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Rocket Lawyer Partners With Bay Area Legal Aid

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 5, 2015

Low-income clients of Bay Area Legal Aid will get free access to some basic legal forms and tools through a partnership with online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer.

Rocket Lawyer has agreed to make landlord-tenant and family law forms available to Bay Area Legal Aid clients and to train Bay Area Legal Aid lawyers to use the online portal so its staff attorneys can efficiently steer clients to online help. These are the first steps in a partnership that Bay Area Legal Aid Executive Director Alex Gulotta hopes will lead to even more do-it-yourself legal help for low-income consumers.

Rocket Lawyer is aimed at consumers and businesses with simple legal needs that can be handled through online forms or by a lawyer in its network.

For Rocket Lawyer, the partnership may provide insight into low-income legal needs.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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Noted lawyer gets time, fine for client fraud

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Rancho Santa Fe lawyer who admitted forging personal injury clients’ signatures in a scheme to persuade investors to advance him millions of dollars was ordered Monday to spend five months in federal custody and pay a $100,000 fine.

A prosecutor argued at the sentencing hearing that Todd Macaluso, 53, should spend more time behind bars — at least 10 months — for defrauding his clients and investors.

But the judge said he believed imposing a large fine would be more of a deterrent in a case like this. In addition to the fine, the judge ordered Macaluso to pay $150,000 restitution to LGL Funding, an investors’ group.

“I think I’d rather hit Mr. Macaluso in the pocketbook,” said U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez.

Read the whole story at The San Diego Union Tribune

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Supreme Court may limit class-action lawsuits against tech industry

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 5, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments in a closely watched tech industry case, sounded poised Monday to limit mass lawsuits from people who sued after seeing false information about themselves online.

Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court's conservatives said lawsuits should be limited to people who can show they were hurt in some way by inaccurate online data.

If the court ultimately rules that way, it would block or greatly shrink class-action claims, filed on behalf of millions of people, that have sent a scare through the tech industry.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 5, 2015

A few months before he took a toxic mix of drugs and died on a stranger’s couch, Nicklaus Ellison wrote a letter to his little sister.

He asked for Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and Silly Bandz bracelets, some of the treats permitted at the substance abuse program he attended in Florida. Then, almost as an aside, Mr. Ellison wrote about how the Christian-run program that was supposed to cure his drug and alcohol problem had instead “de-gayed” him.

“God makes all things new,” Mr. Ellison wrote in bright green ink. “The weirdest thing is how do I come out as straight after all this time?”

To his family and friends, Mr. Ellison’s professed identity change was just one of many clues that something had gone wrong at the program, Teen Challenge, where he had been sent by a judge as an alternative to jail.

Read the whole story at NY Times

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Poor People Fight Money Bail in San Francisco

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The city and county of San Francisco is unconstitutionally criminalizing poverty by keeping poor arrestees in jail because they can't afford to post bail, a federal class action claims.
"Nobody should be detained because they're too poor to pay an arbitrary amount of money," Phil Telfeyan of the Washington, D.C.-based Equal Justice Under the Law told reporters Thursday. "A very, very dangerous criminal might be released if they can post $100,000 bond, whereas a completely nonviolent detainee might be in jail for months pending trial simply because she's too poor to pay that bond amount."
The class is led by Riana Buffin, 19, and Crystal Patterson, 29. Both women were arrested earlier this week and charged respectively with grand theft and assault.
Buffin's bail was set at $30,000, Patterson's at $150,000. Both have since had their charges dropped.

Read the whole story at Courthouse News Service

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Amazon cuts back on price, delivery times by cheating workers, lawsuit says

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Taree Truong wore a uniform bearing Amazon's logo, signed into an Amazon tracking device and was told by Amazon dispatchers to make deliveries for its new Prime Now courier service across far-flung parts of Orange County.

During one trip at rush hour, Truong said she was expected to drive from Amazon's Irvine warehouse to Lake Forest, then Mission Viejo, back to Irvine and on to Newport Beach — all within two hours.

"Everything we did was under their control," said Truong, of Garden Grove. "They're telling us where we need to go, how to deliver these packages to customers and how to interact with those customers when we're there."

Read the whole story at LA Times

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California Appeals Court Rejects Right-to-Die Lawsuit

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

California appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit by three terminally ill patients that sought to clear the way for doctors to prescribe fatal medication to them and others like them who want the option of taking their lives.

A state law that makes helping someone commit suicide a crime clearly applies to physicians who provide patients lethal drugs, a division of the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled.

"We believe prescribing a lethal dose of drugs to a terminally ill patient with the knowledge the patient may use it to end his or her life goes beyond the mere giving of advice and encouragement and falls under the category of direct aiding and abetting," Associate Justice Alex McDonald wrote.

