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  • 08/06/2017 6:32 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)


    Bryan A. Garner



    Justice Kagan sits down for an interview with Bryan A. Garner at the United States Supreme Court.


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  • 08/06/2017 6:30 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence


    When: Monday, October 26, 2009
    Time: 1-2:30 pm
    Where: Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
    located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.


    The lecture, titled "Is There Truth in Interpretation? Law, Literature and History," will focus on the philosophical aspects of the law.


    The event, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress and administered by the Law Library of Congress, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 




    Ronald Dworkin, professor of jurisprudence at University College London and the New York University School of Law, delivers the inaugural Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress.

    Speaker Biography:

    Born in Worcester, Mass., Ronald Dworkin was educated at Harvard University and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a student of prominent British lawyer and academic Sir Rupert Cross. Dworkin attended Harvard Law School and subsequently clerked for Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A former professor of jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, Dworkin is widely known as one of the foremost American legal philosophers. He is the author of many articles in philosophical and legal journals and has written numerous books, as well as articles on legal and political topics in the New York Review of Books. In 2007, Dworkin was awarded the Holberg Memorial Prize in the Humanities by the Kingdom of Norway.






  • 08/06/2017 6:00 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Santa Cruz Sentinel

    August 1, 2017

    By Michael Todd


    Santa Cruz County Superior Court interpreters and supporters gather during a strike outside the courthouse Monday in Santa Cruz. The day of action was held to protest what the workers consider unfair pay and treatment by the Judicial Council of California. (Contributed -- Mary Lou Aranguren) 


    Santa Cruz County Superior Court interpreters and supporters gather during a strike outside the courthouse Monday in Santa Cruz. The day of action was held to protest what the workers consider unfair pay and treatment by the Judicial Council of California. (Contributed -- Mary Lou Aranguren)              




    SANTA CRUZ >> Court interpreters in Santa Cruz County and 12 greater Bay Area courts engaged in a series of labor actions since last week, after a year of failed negotiations to achieve a contract that the group — mostly minority women — said would counter unfair labor practices and inadequate wage growth, according to the California Federation of Interpreters.


    At Santa Cruz County Superior Court, all seven interpreters walked off the job Monday and plan to do so again at a future date if no contract is reached with the state judiciary.


    Tuesday, the interpreters returned to work.


    Santa Cruz County Superior Court Administrator Tim Newman declined to comment on the strike but said the courts were able to maintain operations despite the walkout.


    “We do have other bilingual staff that can be deployed,” Newman said.


    Other court workers negotiate by county. Interpreters work under a region, known as Region 2 in coastal Northern California. The 12 counties of Region 2, which includes Santa Cruz County Superior Court interpreters, include Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties.


    Mary Lou Aranguren, the California Federation of Interpreters bargaining coordinator, said negotiations occur between interpreters and the Judicial Council of California in San Francisco. Friday, discussions with the council and the federation failed to reach a contract.


    “The money is there,” Aranguren said. “They’re willing to spend more on contractors than to pay interpreters a fair wage. It really feels like union busting and discrimination.”


    Santa Cruz County Superior Court interpreter Maria Mattioli said there will be future actions if no deal is reached with the region.


    “It will be more than just one day,” Mattioli said.


    Camille Taiara, an interpreter who lives in Oakland, also serves as a spokeswoman for the federation.


    “It’s on,” Taiara said of the strike. “We’re all connected because what happens to one of us happens to all of us. It easily takes up to a decade to get the kind of fluency it takes to be an interpreter.”


    The interpreters have worked without a contract for 10 months and have been in negotiations for a year, Taiara said.


    “When people wonder what institutional racism means, this is what it looks like,” Taiara said.


    The Judicial Council of California was working to provide a comment but did not do so by press time.


    County court interpreters in Northern California earn from $70,000 to $80,000 per year. County interpreters say that is less than the $100,000 salaries paid to court interpreters in federal courts and more than the $80,000 salaries paid to county court reporters.


    “This is a stark example of how the system for setting interpreter compensation keeps interpreters separate and unequal,” Aranguren said. “Interpreter wages have generally grown at less than half the rate of other employees across the region because of the courts’ disparate treatment of interpreters.”






