Want to be a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative?

Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Application Now Open Through September 7

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is currently seeking applicants to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives. Lawyer Representatives serve three-year terms and are responsible for planning the Northern District Judicial Conference, attending the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and otherwise engaging with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels to improve the administration of justice.

Applicants should:

  • be admitted to practice in the Northern District of California and be active in federal practice;
  • be interested in the purposes and work of the annual Northern District of California Judicial Conference;
  • be willing and able to contribute actively to the Conference;
  • be willing to assist in implementing the Northern District of California’s programs with the local bar; and
  • constitute a fair cross-section of practitioners before the Northern District of California.

For more information, please read the full announcement on the court’s website and download the application. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018.

NEW – Legal Malpractice Insurance – Invitation to Comment

Should Attorneys be Required to Have Malpractice Insurance?

The State Bar Malpractice Insurance Working Group is about halfway through its process of considering insurance issues, including the highly controversial item of whether all licensed attorneys should be required to have malpractice insurance. 

An invitation to comment went out just yesterday, and may be found here: Legal Malpractice Insurance – Invitation to Comment.

ACBA Job Board

ACBA Job Board 8.3.18

ACBA Job Board 8.3.18

ACBA members get first crack at our job board postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter.  Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 today for 50% discount on 2018 membership.

THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – Deputy City Attorney III or IV General Government, Municipal Finance & Tax: The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney with expertise in the municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees and assessments. Learn more

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Attorney, Self-Help Services: Under the direction of the Managing Attorney, the Attorney, Self-Help Services performs a variety of complex professional legal duties, including legal, court, customer and administrative support for the Self-Help and the Family Law Facilitator Program. Learn more

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Program Specialist, Domestic Violence: This is a journey-level position that reports to the Managing Attorney, Self Help Services and will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Learn more

The United States District Court, Central District of California – Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Gail Standish, United States Magistrate Judge: The Law Clerk appointment shall begin on or about October 2018 in Los Angeles. Although this position is a two year term, upon mutual agreement between the law clerk and judge, the position may be extended. Learn more

National Center for Youth Law – Attorney, Immigration (Oakland, CA): NCYL seeks an Attorney join our Immigration team, focused on advocating for immigrant children, including unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. Learn more

National Center for Youth Law – Senior Attorney, California Youth Justice Initiative: The California Youth Justice Initiative seeks to transform California’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which most youth in conflict with the law are diverted away from the system to community-based services, and all youth in the system receive developmentally appropriate treatment and rehabilitative services to improve life outcomes, community health and safety. Learn more

Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney II or III Rent Program/Code Enforcement: The City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified individual with knowledge and expertise in municipal law.  The position will work in practice areas including rent regulations and landlord/tenant law (such as evictions, renting and remedies), code enforcement, public nuisance, administrative hearings and other practice areas. Learn more

Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney III or IV Land Use: The Oakland City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney with significant land use experience for a Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV level in the Office’s Advisory Division. The ideal candidate will have substantial California land use experience. Learn more

Stanford University – Associate Director of Community Engagement & Equity, Stanford Law School: Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Equity helps provide leadership for the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Admissions that fosters a welcoming environment to all of our students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Learn more

Comments Sought for Two U.S. Magistrate Judge Reappointments



U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

The current terms of office for the following United States Magistrate Judges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California are due to expire: U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline S. Corley on May 17, 2019; and U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins on July 4, 2019. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new 8-year term.

The duties of the magistrate judge position include the following:

  1. conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
  2. trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
  3. conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court;
  4. trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and
  5. conduct of settlement conferences.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether these incumbent magistrate judges should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Separate comments for each magistrate judge should be submitted in writing no later than August 31, 2018, to:

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Comments may also be emailed to: magistrate_comments@cand.uscourts.gov.

Judge Alison Tucher Appointed to First District Court of Appeal

ACBA Member Judge Alison Tucher Appointed Associate Justice

Alison Tucher
Judge Alison Tucher

Alison M. Tucher, 55, of Berkeley, has been appointed associate justice, Division Four of the First District Court of Appeal. Tucher has served as a judge at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2014. She was a partner at Morrison and Foerster from 2004 to 2014, where she was a litigator from 1998 to 2004. She served as a deputy district attorney at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 1998 and was assistant director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s White House Security Review Team from 1994 to 1995. Tucher served as a law clerk for the Honorable David H. Souter at the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Honorable William A. Norris at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Tucher fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Maria P. Rivera. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline. Tucher is a Democrat.


Scam Alert: Calls from the DA’s Office

Scam Alert

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been made aware of a recent attempted scam in which individuals are receiving calls on cell and home phones claiming to be from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The callers leave messages or speak to the individual answering the phone and addresses the call recipient by name and supplies a correct date of birth. The caller claims to be collecting on a payday advance loan with a case number and demands an immediate cash payment be wired or the person will face arrest, prosecution and wage garnishment.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office NEVER calls with a demand for money or payment. Any such calls are a scam and the public is warned not to wire or otherwise send money in response to such calls.

Anyone receiving a similar call demanding payment may report the attempted fraud to the District Attorney’s Office by calling 510-383-8600.

Funding to help reunite familes

There is a great need for funding in response to our latest disaster, the incarceration and separation of families at borders. As you’ve no doubt heard, RAICES has been the beneficiary of a now $20 million campaign to support their work with these families and kids. Which is terrific. There are, however, many other organizations on the ground trying to respond to this crisis, and they still have only the funding they had when this all started.

We are all familiar with this problem from our experiences with disaster giving. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, which operates a little like our IOLTA commission and plays an active, coordinating role, has set up a fund that people can donate to. The funds will be distributed – every dollar – to agencies doing this work across the state. Please help spread the word about this important campaign. The link is here: