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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

The seller doesn’t even know …

Posted in Marketing, Personal Thoughts
This evening my wife and I went to dinner.  It was a pleasant Southern California evening with the sun still shining.  The wind was blowing but the gusts were significantly less than yesterday.  We walked from our home.  We decided to go to a sushi restaurant near our house.  We were about 10 minutes early … Continue Reading

Defense counsel protest Congressional cut in funds

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Can you imagine criminal defense lawyers going on strike because Congress decreased the money available for Legal Aid? Justice delayed is justice denied!  Our brethren in England have done just that! And just before the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the basis of our entire legal system! England leads the way … Continue Reading

Safety first

Posted in Personal Thoughts
I’m pleased to note that California’s AB 1371, known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, becomes law in 2014. California is the 23rd state to establish a minimum buffer zone around bicycles that ride on public roads. It’s about time! Motorists passing a bike must allow at least three feet of space between the … Continue Reading

Can an illegal alien legally practice law?

Posted in Personal Thoughts
The California Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the matter of Mr. Garcia, an illegal alien, though with proper credentials, not to be deported. His request: Grant him a license to practice law now that he has passed the bar. Like a model prisoner, he has been a model citizen.  But, does a model … Continue Reading

Building a bike, made in America‏

Posted in Personal Thoughts
"Made in America," a new slogan started by ABC television some time ago is represented by Bike Friday. They are one of the few bike manufacturers left in this country, having been started more than 20 years ago.  Not only do they have a unique product, they also have a unique service creed. See the … Continue Reading

State Bar: Friend or Foe?

Posted in Personal Thoughts
Jim Heiting, former president of the State Bar of California, commented on my article in LawBiz® Tips last week. He said, "I fully agree with your article about bar associations … and the new push to create more unemployment and less opportunity for the solo and small practitioner. Why not develop a [Bar] program that … Continue Reading

Is law school necessary?

Posted in Personal Thoughts
The standard for competence is generally considered to be passing a test. If this is true and if you can pass the State Bar exam, the test in this case, why should we require 3 years of law school? Looking at the law school curriculum, can we truly say that this learning (e.g., 3 years … Continue Reading