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Another swing for the politicos

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
A member of the California State Legislature announced that he will ask for “…a financial and operational audit…” of the State Bar. In his press statement, the Assemblyman said he wants the State Auditor “…to investigate, study, analyze, and assess the financial practices and the performance” of the bar. The politician said “… “(m)andatory bar … Continue Reading

Purchasing a Lamborghini is easier than purchasing a house

Posted in Management, Marketing, Personal Thoughts, Services
Achieving success in business—including, of course, the business of law—is an art. The artist (lawyer) must create a scene on a canvas (atmosphere) that draws in clients, making clients want to immerse themselves in that canvas. Last night, I was talking with a friend and venting about the paperwork requiring signatures in order for us … Continue Reading

The Glass Must Be Half Empty

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Those who are worried about there being too many lawyers may have their wish come true.  The reports (LA Times, Dec 8) are that, for the first time in nearly a decade, the pass rate of the bar examination is less than 50%.  And, there are fewer candidates.  And law school enrollment is declining.  This … Continue Reading

You know what “… hits the fan”

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
When an organization is arrogant and ignores the best interests of its members or customers, there will be no support for the organization in challenging times. The State Bar of California finds itself, once again, in a time of challenge with little support from its members, the attorneys of the state pay dues to keep … Continue Reading

Bring Your Best Game!

Posted in Personal Thoughts
A day of college football upsets … and UCLA was no exception …. My wife and I were guests on the field before the game.   As in football, lawyers must bring their best game to court and to the office every day if they want to succeed and satisfy client needs …… Continue Reading

In with the new, out with the old

Posted in In The News, Marketing, Personal Thoughts
When I first heard the news, I was surprised that Baker Hostleter accepted the assignment from the Republican Party to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping the boundaries of Executive Power. Why? The first reason that came to mind was that such a high profile assignment would identify them as a Republican oriented law firm. … Continue Reading

The police are never wrong!

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Perhaps, if we want to stay safe, we should listen to the advice of a police officer who said “… just do what I tell you to do.” In a recent  OpEd piece, Erwin Chemerinsky, noted legal scholar and Dean of the University of California, Irvine Law School, suggests that the police are, with rare … Continue Reading

Is the Bar Prosecutor Alleging Murder When Only Manslaughter Is Appropriate?

Posted in Articles, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Uncategorized
“The state bar is overcharging its cases.” Thus started the commentary by Carol M Langford, in the newspaper, The Recorder, in San Francisco. Langford is a defense counsel and former chair of the State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology Section. She quotes the California Supreme Court to the effect that “bar matters are ‘quasi … Continue Reading

Kill Switch – A Threat to Democracy?

Posted in Personal Thoughts, Technology
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last month that requires all smartphones sold in California to include a  “kill switch.” The purpose of this bill is to enable an owner who loses  his/her smart phone to, remotely, make a smartphone worthless to a thief.  By flipping a switch remotely, the owner of the phone can … Continue Reading

Happy Labor Day

Posted in Personal Thoughts
During the Labor Day holiday, we spent some time traveling to several “food spots” in Los Angeles that were highlighted by the food editor of the Los Angeles Times.  One of them was Bulgarini Gelato, maker of one of the best gelato delights we have had; another was The Oinkster, serving pulled pork as good … Continue Reading

A global market reacts

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
As we begin to look at how the profession will change in 2015 and beyond, we must look at the Australian market. Here, large accounting firms are  adding major law practice components to their stable of professionals. In at least two instances, more than 100 lawyers were engaged by accounting firms. Multi-disciplinary connections are back … Continue Reading

Baseball

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, Management, Personal Thoughts
In yesterday’s news, the Oakland A’s (the best team at this point of the season) announced trades that brought them 2 outstanding pitchers. Why did they do this? After reading Moneyball, you will know why. Teams’ trade activities highlight the two seasons of baseball, the first that will end in a few days and the … Continue Reading

Change of Plea Out the Window!

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Most prosecutors will negotiate with accused offenders. Obviously, this is done to move the trial court calendar along, eliminate the need to tie up resources that could be used elsewhere, truly not needed when the defendant is willing to change a plea. Even in civil matters, parties negotiate settlements in order to achieve reasonable business … Continue Reading