The rule of law is not simply an abstract proposition. The Justice Department’s “Justice Manual,” which governs the conduct of all Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers – including the Attorney General – explains that “the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice”; that the Department’s legal decisions “must be impartial and insulated from political influence”; and that the Department’s prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be “exercised free from partisan consideration.”Read More
Licensing Non-Lawyers to Practice Law – Sort Of?
The State Bar of California is now in the process of creating a task force to investigate launching a program to license non-lawyers to do some elements of law practice. Is this a good idea, or the beginning of the end of our profession? A way to close …Read More
What You Should Know About COVID-19
Documents all attorneys should be familiar with:
Alameda County Order (March 16th, and extended to May 3 here)
Governor’s Stay at Home Order (and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers List – see p. 11 for provisions relating to the law)
Court orders: Chief Justices’ Orders (Alameda County Emergency Order and the order suspending statewide …Read More
Note from the CEO
VIDEO: ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers Fireside Chat
We have endeavored to keep you posted in real time; I am going to try to catch you up on what is going on with the ACBA and our services, and the services we hope will help you get through this challenging time.
Staff all working remotely: …Read More
We will be livestreaming MCLEs online and holding them in person
We are excited to announce that the Online MCLE platform we’ve been working on for months is now up and running!
As we hope you have heard by now, for the next two weeks we have canceled in-person MCLE, out of an abundance of caution, …Read More