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Obama Picks Joining More Moderate Ninth Circuit

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By   15 hours ago

It’s going to be a long couple of weeks for Michelle Friedland and the Ninth Circuit. The Munger Tolles & Olson partner appeared to be less than 24 hours from confirmation Thursday when a Senate recess intervened, and the vote on her 8-month-old nomination to the appellate court was postponed to April 28. If she is […]

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The Public Eye: New fees loom for online court searches in Sacramento County

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By   2 days ago

Burdened by years of lean budgets, Sacramento Superior Court officials have decided to follow the lead of other court systems that charge the public for online access to court records. The new fees take effect July 1 and can cost someone looking for court information anywhere from $1 to search one name in the database […]

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Senate Republicans Slow Judicial Confirmation Process

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By   2 days ago

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested Thursday that a controversial change to the Senate’s rules maybe didn’t go far enough when it comes to clearing the way for President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations. Reid made the comment in a floor debate with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who had just announced that Republicans were not […]

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Job outlook for newly minted lawyers still bleak, data shows

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By   5 days ago

The job outlook for newly minted lawyers remains bleak, new figures show. Fifty-seven percent of all 2013 law school graduates were employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs requiring bar passage as of Feb. 15, according to data released Wednesday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Still, that’s up slightly […]

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Help recognize a new lawyer with the Barrister of the Year

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By   6 days ago

Nominations for Barrister of the Year will be accepted until Friday, April 11 FRIDAY, APRIL 18. The award recognizes a new lawyer who has contributed to the legal profession through their professional and community activities. If you know of a barrister who should be considered for this honor, please submit their name and a brief written […]

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Tax Proposal Harms Law Firms, ABA President Says

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By   7 days ago

American Bar Association President James Silkenat wants to convince members of Congress this week that the leading tax reform proposals on Capitol Hill would harm not only law firms and lawyers but also the businesses and other clients who hire them. Silkenat will join about 450 lawyers from across the country for the ABA’s annual […]

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Ex judge hired to make sure the state lowers inmate numbers

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By   7 days ago

Former state appeals court Justice Elwood Lui was named by a federal court Wednesday as compliance officer in California’s prison overcrowding case, with authority to order releases of inmates if the state falls short of court-ordered population goals. The three-judge court created the officer’s position in February when it granted the Brown administration’s request for two […]

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Casetext’s Jake Heller

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By   1 week ago

Casetext applies lessons from crowdsourcing sites like Wikipedia and Quora to case annotation. Launched last May, it’s offering free access to annotated judicial opinions and statutes, attracting some 100,000 people to the site for research every month. Jake Heller, a 29-year-old Stanford Law grad, is cofounder and CEO of the startup, which has raised $1.8 […]

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Judicial Election Campaigns—the Santa Clara County Way

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SCCBA CEO & General Counsel

By   2 weeks 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   1 month 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   2 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   3 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   4 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   5 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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Tunnel Vision And The Implications For the Legal Profession

Steve Haley, 2013 SCCBA President

By   6 months ago

by Steven B. Haley, Esq., Groom & Cave, LLP 2013 SCCBA President Tunnel vision, i.e., a narrowed focus or field of vision, is a familiar and inescapable fact of life for attorneys. It is both a necessity and a burden.  It is an inescapable aspect of the lives of all attorneys, regardless of age, practice […]

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Providing Legal Services In A Changing Environment

Steve Haley, 2013 SCCBA President

By   8 months ago

by Steven Haley, Groom & Cave, LLP 2013 SCCBA President It is not uncommon to open a State Bar journal or an ABA publication and find an article discussing the increasing difficulties confronting solo and small firm practitioners, and/or the imminent demise of local bar associations.  These articles reflect the reality of a paradigm shift […]

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