Posted on March 30, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Much to the chagrin of trial attorneys, jurors don’t always give their full attention to the trial. It’s trial counsel’s job to keep things interesting. Depending on the case, this can be a tall order. Here are some tips for making your questioning of a witness as compelling as possible. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: cross-examination, direct examination, jury, questioning a witness, trial, trial attorney, trial skills | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 28, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You’ve started a law practice and the clients are beginning to arrive. How will you organize your client files? Your first thought may be to use an alphabetical system by client name. Big mistake. Instead, stick to numbers. Continue reading
Filed under: New Lawyers, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice | Tagged: client files, client intake, law practice management, office procedures | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 23, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Employers are often asked to allow an employee to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Should employers always grant such requests? What considerations come into play? Here’s a checklist to help employers consider and respond to a request to telecommute as an accommodation. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: disability discrimination, employment discrimination, HR, human resources, interactive process, reasonable accommodation, telecommute agreement, telecommuting | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 18, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When friends decide to buy vacation property together, they may not consider the legal status of their relationship—at least until litigation starts. Importantly, they may not be aware that they might have formed a general partnership and thus have fiduciary duties to each other. Continue reading
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Posted on March 16, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A party served with interrogatories under CCP §§2030.010–2030.410 has to respond by answering, producing writings, or objecting. And each answer has to be as “complete and straightforward as the information reasonably available to the responding party permits.” CCP §2030.220(a). Most often, this process is fairly straightforward. But there are at least three situations when responding to interrogatories may present a problem. Here’s how to skillfully handle them. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Discovery, Legal Topics | Tagged: civil discovery, interrogatories, responding to interrogatories | 3 Comments »
Posted on March 14, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Most employers know that discrimination against transgender and other gender-nonconforming persons is prohibited in California. But many employers have been confused about what legal rights transgender employees have and how to protect them. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing has offered help with its newly-released Transgender Rights in the Workplace: FAQ for Employers. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: employee rights, employees, employers, employment discrimination, gender identify, sex discrimination, transgender, workplace | 2 Comments »