  • 08/06/2017 9:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)



    Posted Thu, August 3rd, 2017 2:35 pm



    This past term, while the Supreme Court was on its winter break, First Mondays released a special two-episode series called “101 First Street.” The series is designed to serve as an introduction to how the Supreme Court works for nonexperts and nonlawyers. The first episode, “Ser-shee-or-RARE-eye,” walks listeners through the Supreme Court’s case-selection process — including such minutiae as the difference between “relists” and “reschedules” and how to pronounce “certiorari” — as well as the court’s process for resolving merits cases up to and including the briefing stage. The second episode, “The Most Exciting Parts,” picks up where the first episode left off, and describes the oral-argument process and the rest of the court’s decision making, including its issuance of written opinions.





  • 08/04/2017 9:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    The Modern Law Library


    Soul of the First Amendment



    The rights to free speech and freedom of the press were guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. But when it was first passed—and for its first hundred or so years—the First Amendment was not the robust defense we think of today. Legendary civil rights attorney Floyd Abrams joins the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles to discuss his book The Soul of the First Amendment in this episode of the Modern Law Library. Abrams shares how First Amendment jurisprudence changed over time, and what dangers he sees ahead for free speech in the era of fake news and a presidential administration that is hostile to the press.




    In This Podcast:

    <p>Floyd Abrams</p>

    Floyd Abrams


    Floyd Abrams is senior counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Abrams has a national trial and appellate practice and extensive experience in high-visibility matters, often involving First Amendment, securities litigation, intellectual property, public policy and regulatory issues. He has argued frequently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently on behalf of Sen. Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.






  • 08/01/2017 6:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    July 30, 2017


    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She spoke at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado on Sunday.








  • 07/30/2017 12:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    New York City Bar Association


    May 8, 2017


    Patricia Bell-Scott, Author and Professor Emerita of Women's Studies and Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia delivers the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law.

    Welcome by: John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar

    Introduction by: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States




  • 07/29/2017 6:04 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    July 28, 2017



    Foreign-language interpreters walked off their jobs at courtrooms in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties Friday in a dispute over pay and benefits.


    The interpreters’ contract with courts in 12 Northern California counties expired Sept. 30. Since then, there have been sporadic, unsuccessful negotiations between the union, which says its members are paid far less than federal court interpreters and state contractors, and officials of courts that are struggling with shortages in state funding.


    Interpreters walked out at midmorning Friday for a noon rally outside the state Judicial Council office in San Francisco, then returned to work at midafternoon as contract negotiations resumed. The two sides made “some progress” in nearly three hours of talks but failed to reach an agreement, said Mary Lou Aranguren, lead negotiator for the California Federation of Interpreters union.


    Interpreters translate for witnesses and other court participants who speak little or no English. The employees, mostly women and minorities, are paid about $36 an hour, compared with $52 an hour for those who do the same work in federal court, Aranguren said.


    She said court officials are offering pay increases of 20 percent over four years, while the union is seeking an additional 4 percent raise this year. Aranguren said the employees have suffered a 4 to 6 percent loss in take-home pay this year because of mandatory increases in their pension contributions to pay for future improvements in retirement benefits. She said the courts have raised pay for other workers affected by the pension payments but have refused to do so for interpreters.


    Aranguren said the courts are also proposing lower pay for part-timers, who make up almost one-third of the interpreters, and different pay levels among the 12 counties in the region. “We say we have a right to uniform compensation under the law,” she said.


    The interpreters gained support in April from six Bay Area legislators, all Democrats, who said in a letter to court officials that the pay issue was “more critical than ever ... at a time when immigrant communities are vulnerable.”


    San Francisco Superior Court officials declined to comment, citing the negotiations. In April, when interpreters held a one-day walkout, Michael Yuen, the court’s chief executive officer and chairman of court administrators for the region, described the contract offer as “generous.”


    Aranguren said participation in Friday’s walkout was unanimous, or nearly so, for union-affiliated interpreters employed by the four counties: 19 in San Francisco, 41 in Alameda County, 14 in Contra Costa County and four in Marin County.


