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In Brief

Across the Bar

2nd Quarter 2018

Across the Bar: 4th Quarter 2018

Featuring New Ethics Rules and the Cannabis Lawyer, Veterans Treatment Court: Mentors Needed, Under Oath: Christopher Eley, the 2019 Masters Series Schedule and More!

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Latest in Across the Bar

  • SJCBA Year-in-Review

    SJCBA Year-in-Review

  • Veterans Treatment Court: Mentors Needed

    Veterans Treatment Court: Mentors Needed

    What is it? Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing program which requires regular court appearances as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent random testing for substance abuse. Due to a high and growing number of combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury following

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  • New Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2.1 and the Cannabis Lawyer: A Dilemma Unresolved?

    New Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2.1 and the Cannabis Lawyer: A Dilemma Unresolved?

    Since the adoption of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, cannabis has been classified as a Schedule I drug.1 Thus, under federal law, any use of cannabis— whether for medical, recreational, or even experimental purposes—remains potentially criminal. California law was consistent with this regime until 1996, when California adopted the

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  • Under Oath: Christopher Eley

    Under Oath: Christopher Eley

    Q. What is your greatest fear? A. “I’m going to skip this one,” he stated firmly, but politely. The fifth was not plead, nor did he allude to a possible response nor the reason why he chose to remain silent on the matter. It was succinct, respectable and we continued

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  • Executive Director's Message

    The whiteboard includes other items needing immediate attention: Court Assigned Counsel (“CAC”) policies and procedures, organizational structure and procedures, support for sections and committees, and others. And it includes larger goals, like improved communication, community outreach, branding, member surveys, and program enhancement. In the weeks and months to follow, your

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  • President's Message: 4th Quarter 2018

    I have recounted before the changes that we have experienced this year (new executive director, new offices, new staff, renewed contract with the County for court-assigned counsel, audits of our finances, restructuring our financial controls, revisions to bylaws, improvements to rules of operation, and on and on) but what I

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  • Annual Meeting Recap

    Annual Meeting Recap

    Presiding Judge Linda Lofthus delivered the State of the Courts Address. In the spirt of Thanksgiving, Judge Lofthus identified a number of items for the County court system to be grateful for, including receiving additional funds from the state, which allowed the court to hire additional staff and fill commissioner

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  • Employment Law Roundup

    Employment Law Roundup

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