Cal. Litig. 2022, Volume 35, Number 1

EDITOR’S FOREWORD Bright Lights, Big Changes

By Benjamin G. Shatz

There seems to be a light at the end of our pandemic tunnel. Courts and law offices are reopening and mask mandates are dropping. We’re emerging into a new normal, with big changes in the way courts operate, law firms function, and life in general. Like it or not, we’re living in interesting times.

Along those lines, we got some new faces on our supreme courts, marking some historic firsts. Here in California we welcome Justice Patricia Guerrero, the Golden State’s first Latina high court justice. And in D.C. we welcome Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, our first female African-American SCOTUS Justice.

This issue offers ten diverse articles, all worthy of your attention. We begin with a What I’ve Learned piece, sharing advice and wisdom from a collection of seasoned litigators and a judge. This segues nicely to a piece on civility in the profession. Next, Shelley Golden offers tips on how to optimize your video appearances. Yes, courts may be reopening, but the genie of remote hearings and meetings is out of the bottle, so this topic isn’t going away.

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