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Should You Check a Job Applicant’s Social Media Posts?

Employers are wondering whether browsing public social media sites to learn more about a job applicant is worth the potential risks. A CareerBuilder survey found that 39% of employers use social networking sites to research job…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Keep Cross-Examination Short (Unless You Shouldn’t)

A successful evangelist once said about his sermons: “Nobody ever got religion after the first twenty minutes.” His time estimate may be wrong, but every evangelist and trial attorney has wrestled with the short attention span…more
| Civil Procedure

Like Cheese, Foreign Prenups Don’t Travel Well

It’s not uncommon for out-of-state attorneys to call California attorneys asking them to “just approve and sign a prenup.” The caller has drafted a premarital agreement in another state or country that he or she hopes will be…more
| Family Law

5 Things to Do to Prepare for Voir Dire

When next faced with preparing for jury voir dire examination before trial, consider these five practical suggestions. - Determine the types of jurors that you do and don’t want. Rather than selecting jurors through…more
| Civil Procedure

Revenge Porn Victims Have New Rights

In 2013 and again in 2015, California amended its disorderly conduct statute to include instances of “revenge porn.” See Pen C §647(j)(4). The first convictions are coming down with more likely to follow…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Contract Drafting 101

Do you feel like you learned a lot about contract law in law school, but very little on how to actually draft one? You’re not alone. Check out these principles of contract structure and organization, and you’ll have no problem…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Law Practice Products & Services

New Digital Privacy Rights for Minors in California

As of January 1, 2015, a new California law grants several new privacy protections to California minors. See Bus & P C §§22580–22582. Most notably, one new provision (called the "Eraser Law") requires an operator of an Internet…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Shacking Up May Shake Up Support

It’s popular knowledge that remarriage is the death knell to spousal support, but did you know that cohabiting can also affect spousal support? With love and plans to live together floating around on this Valentine’s Day, it’s…more
| Family Law

8 Things to Consider Before Opposing a Motion to Consolidate

In response to a plaintiff’s motion for consolidation, the court can combine two or more separately filed lawsuits for simultaneous disposition. This promotes efficiency, but there are very big downsides for a defendant in a…more
| Civil Procedure

Checklist to Keep Employee Discipline on a Legal Track

Employers walk a fine line when it comes to employee discipline: they must enforce their rules while also protecting employee rights. Target seems to have missed the mark recently—a lawsuit alleges an employee committed suicide…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Come Together? 10 Things to Consider Before Moving to Consolidate

Consolidation can be a useful efficiency technique because it allows the court to combine two or more separately filed lawsuits for simultaneous disposition. This efficiency is not without danger—consolidation may produce an…more
| Civil Procedure

From Website into Evidence

Many courts view the content of Internet websites with skepticism, or as one court put it, the Internet is a “large catalyst for rumor, innuendo, and misinformation.” Lorraine v Markel Am. Ins. Co. (D Md 2007) 241 FRD 534, 555…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

Demanding Debt Payment

Common scenario: a client comes to you for help in collecting a consumer debt. You should start off by demanding payment on your client’s behalf, and then evaluate any response you get…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

10 Steps to an Outstanding LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is an excellent marketing tool for lawyers. Here’s how to make your LinkedIn profile—your first impression there—as effective as it can be…more
| Law Firm Marketing

They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about the…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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