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The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on businesses right across the globe and with a third of the world now in lockdown, thousands of businesses have moved most of their workforce to remote working. Although working from home allows a business to continue operating, it brings significant security risks, placing a greater need to maintain compliance with relevant data security requirements. Read more
More than ever, civil litigation attorneys need to be able to provide remote oversight of document review teams. The ever-expanding size of data in civil litigation now requires litigators of firms of all sizes, from solo practitioners to "big law" firms, to utilize outside document review teams. Using remote document review teams provides many benefits, such as the ability to scale the document review team, hosting the review in affordable staffing markets, and freeing up valuable attorney time to focus on more substantive issues within the matter. However, utilizing remote document review teams does create management issues for the overseeing attorneys, such as how to remotely ensure quality and consistency of the document review. Read more
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many California superior courts are encouraging attorneys to appear by telephone for certain civil hearings, while in some area’s courts have rescheduled most hearings or closed their doors altogether. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to make a telephonic court appearance. Read more
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
The legal industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of technology in the practice of law in California. Effective legal representation in the 21st century mandates a base level of technological competence. Read more
I’d like for you all to take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly. Repeat that once, or maybe a few times. You deserve it. Read more
Welcome to 2020! Looking 50 years into the future, the year 2070 seems so far away from now. But to put that in perspective, 50 years ago was the year 1970. Time presses forward, and each passing year brings new trends, fads, and technologies. For California lawyers, the pace of change seems to be accelerating: many of the technologies and processes that worked for the legal industry just 10 years ago are becoming obsolete. Read more
The Bottom Line, LPMT's members-only online publication, is back after take a long hiatus due to the development of CLA's new website. With back issues now on the website, LPMT's editorial volunteers are proud to make available a new edition, Volume 39. Read more
The public and attorneys have an opportunity to submit written comments about policy issues before the Board of Trustees. These issues include formal opinions regarding data breaches, advising a cannabis business, and alternative litigation funding. Comments may be directed to the address listed on each proposal by the deadline. Read more
Overwhelm can tank a day faster than just about anything else. When you have more email than you can handle, an out-of-control task list, and phone calls that just won’t stop, it’s almost impossible to operate effectively. Even if you manage to limp along, you may find that you’re distracted and that things are falling through the cracks. Over the years, I’ve honed in on a variety of methods to beat overwhelm, and these are the top 10, based on my own experience and client feedback: Read more

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