I received the following information from Julia A. Goren, Esq., Author/Publisher at Litigation By The Numbers.
At the upcoming Judicial Council meeting (Jan. 21st), the Administrative Office of the Courts will make the following recommendation:
“Based on survey responses from the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, 54 superior courts, and 275 justice system partners, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) recommends continuing the one-day-per-month judicial branch closures through June 2010, as directed at the July 29, 2009, Judicial Council meeting. The closures provide a viable method in the short term to absorb the significant budget reductions imposed on the branch, although they are far from a perfect tool and have unquestionably affected court operations and the smooth and effective delivery of justice. The AOC further recommends that the council reaffirm its commitment to keep courts open and accessible to the public and to advocate for sufficient resources to avoid the need for court closures in fiscal year 2010–2011 and direct the Administrative Director of the Courts, in consultation with branch leaders to develop recommendations and guidelines for limited closures for 2010–2011 should sufficient resources not be provided.”
Dorothy Pearce is a former paralegal from Jacksonville, Florida who works with the Christian Light Foundation in Haiti. Ms. Pearce works in a Haiti orphanage and reported to friends that she and the children in her orphanage are ok after the devastating earthquake this last week. Ms. Pearce also detailed how she helped out in any way she could after the earthquake, even during surgeries.
Dorothy Pearce in Haiti
Ms. Pearce sent this picture to friends and family over the holidays, of her and the children in Haiti. For more information on Dorothy Pearce and her story, please click here.
The Oregon State Bar recently printed an article in JD Supra detailing how you can prevent employees from stealing from law practices. The information is great and I thought I would share it with all of you. You can find this article here. Even if you are not responsible for any money coming in to the office or going out, it is always a good idea to know how you can be aware of how attorneys can be taken advantage of.
If you are in a smaller office where many tasks are assigned to paralegals, this article explains the many ways to set up the bank accounts so that there is accountability for the money coming into the business as well as going out.
In case you are starting that New Years resolution and are beginning a walking routine, (yes, I have these plans myself) I found this great website that lets you put in your address, any address, to find out how walking friendly your area is. Check it out here, I think you will find it an interesting site to explore. It also gives you great information about things to see in your neighborhood, some you may not even have known about.
In case you missed it in late November, the California Supreme Court upheld the attorney-client privilege in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Superior Court (Randall), upholding the protection afforded confidential attorney-client communications and affirming the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. The decision vacated a trial court ruling which ordered that a redacted attorney opinion letter to the client be produced to opposing counsel.
For a complete review of the decision you can see it here.
As a legal professional, this kind of news about a shooting and killing in a courthouse, Federal or otherwise, is quite frightening. As a paralegal who has worked in Family Law, news about shootings are even more concerning. I am wondering how this man even got into the Federal courthouse with a weapon, let alone firing it. After the airline mishap recently and now this, I think that there should be some reviews of how this can be happening.
I am attaching a video of the Las Vegas incident in case you have not heard or seen about this. I welcome your comments on how you feel about shootings of our legal professionals and what can be done about this increasing violence in our courtrooms and law offices.
However, as an interesting article from Tech Republic recently pointed out, email scams are an entirely different matter from email spam. Unlike spam that usually just tries to sell you something, email scams are intentionally trying to steal from you or harm your computer system.cyberesq.wordpress.com, Cyber-Esq., Dec 2009