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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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June 4 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 4, 2018

Where the Justices Found Middle Ground in Gay Wedding Cake Case

Justices Shut Down DOJ's Drive to Punish ACLU Lawyers in Abortion Case

Four Judicial Races and a Recall: Five Takeaways

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June 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 1, 2018

Trump Denies 'Inciting' This Kentucky Rally. An Appeals Court Will Hear His Case

Brown Draws on Big Law in 21 New Trial Court Appointments

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The Superior Court of California new CMS

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 1, 2018

Editor's Note:  This is being posted as a courtesy to the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

 

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May 31 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018

San Mateo Judge Admonished for Failure to Disclose Communication, Demeaning Comments

 

'Boys' Network Slowly Making Room for Gender Diversity in MDL Leadership

New Petition at SCOTUS Confronts Scope of LGBT Workplace Protections

 

Ninth Circuit Pumps the Brakes on Facebook Biometric Trial

SF City Attorney Opens New Front Against Gig Companies After Landmark Labor Ruling

Quinn Emanuel Rebuilds Summer Associate Program With On-Campus Recruiting

 

Monkey Selfie Case Swings Back Into Action at Ninth Circuit

 

ABA Legal Ed council approves proposed rule change to end admission test requirement

Updated: A proposed revision to remove an admission test requirement for accredited law schools was approved Friday by the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar—as was a plan to reorganize the section.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

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May 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 25, 2018

Dave Jones Sues AG Rival Becerra Over Courthouse Campaign Ad

Letter to the Editor: ABTL Backs Judicial Independence

Calif. Justices Leave Questions Hanging Over Defendant's Access to Private Social Media Posts

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Joint Statement from the Political Offices of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 25, 2018

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Law Day 2018: Eighth Grade Essay Competition

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Support for $150 Million of Trial Court Funding in Proposed 2018-19 Budget

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Editor's Note:  This letter was sent to the California Assembly members and Senators representing Santa Clara County.  This was in response to a request from the Superior Court of Santa Clara County that the SCCBA support the funding allocation in the Governor's proposed budget, to be voted on in June by the California legislature. 

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more Calendar

8/7/2018
Barristers' Annual Judges Luncheon

8/14/2018
Knowing When To Accept A Case and When It's Time To Say Goodbye.

8/23/2018
Disability and ERISA Issue Spotting for Labor Law Attorneys

Recent Recognitions
Hon. Edward J. Davila2017 Diversity of the Year
Steven B. Haley2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year

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