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Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (BAMSCP) Seeks 2019 Participating Firm

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mentoring firms are sought for the 2019 session of the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (BAMSCP). BAMSCP is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), and the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA).


Since its founding in 1990, BAMSCP has helped law firms and other organizations recruit over 300 minority law students into their summer clerkship programs.


The purpose of BAMSCP is to introduce talented minority first year law students who might not have been selected for a traditional summer program to the firm or corporate experience, while at the same time furthering the desire of many firms in today's marketplace to  further diversity goals and provide opportunities to young  lawyers.


To find out how your organization can benefit from BAMSCP, contact Irene Cortez, BAMSCP Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, at (408) 975-2114 or email at irenec@sccba.com. Complete program information and applications can be found at sccba.com/bamscp.

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November 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Here's Who Passed California's July 2018 Bar Exam

State bar leaders noted that California's 40.7 percent pass rate on the exam mirrors a similar drop across the country.                                                                                           Read  the full story at The Recorder 

 

Federal Judge Sharply Questions Trump’s Shift on Asylum

Judge Jon Tigar pressed the government on the number of migrants would have been "granted asylum under existing law.                                                                                     Read  the full story at The Recorder 

 

Gaming It: O'Melveny Takes Talent Search Online to Expand Recruitment Base

Can a new assessment tool help O'Melveny & Myers expand its associate talent pool and weed out hiring biases?                                                                                                        Read  the full story at The Recorder                                                                                              

 

'Inhumane:' Big Law Dysfunction Through a Therapist's Lens

What factors drive high-achieving lawyers to the take their own lives and what needs to change inside law firms to address.                                                                               

Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

 

Nearly Six in 10 Failed California's July 2018 Bar Exam

The scores, released Friday, mark an almost nine percentage point drop from the July 2017 test. The exam pass rate plunged.                                                                                     Read  the full story at The Recorder                                                                  

 

California Supremes Won't Take Up Decision Keeping State Bar Exam Data Confidential

The ruling is a setback for the plaintiff, UCLA professor Richard Sander, who for about a decade has litigated with the bar for what he says would be anonymized data used for research.                                                                                                                              Read  the full story at The Recorder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Michelle Obama got this advice after confiding to her mother that she hated being a lawyer

Michelle Obama says she was a “box checker” like a lot of hard-driving kids.                     Read  the full story at ABA Journal

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November 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 15, 2018

Board Policy 3.60 For Criminal Defense Attorneys:

Pursuant to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Policy 3.60 (available at http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=4&ID=154849), private criminal defense attorneys who have an office in and do business in Santa Clara County may submit a request to have their contact information posted in County jail facilities.  A law firm is limited to one posting; multiple postings from attorneys affiliated with the same firm are not permitted.  Attorneys wishing to have their information included in the listings must complete the online form on the County’s Department of Correction website at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/doc/Pages/bail-agent-form.aspx by Thursday, December 20, 2018.  The listings in the jail facilities will be updated once per year, and attorneys who wish to have their information included must submit a request each year.

Governor Brown Selects Joshua Groban for California Supreme Court

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Joshua Groban as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court... Read More

 

UC Berkeley Law to Ditch Boalt Name over Namesake's Racist Legacy

Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday announced his decision to remove the Boalt name from the law school's... Read More

  

Maryland Files First Court Challenge to Trump's Acting AG Appointment

The move comes after Matt Whitaker was named acting attorney general in the wake of Jeff Sessions' resignation last... Read More

 

Google Asks Full Federal Circuit to Decide if Servers Can Create Venue

A divided three-judge panel wrote last month that Judge Rodney Gilstrap's venue ruling can wait until after trial. Google... Read More

 

Plaintiffs Firms Gear Up for Camp Fire Litigation

Plaintiffs firms, some already battling utilities over their possible roles in California's past rash of deadly wildfires,... Read More

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Implementation Update: Criminal Odyssey Go-Live

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018

Please see the attached message from Rebecca Fleming regarding the implementation of Go-Live for Criminal Odyssey November 13, 2018.


To Our Valued Justice Partners –  

We are two very short weeks away from the culmination of years of investment, planning, and effort to go-live with the implementation of Odyssey across our Criminal Division. Beginning in January 2015, one of our Court’s highest priorities has been the implementation of the Odyssey case management system in all case types. We have accomplished this process one division at a time and now will finalize our efforts with Criminal.   
 
On November 13, 2018 our court will realize the fulfillment of an effort many years in the making. The Santa Clara County Superior Court is making all final preparations for the daily use of this new, valuable, and modern tool. 

Read the full Criminal Odyssey- Go Live implementation update here

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Tags:  Civil Practice  High Technology  Lawyers in the Community  Santa Clara County Court 

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October 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jeff Sessions Lauded New 'Originalist' Majority at Supreme Court. Not So Fast

Paul Weiss Is Out, Latham In for Seton Hall Sex Abuse Investigation

In Fracas Over 9th Circuit Nominee, Grassley Calls on Home State Senators to Return Blue Slips

Perkins Coie, Covington Lawyers Are Next Up for Judicial Confirmation Hearing

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October 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 19, 2018

SC to Pay $240M to Settle Sex Abuse Claims Over Campus Gynecologist

Top Plaintiffs' Expert Says McGuireWoods Partner's 'Abusive' Deposition Threatened His Health

SEC Charges Bay Area Immigration Lawyer, Firm With Securities Fraud in Alleged EB-5 Scheme

Musk, Tesla Board Sued Over CEO's 'Erratic Behavior'

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Qualcomm Asks 9th Circuit to Intervene in $5B Class Action

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 18, 2018

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October 17 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Allison Rushing, Fourth Circ. Nominee, Defends Experience Before Senators

California's New Sexual Harassment Training Regs Pack Potential 'Bandwagon Effect'

No Spring Enrollment for Embattled Thomas Jefferson School of Law

DOJ Drums Up Second Threat to a Circuit Court Over DACA Deadline

Orrick Associates Win Civil Suit for UC Davis Student Who Said She Was Raped—and Then Got Sued for Defamation

Boies Schiller Partner Tapped as Special Prosecutor in Arpaio Appeal

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October 12 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 12, 2018

New Report Finds Female Path to Law Firm Partnership a Sluggish Crawl

Washington Supreme Court strikes down state death penalty as racially biased

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty violates the state constitution because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

 

Meet Justice Kavanaugh's four female law clerks, a hiring first

Justice Brett Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court on Tuesday with a staff of four female law clerks.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

 

Study: Average price of a JD drops amid declining class sizes, costing $1.5B a year in lost tuition

Law schools have cut class sizes and offered tuition discounts that lowered the average inflation-adjusted cost of a law degree by 6 percent from 2010 to 2016, according to a new study.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

 

Meet Donald Trump's Latest Batch of Judges

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October 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Trump Names 13 More Nominees for the Federal Bench

Judge Tentatively Strikes $250M in Punitives From Roundup Verdict

Trio of Big Law Partners, Clerk for Judge Davila Among 33 Tapped for State Trial Bench

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Balancing the Ethical Obligation, Risk Management and Client Retention Strategies.

1/30/2019
2019 SCCBA Installation Ceremony & Reception

1/31/2019
Seeing The Forest Within The Trees - Uncovering Bias In Mediation

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