Cal. Litig. 2020, Volume 33, Number 2

EDITOR’S FOREWORD Sweet Successes — On or About 31 Flavors

By Benjamin G. Shatz

Benjamin G. Shatz, Editor-in-Chief of this journal, is a certified Specialist in Appellate Law and Co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, in Los Angeles.

My last EIC’s foreword was written with the optimism of a dawning new age. What I had in mind was a futuristic Year 2020 — a vision of Buck Rogers. Instead, we got Daniel Dafoe, who authored both A Journal of the Plague Year and Robinson Crusoe. As I write right now, L.A. feels more like London 1665 — at least in my imagination. I don’t really know because I’m marooned at home, not quite as beleaguered and lonely as a castaway, but feeling akin. The good news is that modern tech really has allowed most lawyers to continue to work from home. And we’re getting this journal out, and on time, come hell or high water.

We’ve got a dozen awesome articles for you. As always, they include deep legal analysis, practical tips, some history and some forward thinking. I won’t catalog them all for you this time. Explore them on your own, and be sure to send feedback to me. I will, however, draw one fun connection: Mike Berger, one of our authors in this issue, actually features prominently in the book reviewed by Dan Lawton about the Stringfellow Acid Pits saga. May we all have such meaningful legal work in our careers. Perhaps you already have some to share? Now’s a great time to submit an article to California Litigation.

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