Ana de Alba Appointed To State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

The Board of Governors appointed Ana de Alba to the California State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services ("SCDLS"). The term of her appointment is effective at the close of the 2009 State Bar Annual Meeting and expires at the close of the 2012 State Bar Annual Meeting. The SCDLS is a 20-member advisory committee whose goal is to identify, develop, and support improvement in the delivery of legal services, both civil and criminal, to low and moderate-income … [Read more...]

Victoria Salisch Receives CalChamber Small Business Advocate of the Year Award

The California Chamber of Commerce honored five small business executives yesterday with its “2009 Small Business Advocate of the Year” award, recognizing recipients for their advocacy efforts on behalf of small businesses. The CalChamber presented the awards at a luncheon before more than 400 attendees at the CalChamber Business Summit in Sacramento. 2009 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award recipients are: Victoria Salisch, Partner, Lang, Richert & Patch, Attorneys at Law, … [Read more...]

“Women Helping Women” Luncheon A Great Success!

By Ana de Alba Board member, Fresno County Women Lawyers A call to action heard loud and clear in the legal community was answered last month during the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ “Women Helping Women” luncheon. The luncheon featured speakers Jenny Bates, Director of The Hacienda Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Center for Women and Deborah Torres, Director of Samaritan Women. The speakers shared stories of how their organizations help women who have been incarcerated get back on their feet. … [Read more...]

A Trend Toward Harmonizing Reasonable Accommodation and Interactive Process Claims Under the FEHA and ADA?

Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., et al.: A Trend Toward Harmonizing Reasonable Accommodation and Interactive Process Claims Under the FEHA and ADA? The Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., et al. (Sept. 10, 2008, Cal. Ct. App. 1st) __ Cal.App.4th __ [2008 DJDAR14314] held the federal definition of “reasonable accommodation” applies to disability-based discrimination claims under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, … [Read more...]

Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Only Provide Meal and Rest Breaks

Update: The Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Ruling Employers Must Only Provide Meal and Rest Breaks On October 22, 2008, the California Supreme Court granted review of Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (2008) 165 Cal.App.4th 25.  The Court of Appeal found, among other things, that employers need only provide, not ensure, that meal and rest periods are taken.  Because the Supreme Court has granted review, the findings by the Court of Appeal are no longer good law and should not be … [Read more...]

Val Saldaña receives Hispanic Heritage Award

On October 9, 2008, Val W. Saldaña, was honored by Assemblymember Juan Arambula with the "Hispanic Heritage Award" for Law & Justice. This award is given annually to a person in the Central Valley of Hispanic descent who demonstrates commitment to the Hispanic community and who exemplifies success in their professional endeavors. … [Read more...]

Are You In Compliance With The New California Foreclosure Laws?

In an effort to “help even more Californians keep the American Dream of homeownership alive,” Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1137 into law on July 8, 2008. Taking full effect on September 6, 2008, the new laws have implications for lenders and borrowers alike. … [Read more...]

General Counsel to Employees: Think Before You Send

Katheryn Hayes Tucker Fulton County Daily Report E-discovery rules have caused in-house counsel to take a harder line with some of the e-mails that workers think are private "Don't put this in writing, but ... " Those are the opening words of an e-mail that got the writer's company in legal hot water. And there are plenty more where that came from. "This is off the record," started the e-mail that in fact put it all on the record. How about this one? "We may be in breach of contract, and here's … [Read more...]

US Supreme Court Decision Changes the Determination of Claims for Attorneys’ Fees in Bankruptcy Cases

By Christian D. Jinkerson In Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (2007), the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that attorneys’ fees can be recovered in connection with an unsecured or undersecured claim pursuant to a contractual or statutory right in the context of a bankruptcy case. The Supreme Court’s decision overruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and changed the law with respect to all bankruptcy cases in California. … [Read more...]

The Benefits and Perils of Hiring from Competitors

By Scott J. Ivy Lang, Richert and Patch Regardless of the industry, almost every business has been faced with an increasingly common dilemma. Your star salesperson or employee, to whom you have devoted significant amounts of time and money training and developing, suddenly announces he or she is leaving to join a direct competitor. Will your customers follow? Will the employee divulge your confidential information in an attempt to lure his or her former customers to his new firm? The hiring … [Read more...]