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The *Other* Bar Exam Prep Guide

As many of you know, the results for the Bar exam will be released—if the Lord and the internet is willin’—at 5:00 p.m. this Friday. It has been about seven months since I had to endure this week myself, anxiously counting down the days, hours, and minutes until the scores were released. It wasn’t fun, and I remember it vividly….

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Civil Law, Family Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 3

Or, as an alternative title—”another slightly cynical, non-obvious way for a new lawyer to justify his existence.” Here’s the third (the first and second are here and here, respectively) and final installment thinking through Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” So what’s the third reason we need lawyers? We need lawyers because people are going to fight…

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AT&T’s Take on Net Neutrality

The discussion about net neutrality and paid peering tends to be about who shoulders the financial burden for increased broadband use — the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who need to invest in hardware and manpower to meet demand, or the companies like Netflix, Google, and Amazon whose content is in-demand and requires extra support from the ISPs? In the end,…

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Civil Law, Family Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 2

Last week I started a three-part blog series to address Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” In Part 1, I explained that because lawyers spend their time resolving ambiguity, they allow everyone else to operate as though things were clear. The world can look black-and-white only because there’s been a lawyer to worry about the unavoidable grey-ness….

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Pothole repair = $3.25 million

After failing for years to address complaints about a pothole-laden thoroughfare in the Oakland hills, the city of Oakland will pay $3 million to a cyclist who suffered severe injuries after crashing on the street. In a closed session Tuesday, the Oakland City Council agreed to a $3.25 million settlement with a cyclist who crashed while bicycling downhill on Mountain…

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Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 1

SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito recently delivered a lecture for Pepperdine University at its “Annual Law School Dinner” on March 8. Justice Alito touched on a variety of topics, including the personal challenges he has faced while serving on the Court. I appreciate his candor; it’s nice to know that someone up there might struggle with a decision from time to…

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Congress, SCOTUS, & Rails to Trails

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a decision Monday that could hurt the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths. The ruling states that abandoned railways revert back to the landowners that granted the easement and those are not required to continue granting a federal right of way. The decision may…

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National Pancake-Grammar Day

 Pancakes and Grammar—both worth celebrating. Today is a good day for me because the county is celebrating two of my favorite things: grammar and pancakes. Grammar is important for lawyers. Unfortunately, however, precise legal writing is rare—most lawyers are sloppy with their grammar and thus sloppy with their writing. Many people are sloppy with their pancakes, too, but that’s less of…

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