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Across the Bar

Across the Bar: First Quarter 2017

 

Featuring articles on the California Bar Proposed Ban on Sex With Clients, Threat to Judicial Independence, New Laws Affecting Civil Litigation Practice and A Judge's Journey to Cuba, plus Sean Geddes goes Under Oath

Across the Bar: 1st Quarter 2017

 

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  • Under Oath: Sean Geddes

    Under Oath: Sean Geddes

    "I actually wake up thinking, 'How am I going to make a difference today?' It's wonderful that I can do that."Sean Geddes and I met down town and began discussing the challenges of his work in juvenile court. Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?A. "I guess it would

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  • A Judge's Journey to Cuba

    A Judge's Journey to Cuba

    On December 3, 2016, I flew with forty other judges, commissioners and their guests from Miami to Havana, Cuba for a weeklong stay in this beautiful and complicated island nation. Their former prime minister, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, had passed away on November 25, 2016 and the nation was officially

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  • New Laws Affecting Civil Litigation Practice

    New Laws Affecting Civil Litigation Practice

    Changes to the laws affecting civil litigation practice or procedure going into effect in 2017 appear in general to be less sweeping and of less significance than in recent years. The most significant changes for most local civil litigators may be the recent changes to local policy concerning the civil

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  • A Call to Action: Threats to Judicial Independence Place Judicial Fairness and Impartiality at Risk

    A Call to Action: Threats to Judicial Independence Place Judicial Fairness and Impartiality at Risk

    The United States Constitution and California Constitution establish three separate-but-equal branches of government, which make up America's democracy. The legislative branch makes laws, the executive branch enforces the law, and the judicial branch interprets the law. The point of creating three separate-but-equal branches is a separation of powers, so one

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  • California Bar Proposes to Ban Sex with Clients

    California Bar Proposes to Ban Sex with Clients

    Lawyers in California may face disciplinary measures for having sex with their clients if a new revision to the State Bar's ethics rules passes. California lawyers are split over these proposed revisions. Those supporting the blanket ban said that any sexual contact between an attorney and a client is potentially

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  • The Honorable Judge Franklin Stephenson Scholarship 2016 Recipient, Penni McConnell

    The Honorable Judge Franklin Stephenson Scholarship 2016 Recipient, Penni McConnell

    In 2016, the Young Lawyers Section of the San Joaquin County Bar Association created The Honorable Judge Franklin Stephenson Scholarship to honor the late Judge Franklin Stevenson, a longtime San Joaquin Superior Court judge and popular adjunct professor at Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law. In creating this scholarship,

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  • Under Oath: Lisa Blanco Jimenez

    Under Oath: Lisa Blanco Jimenez

    "Though she be but little, she is fierce."Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness? A. She put her drink down and shook her head." I knew I should have prepared!" she laughed. "Well, I would say that 'most happy' is when it's me, [husband] Tony, and the three kids

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  • Proposition 64: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Adult Use of Marijuana Act

    Proposition 64: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Adult Use of Marijuana Act

    The passage of California's Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act or "AUMA," legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana under California law makes this state the most populous state in the nation to do so. It comes six years after California voters narrowly rejected a

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