How Do You Get Text Messages into Evidence: Authenticate, Authenticate, Authenticate

What can happen if you don’t authenticate text messages and then use them as crucial evidence in your case? A total disaster! Continue reading

A Brief Browse on Briefs: Writing Tips from a Judge (part 3)

Here are the remaining 5 tips from Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division 6.  In A Brief Browse on Briefs: Writing Tips from a Judge (part 1) and part 2, we gave the first 10 of 15 writing tips from the judge . Continue reading

Realignment is Coming on October 1, 2011

In an apparent response to the United States Supreme Court order to reduce California’s prison population and the State’s burgeoning budget crisis, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 109 (Cal Stats 2011, ch 15, April 4, 2011), effectively transferring responsibility for nonserious, nonviolent and non-Pen C §290 registerable sex offenders from the state to the counties. Together with the amendments effected by other bills, A.B. 109 is referred to as “realignment.”   Continue reading

Improv Comedy and the Practice of Law

The following is from guest blogger Tommy Galan, a former trial attorney and the current Director of Corporate Programming at The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City, where he teaches Improv(ed) Legal Skills, a CLE that shows attorneys how to use the tool of improvisation.

For six years, life has been nothing but eat, sleep and breathe this case.  You collect yourself.  The first line of your opening statement flows like poetry…and then your mind goes blank.  Your face is flush, and your hands clam up.  All eyes are on you.  What do you do?  Improvise. Continue reading

A Brief Browse on Briefs: Writing Tips from a Judge (part 2)

Last week, in A Brief Browse on Briefs: Writing Tips from a Judge (part 1), we gave the first of 5 of 15 writing tips from Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division 6. Here comes — you guessed it — 5 more writing tips gleaned from the judge’s years of experience and reading so many briefs. Continue reading

Cyberattacks 101

Unfortunately, we have all had to become somewhat knowledgeable about cyberattacks, even if only to be sure our anti-viral software is up-to-date. But do you really know what the different cyberattack terms mean? Here’s a quick overview of cyberattack language and what it all means. Continue reading

Legal Limbo: Law Grad Not Yet a Licensed Attorney, but Denied Overtime

It’s legal limbo for law grads: They are not yet licensed to practice law (with all the benefits that come with that), but they are saddled with exempt status for purposes of overtime pay. At least that’s what the First District Court of Appeal has recently held. Continue reading
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