Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Four Steps to Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Mediation

By Theodora Lee, Littler Mendelson Mediation is an important component of the civil justice system. Mediation allows a neutral third party who is in a unique position of seeing both…

Family Law Corner: $325K in Unpaid Spousal Support to Pay Leaves “Hustle & Flow” Star Strapped for Legal Options

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Terrence Howard (“Iron Man” and “Hustle & Flow”) may be realizing that multiple marriages have a price to pay–spousal…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

The 1855 Prenup for Women’s Rights In most mid-nineteenth-century American states, a married woman had little legal standing. For starters, she didn’t have the right to use her own name,…

Legal Ethics: Some Thoughts On Issues Raised, But Not Resolved, By Cassel v. Superior Court

By Kevin Sullivan, Griffin & Sullivan The Supreme Court in Cassel v. Superior Court (2011) 51 Cal.4th 113, 244 P.3d 1080, held that evidence of what occurred during or in…

“Keep Up With Your Divorce, or Kick It to the Curb,” Judge Tells Kardashian Sister

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Keeping up with Khloe Kardashian’s divorce from NBA star Lamar Odom is not difficult as long as Odom refuses…

BASF’s Mediation Program Just Got Better for Members

By Marilyn King, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Manager This year The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Mediation Services was selected for The Recorder’s Best “Hall of Fame” for five continuous…

Discharging Student Loans

Reno F.R. Fernandez III A recent opinion, namely In re Hedlund, 718 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2013), may make it easier to discharge student loans. In Hedlund, the debtor borrowed…

San Francisco Begins Transition to Gross Receipts Tax

Scott M. Reiber, Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco Prior to the November 2012 general election, many San Franciscans viewed the City’s Payroll Expense Tax…

Legal Ethics Corner: Revisiting the “No Contact” Rule

Dianne Jackson McLean, Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys are generally aware that they are prohibited from directly or indirectly contacting an opposing party that is represented by counsel without that counsel’s…

Destination Australia and Cambodia: Construction and ADR

Elizabeth Tippin During August I had a wonderful adventure in Australia and Cambodia lecturing at Melbourne University and researching construction and dispute resolution. As guest lecturer for a “Risk in…