Read the whole story at ABC News

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Casemaker Users Now Get Pleadings Access

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

More New Features Coming Thanks to Partnership with CaseEdge  

Charlottesville, VA, November 4, 2015– Starting this week Casemaker users will have access to over six million pleadings as part of Casemaker’s partnership with Mozato’s CaseEdge product. Casemaker is excited to announce this partnership which will give our users even more tools to help them work faster and smarter. All Casemaker users will get access to up to five pleadings a month free of charge. Any pleadings past the first five will be available for 1.99 per pleading. Discounted plans will be available as well for heavier usage.

Casemaker users will always be able to review the first page of any pleading in the database at no charge. Pleadings are easy to find - users will get pleadings results in searches just like any other database on Casemaker or they can search the pleadings directly. Users can also upload a pleading or even a partial pleading and retrieve a list of similar pleadings. In addition, Casemaker will soon add CaseEdge’s expert witness database. Casemaker users will be able to review a huge list of experts who have testified at trials. Like pleadings, Casemaker users will get access to five free expert witness summary profiles each month with the option to purchase more at $1.99 each.

For a fee users can get a manually prepared in-depth report on any expert as well. Casemaker users will also have the opportunity to purchase a discounted subscription to the full CaseEdge product. The growing number of features of that product include at this time e-sign, expert witness profiles, calendar, ability to maintain and share files, and e-mail integration and chat functionality.

Get Discounted Member Access to Casemaker 

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Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (BAMSCP) seeks 2016 participating students & firms

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Both student participants and mentoring firms are sought for the 2016 session of the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (BAMSCP).BAMSCPis 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.

First-year minority students from Boalt Hall, Hastings, Golden Gate, Santa Clara, Stanford, University of San Francisco, McGeorge, and UCDavis are invited to participate.

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.

The application deadline is January 5, 2016 at 3pm


EVALUATION FORM

Students should provide their legal research and writing instructor with the blank evaluation form (download here). Please allow ample time for instructor to complete and return to the BAMSCP Administrator, Irene Cortez.  *Form should be submitted directly to the SCCBA and not returned to the student. 

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Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to Address Local Attorneys and Judges at Annual Judges’ Night on November 10

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Outstanding Jurist of the Year Awarded to the Honorable Stephen V. Manley, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

 

San Jose, CA (November 3, 2015) ‐ The Santa Clara County Bar Association, Silicon Valley’s largest lawyers’ association, will hold its annual Judges’ Night Dinner on November 10, 2015, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. This annual event hosted by the  Association honors both the  state and federal judges in Santa Clara County and highlights the cooperative, close working relationships of attorneys and judges in advancing the administration of justice for the county’s citizens. More information and ticketing can be found at www.sccba.com.


The Outstanding Jurist Award will be awarded to the Honorable Stephen V. Manley, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.  Judge Manley is a graduate of Stanford Law School and has served as a judge for over 30 years. He presently serves as the Supervising Judge of all Felony and Misdemeanor mental health and drug cases in the Criminal Division of the Court. He developed and personally presides over a number of Treatment Court programs and calendars, that include more than 2,300 offenders who participate in treatment and rehabilitation services while on Probation, or Parole, who are mentally ill, mentally challenged, and substance abusers. He established one of the first Mental Health Courts in the Nation in 1998, one of the first Veterans Treatment Courts in 2012 as well as the first Parolee Reentry Court in California. The Mental Health Treatment Court is the largest in the Nation. He advocates for the creation and expansion of mental health courts, reentry courts and drug courts and evidence-based practices in working with the mentally ill and substance abusers in our Courts, as well as Legislative change and sentencing reform.


Judge James E. Towery, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara,  will be accepting the Diversity Award on behalf of the current and past chairs of the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (BAMSCP) . This award was established to highlight  the critical importance of a diverse and representative legal profession in securing vigorous advocacy for clients and credibility to the justice system. The recipient of the Diversity Award demonstrates long-term commitment to promoting diversity within the legal profession.


The Professional Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to Richard Konda of the Asian Law Alliance. The recipient of this honor is an active, respected practitioner of the law who is chosen by their peers as an example of  unimpeachable character and who serves as an embodiment of  the standards set forth in the SCCBA Code of Professionalism and as a role model for other attorneys  practicing in Santa Clara County.


The Keynote Speaker addressing the  judges and guests will be Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Prior to assuming this position in 2008, he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and before that was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School from 1983-2004, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science.  He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published by Viking in 2014, and more than 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.  Dean Chemerinsky is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School.  In 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

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