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February 21 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Justice Thomas Urges Court to Revisit Landmark Defamation Ruling                        "If the Constitution does not require public figures to satisfy an actual-malice standard in state-law defamation suits                                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Roger Stone's Apology for 'Crosshairs' Instagram Post Wasn't Enough for Judge    Stone's lawyers apologized to Judge Amy Berman Jackson for an “improper photograph and comment their client posted                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

'Who Checks the Fact-Checker?' What to Know About Jeffrey Rosen, Trump's Deputy AG Nominee                                                                                                                   The former longtime Kirkland & Ellis partner would rejoin colleagues at the U.S. Justice Department, where ex-partners                                                                                 Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

US Supreme Court Ruling Fuels Suits Challenging Mandatory Bar Fees                  "You should expect to see similar lawsuits in more states in the near future," said Jacob Huebert of the Goldwater Institute.                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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February 14 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Roberts Declares Himself First Amendment's 'Most Aggressive Defender' at SCOTUS                                                                                                                                           It was a remarkable comment—rare for a justice to attach himself to a certain line of jurisprudence.                                                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Kagan's Scathing Death Row Dissent Highlights Central Voice on Religion                Conservative and liberal critics, forming an unusual alliance, have widely assailed the Supreme Court's order allowing                                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 California Split: 1 year after nation's largest bar became 2 entities, observers see positive change                                                                                                                       For nearly 90 years, the State Bar of California hosted an annual convention that brought together hundreds of lawyers for educational programming, keynote speeches and networking.                                                                                                              Read the full story at Aba Journal 

 

Chemerinsky: Supreme Court's recent actions are telltale signs of its future direction                                                                                                                                       On Jan. 22, the U.S. Supreme Court took three actions that did not involve deciding a case, yet nonetheless provided a likely harbinger of the future.                                       Read the full story at Aba Journal 

 

California Supreme Court: Payroll Company Can't Be Roped Into Customer's Wage-and-Hour Suit                                                                                                             California’s high court on Thursday struck a decisive blow for payroll companies, finding that employees could not bring claims for their employers’ failure to pay wages under the state’s employee-friendly labor laws.                                                                        Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

 Why Roberts Sided With Liberals Blocking Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law        A day before Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined with liberals in a 5-4 decision halting implementation of a restrictive Louisiana abortion law, he seemed to forecast that a divided vote was coming.                                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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February 07 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 7, 2019

ABA House Rejects Revision to Bar Passage Standard, Approves Several Other Resolutions                                                                                                                                 The ABA House of Delegates, at its recent Midyear Meeting, rejected the controversial Resolution 105, which would require that 75 percent of an accredited law school's graduates who sit for the bar pass it within two years. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar meets later this month and may decide to abandon the effort to revise the relevant standard, propose a different revision, or reaffirm and implement the changes. An ABA news item sheds light on the arguments for and against Resolution 105 and also lists the several other resolutions that were approved at Midyear.                                                                                                                   

 

 Wilson Sonsini Launches Software Developer Subsidiary to Automate Legal Services                                                                                                                                         The Silicon Valley-based firm wants to automate parts of its work to attract a broader swathe of clientele                                                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

 Neomi Rao, Up for DC Circuit, Admits Some Writings Made Her ‘Cringe’                    Rao, facing questions from senators, said she has matured since writing the controversial columns on multiculturalism                                                                                Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Sheldon Whitehouse Confronts 'Anonymously Funded' SCOTUS Amicus Briefs        The Senate Democrat from Rhode Island, writing to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Court Clerk Scott Harris, decries                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Orrick Team Accuses US Labor Dept. of 'Bad Faith' in Bias Case                                 "Despite having prosecuted this matter for more than four years, OFCCP now wants to change course. Why?" Oracle's attorneys.                                                                            Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

Stanford Names Jenny Martinez as Next Law Dean                                                        The human rights scholar has been on the Stanford Law faculty since 2003 and recently led an effort to bolster diversity.                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder 

 

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Become an SCCBA Delegate

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 7, 2019

BECOME AN SCCBA DELEGATE – UPCOMING ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ON FEBRUARY 15, 2019

 

The Santa Clara County Bar Association is organizing its delegation to the 2019 Conference of California Bar Associations which will be held this year in Monterey October 11-13, 2019.

 

Joining the delegation is a great way to serve the profession and the people of California while expanding your legal knowledge and getting to know other attorneys from Santa Clara County and other parts of California. We expect to have between 10 and 15 delegates this year.  SCCBA’s delegation has been an active, influential group during the Conference’s deliberations.

 

The Conference of Delegates is an annual meeting of delegations from local and specialty bar associations intended to help refine and improve all areas of California laws. Proposed changes are debated, and changes approved by the Conference are submitted to the legislature and lobbied by the Conference's lobbyist.  The resolutions of SCCBA delegates have been adopted by the Conference, and enacted into law in the recent past.

 

Our delegation’s work is multi-phased, involving approximately 3-4 meetings during the year prior to the Conference.  Among our activities are preparation of our own resolutions, and review of and response to other delegations’ resolutions.  We plan to have meetings in February, May and September.

 

There are no prerequisites for becoming a delegate. If you wish to join the SCCBA delegation, please contact Shiv Shastri (ph.:(650)428-1768;                                                  e-mail: shivadevshastri@att.net); or Tanwi Negi, SCCBA staff liaison (e-mail: tanwin@sccba.com).

 

The first meeting of the year will occur at the Bar Offices on February 15, 2019, at noon. Lunch is not provided.  We look forward to seeing all interested Bar Association members at that meeting.

 

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January 31 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PACER Fees Harm Judiciary's Credibility, Posner Says in Class Action Brief       Seven retired federal judges, including former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, filed an amicus brief in a class                                                                                                 Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Judge OKs Equifax Lawsuits Over Massive Data Breach                                            U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr.'s ruling called the 2017 data breach "unprecedented."                                                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 3 More Plaintiffs Sign On to Lawsuit Claiming 'Mommy Track Is a Dead End' at MoFo                                                                                                                                                MoFo Chair: "Everything about what's in this complaint goes against the facts of who we are, our values and what we                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Older Job Seekers Face Court Setback in Quest to Bolster Anti-Bias Protections       The divided Seventh Circuit, sitting as a full court, said its ruling did nothing to diminish the "teeth" of the federal.                                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Mueller's Team Questions How Files in Russia Case Ended Up Online                         Federal prosecutors are resisting a push from a defense team at Reed Smith from more widely sharing discovery material                                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Slate of Calif. Re-nominations Includes New 9th Circuit Pick                                          Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, D-California, reportedly had been “in discussions with the White House                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder 

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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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