Across the Bar

Across the Bar is a publication of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, providing local legal news, educational content, and information about Bar Association events.

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Is “Proportionality” the Cure for Discovery Abuse?

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Is “Proportionality” the Cure for Discovery Abuse?
Since before 1980, the drafters of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been trying to devise procedures and standards that would reduce discovery abuse in federal civil litigation. Yet, despite amendments in 1980, 1983, 1993, 2000, and 2006, surveys and studies continue to show pervasive concern about discovery abuse. Although the Rules have long empowered and encouraged the courts to limit excessive discovery and to impose sanctions for discovery abuse, lawyers have been reluctant to ask ...
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The Justice Bus Comes to Stockton for Veterans’ Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

The Justice Bus Comes to Stockton for Veterans’ Criminal Record Expungement Clinic
O n May 9, 2015, OneJustice's "Justice Bus Project" was in Stockton with six Stanford Law School students to deliver legal services to veterans.The students, Desley Horton, Jeffrey Lash, Ju-Ching Huang, Amy Tannenbaum, Carl Hudson, and Viveca Fallenius, met with 20 veterans who needed help with expunging their criminal records.Supervising the law students were local attorneys Leah Gillis and Adam Grace and attorneys Sarah Williams and Pat Kaspar with Rubicon Legal Services.Each attorney spent ap...
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Newly Formed Veterans Court Seeks Mentors

Newly Formed Veterans Court Seeks Mentors
February 2, 2015 marked the commencement of San Joaquin County's first Veterans Treatment Court. For about five years, Judges Barbara Kronlund and Richard Vlavianos pondered how a veterans' court could be added to the list of collaborative courts that are presently being operated in San Joaquin County. There was always a basic problem—where to hold court? There was simply no room within the criminal departments to add another calendar. After about a year of meetings with the court's collaborativ...
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