stop deportations.

 

Next time someone asks you what a changelawyer is, share Alfonso’s story with them. Better yet, show them this video we made about him and other changelawyers.

 

And help spread the word: lawyers are ready to change the world.

 

In Solidarity,

Sonia Gonzales

 

 

 

 

Become an inaugural ChangeLawyer donor.

Donate Today >

 

 

                 

changelawyers.org

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120 Days to ADR

6/29/2018
Family Law Judgment Practicum: Fine Tuning Judgment Packets for Success

7/10/2018
Annual Reception Honoring Unsung Heroes

Recent Recognitions
Ruth Silver TaubePro Bono Award, 2016
Steven B. Haley2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year

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