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August 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'We Have to Act Courageously': A Conversation With Law Firm Chief Diversity Executives

Five chief diversity officers share their thoughts on diversity in the legal profession and comment on such issues as

Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Five Californians Win ABA Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

The American Bar Association announced its five Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement winners Tuesday. Winners,

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

A smoking-gun document offered by ex-employee of opposing party? Beware ethical risks, opinion says

The scenario: A lawyer is offered access to a document from an opposing party’s former employee, who is not represented by counsel. 

Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

Facebook's Facial Recognition Could Violate 'Privacy Interests,' Appeals Court Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld certification of a class of Illinois users who claim Facebook's.

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Retired State Judges Lose Age-Bias Suit, Vow Appeal

The retired judges alleged as discriminatory a policy that places a lifetime cap on the number of days they can serve

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Lawyers’ Wages Grew Slower Than Inflation, ABA Profile Reveals

The American Bar Association’s first annual profile of the legal profession shows that lawyers’ income grew slower than inflation from 2017 to 2018.

Read the full story at The General Counsel News

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August 8 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Disciplinary Hearing Opens Over Judge's Alleged Groping And 'Shocking, Explicit Language' Toward Women                                                                                            California's Commission on Judicial Performance began a month-long hearing Monday over allegations that Second District                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

New York Is Barred, for Now, From Handing Over Trump's State Tax Returns          Trump's suing New York and House Democrats in DC federal district court to block any disclosure of his state tax returns.                                                                                       Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

'I Felt He Wanted Sex,' CA Appeals Court Judge Testifies About Harassment From Colleague                                                                                                                             Justice Victoria Chaney testified on Wednesday in a rare disciplinary hearing involving her colleague, Justice Jeffrey                                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

How Stanford's Pam Karlan Got SCOTUS Argument Time in LGBT Cases                    The justices in October are set to examine the scope of federal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender workers.                                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Thanks to email error, those taking California bar exam now know essay question topics                                                                                                                                When California bar exam test-takers received an email July 27, listing the topics to be covered on the upcoming state bar exam, many of them thought it was a hoax.           Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

From Silicon Valley to Silicon Beach, a New Legal Community Emerges in LA            Will Silicon Beach become the next Silicon Valley? A number of tech-focused law firms are betting big on the growing.                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

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August 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Law Blocks State Bar's Access to Applicants' Mental Health Records                   A bar spokeswoman said in June that examiners only request mental health records when “underlying misconduct                                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Everybody Goofs. More Bar Exam Blunders for the Ages                                                In the wake of the State Bar's July 27 disclosure of the topics of the essay questions for the upcoming California bar                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder

 

CA Supreme Court Lowers Bar for 'Ascertainability' of Class Members                        Monday's ruling, in a case over an inflatable pool, addressed to what extent a plaintiff had to identify members of                                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

State Bar Court Panel Dismisses Misconduct Claims Against SF Attorney                   "We do not find clear and convincing evidence to support culpability as to the charged misconduct," State Bar Court                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judge Enters $6M Judgment Against Girardi, Firm in Loan Dispute With Funder         A state court judge in Los Angeles entered the judgment after Girardi failed to pay a portion of a $16 million settlement                                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California Justices Want Answers After Bar Exam Blunder                                            "The court understands and shares the concerns that this disclosure has generated," the justices said in a statement                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

 

With Anger and Confusion Swirling Over Bar Exam Topic Disclosure, Calif. Officials Vow to Investigate                                                                                                         "To have students distracted in this way, at this time, it's outrageous," said Stephen Ferruolo, dean of the University                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California Bar 'Inadvertently' Reveals Essay Topics Days Before Exam                      The bar did not respond to questions about why the essay topics were included in an email to law school leaders.                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Munger Tolles Expands Parental Leave to 18 Weeks Paid

Munger, Tolles & Olson is offering 18 weeks of paid leave for all parents, and up to 26 weeks total for birth mothers.                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Big Tech Is Staring Down Another Antitrust Probe: Here's Who They've Got In-House                                                                                                                                              Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon all have antitrust counsel on their in-house roster. Here's a look at the lawyers                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judge Whittles Down $2B RoundUp Verdict to $86.7M                                                Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith found though the evidence at trial supported could support a finding                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Why the California Bar Director Is Mum on Exam Mayhem                                         Since her son is taking the exam, Leah Wilson, the California bar's executive director, has been noticeably missing                                                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Application for Lawyer Representative To The Ninth Circuit Now Open                  For more information, click here

