Liability in California For California Attorneys: Eavesdropping Liability ( February 2015 ) Some clients are just too good to be true. Take the plaintiff who swears she has the goods on the defendant because she secretly recorded an admission of wrongdoing. When that happens, your antenna […]


Ethics in California For California Attorneys: Ethics and the Internet ( January 2015 ) The Internet sure isn't Las Vegas. What lawyers say and do online isn't likely to be afforded any measure of discretion or confidentiality: Once posted, tweets, instant messages, and texts have a life of […]


Disclosure in California For California Attorneys: Inadvertent Disclosure ( March 2010 ) Today the risk of inadvertently disclosing privileged material is greater than ever. In an e-discovery world where attorneys must review an ever-increasing mass of information before turning over evidence […]


Water in California Groundwater Regulations New standards are created as California's aquifers strain under drought By Belynda Reck, a partner at Hunton & Williams in Los Angeles. California's persistent drought shows little sign of abating. Faced with depleted reservoirs, dust-bowl-like […]


Appearance in California Court Appearances: CourtCall Program Overview Several Courts uses CourtCall to administer all of its telephonic appearances. CourtCall Telephonic Appearance Program provides a procedure for telephone appearances by attorneys and self represented parties as an […]


Arbitration in California For California Attorneys: Bias in Mediation and Arbitration ( November 2003 ) Bias based on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation remains a problematic challenge throughout the legal profession. In the informal and supposedly neutral settings of mediation […]


Witnesses in California For California Attorneys: Attorneys as Witnesses ( March 2013 ) Most lawyers are comfortable in the role of advocate, arguing in favor of a client's position with the hope of winning the day. But on occasion, counsel in a given case may also be called upon to serve as […]


Accident in California For California Attorneys: Was It an Accident? ( March 2011 ) Accidents happen, and in every lawsuit insurance coverage is a critical issue. Coverage–or the lack of it–often determines whether the defendant receives a defense and whether the plaintiff recovers […]

Legal Forms

Research Guide – California Legal Forms California Civil Procedure Formbooks These include: California Affirmative Defenses 2d, Bancroft Whitney, 5 volumes. These forms are for defenses to civil actions. This publication is also available on Westlaw (Formerly, CAAFDEF). California […]

Agencies Index

California Agencies Index Agency Index Beginning by: A Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM) Accountancy, California Board of (CBA) Acupuncture Board (ACUPUNCTURE) Administrative Hearings, Office of (OAH) Administrative Law, Office of (OAL) African American Museum, […]

Email as Evidence

Email as Evidence in Court By Mark Mermelstein and Christin J. Hill. Mark Mermelstein is a Los Angeles–based partner and Christin J. Hill is a San Francisco–based senior associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Mermelstein also chairs the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group. […]


By Barbara Kate Repa. She is a lawyer, writer, and editor in San Francisco. In today’s world of instant communication, bullying has gone beyond the schoolyard: Students have virtually unlimited ways to be mean. New California laws attempt to address cyberbullying, but defining and policing […]

Proposition 8

Proposition 8 in 2010 By Chuleenan Svetvilas, who was managing editor of California Lawyer. The case Perry v. Schwarzenegger was assigned to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker. For months, the people backing the Perry suit had worked in the shadows. They wanted the complaint […]


Orange County lawyer disbarred over child porn By Pamela A. MacLean She was a California Lawyer contributing writer. The California Supreme Court considers whether a suspended lawyer convicted of possessing child pornography should be automatically disbarred, or given a hearing and […]

Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, Hydrofracturing, hydrofracking, fracking or fraccing Miles beneath the Central Valley, California holds two-thirds of the nation’s shale oil reserves. But extracting that bonanza takes lots of water — and could contaminate the environment. In California, a […]

Ill Prison Inmates

Terminal Ill Prison Inmates and Compassionate Release By Tom McNichol. He is a San Francisco-based freelance writer. When terminally ill prison inmates are released before their sentences are up, is justice done or denied?. From 2007 through the first ten months of 2013, the […]

End of Life Options

Note: see, for more information, the End of Life Option Act in this California legal portal and the entry about death with dignity in the American Legal Encyclopedia. End of Life Option Act By Vanessa Rancaño. She is a freelance journalist based in Oakland. (in August 2014) was the […]

Liquor Liability

Liability for Serving Alcohol to a Drunken Driver By Brian Kabateck and Douglas Rochen. They are partners at Kabateck Brown Kellner in Los Angeles. They represent plaintiffs in a variety of civil litigation, including catastrophic-injury cases. When a drunken driver is involved in an […]

Insurance Claim

Time Window for Filing an Insurance Claim By Kirk Pasich. He is a partner at Dickstein Shapiro in Los Angeles. He represents insureds in complex-coverage matters, appellate proceedings, and domestic and international arbitrations. Most insurance policies contain specific language that […]

New Laws Reports

California New Laws Reports California New Laws Reports California Old Laws Reports Index to Reports Published in the Appendices to the Journals of the California Legislature 1905-1970, by Juri Stratford The California Legislature published reports in the Appendices to the […]

Bureau of Audits

California Bureau of State Audits California Bureau of State Audits The Bureau of State Audits investigates the financial stewardship and effectiveness of state government agencies. That includes financial accounting, such as an annual financial examination required under the state Budget […]


California’s Teacher Tenure Law By Lisa Davis. She is a freelance writer and author of The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction, and the Mormon Church. She teaches journalism at Santa Clara University. California statutes give districts just two years to make a […]

Wiretapping: Authorization (SB 35)

California Senate Act (2013-2014 Regular Session – SB 35) Session: 2013-2014 Regular Session Chamber of origin: Senate Bill|Fiscal Committee|Local Program: California Senate Bill 35 (Prior Session Legislation) Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0) Introduced: Dec 4, 2012 Signed by […]