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Hilary Weddell

Governor Brown Signs Workplace-Related #MeToo Bills into Law

Following a long legislative year, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several pieces of legislation aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace.  This topic dominated conversation in the California legislature in 2018, as both the Assembly and the Senate sought to update and amend the state’s sexual harassment laws in... More +

Nicole Zendejas

E-Discovery: What to Look for in e-Discovery Vendors

Electronically stored information (“ESI”) can play a vital role in any case, whether it’s family law or business and commercial litigation.  If managed appropriately, ESI can not only provide you with critical information, but can also serve in developing case strategy from inception to trial.  Hence the need for... More +

James McManis

A Memorable Case

I have tried many cases over a 50-year period, but the one which received the most worldwide attention was “The Elephant Case”. The case arose in August, 2001, at the San Jose Arena, where Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus was performing.  A Humane Society official alleged that star Ringling Brothers trainer Mark... More +

Vanessa Hill, Amanda Peth

Networking: Planning, Persistence, and Practice

Do not just attend an event - attend with purpose.  To go with purpose means setting goals.  Clearly, you want to enjoy your time but you hope to have ROI too.  Look ahead to see what you need to accomplish before, during, and after the event and determine if it is a worthwhile investment of your time, money, and energy.... More +

Chris Boscia

Kim Kardashian and the Bipartisan Power of the Pardon

Kim Kardashian West made national news this summer after successfully convincing President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson.  Johnson, a sixty-three year old great-grandmother, was a first-time non-violent drug offender when she was given a life sentence without parole in 1996.  President Trump commuted her... More +

James McManis

The Timid Judge and The Clever Bailiff

The Judge was a lovely old fellow, a relic from a time before the birth of Silicon Valley, when Santa Clara County was covered with orchards instead of start-ups, and was known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight.  As a measure of his humility, the Judge usually took the bench in a coat and tie without his robe.  (This practice... More +

Marwa Elzankaly

The Not-So-Powerful Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

There once was a time when Non-Disclosure Agreements (aka “NDAs”) were primarily used by companies to keep their employees, contractors, or vendors, from divulging their intellectual property or sensitive business information, or when they had to disclose such information to a prospective buyer or investor in their business.  The... More +

Abimael “AJ” Bastida

Looking Back: My First Deposition – What I Wish I Knew

A deposition is one of the most useful discovery tools for trial attorneys.  It is the only opportunity, prior to trial itself, where an attorney can question a witness about nearly everything he or she knows regarding the case. I have taken and defended several depositions.  Each provided a lesson I wish I would have known from the... More +

Johanna Oh

Motions to Strike Added to CCP Section 472 in 2018

Up until 2017, the California Code of Civil Procedure (“Code”) was unclear as to how one was to calculate deadlines for amending pleadings without leave of court within the context of motions to strike.  However, that uncertainty was clarified this year when Section 472 of the Code was revised to expressly include motions to... More +

Vanessa Hill

[VIDEO] 5 Tips To Help Attorneys Start Social Media

Are you still at the starting line with your social media efforts?  Here are 5 tips to help attorneys start social media: Start with one social media platform; Create a strong profile; How to build connections; Accepting invitations; and  Check your firm's social media policy and the state bar website. Today... More +

Michael Warren

What Changes Are In Store For California Employers in 2018?

As 2017 draws to a close, now is an opportune time for California employers to review the new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 and ensure compliance.  As with past years, the new crop of employment laws are numerous and wide-ranging. Below is a summary of some of the key laws that will impact employers in 2018. Minimum Wage... More +

Angela Corona Torres

Season of Giving... Become a BME… Best Mentor Ever!

There is no better time of the year to start giving.  Sharing your business or courtroom experiences, leadership skills, and knowledge is an invaluable service you can give to a new lawyer or a fellow team member who might be looking for some guidance. Here are 7 tips to help you thrive as a mentor, and help your mentee... More +

Angela Corona Torres

Boo! “Witch” one should you have, HTTP or HTTPS?

With Halloween season here, it’s important to be aware of the spooks on the web. It is a scary online world, and now more than ever is the time to take measures to strengthen the security of your website. The days of having a website that starts with HTTP are about to be a thing of the past. This month, Google Chrome, one of the most... More +

Barbara Reedy

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 3)

Congratulations!  After many months of hard work with designers, techno-wizards, and fellow teammates, your new website is up and running for the whole world to see.   Sigh.  Isn’t it pretty? You and your team have agonized over each tiny detail.  Periods or semicolons?   Grey or Slate?  Calibri or... More +

Vanessa Hill

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 2)

The decision is made: your firm is going to dive in - create a new website or redesign your existing one.  I hope you had a chance to read my teammate Amanda Peth’s blog Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 1) about when to do this.  The team is assembled and ready to begin this detail-intensive process.  Here are a few... More +

Amanda Peth

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 1)

Visually pleasing, descriptive, and easily digestible with clear yet engaging navigation - your website needs to encompass all of these features.  After all, your website is your firm in the online world.  Often it is the first interaction potential clients have with your firm.  With short attention spans and constant competition for... More +

Abimael “AJ” Bastida

[VIDEO] Just Took the Bar Exam, Now What?

You just took the bar exam. You have survived hundreds of hours of studying. So, what now? For months you have meticulously scheduled every single day - when to wake up, what to eat, when to study, what time to go sleep, etc. If you are anything like me, you may feel lost now that the bar is over. To make matters worse, the bar results are... More +

Vanessa Hill

Make Blogging A Reality At Your Firm

If your goal is to start a firm blog this year, I wish you great success.  In my experience, blogging does not come naturally to law firms but it has value.  It may take more than one mention of your project to get it off the ground but I encourage you to go for it, be excited to show your firm the marketing possibilities of blogging.... More +