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July 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Judge Once Again Expresses Skepticism Toward Trump Asylum Moves                U.S. District Judge John Tigar, however, defended a colleague in the District of Columbia whose ruling for the government                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judge Leaves Tiny Gap for Oakland's Antitrust Lawsuit Over Raiders Run to Vegas                                                                                                                                               SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge overseeing the City of Oakland's lawsuit against the National Football League                                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

9th Circuit Asks Calif. Supreme Court to Weigh In on Whether 'Dynamex' Applies Retroactively                                                                                                                                A Ninth Circuit panel withdrew a May opinion that held "the strong presumption of retroactivity" weighed in favor of                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

The Superior Court Seeks Qualified Attorneys to Serve as Temporary Judges            SAN JOSÉ, Calif. (July 24, 2019): Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan is pleased to announce several updates to the Santa Clara Superior Court’s Temporary Judge Program. The Temporary Judge Program is an integral component to some of the court's busiest venues.  Qualified attorneys volunteer to preside over small claims and traffic hearings, facilitate the settlement of civil and family law disputes, and serve in other capacities at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.                                                   For more information, click here

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July 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two SCOTUS Vets Denounce Roberts's Census Ruling as 'One-Off' and 'Bizarre'       It was an illogical opinion which would revolutionize Administrative Procedure Act review if anyone took it seriously,"                                                                                            Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Conservative Lawyers' Group Condemns Trump's 'Ignorant Racist Nature'            "We refuse to share the silence of most of the Republican caucus in Congress, whose timidity in the face of this abhorrent.                                                                                       Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Calif. High Court Revives Case Against Lawyer Who Talked About Confidential Settlement                                                                                                                         Thursday's decision from the California Supreme Court overturns an earlier appellate decision finding that attorney.                                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

At Ninth Circuit, Judge Questions if Ownership Disclosure of ADR Providers Would Open ‘Really Messy Can of Worms'                                                                             As alternative dispute resolution seems to take an ever-widening bite out of the cases routed through the federal courts                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Google Gets Early Win in Australian Defamation Fight                                                  At a scheduling hearing Friday, the justice hearing the case said a contempt order issued against the tech company should                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California Plan for Lawyer Fee-Sharing Picks Up Speed                                                     A vote by the state bar's board of trustees marks another baby step toward reshaping law firm ownership rules and transforming                                                                              Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Retired Judges Strike Out in Bid to Block Change in Post-Retirement Appointments                                                                                                                              A San Francisco Superior Court judge has turned back a request from eight retired judges to block changes to the state's                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder


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July 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

California Opens Door to More Legal Tech, Non-Lawyer Roles (1)                    California has taken a step towards altering the role of lawyers after a state bar task force last week advanced controversial proposals for new ethics rules that would allow non-lawyers to invest in law firms and tech companies to provide limited legal services.                                                                                                                                             Read the full story at The Bloomberg Law

 

Kirkland & Ellis Partner Confirmed to 9th Circuit Bench, Despite Calif. Senators’ Residency Concerns                                                                                                                    Daniel Bress was confirmed in a 53-45 vote despite objections from California’s Democratic senators that he lived, worked                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Rethinking Patent Assignment Agreement: A Look at 'Lone Star v. United Microelectronics'                                                                                                                         In the wake of Lone Star, parties transacting for patent rights ought to consider whether the controlling agreement                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California AG's Trial to Begin Over J&J's Pelvic Mesh Devices                                       California Attorney General Xavier Becerra goes up against Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit in the first trial involving                                                                                        Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Record Number of Companies Back LGBT Workplace Rights in SCOTUS Brief            Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Todd Anten In New York is counsel of record in the pro bono brief.                                                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Oracle Judge Urges: 'Stop With the Invective' Emails and Pick Up the Phone            "This case has already been pending since January 17, 2017. It is time to move forward to a resolution," Labor Department                                                                                        Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Trial Lawyer Bar Launches Trademark Fight Over Its Former Name                           The Washington, D.C.-based bar association sued the California-based Association of American Trial Lawyers for trademark                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder

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June 27 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Judges Show Their Human Side, Discuss Partisanship and Social Media at Berkeley Law                                                                                                                            "This is a profession and the profession has principles. The profession has values," said retired U.S. District Judge                                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Amazon Attorney Tags On to Jones Day Gender Bias Suit                                         Four female former associates have now put their names to the class action accusing the firm of systematically discriminating                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

