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Prop 8 lawyer’s views on gay marriage evolving

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By   10 hours ago

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in […]

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State Bar Sanctions Former Bush Administration Lawyer

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By   5 days ago

A State Bar Court judge has recommended that Scott Bloch, former head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, be barred from practicing law for 30 days for his role in the deletion of files from federally owned computers. Bloch, appointed by former President George W. Bush to the Office of Special Counsel in 2003, […]

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Ninth Circuit’s M. Margaret McKeown

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By   5 days ago

Judge M. Margaret McKeown has tackled some of the Ninth Circuit’s trickiest technology law disputes over the last couple of years. The former Perkins Coie managing partner has made law on laptop privacy, search protocols for electronic devices and closed-captioning for the Web. McKeown, known to friends as M3, is also in the midst of a two-year stint as […]

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California’s ‘Open Carry’ Gun Advocates Set Sights On Court

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By   5 days ago

Arguing for the right to openly carry weapons, California gun advocates are preparing to bring their fight to state court. Allowing citizens to openly display an unloaded weapon is “the next logical step in theevolution of gun rights in California,” Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told the San Francisco Chronicle. California banned open […]

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Obama Picks Joining More Moderate Ninth Circuit

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By   7 days 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   1 week 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   1 week 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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Court date reset in Vegas Strip bird death case

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By   1 week ago

LAS VEGAS – A court appearance was postponed Monday in Nevada for a University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate completing prison boot camp for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort. Prosecutor Frank Coumou says Justin Alexander Teixeira’s court date was rescheduled to May 5. READ MORE VIA THE SACRAMENTO BEE  

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Judicial Election Campaigns—the Santa Clara County Way

Chris Burdick
SCCBA CEO & General Counsel

By   3 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   3 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   5 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   7 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   9 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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