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As the legal landscape evolves, attorneys are embracing technology to automate workflows, boost profitability, and gain a competitive edge. In this article, we explore the top legal tech features that can help your firm get a leg up on the competition. Read more
They say that “time flies when you are having fun.” As attorneys, we know that time also flies when we are incredibly busy. It would be a huge understatement to say I am grateful for the privilege I had to be your Chair for this past year. But the reality is, it is hard to believe a whole year has gone by already because I, as the  Chair, the board, sections, staff, the President and Vice President and the entire organization of CLA have been so busy we all have been flying through this year.  Read more
“Do the Right Thing,” a Spike Lee movie released over 30 years ago, was deemed controversial because it depicts racial and social disparities in the United States. The film illustrated what can happen when those in power do not adequately address these disparities: it can lead to acts of extreme violence by those who feel powerless.  Read more
Intellectual property lawyers, mark your calendars for the 47th Annual IP Institute in San Diego from November 2-4, 2023.  Read more
In 1969, the Legislature enacted California’s Housing Element Law. Since then, local governments (cities and counties) must periodically adopt a housing element, which is a plan to accommodate their fair share of the “regional housing need” in their community. In a two-step process, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) establishes the amount of housing at varying affordability levels for each locality. First, HCD establishes an amount needed for each region in the state. Second, the regional councils of governments apply a methodology to allocate the regional housing need to local governments. Read more
What a journey it has been! Over 100,000 miles traveled since the start of my California Lawyers Association Presidency in September 2021. It was a dream turned into reality. Dreams are but realities yet to happen, if only we just believe. What started with a swearing-in ceremony with the Chief Justice of California on our screens ended soon after at a Gala in tuxes and dresses. Something impossible but for Providence, time, hard work, and wonderful people.  Read more
The Labor and Employment Law Section is now a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Provider and offers affiliate membership to HR professionals. Read more
California declared Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a legally recognized holiday in 1892. Two years later, in 1894, Labor Day became a federal holiday as well. The origins of the holiday stem from parades to celebrate trade and labor unions and to honor their contributions, which strengthen the communities where they worked. Labor Day also helped activists gain recognition for the mistreatment of workers, leading to the impactful legislation California has approved in recent years.  Read more
Client trust accounting is a balancing act. To keep from stumbling over, you have to keep the ledgers up to date, checked and balanced. Read more
An attorney I met recently lamented that he spends most of his workdays reacting to emails. He starts each day with a long to-do list and feels lucky to finish one or two things under the incessant email barrage. I can relate. Those of us who are on email listservs have no doubt received an email flurry sparked by an interesting (or not so interesting) question or important (or not so important) piece of news and have seen the frantic emails from attorneys begging to be removed from the listserv and pleading with others to not "Reply All."  Read more

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