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On this page we’ve compiled some articles from past issues of the CYLA eNews.

Summer 2021

Complying With California’s Prop 65: an Introduction for Lawyers, Businesses, & Consumers

Chemical exposure from consumer products is front and center for the American public.  In June 2021, Johnson & Johnson issued a nationwide recall of certain Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreens after internal testing identified low levels of benzene in the products.  In 2019, the Mark Ruffalo thriller “Dark Waters” gave the Hollywood treatment to the problem of PFAS pollution in drinking water, implicating everything from Teflon pans, to Gore-Tex hiking boots, to ScotchGard stain protectants used in carpets and upholstery.  Most consumers are well-acquainted with the claim “BPA-free” on bottles and cans.  And cosmetic brands high and low have been quick to embrace the trend toward “clean” or “green beauty” – promoting skin care, makeup, and personal care products that use only “natural,” “organic,” or “vegan” ingredients. Read More

Spring 2021

The Future of Legal Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) – A Discourse on A.I. Components, Levels, and Biases

This article serves as a primer on the current state of a.i.s and their application to the legal field. To note, there are few resources that clearly define legal technologies—especially legal a.i.s—without misleading marketing terms, grandiose claims/gimmicks, or incompatible real-world applications. Most importantly, there are different classes and case scenarios of a.i.s existing in the real world such as search engine a.i.s, content generation a.i.s, navigation a.i.s (such as self-driving cars), auto-response a.i.s, and much more. Read More

Older Issues

2020

Summer 2020

Emojis & The Law: An Interview with Professor Eric Goldman

Recently, CYLA Executive Committee member Skyler Gray, who serves as Deputy Legal Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, interviewed Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman for CYLA eNews. Professor Goldman specializes in the intersection of technology and the law, and the conversation covered his research into the legal interpretation of emojis. Read More

California Bar Exam Postponed to October 5-6, 2020

As COVID-19 has affected nearly every segment of daily life, some major life milestones, such as celebrations, weddings, graduations, and the California Bar Exam, have also been impacted. Generally, the California Bar exam is administered in February and July, in-person, every year. Read More

The Nuts and Bolts of California Appellate Practice

When a trial court dismisses a case or enters final judgment, basic practical requirements must be followed to competently represent clients in state appellate court. The following article discusses relevant appellate rules as well as tips for successfully navigating the appellate process. Read More

Spring 2020

Ethical Attorney Advertising: Rules for Third-Party Websites

Near the end of 2019, the State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct issued Formal Opinion 2019-199 regarding an attorney’s obligations concerning third-party website “profiles” of her/himself effectively advertising on her/his behalf. Read More

How Universal Design Principles Can Improve Legal Accessibility

Legal accessibility is the act of making legal knowledge and services available to the general populace; and involves making legal information, materials, and tools usable to everyone, including making it available in different languages and to those with disabilities. Read More

Winter 2019-2020

Young Lawyer Survival Tips

Often the best advice comes from your peers. We asked members of the CYLA Executive Committee to share their “survival tips.” Here is what they recommended. Read More

Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of MCLE Creation

All young lawyers are familiar with the requirement to obtain MCLE credit, but seldom do young lawyers actually consider producing their own. This article is a resource for early-career lawyers who seek to navigate the world of MCLE creation to build their reputations and advance their careers. Read More

2019

Fall 2019

Joining to Grow

Summer 2019

Ten Tips for Writing a Winner Arbitration Brief

The following article is reproduced with permission of the author and the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section. It was originally published in Vol. 31, No. 3 (2018) of California Litigation: The Journal of the Litigation Section of the CLA. Click here to view it.

Spring 2019

Good News for Public-Interest Lawyers at the DC District Court: Despite a Mixed Ruling, Judge Provides Reprieve for Certain Previously Denied Loan Forgiveness Applicants
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