Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Paralegals and Legal Staff: Make a Difference Through Pro Bono

By Hazel Mottershead, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein   “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960 Most…

Real Housewife Has Real Problem with Estate Planning Attorney

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Bethenny Frankel (famous for starring in “Real Housewives of New York” and for her SkinnyGirl cocktail company) and Jason…

Five Advantages of Having a Solo and Small Firm

By Mary Catherine Wiederhold, Law Office of Mary Catherine Wiederhold I’ve had my own small firm for 15 years, my entire law career. While it’s easy to see the advantages…

Fear and Loathing in Depp’s Divorce

by Sarah Van Voorhis and Ariel Sosna, Van Voorhis & Sosna Just when it seemed that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were going to wrap up their short-lived, marriage, they…

ADR War Stories: When it Really is All About the Money

By Fred Carr Carr & Venner ADR Mediation Services As a full-time mediator of litigated matters, I often hear one, or both, of the parties proclaim, “It’s not about the…

Competing for Talent in 2017

By Legal Staffing and Recruiting Experts at Nelson & Associates The world of work is changing. Sweeping global forces and technological advancements continue to reshape how companies do business. With…

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Workplace Investigations

By Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny Attorneys are often called upon by employers to facilitate investigations of workplace misconduct. One reason this is done is so the findings and…

Anti-SLAPP: A Powerful Tool Against Third Party Claims

Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit An unintended consequence of California’s Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute (Anti-SLAPP), C.C.P. § 425.16, is the protection afforded attorneys against claims by non-clients. Enacted…

Paralegals Must Take More Ethics MCLEs Than Attorneys, But Why?

Daniel Pleasant, ACP Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn The State Bar of California requires attorneys to complete 25 total hours of MCLEs per three-year reporting period, four hours of which…

Jolie Seeks to Break the Rules of Fight Club: Making Private Agreements Public

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna The “Brangelina” divorce is making headlines again on the heels of Angelina Jolie filing the parties’ temporary custody stipulation…