California's Chief Justice Again Urges Immigration Agents to Stay Out of Courthouses                                                                                                                                  In the run-up to expected arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Facebook Selects Kilpatrick for New Law Firm Diversity Award                           Facebook selected a winning firm by gathering diversity data from 40 law firms and developing a scoring system to rank                                                                                            Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Nokia Can Run but It Can't Hide From Judge Koh in FRAND Case                                   In an excerpt from his "Skilled in the Art" briefing, Scott Graham screens the movie “Escape from San Jose, starring                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Kirkland & Ellis Partner’s Ninth Circuit Nomination Advances Despite Residency Concerns                                                                                                                         California's Democratic senators had opposed the nomination to fill the California-based seat, saying that Kirkland's.                                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder

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June 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How Law Schools Fared on California's February 2019 Bar Exam                               The February exam, administered months after most students graduate from law school, typically has a higher percentage                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Paul Hastings Increases Parental Leave for Lawyers, Staff                                Starting next month the firm will offer 14 weeks of paid leave to all attorneys and staff. Under the new policy, birthing                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

  

'Order in the Court!' New Federal Clerk Hiring Plan Is Off to Busy Start                This week marks the beginning of a two-year pilot Federal Clerk Hiring Plan, under which participating judges will wait                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Former Jones Day Partner Drops Gender Discrimination Suit Against Firm                 A spokesman for Jones Day said that former partner Wendy Moore, now a partner in the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

SCOTUS Ruling Could Let Tech Platforms Avoid First Amendment Constraints      The Internet Association, whose members include Facebook, Twitter and Google, filed a brief in the case urging a narrow                                                                                        Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

'It's a Mess': Chief Judge Describes Fallout From Dallas Courthouse Shooting       "There were some employees of the clerk’s office and United States Attorney's office who were in the line of fire.                                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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June 13 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 13, 2019

ABA Sidesteps Georgia Abortion Debate, Moves Meeting to Chicago                         In announcing the 2021 Midyear Meeting site, ABA President Bob Carlson said the board decided to relocate to Chicago                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Sotomayor Joins Conservatives in Key Patent Ruling                                                     The justices ruled that the definition of “person does not include the government when it comes to having standing                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Facebook Lawyer Signs On To Gender Bias Suit Against Jones Day                     Jessica Jardine Wilkes, a former associate at Jones Day who is now a product counsel at Facebook, has sought to add                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

  

Becerra's Office Joins Multistate Suit to Block Merger of Sprint, T-Mobile           California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined New York and seven other states to file suit in Manhattan federal                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Employee Nonsolicitation Clauses Are Not Enforceable in California                       After decades of uncertainty, courts have now confirmed that California's strong public policy in favor of employee                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Court of Appeal Urges Return to 'Professionalism' in Overturning $1M Default Against Orange County Lawyer                                                                                                 In particular, the court took issue with opposing counsel's use of email to warn of an impending default request, finding                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Black Law Students at Columbia Call for Firing of Central Park 5 Prosecutor         A new Netflix miniseries based on the wrongful convictions of five minority boys for a 1989 rape they didn't commit.                                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

California Jury Awards $12M in Talcum Powder Case Against J&J, Colgate-Palmolive                                                                                                                                     Both Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive said they planned to appeal, citing numerous procedural and evidentiary                                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder

 

With Ninth Circuit Judge Planning to Go Senior, Trump Gets Another Potential Vacancy to Fill                                                                                                                         Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea intends to take senior status "upon the nomination, confirmation and appointment of his                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Revamped Judicial Misconduct System Could Allow Online Complaints                         A top official stopped short of endorsing a recommendation to split the Commission on Judicial Performance's investigative.                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder

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June 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Judge Disappointed Over Sanctions in Alleged Apple iPhone Throttling Case        "The remedy here—I think it's a good remedy—is remove those two counsel,” said Judge Edward Davila                                                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Weaknesses in Central Park Jogger Case Were Clear All Along                                  Nor should it be forgotten that numerous other victims in the community were left vulnerable because of the prosecutors'                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Making Waves: Trump’s Judges Court Controversy in Early Legal Writings              Through concurrences and dissents, Trump's judicial picks have tackled the Second Amendment, Title VII and other hot-button                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justices Just Made It Harder for Employers to Dismiss Job Bias Lawsuits                The unanimous decision struck down a Texas county's attempt to avoid a Title VII lawsuit.                                                                                                                                     Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Amid Antitrust Woes, Apple Hit With New Suit From App Developers                         Lawyers at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Calif. High Court Ruling: Good News for Defamation Plaintiffs                                  Courts must now determine whether a statement, even if the content touches on a general area of public interest, contributes                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Citing Indictments, California State Bar Moves to Suspend Avenatti                         In an email to The Recorder Monday evening, Avenatti called the bar's actions "a pile-on" that was "entirely expected                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

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