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The SCCBA has a new website and blog!

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By   7 days ago

  The Santa Clara County Bar Association launched a new website, and with is a new blog, in June of 2014. If you’re looking for new posts to Legal Flash, click here.

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Supreme Court rejects abortion clinic buffer zone in nuanced ruling

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By   4 weeks ago

The Supreme Court gave both sides in the abortion wars a partial victory Thursday in setting rules for protests at health clinics, deciding that laws may forbid people from obstructing the entrance as long as demonstrators are free to speak on the sidewalk. The justices unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that set a 35-foot […]

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Fraud against Latinos

CA State Bar

By   4 weeks ago

California’s State Bar has launched a campaign to help immigrants avoid being fooled by scams promising to help them start their journey down a “pathway to citizenship.” People may mistakenly think they can get legal advice or other help from notary publics, says Capt. Rigoberto Romero, the diplomatic liaison for the State Bar’s Office of […]

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Justices Endorse Privacy in Cellphone Search Cases

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By   4 weeks ago

Law enforcement must generally obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cellphone that belongs to a person under arrest, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a major ruling on digital privacy. The court said warrantless searches of mobile devices are permitted under limited circumstances under the Fourth Amendment. Chief Justice John […]

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For Governor, a Chance to Remake High Court

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By   1 month ago

SACRAMENTO — Former California Chief Justice Roger Traynor famously observed that the greatest judges change “not by fits and starts, but at the pace of the tortoise that steadily advances though it carries the past on its back.” With the impending retirement of Associate Justice Marvin Baxter, the state’s high court may become the tortoise […]

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Chief Justice Issues Statement in Response to the 2014–2015 Budget

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By   1 month ago

SAN FRANCISCO—California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye issued the following statement in response to the finalization of the 2014–2015 Budget Act: “This is the second year of partial reinvestment in the judicial branch after five years of severe budget cuts resulting in a reduction to access to justice. And while I appreciate the work of […]

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Nominate an Unsung Hero

Santa Clara County Bar Association Unsung Heroes Award

By   1 month ago

Each year the Diversity Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association presents the Unsung Heroes Awards. The Diversity Committee invites interested individuals to submit nominations for individuals or organizations deserving this recognition. If you know of an individual or organization who should be considered for such an honor, please review the criteria and submit an online nomination on or before Friday, August 15, 2014. […]

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Update your SCCBA Online Directory Photo for Free

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By   1 month ago

The Santa Clara County Bar Association has engaged the firm of RCL Portrait Design, to photograph all attorneys for our online pictorial membership directory. The Membership Directory photos will be taken at NO CHARGE to members. The photographs will be taken at the SCCBA office at the address listed below. A professional portrait photographer will photograph you in […]

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SCCBA: An Opportunity to Build Your Network and Enjoy a Respite from Practice Demands

By   2 months ago

Dianne L. Sweeney Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2014 SCCBA President Lawyering is tough work.  To be a Lawyer is a noble calling but, like all things, it takes its toll over time. When we are not working directly on a client matter, we are often strategizing about other matters, researching the latest case law, […]

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Coming in the Summer 2014: SCCBA Website 2.0

By   2 months ago

Dianne L. Sweeney Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2014 SCCBA President In 1999, the SCCBA was the first voluntary bar association in the country to completely transition to electronic communication with its members and the first bar association to develop a web-based platform to support online features allowing members to access services more easily and […]

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Judicial Election Campaigns—the Santa Clara County Way

Chris Burdick
SCCBA CEO & General Counsel

By   4 months ago

by Dianne L. Sweeney Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2014 SCCBA President  and Chris Burdick SCCBA CEO and General Counsel In many counties across the country, contested judicial elections have become something of a political spectacle laden with negative campaigning.  But what is the impact of mudslinging and smear campaigns on a branch of government […]

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Trial Court Budget Woes: Limited Funds = Limited Civil Rights

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By   5 months ago

by: Brian C. Walsh Presiding Judge, Superior Court, Santa Clara County Underfunding Undermines Our Judicial System The economy is recovering from the Great Recession.  Money is beginning to flow into sectors bashed by the nasty downturn.  But, for California’s courts, adequate funding remains elusive. Since the high-water mark of 2008, California’s trial courts have suffered […]

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Taking Stock: Strategic Planning for the Next 100 Years

Dianne L. Sweeney
2014 SCCBA PRESIDENT

By   6 months ago

Congratulations to the leadership of 2014. The installation event was a tremendous success and well attended by our members and bench. I especially want to thank Judge Risë Pichon for administering the oaths of office and Judge James Towrey for his thoughtful reflections on professionalism and how the Santa Clara Bar has been at the […]

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A New Year for the Association and for our Local Legal Community

Dianne L. Sweeney
2014 SCCBA PRESIDENT

By   7 months ago

by Dianne L. Sweeney Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2014 SCCBA President Happy New Year to each of you and thank you for your ongoing support of the Santa Clara County Bar Association! 2013 was an excellent year for our Bar and much of that was due to the thoughtful and dedicated leadership of our […]

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Reflections On A Year As SCCBA President: A Humbling And Positive Experience

Steve Haley, 2013 SCCBA President

By   8 months ago

One of the benefits of being President of the SCCBA is that it has afforded me a unique opportunity to be more deeply involved in the breadth and scope our local legal community. Throughout this year, I have been impressed by the willingness of the attorneys and judges in our local legal community to participate […]

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A New Way for Attorneys to Provide Feedback to the Judiciary

Steve Haley, 2013 SCCBA President

By   8 months ago

by Steven B. Haley, Esq., Groom & Cave, LLP 2013 SCCBA President The Santa Clara County Bar Association 2013 Board of Trustees (“BOT”) has adopted a new Judicial Assessment Policy & Procedures (“Policy”). BACKGROUND The 2012 SCCBA BOT determined that the former survey was no longer serving its initial purpose of providing meaningful feedback to […]

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