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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.

Read the full story via attached PDF  

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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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November 29

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Governor Brown Appoints Four Court of Appeal Justices

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Gordon B. Burns as associate justice, Division Five of the First District Court of Appeal and Brian S. Currey as associate justice, Division Four, Laurence D. Rubin as presiding justice, Division Five and John Shepard Wiley Jr. as associate justice, Division Eight of the Second District Court of Appeal.                                                                                   Read  the full story at Mail-West

 

 President Trump Is Packing the Courts With Law Firm Partners 

 The Trump administration has drawn heavily from private practice for its federal court nominees.                                                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Former O'Melveny Partner Among Four New Appeals Court Nominees

Since June 1, the governor has appointed 72 trial court judges and nominated 10 appellate court justices and one member.                                                                               Read  the full story at The Recorder 

 

Schlafly Name Will Live On as Beer Mark, Federal Circuit Rules

The late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly and her sons had tried to block a nephew from registering The St. Louis                                                                                                     Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

'There's An App for That,' Sure, but Perhaps Not an Apple Victory at SCOTUS

The U.S. Justice Department backed Apple at the high court, but the justices appeared poised to let consumers pursue.

  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Key Lawmaker Urges State Bar to Re-Evaluate Bar Exam

"The longer the downward trend continues, the more likely it will be the highly qualified applicants to law school are deterred from pursuing a career in the law,"  Mark Stone, chairman of the assembly Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday.                        Read  the full story at The Recorder 

 

Former SCOTUS Clerks Dominate the Ranks of Trump's Judicial Nominees

In his rush to install a wave of federal judges, President Donald Trump has chosen 24 former Supreme Court clerks to                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal 

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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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