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In the context of the No-Contact rule, an attorney sending an email or text which includes her client to another attorney may provide implied consent to the receiving attorney to hit the "Reply All" button, thereby permitting the receiving attorney to communicate directly with the represented client on the email chain. Read more
As fellow leaders and bar association members, everyone has a choice of which bar association to join. Many thankfully choose multiple bar associations to connect with other leaders and participate in education, networking, social, and business development activities. As members consider renewing for 2023 and beyond, the California Lawyers Association wants to thank you for your continued commitment to growing the bar association family and being a terrific member and leader. You have a choice, and our commitment to you is to continue to provide and improve educational events, networking opportunities, and legislative advocacy with a consistent heart- and hope-based leadership.  Read more
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court is recruiting for a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of California based in San Diego. Applications are due February 9, 2023.  Read more
My wife and kids tease me that the title of this practice is corny – and it is. Still, I like it. If you don’t nourish the things that nourish you, they wither away like a plant in dry stony ground. Read more
Early in my career as an association leader, I learned a valuable lesson: Always have a member or member-led committee or board between me and a final decision. While lobbying on a tough issue in the North Carolina Legislature, I took a stand on a matter and was met with success. But the process of achieving victory was bumpy, and I should have considered the impact on one of my key members. That was an epic failure on my part. I may have won on the issues, but I had to repair and build back trust with some of my association members.  Read more
Suppose you are a client who hires a lawyer to defend you against allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. It is unlikely you would take out an ad in the newspaper to advertise the allegations. Suppose further that your case goes to trial and you prevail on a statute of limitations defense. Again, it is unlikely you would take out an ad to let the world know about your victory – particularly since winning on a statute of limitations defense hardly constitutes vindication in the eyes of the public. But would you be okay with your lawyer advertising her victory on your behalf by including a description of the representation (with your name on it) on her firm’s website? For most people, the answer would be no. Read more
I am writing from Edinburgh, Scotland, having just left London, England, and Cardiff, Wales, for leg one of the California Lawyers Association’s A Week in Legal London program. It is the 34th year of the program, sponsored by the Litigation Section every two years. It is the first time a President has joined the program.  Read more
Since March 2020, the only thing that has been certain is that we have been living in uncertain times. From the COVID-19 pandemic, protests, remote working, and home-schooling kids to participating in Zoom court and everything in between, we have had to pivot, learn new technology, adjust to new work environments, and adapt to new ways of creating boundaries between our personal and professional lives — just to name a few of the ways we have been impacted. Read more
Lawyers and judges took time out of their busy Annual Meeting schedules last month to educate and engage about 90 fifth graders from Rice Elementary School in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. The interactive program was designed to underscore the importance of civic engagement to maintain a vibrant and healthy society. Read more
The 2022 Annual Meeting and first-ever Gala last month were a massive success. Attendance, content, networking, legal icons, and charitable giving sum up an amazing week in beautiful San Diego, California. The 2023 Annual Meeting and Gala will be back in San Diego next September at the same hotel, the Hilton Bayfront. Read more

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