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In Brief

Across the Bar

4th Quarter 2019

4th Quarter 2019

Featuring Saving Money and Saving Lives: Collaborative Courts Make a Difference, First Impressions Mock Trial Program Approaches its 20th Year, Under Oath: Ellen Schwarzenberg and the 2020 Masters Series Schedule

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  • Under Oath: Ellen Schwarzenberg

    Under Oath: Ellen Schwarzenberg

    Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others? A. Meanness! That was easy! Q. What is your greatest extravagance? A. Clothing! I am the queen of discount shopping; expensive brands at nominal prices! Q. What is your favorite journey? A. Living in Spain with my daughter when she

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  • Urgent Request: Veterans Treatment Court Needs Veteran Mentors

    Urgent Request: Veterans Treatment Court Needs Veteran Mentors

    The commitment is to attend the once a month Veterans Court session (first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m., Dept. 10- D) to have a face-to-face meeting with your assigned veteran(s), and then to touch base at least weekly via phone, text or e-mail to support and encourage your

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  • First Impressions Mock Trial Program Approaches its Twentieth Year!

    First Impressions Mock Trial Program Approaches its Twentieth Year!

    The facts for the mock trial come from the famous Three Little Pigs story. In the scripted trial, Defendant Wolf is on trial for the murder of the two Pig brothers and attempted murder of the surviving third Pig brother. The program is fashioned after the Los Angeles First Impressions

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  • AB 5 - California Legislature Weighs in on the Dynamex Decision Regarding California Independent Contractors

    AB 5 - California Legislature Weighs in on the Dynamex Decision Regarding California Independent Contractors

    In the 2018 decision Dynamex Operations West. v. Superior Court,1 the California Supreme Court established the “ABC” test for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor for the purposes of wage and hour claims (e.g. unpaid minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest periods, etc.). The Dynamex decision

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  • Judicial Fairness Coalition Engages to Educate

    Judicial Fairness Coalition Engages to Educate

    The JFC is committed to conducting civic outreach and education throughout the community to inform the public about the importance and role of the rule of law in our democracy. Its focus is on the crown jewel of our justice system: judicial independence. The JFC is actively sponsoring statewide Judicial

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  • Saving Lives and Saving Money: Collaborative Courts Make A Difference

    Saving Lives and Saving Money: Collaborative Courts Make A Difference

    Research shows that would jail time at this point would increase her chances of reoffending by over 140%, so the judge rejected that recommendation. During her court appearance, LaFonda initially said she would not participate in any treatment programs and asked to be sent to prison to do her time.

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  • Director's Message

    The Law Day lunch crowd were treated to an informative and humorous speech by Law Day awardee, Tom Keeling. The Stockton Golf and Country Club is always a great venue, too. Four new Board of Governor members were elected at the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Josh Hunsucker, Becky Diel, Trina

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  • Editor's Notes

    Editor's Notes

    Across the Bar is a reflection of the SJCBA, and I am proud of the quality and diversity of the content featured in its pages, most of which comes from contributions from members of the SJCBA itself. The ATB Committee has made a conscious effort to produce a magazine that

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