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January 24 Digest

Posted By Administrator, Friday, January 25, 2019

Skadden, Proskauer Get Creative to Recruit Women and Minority Law Students    In a bid to establish early and deep ties with diverse law students, the firms have unveiled new programs intended to                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Conservative Samuel Alito Channels Liberal Icon Thurgood Marshall on Religion    "It is remarkable how the politics of religious accommodation have changed," one lawyer remarked                                                                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Android War: Google Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Appeal of Oracle's Copyright Victory                                                                                                                       Lawyers for Google wrote that if Oracle's win at the federal circuit is allowed to stand, it would "upend the longstanding                                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Grassley Aide Mike Davis Reflects on Combative Kavanaugh Confirmation               “I'm not going to apologize for anything, says Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations at the Senate                                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

What's Up With the 'VP of Legal' Title?                                                                            Julie Q. Brush, author of The Lawyer Whisperer blog, takes a look at the reporting lines and salary range for the in-house legal title that's something of a 'GC light' position                                                                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

USPTO Addresses the Wonderland of Strained Analogies                                           The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on Jan. 7, issued new examination guidelines to address the often-criticized unpredictability with determining patent-eligibility of abstract ideas after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank (2014)              Read the full story at The Recorder 

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January 17 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 17, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

LA Appeals Judge Accused of Groping Colleague Faces Misconduct Charges              The lawyer for Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson issued a statement denying the allegations. "Justice Johnson remains respectful                                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Justices, With Kavanaugh Sidelined, Rebuff Challenge to Consumer Bureau         Other challenges to the consumer bureau are pending in federal appeals courts, giving the Supreme Court a chance—more                                                                                 Read the full story at The National Law Journal

  

More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs                                                          Women occupy the deans office at 35 percent of law schools, and minority women are more visible than ever in leadership                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justice Breyer Joins Conservative Wing to Uphold Tougher Prison Sentence          The 5-4 decision Tuesday in Stokeling v. United States reflected an unusual alignment of the justices. In dissent, Justice                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Newsom Picks Appellate Justice Martin Jenkins for Judicial Appointments Secretary                                                                                                                                         The post gives Jenkins the primary role in vetting candidates for vacancies in the state's 1,800-judge appellate and                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

 Ex-Thomas Clerk Will Be Lindsey Graham's Chief Counsel for Nominations           Andrew Ferguson, a former Bancroft associate in Washington and UVA law grad, succeeds Mike Davis, a former clerk for                                                                             Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

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Korematsu Day 2019 - Santa Clara Superior Court commemorates legacy of Fred T. Korematsu

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019

 

Fred T. Korematsu Day 2019

Santa Clara Superior Court Commemorates the 100 Year Anniversary

of the Birth of Civil Rights Leader Fred T. Korematsu

                               

SAN JOSÉ, California (January 16, 2019): In observance of Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, the Santa Clara County Superior Court has joined with several community organizations to present two events which recognize and pay homage to Fred Korematsu and his role in the advancement of civil rights.

 

On January 26, 2019, NBC Bay Area news reporter Robert Handa is moderating a panel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to talk about Fred Korematsu’s lifelong mission to “Speak Up!” on behalf of civil rights for all persons regardless of national origin. The event is located in San Jose’s Japantown at The Wesley United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall, 566 North Fifth Street, San Jose.

 

Panelists include:

Karen Korematsu – The Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Zahra Billoo - General Counsel of the Council for American Islamic Relations

Teresa Castellanos - County’s office of Immigrant Relations

Susan Hayase - Community leader in San Jose’s Japantown

Richard Konda - Asian Law Alliance

1.0 hour of attorney MCLE is being offered for attendance at the speakers’ panel.

 

The museum will also have two free showings, at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m., of the documentary film “Of Civil Rights & Wrongs: the Story of Fred T. Korematsu”. Of particular interest to educators, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute is providing its full kit of instructional materials, free of charge, to any teachers who register in advance and attend the day’s events.

 

The Japanese-American Museum of San Jose will open its doors to the public and provide free docent-led tours of its exhibits relating to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and the challenges that they faced to overcome wartime discrimination.

 

On January 30, 2019, noted Constitutional law scholar and SCU School of Law Professor Margaret Russell will be speaking about the legacy and lessons of the Korematsu court decisions from the WWII U.S. Supreme Court case to the 2018 “disaffirmance” in the U.S. Supreme Court travel ban case. 

1.0 hour of attorney MCLE is being offered for Professor Russell’s speech.

