Community

At Lang, Richert & Patch, we believe that the practice of law includes promoting the betterment of the communities we serve. To that end, every year our staff members and attorneys choose numerous causes to champion as part of our quarterly Community Service Projects (“CSP”). Traditionally, our CSP have included backpack drives for low income elementary schools; food drives for local food banks; book drives for needy local libraries; and walk-a-thons for the American Cancer Society.

This year, the firm looks forward to selling newspapers to benefit Childrens’ Hospital Central California on Kids’ Day, promoting and donating blood at a blood drive, assisting in the maintenance of a no-kill animal shelter, adopting an elementary school, and walking to benefit the heart association. Most of the staff and attorneys at the firm grew up in this area and are proud to give back to the communities that have given them so much.

Lang, Richert & Patch Signs On To Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge

On October 6, 2010,  California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald George, launched the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge. The Challenge is a collaboration between Central California Legal Services ("CCLS"), Public Interest Clearinghouse ("PIC"), and Pro Bono Net. Ana de Alba, Pro Bono Coordinator at Lang, Richert & Patch, worked closely with CCLS and PIC in an effort to implement the Challenge which encourages participating attorneys and firms to provide anywhere from 10 to 50 pro bono … [Read more...]

Lang Richert & Patch Leads Central Valley Law Firms in Growing Green.

It started with a simple decision to switch from buying bottled water to installing a filtered water system. Today Lang, Richert and Patch has adopted a series of environmentally friendly policies that led it to become the first private law firm based in the Central Valley to be recognized by the ABA as a Partner in their Climate Challenge program. “We have learned that going green today can mean saving green” said partner, Robert Patch II.  Lang, Richert and Patch has shown that you can … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba Joins Newly Formed State Bar Committee

Ana de Alba has joined the newly formed State Bar of California Pro Bono Coordinating Committee ("PBCC"). PBCC is a joint project of the California Commission on Access to Justice and the State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. PBCC's mission is to encourage, facilitate, and coordinate pro bono efforts throughout the state by: developing and maintaining communications between PBCC and other pro bono related entities; providing a forum for identifying gaps in, and … [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...]

Thoughts on Music: DRM, iTunes and the iPod

by Steve Jobs www.apple.com February 6, 2007: With the stunning global success of Apple’s iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to “open” the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played on digital devices purchased from other companies, and protected music purchased from other online music stores can play on iPods. Let’s examine the current situation and how we … [Read more...]

US Senate Introduces Strong Privacy Bill

by Vidura Panditaratne Press Esc February 7, 2007: US Senators yesterday introduced a bill that better protects the privacy of citizens’ personal information in the face of data security breaches across the country. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) co-sponsored the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, which was first introduced in 2005 with co-sponsorship from Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) following serious data breaches at ChoicePoint and LexisNexis. Senator Specter, … [Read more...]

The Power of Apology

by Michael T. Hertz Lang, Richert & Patch A few months back, Playboy magazine ran a cover, showing Jessica Alba. Alba, miffed at the unauthorized use of her photo, threatened to sue. In response, Hugh Hefner, Playboy’s founder, wrote a personal letter of apology, and the magazine made donations to two charities which Alba supports. Result? Alba decided to drop her claims against the magazine. What a wonderful result for everyone. Ms. Alba got her grievance recognized, some deserving … [Read more...]

Firm Sponsors Community Food Bank

Lang, Richert & Patch is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with Community Food Bank as one of its primary corporate sponsors. The Food Bank has been preventing hunger and malnutrition throughout the Central Valley since 1992. Community Food Bank is currently partnered with over 160 local agencies which directly serve 80,000 people each month. These agencies include food pantries, residential shelters, community kitchens, and adult and child day care centers and before and after … [Read more...]