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Strength in numbers is a mantra touted by any organization looking to make its mark, but it’s the mission behind that strength that sets them apart. In the case of the California Association of Black Lawyers, collective strength is more than just a mission–it’s a necessity.Throughout California’s far-flung counties, attorneys that make up each individual Black lawyer organizations in

January ended recently, and many attorneys just submitted their MCLE compliance reports. Before 2022 steamrolls into summer, here are some risk management and ethical concerns for attorneys to consider or to attend to. Taking the time to review your law firm’s internal practices, technology, business goals, or conflicts considerations doesn’t need to take place at the beginning of the year;

Late last year, California’s Third District Court of Appeal held that an employee’s rounding claims were not suitable for class treatment after observing, among other things, that the employer’s failure to have a uniform company-wide rounding policy was “not a recognized theory of liability,” as the plaintiff had argued it was.

This decision comes less than a year after Donohue

Mendocino County has been officially due for a new courthouse for more than 20 years — and unofficially, probably even longer. The superior court facility in Ukiah wasn’t even supposed to be a courthouse in the first place; it was first constructed to house the county’s administrative offices. Part of it was built in the 1920s, the other part in

With the start of the new year and the close of the holiday season, many of us will return to our desks after a few days away from the (physical or virtual) office. There will be emails to filter, voicemails to return, and snail-mail to sort. There may be deadlines to calendar, meetings to schedule, and files to organize. With

Several consumer fraud class actions have been filed against restaurants and seafood manufacturers alleging that they misled consumers by asserting that the seafood products being sold were “sustainably” caught. Plaintiffs assert that due to concerns about sustainability, consumers are increasingly concerned with how their food is produced. They argue that consumers are conscious of the environmental, animal welfare, and public

Assembly Bill 948, or the Fair Appraisal Act, seeks to address racial bias in the real estate appraisal process by (1) requiring certain data collection and reporting, (2) specifically prohibiting appraisers from basing their appraisal of property on protected characteristics, and (3) requiring that appraisers complete certain additional education requirements. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The holidays are upon us, and for family law attorneys, that means clients who need extra support in navigating co-parenting arrangements. Added stress can come during this season in the form of disruption to the normal time-sharing schedule with children, multiple family gatherings, pressure from extended family, travel, and financial strain. Give your clients a little extra cheer with these

California Rules of Professional Conduct (CRPC), rule 1.8.6 is the rule that governs attorneys and acceptance of payments on behalf of the client from third parties or third-party payors. The rule involves both the attorney’s duties to their client and conflicts of interest considerations.

Who is a third-party payor? And when does this occur?

For some lawyers, a third-party payor