Posted on February 17, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Heading to trial? Start your planning by preparing a trial outline. Here are the key things to include and a sample outline to give you an idea how it looks. Continue reading
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Posted on February 15, 2017 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Allison B. Margolin, a partner at Margolin and Lawrence in Los Angeles. Ms. Margolin practices criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal court.
California’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana has attracted people from all walks of life to the industry. In turn, this will bring new clients to attorneys. But before you represent clients in marijuana-related businesses, consider these tips. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney-client relationship, business licensing, cannabis, legalization, marijuana, regulation | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 13, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The most important concept to remember in organizing your statements to the jury, whether during opening statement or closing argument, is the “rule of primacy”: Jurors tend to believe what they hear first and most frequently. Continue reading
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Posted on November 2, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Jurors have been bombarded with information about “body language.” This information is joined by common folklore about tell-tale signs of falsehood. Here are five things to practice with your witnesses to keep their body language consistent with their truthful testimony.
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Posted on September 16, 2016 by Khanh Tran
Whether it’s to expose an unfaithful fiancé or set the record straight on a public feud, self-appointed vigilantes should think twice before recording a private conversation: it’s against the law. Here’s what to tell your sleuthing client about California’s privacy laws.
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Posted on August 22, 2016 by Khanh Tran
According to an alarming 2014 FBI study, nearly 68% of homicides involved the use of firearms, with over a quarter of victims killed by a family member. From these numbers alone, it’s clear to see the urgency of a client’s situation if he or she says a family member may resort to violence. One way to protect your client is to seek a gun violence restraining order.
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Posted on June 1, 2016 by Stella J. Lee, Esq.
There’s continuing debate about whether California’s Proposition 47, which decriminalized certain felonies, is responsible for a rise in crimes. But what’s not up for debate is that Prop 47 has been expanded and challenged in unforeseen ways. The appellate courts have been putting their own stamp on the way the trial courts have applied Prop 47. Here’s a sampling of how the cases have been falling.
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