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February 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Law professor leading judge recall isn’t an attorney

Critics of the movement to oust Judge Aaron Persky from the Santa Clara County Superior Court have raised concerns about the fact that the Stanford law professor leading the recall movement, Michele Dauber, has never been licensed to practice law.
Read the full story at Palo Alto Daily Post


'The Words of the President' Doom Trump Travel Ban, Fourth Circuit Says

Stanford Law Prof on Mission to Recall Judge Is Sent Suspicious Powder, Threats

How the NLRB Found Postmates Couriers as Employees, Not Contractors

6 Reasons Why These Days Are Topsy-Turvy at the DOJ

Skadden Partner Michael Scudder Picked for Seventh Circuit Seat

ABA Set to Loosen Restrictions on Online Law Classes

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California Weighs Banning Workplace Secret Settlements

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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February 9 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 9, 2018

In Bellwether Gig Economy Case, Judge Rules Grubhub Driver Is Not an Employee

Recall drives could spark more political chaos

The recall – allowing voters to fire elected officials before their terms expire – was one aspect of the populist political reform movement that swept through California more than a century ago.
Read the full story at The Fresno Bee


Rachel Brand, DOJ's No. 3, Is Leaving for Walmart's Top Legal Post

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants Parties More United in High Court Confirmation Process

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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February 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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February 5 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 5, 2018

US Justice Dept. Defends IRS Power in Marijuana Dispensary's Tax Case

Seattle's Push to Let Gig Drivers Unionize Faces Fresh Test in Ninth Circuit

In Hindsight, 20/20 Diversity Is Too Low for Asian-American GCs

Apple Sanctions Would Go Against Norm, Create Unpredictability

Judiciary Closes Kozinski Misconduct Probe, Saying It Can't 'Do Anything More'

The Brock Turner Judge Shouldn't Lose His Job Over His Shameful Decision

Judge Aaron Persky deserves to be widely criticized for the sentence he gave Turner, but the recall effort is a terrible idea.
Read the full story at Cosmopolitan 



Morgan Lewis Partner Thomas Hixson Selected for San Francisco Magistrate Position


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February 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 2, 2018

Judge Hires Special Master to Vet Attorney Bills in Anthem Settlement


Adobe GC Mike Dillon Is Retiring, but He Won't Be Slowing Down

The Marijuana Lobby: Who Got the Work

As Law Firms Stall, Who Will Overtake Them in the Innovation Race?

How a gymnast-turned-lawyer helped bring Larry Nassar to justice

Rachael Denhollander was a lawyer and stay-at-home mom living in Kentucky when she contacted the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 and told the newspaper that Dr. Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her in 2000 when she was a 15-year-old gymnast seeking treatment for back pain.

Read the full story at ABA Journal

Cooley Law School complaint demands 'fair and transparent' ABA accreditation proceedings

The ABA needs more transparency when making accreditation determinations for law schools, and it illegally posted a letter to its website regarding Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School's compliance with an admissions standard, the school argues in an amended complaint filed Jan. 29. 
Read the full story at ABA Journal

9th Circuit finds juvenile facing deportation has no right to free lawyer

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a minor brought to the United States with his mother from Central America has no right to a court-appointed lawyer in immigration proceedings.



Minority Attorneys Take a Closer Look at the SCOTUS Clerk Diversity Dearth

U.S. Supreme Court justices should step up and state publicly that they want greater diversity among their law clerks, said Howard University School of Law Dean Danielle Holley-Walker.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal



Meanwhile, These Other Memos—Written By James Comey—Will Remain Secret


What Makes the 1st Year of Law School Crazier? Playing Division l Basketball

Activists Try to Recall Judge in Stanford Sex Attack Case. Some Say They’ve Gone Too Far.

When a California judge sentenced a Stanford University swimmer found guilty of sexual assault to six months in jail, many saw the verdict as too lenient. Outrage spread across the country, particularly among those who felt it was the latest proof of a criminal justice system stacked against women who have been victims of sexual violence.
Read the full story at The New York Times

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February 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 1, 2018

7th Circuit Pioneer Joins Jones Day to Fight for Rule of Law

Opinion: As Trump's SOTU Showed, Executive Order Is a Costly Way to Form National Policy

ABA's Law School Oversight Needs Younger Perspectives, Report Finds

How #ReleaseTheMemo Could Undermine DOJ in FOIA Cases

Lawyers for Manafort Deputy Rick Gates Ask to Withdraw From Case

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The DC Circuit's Big CFPB Ruling Carries Wide Implications. Here's What's Next

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Become an SCCBA Delegate to the Conference of Delegates

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      The Santa Clara County Bar Association is organizing its delegation to the 2018 Conference of California Bar Associations [otherwise known as the Conference of Delegates (<] which will be held this year in San Diego, September 14 through 16 (Friday afternoon through Sunday mid-day).  The Conference of Delegates is an annual meeting of delegations from local and specialty bar associations intended to help refine and improve California laws, including laws dealing with family, corporate, real estate, criminal, labor and probate matters, civil procedure, courts and attorneys.  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 (as recently as last year), and enacted into law in the recent past.


      We expect to have between 10 and 15 delegates this year.  Historically, including in 2017, SCCBA’s delegation has been an active, influential group during the Conference’s deliberations.  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.


     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, April/May and September.


        There are no specific pre-requisites for becoming a delegate.  If you wish to join the SCCBA delegation, please contact Shiv Shastri (ph.: (650)428-1768; email:; or Tiffany Taubodo at the Bar Offices [


     Our first meeting of the year will occur at the Bar Offices on February 9, 2018, at noon.  Lunch will not be provided.  We look forward to seeing all interested Bar Association members at that meeting.

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