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San Francisco Superior Court is accepting comments until May 3, 2010 on the proposed changes to their local rules.  Comments must be in writing and directed to Claire Williams, Court Executive Officer, San Francisco Superior Court, 400 McAllister Street, Room 205, San Francisco, CA 94102.  The following rules that are affected by these changes are:

Rule 2 – Administration of the Superior Court
Rule 6 – Civil Trial Setting and Related Civil Trial Matters
Rule 11 – Family Law
Rule 14 – Probate
To see the changes, click here.
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Category: Family Law  10 Comments

Thanks goes to Lynne DeVenny for this post.  It is shown here in its entirety.  It was reprinted with permission of Lynne J. DeVenny, Author/Blogger atPractical Paralegalismhttp://www.practicalparalegalism.com/.

As stated on Lynne’s post:

I’ve blogged about San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi‘s requests for additional legal staffers before, but this time his request to add a paralegal and a senior legal processing clerk is being taken very seriously by the mayor’s office.

The Associated Press is reporting that Adachi has requested the new legal staffers “to help review an estimated 30,000 cases dating back to 2005 possibly tainted by former lab technician Deborah Madden.”

The request for additional staff comes after interview transcripts obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that Madden had acknowledged in a police interview that she used cocaine found at work.

Madden told investigators in February that she started using drugs from her job last fall to mask a drinking problem, according to the transcript. Madden, 60, said she used cocaine that spilled at her work station after she was done testing it as evidence.

“If some of it, you know, fell on the counter after I put the stuff away rather than just throw it in the garbage, which is what I normally did, yeah I did take a little bit of that,” Madden said.

Madden helpfully told police that the crime lab’s work left a lot to be desired, “I think you’re gonna see discrepancies all along throughout the years.”

When asked about the likelihood of Adachi getting those staff positions this time, the Magic 8-Ball said, “Signs point to yes.”


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I admit this may not be politically correct and I am certainly not male bashing.  There are plenty of men out there who work hard and I know quite a few of them personally.  This picture was sent to me in an email today and it hit a funny bone.  Maybe it’s because I have been putting in too many hours in front of the computer these past few days, or driving family around California and I am just plain tired and not thinking clearly.  Anyways, I had to share with you and hopefully not insult my male friends and colleagues and hopefully bring a smile to your face today.

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John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice.
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Just heard that Justice Stevens will be retiring when the court finishes its work for the summer.  Justice Stevens is the court’s oldest
member and leader of its liberal bloc.

This announcement comes 11 days before his 90th birthday.

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When Paralegals Burn Bridges

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I had to share this will you, I would love to hear what your thoughts on this letter written by a departing paralegal.  Thanks goes to Elie Mystal at Above the Law for this article.

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