 

Judge Roberta Hayashi, of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, asks “Please join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Fred T. Korematsu, who challenged through the courts the WWII detention and forced relocation of over 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry.  Forty years later, he successfully sued to overturn his conviction and continued to forcefully speak up against national origin discrimination. We think there is no better way to commemorate his legacy of speaking up for others.”

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January 10 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 10, 2019

In Petulant Filing, Reed Smith's Dubelier Blames Judge for Being Mean        Following a rebuke from a federal judge, the lawyer for Concord Management has submitted a snappish legal filing in                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Justice Kavanaugh Raises Questions About Overruling Precedent                         "The question is how we figure out what the compelling reason is, and that's very difficult," Kavanaugh said at oral                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Kavanaugh's First Opinion Is Unanimous Win for Arbitration                                     The decision, a win for Williams & Connolly's Kannon Shanmugam, came in the first of three arbitration cases before                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal  

Federal Judiciary Says 'Limited Funds' Will Expire Jan. 18                                             "In an effort to achieve this goal, courts have been asked to delay or defer non-mission critical expenses, such as                                                                                             Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Justices Would Get Ethics Code Under Democrats' Bill                                                 The bill is the latest of repeated efforts by Congress to impose an ethics code on the Supreme Court, which is exempt.                                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Justices Debate Overturning Precedent in California Tax Case                                     Wilmer's Seth Waxman argued for the state of California asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision that permits                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

Munger Tolles Did It. Why Can'y You?                                                                               The firm has elected eight new partners, and 60 percent of them are women or lawyers of color.                                                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder 

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January 03 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 3, 2019

Indiana commission to examine bar exam cut score; California asked to take 'fresh look' at its exam                                                                         Following a July 2018 bar exam pass rate of 65 percent, the Indiana Supreme Court has assembled a special commission to review the test’s format and content and consider whether the cut score should be changed.                                                                                     Read the full story at Aba Journal

 

California’s Bar Exam: How Schools Fared and What Questions a New Analysis Didn’t Answer

The 113-page report is unlikely to offer much guidance for law school deans, bar officials, students and lawmakers seekin                                                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Roberts Praises Workplace Misconduct Reforms, But Says ‘Job Is Not Yet Done’

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s annual report made no mention of allegations of sexual misconduct directed at Justice                                                                                                            Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

These California Lawyers Quit Big Law in 2018

Here is a look at some of the Big Law partners who moved to smaller firms in 2018.                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

9th Circuit Orders Fresh Look at Alleged Government Misconduct in 'No Fly List' Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, lambasted the government's conduct in the case of                                                                                                                        Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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December 27 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 27, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Staffer, Former Farella Lawyer, and Court Commissioners Among Brown's Latest 6 Trial Court Picks

Patrick McKinney II, who was appointed the Alameda County Superior, previously spent about a decade in private practice                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

 Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010

Nationwide, first-year law student enrollment is up 3 percent, fueling hope that legal education's fortunes are turning                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Alex Kozinski Returns to the 9th Circuit (as a Lawyer)

The former chief judge who retired amid sexual harassment allegations appeared on a brief attempting to revive a copyright.                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Brown Gives Oakland Deputy City Attorney, SoCal Federal Prosecutor Judicial Nods

Among his latest round of six judicial picks, Gov. Jerry Brown has tapped Colin Bowen, supervising deputy city attorney                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

 The Widespread Use of Litigation Finance

Although still something of a “hot topic, litigation finance is no longer a new concept in the legal industry. Both the growth of litigation finance operations and the widespread acceptance of the use of litigation finance by firms both large and small indicate that litigation finance is an accepted part of the modern practice of law                                     Read the full story at The Recorder 

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December 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 20, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 14, 2018

Senate Lawyer Deemed 'Not Qualified' By ABA Confirmed To Eighth Circuit

 Jonathan Kobes’ confirmation makes him Trump’s second Eighth Circuit appointee to be confirmed, despite receiving                                                                                                    Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Here Comes the Digital LSAT

 The Law School Admission Test will be fully digital by September, with Microsoft Surface Go tablets replacing pencil                                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

As State Trial Bench Vacancies Dwindle, Brown Again Taps Staff, Big Law For Judgeships

The most recent available data suggests that the latest appointments leave fewer than 20 open trial court positions                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

'Frightening' Bar Exam Results, but No Plans to Lower Passing Score: California Chief Justice

"By all means, let's keep studying the issues, but that shouldn't hold us back from making the sensible decision to                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Willkie Gains West Coast Foothold With Silicon Valley Hires

