Things would not run smoothly in a law firm without paralegals, legal assistants and, yes, legal administrators. So we need them, and they need an association where they can share their frustrations revolving around working with us.
LAW: Firm to Reflect Cutting Edge Practice, Younger Lawyers
Higgs Fletcher Mack takes on a new look today, launching a “re-branding” campaign designed to highlight what has made the San Diego law firm one of the more successful practices for 60 years and younger management.
As a contemporary philosopher once said, “It’s not easy being green.
LAW: Precedent Setting Case a Victory for Common Sense
The California Supreme Court decided last week that employers must provide a meal break, but “need not ensure that no work is done” on that break.
LAW: Merger Brings Closure After Years of Consideration
Acquiring a law firm is a complex decision, more so when the law firm you have targeted has been in business 138 years.
The Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual Black and White Ball was, well, a ball for most of us.
The Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s student team took second at the Fifth Annual Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition in New Orleans recently, beating 39 other teams from prominent law schools across the nation, including Harvard, University of Arizona, NYU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Marquette, Columbia, Chicago-Kent, Arizona State, St. John’s, Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego.
Best Best & Krieger LLP has appointed Arlene Prater office managing partner for the San Diego office.
Baker & McKenzie is closing its San Diego office in February, or at least that’s the rumor. Colin H. Murray, the firm’s managing partner, said he had no comment on the rumor.
Delivering bad news to clients is never easy, but David Monks from Fisher & Phillips LLP has put together a way to tell potential wrongful termination clients — and more importantly human resource professionals who might be asked about a particular hire or promotion — that it is acceptable to discriminate against potential and current employees based on how they appear.
The year 2012 will be one of change in the legal community. As another challenging year closed last week, larger firms were reconciling billings that didn’t match overhead. So 2012 promises more reductions, consolidations and new, innovative divisions that can gain market share at more affordable billing rates.
Marvin Mizell was sworn in as the new president of the San Diego County Bar Association by Judge Joe Littlejohn at the Association’s annual Holiday Party, Dec. 2.
Thanksgiving with the in-laws not go as you expected, or perhaps exactly as you expected? Are you wishing you had a pre-nup so you don’t end up a financial turkey?
Attorneys do not predict the future, but we are good at submitting evidence for your consideration, which might aid you in seeing what’s to come.
We’re lucky to have a lot of good judges in San Diego County Superior Court. Department 69 has one of the best. Judge Jeffrey Barton not only works hard during the day and shows up at law schools as a speaker at night, he’s also pushing to make things better.
If you missed the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Inc.’s Justice For All Celebration last week, you missed a great party.
John Stephens has joined Mulvaney, Kahan & Barry LLP after 17 years with Robbins & Keehn and the last six with Sullivan, Wertz, McDade & Wallace, now Wertz, McDade & Wallace.
This is our Labor Day edition, so it is only fair to acknowledge that without early union leaders this would not be a holiday week.
The local wheels of justice turn slowly and it might get even slower in the coming months, despite the great work of the professionals in the San Diego Superior Court. Our local court system absorbed an $11.6 million reduction in operating funds this year. That was awful, but next year is going to be, well, awfuler.
The green economy has produced more “green” for law firms, too.
There were 1.2 million attorneys in the United States at the end of 2010, an increase of 2 percent from a year earlier
It might seem obvious that friends don’t sue friends. In case it isn’t clear to everyone, given that technology defines friends differently today, the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee has adopted an opinion that it is improper for an attorney to send a “friend request” to a represented opponent.
The Supreme Court of the United States exists to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as the saying goes.
Money makes the world go around, so why should it be any different in legal circles? California Lawyer magazine recently named Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP partner Christopher Healey as a 2010 Attorney of the Year.
The San Diego legal community is full of news. This column is an attempt to share with you, in a quick-read fashion, the latest from the courtroom to the internal workings of a solo practitioner.