    Bob Egelko is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @egelko




  • 07/29/2017 6:02 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    California Court News

    July 28, 2017


    Contact: Natasha Payes

    415- 865-7740



    The Judicial Council announced five recipients of its 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the highest honors given by the state court system’s governing body. For 24 years, the council has recognized individuals and organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and contributions to the administration of justice in California.


    Here are this year’s award recipients:

    • Judge Erica Yew, Superior Court of Santa Clara County
    • Judge Mark Juhas, Superior Court of Los Angeles County
    • Justice Jeffrey Johnson, Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
    • Snorri Ogata, Chief Information Officer, Superior Court of Los Angeles County
    • Bet Tzedek Legal Services

    Judge Erica Yew has been a trailblazer in expanding access for self-represented litigants and limited-English-proficient court users. While a member of the Judicial Council, Judge Yew served on the council’s Self-Represented Litigants Taskforce and its Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness. In addition to her council work, Judge Yew served on the ABA Advisory Committee on Language Access, which developed and implemented recommendations nationwide to improve accessto the courts. She also taught a workshop on Limited English Proficiency at Beyond the Bench in 2013 and co-hosted a video with Judge Steven Austin on the same subject for the council’s Language Access Plan Implementation Taskforce.


    Judge Mark Juhas is a zealous advocate for simplifying court processes to increase accessibility and efficiency. He has been the leading voice for the Incubator Project, which provides training and support to help new attorneys learn how to better serve low-income individuals. In addition to his advocacy for the Incubator Project, Judge Juhas chairs the California Commission on Access to Justice and serves on the Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research Governing Committee. Judge Yew and Judge Juhas will receive the Distinguished Service Award jointly.


    Justice Jeffrey Johnson is a member of the Judicial Council’s Court Facilities Advisory Committee and advises the council on prioritizing courthouse construction projects throughout the state. He also chairs the council’s Courthouse Cost Reduction Subcommittee, which works to reduce the cost of those construction projects. The subcommittee has identified nearly $400 million in savings and ensured the judicial branch is making efficient use of public funds.


    Snorri Ogata has transformed the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Information Technology Division to improve services for court users and increase access for justice partners, lawyers, and the public. He has spearheaded the court’s efforts in numerous self-service applications and online services, including e-filing, self-scheduling appointments, and its online avatar (“Gina”) that helps users deal with their traffic tickets. Mr. Ogata serves on the Board of Directors for the Court Information Technology Officer Consortium and the Judicial Council’s Information Technology Advisory Committee.


    Bet Tzedek Legal Services has provided free and comprehensive legal services for low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles for 40 years. In 2007, Bet Tzedek partnered with the Los Angeles Superior Court to create a self-help conservatorship clinic located in the court. Today, Bet Tzedek assists in over 40% of all new conservatorship filings in the county, and more than 85% of those clinic litigants successfully obtain conservatorships.


    The Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, September 14 at the Judicial Council of California in San Francisco.




  • 07/28/2017 9:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    The Solo and Small Firm Section and InHouse Subcommittee present:

    Technical Investigations for Introducing Evidence


    August 10, 2017: 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1 H, Networking Reception to Follow


    Major litigation often springs from something gone badly wrong: explosions, collapses, and things that catch on fire that are not supposed to be on fire. In these cases a major source of evidence in discovery will be the output of the technical investigation. As an attorney, the better educated you are on the types of evidence such an investigation can produce, the more effective the case strategy you can craft.


    Steve Murray, Ph.D., P.E.
    Group Vice President Exponent

    Mark Punzalan
    Punzalan Law, P.C.

    • Physical evidence and examination techniques to uncover all important information
    • Field records and data analysis as a source of relevant case information (including failure projections)
    • Analysis and re-creating testing. This is an unlimited source of information, but only some of it will be informative
    • Creating an investigation evidence strategy: Mapping out opinions to be supported by the investigation to understand that you are using your efforts efficiently

    Section Co-Chairs: Charles Jung, Nassiri & Jung and Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, Fairgrieve Law Office



    BASF Conference Center
    301 Battery Street
    3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111



    MCLE Registration: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    Program: 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.



    BASF Student Member Complimentary
    Section Member $30.00
    BASF Member $40.00
    Government $40.00
    Nonprofit $40.00
    Non-Member $55.00

    Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.


    Event Code: G171627



    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?





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