Palo Alto partners Matthew Berger and Tiffany Lee are leaving Paul Hastings to launch New York-based Willkie Farr                                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

9th Circuit Warns Judges About Setting Nationwide Injunctions

"District judges must require a showing of nationwide impact or sufficient similarity to the plaintiff states to foreclose                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Judges Push Back At Trump's Anti-Judiciary Tweets

"How can you defy the president?" U.S. District Judge James Robart said. "That’s what my job is—to be sure the Constitution                                                                                         Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Two Trial Court Judges Disciplined for Poor Demeanor on the Bench

Recently retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Timothy Stafford and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carol                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

In Wake Of Kavanaugh Hearings, California Chief Justice Drops Republican Party Affiliation

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who said she was approached about running for governor, chose to reregister this                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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December 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 13, 2018
Updated: Monday, December 10, 2018

Federal Judiciary Gets Its First 'Judicial Integrity Officer'

Tenth Circuit administrator Jill Langley will fill the position created in the wake of widely publicized sexual harassment                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Women's Groups at Stanford, Berkeley Law Unite to Fight Mandatory Arbitration in Big Law

 The organizations joined those from six other elite schools across the country pledging that they won't accept funding                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Why Do Women Love to Hate Sheryl Sandberg?

Women who've risen to the top are still anomalies, and it's hard not to be threatened by those who've beaten the long                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Orrick, Keker, Covington and In-House Apple Lawyer Take Home American Lawyer Industry Awards

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe took home the Legal Services Innovation Award. Apple associate general counsel Jim Fowler                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Employers Face Open Questions After Landmark 'Dynamex' Labor Ruling

The California Supreme Court's decision rattled companies and forced state and federal courts to grapple with unresolved                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

New Survey Finds Even Bigger Gender Gap In Big Law Partner Play

Male partners are earning 53 percent more than female partners in 2018, according to new data. Much of the difference                                                                                       Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Tenants Sued Landlord Over Missing Smoke Detectors. Its Insurer Did Not Have To Defend Because There Were Missing Smoke Detectors.

An appellate court in California has ruled that the owner of an apartment building sued by tenants for missing or inoperable                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Governor Brown Appoints 13 Superior Court Judges

 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of 13 California superior court judges, which include: one in Alameda County; one in Contra Costa County; three in Los Angeles County; one in Riverside County; two in Sacramento County; three in San Diego County; one in Santa Clara County; and one in Solano County.  Read  the full story at Mail-West

 

 Supreme Court Rule Crimps Crowd-Funded Amicus Briefs

“The Clerk's Office interprets this language [of Rule 37.6] to preclude an amicus from filing a brief if contributors                                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Diversity Officers Move Into the Big Law C-Suite

Sandra Bang's new role at Shearman & Sterling is part of a trend in which large law firms are giving diversity officers                                                                                             Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justice Thomas Accuses Colleagues of Sidestepping Abortion-Related Disputes

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito Jr. and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from the court's decision Monday                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

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Brief on Behalf of Leading Bar Associations Supporting Access to Justice and the Protection of the Constitutional Rights of the Accused- Humphrey Press Release

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 10, 2018
Updated: Monday, December 10, 2018

Brief on Behalf of Leading Bar Associations Supporting Access to Justice and the Protection of the Constitutional Rights of the Accused- Humphrey Press Release

McDermott Files California Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Landmark Constitutional Challenge to State’s Bail System.

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December 06 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Former AG Lynch Backed by Ted Wells Amid Congressional Subpoena

With Wells, Lynch is being backed by an attorney who has boasted high-profile clients, including former government officials.                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 'Cancel the Proceedings': This Email Was Any Defense Lawyer's Worst Nightmare

Criticized as silencers of the press, Libby Locke and Tom Clare say their work is an antidote to sloppy reporting and                                                                                                 Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

How I Made Partner: Fenwick's Melanie Mayer

"Associates often focus on developing their legal skills, while spending little energy developing the other skill sets                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Governor Once Again Taps Staff, Big Law Alumni for California Bench

Gov. Jerry Brown named his deputy legal affairs secretary, Daniel Calabretta, to the Sacramento County Superior Court                                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder

 

We Should All Defend Judges

The media bears some share of responsibility for attaching political tags to judges. Many articles describe a judge                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Does your client need fee financing? New ABA ethics opinion provides guidance

Lawyers may refer clients to fee financing companies even if they own a financial interest in the lender or broker, according to a new Formal Opinion from the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.                                         Read the full story at ABA Journal

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