FAMILY LAW SECTION MEETING
The Family Law Section meeting for this month will be Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Trilussa Café in Cathedral City. The speaker will be John Patrick Dolan, Esq., to share the exciting new developments of our first ever local law school. RSVP to email@example.com or 760-200-0700.
THANK YOU FROM FAMILY OF WILLIAM NOLAN COSGROVE
The family of William Nolan Cosgrove would like to express its deep appreciation to the Board of Trustees and all of the members of the Desert Bar Association who offered their condolences, prayers and offers of personal and professional assistance following Bill's untimely death.
AYOTTE & SHACKELFORD 2015/2016 DIRECTORY
Ayotte & Shackelford have released their new Court & Attorney Directory for 2015-2016.
OTHER BAR MEETING IN RANCHO MIRAGE
The Other Bar is a group of lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals who are in recovery or who seek to get into recovery from issues with alcohol and drugs. There is a meeting in Rancho Mirage at the Betty Ford Center every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Contact Charley R. at 760-698-8033, for details.
PASSING OF JUDGE ELWOOD M. RICH (RET.)
It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Judge Elwood M. Rich (Ret.) of the Riverside Superior Court on January 29, 2015, at the age of 94. As per his wishes the family has not planned a memorial service.
EXPEDITED ACCESS TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY COURTHOUSES
Effective December 1, 2014, the court will begin offering private attorneys expedited access to the courthouses in Riverside County. Members of the California Bar will be given the opportunity to apply for and receive a court-issued photo identification card. Attorneys with this type of identification will be provided expedited screening at secured court entrances.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2014 EDITION
The November 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
GOVERNOR BROWN APPOINTS TWO TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Susanne S. Cho and James T. Latting to judgeships in the Riverside County Superior Court.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2014 EDITION
The October 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2014 EDITION
The September 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
RESULTS OF THE DBA ELECTION
The votes have been tallied, and we are now happy to announce your incoming Officers and Board of Trustees of the Desert Bar Association for 2014-2015 are...
CHEMERINSKY SUPREME COURT REVIEW FOR 2014
For anyone who missed the recent special DBA luncheon, where Dean Erwin Chemerinsky provided our members with an update on this past year's U.S. Supreme Court decisions, here is a link to it in written form...
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2014 EDITION
The June 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2014 EDITION
The May 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2014 EDITION
The April 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2014 EDITION
The March 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION
The February 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2014 EDITION
The January 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.
PASSING OF RONALD T. GOLAN
Ron (11/4/1930-1/23/2014) was born in New York City, N.Y. His parents were Louise E. Golan and Sylvia (Weinstein) Golan. Ron was an Attorney At Law for over 50 years and a member of the Desert Bar Association. Previous occupations include Trans World Airline Pilot, President of Golan Imports Company, and Commissioner of Palm Springs International Airport.
PASSING OF ANTHONY E. SHAFTON
Anthony E. Shafton, 72, of Palm Desert, Calif., passed away on July 17, 2013 in Rancho Mirage. He was born July 17, 1941 to Ellis Shafton and Edythe Brown in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Sandra Loos on September 2, 1990 in Los Angeles. He was a lawyer for 47 years and practiced at Berger Kahn Shafton Moss Figler Simon and Gladstone from 1975 to 2001. Thereafter he practiced law in Palm Desert.
U.S. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES PROP 8 APPEAL ON STANDING GROUNDS
Here is a link to download the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry...
U.S. SUPREME COURT PARTIALLY STRIKES DOWN DOMA
Here is a link to download the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor...
THOMAS J. McDERMOTT, JR., IS INDUCTED INTO TRIAL LAWYER HALL OF FAME
Since 1994, the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California has inducted one or more attorneys into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. This award is given to professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment. The Litigation Section is pleased to announce that Thomas J. McDermott, Jr., will be inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The reception and dinner in his honor and presentation of the award took place in Hollywood on June 22, 2013.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY LAW LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
Victoria Williamson has been selected as the new Director for the Riverside County Law Library. With over 22 years of experience, she has returned to Riverside ready to lead the Law Library in living up to its mission of providing free and open access to the law for all in the County.
TO SUMMARILY ADJUDICATE OR NOT ADJUDICATE: THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO § 437c
California's statutory summary judgment and adjudication provisions are found in Code of Civil Procedure section 437c. The statue was amended by the state legislature effective January 1, 2012.
FREE MCLE PROGRAMS FROM THE OFFICE OF LEGAL SERVICES
The State Bar Office of Legal Services has worked with legal aid advocates and the Practising Law Institute (PLI) to develop these training programs which are available on demand at the PLI website. Registration is free.
NEW LEGAL ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE PAGE IS ONLINE
The general Ethics Information page at the State Bar website has added a new area dedicated to Ethics and Technology â€• a collection of resources that address professional responsibility issues raised by the use of Internet websites, email, chat rooms and other technologies. The resources include advisory ethics opinions, articles and MCLE programs.
CA SUPREME COURT OPINION: CASSEL V. SUPERIOUR COURT OF LOS ANGELES (SUPER. CT. NO. LC070478, FILED 1/13/11)
"The issue here is the effect of the mediation confidentiality statutes on private discussions between a mediating client and attorneys who represented him in the mediation. ... The [Court of Appeal] majority concluded, when a mediation disputant sues his own counsel for malpractice in connection with the mediation, the attorneys â€” already freed, by reason of the malpractice suit, from the attorney-client privilege â€” cannot use mediation confidentiality as a shield to exclude damaging evidence of their own entirely private conversations with the client. The dissenting justice urged that the majority had crafted an unwarranted judicial exception to the clear and absolute provisions of the mediation confidentiality statutes. Though we understand the policy concerns advanced by the Court of Appeal majority, the plain language of the statutes compels us to agree with the dissent."
ABA Journal: Plaintiff Who Discussed Suit with Lawyer on Work E-Mail Can't Claim Privilege
A woman who sued her employer claiming discrimination can't shield her lawyer e-mails in the litigation because they were sent from her work e-mail account, a California appeals court has ruled.
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