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Guest Appearance on “Know Your Legal Rights”

I will be appearing as a guest on the radio show, “Know Your Legal Rights,” on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. The topic will be the “sovereign citizen” defense. If you don’t have time to listen live, the program archives shows for two years.

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What Happens When Cops Lie?

The perennial problem of the conviction and imprisonment of innocent people has been receiving more and more attention these past few years. Some innocent people have been exonerated when DNA analysis (not available at the time of their convictions) has established that they are not the perpetrators. Other innocent people, convicted on the basis of [..]

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A Federal Judge’s Take on the Graham Rule

I’m sorry you haven’t heard from me for a while. There has been so much going on in the news that I’ve wanted to comment on, but my schedule hasn’t allowed it until now. One of the most interesting developments in the news today has been the collective awakening regarding the prevalence of sexual harassment [..]

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“Ingrid Goes West” Meets FTC

Three of my passions (law, movies, and social media) have recently intersected in an unexpected way. In the recent film, Ingrid Goes West, Elizabeth Olsen plays Taylor Sloane, a nobody who became a social-media maven simply by doing cool stuff while wearing clothes that designers paid her to wear, drinking drinks that manufacturers paid her to [..]

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Event: Reception Honoring Federal District Court Judge Beth Freeman

Another event of interest to Bay Area attorneys: A reception sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association to honor Federal District Court Judge Beth Freeman. Date: September 14, 2017 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Santa Clara County Law Library (Rose Garden), 360 North First Street, San Jose, California  95113 Register here. Judge Freeman is one of my favorite [..]

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Was President Trump’s Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio Constitutional?

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution provides that the President “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” But the Constitution also provides for separation of powers between the three branches, and citizens also have certain rights under the Constitution, including [..]

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Lawyers Should Do These Things to Build a Better Life

Two weeks ago, a distressing article appeared in the New York Times,describing the life and death of an intellectual property litigator at one of Silicon Valley’s preeminent law firms who, unbeknownst to everyone around him, was a serious drug addict and, in fact, relied on his drug habit to be able to perform in his [..]

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Chief Justice Roberts Gives an Enlightened Commencement Address

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts recently gave the commencement address at a private boarding school. While his audience necessarily was comprised exclusively of the privileged, his address–admirably–gave advice to the graduates designed to help them question their privilege. Here is an excerpt from the address: From time to time in the years to [..]

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Banksy Subjects UK Voters to Potential Criminal Prosecution

I have never written about UK law before, but I couldn’t resist this, especially since it involves Banksy, subject of the intriguing 2010 film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Apparently, Banksy recently offered to send voters in certain districts this free print in exchange for proof that they had voted against the Conservative candidate in their [..]

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Event: 5th Annual From Having it All to Leaning In Seminar

Attention Bay Area attorneys: If you haven’t already, you should sign up for Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Fifth Annual “From Having It All to Leaning In” MCLE. It has sold out in the past, so you should register early if you plan to attend. You will receive 2.0 hours of Elimination of Bias credit. [..]

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