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No, I don’t know how she did it, sorry.  I also don’t recommend hiding out after you are sentenced to jail time, heck, I don’t even recommend doing anything to get you that jail time in the first place!  A New Orleans woman, 60 year old Linda Jean Doria, managed to elude arrest by continuing to work as a paralegal in two separate law firms in New Orleans for over 11 years.

Linda Doria

Ms. Doria was sentenced to 4 years in jail in 2000, when she was the single mother of a then 10 year old son. The judge gave her 30 days to get things in order and turn herself in to serve her time.   She stated when arrested last month that she did not want her son to be raised in state custody so she decided not to turn herself and then quietly lived her life until last month when a police trooper knocked on her door with her arrest warrant.

Doria told the police trooper she was surprised that she got away with it for so long.  Her son was grown and in college, she told the trooper.  So she went willingly with him.  On Aug. 8 she was sent to the Louisiana Transition Center for Women in Tallulah to serve her four years.

 

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Reported in the Bay News this week, Friends and family of San Francisco attorney Don Casper, who was struck and killed in Sonoma County earlier this month, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A picture of the hit-and-run vehicle can be found in the article link below.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/08/friends-family-san-francisco-attorney-killed-hit-and-run-offer-10000-reward#ixzz1W3WkKsdH

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An attorney who successfully represents his or her spouse in a civil rights action is entitled to recover reasonable fees under the Civil Rights Attorney’s Fees Awards Act, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The case was filed by Rebecca Rickley against the County of Los Angeles and individual county employees, alleging violations of her constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection.  Rickley alleged that the County harassed her in retaliation for her complaints about the County’s failure to enforce building and safety codes against her neighbors in Malibu.

Rickley filed a motion to recover $145,930 in attorney’s fees under the Civil Rights Attorney’s Fees Awards Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C. § 1988, including $124,510 for the legal work performed by lead attorney Roit (her spouse) and $21,420 for work performed by co-counsel Christopher L. Campbell.

The court accordingly concluded, under Kay and Ford, that Rickley was barred from recovering fees for Roit’s legal work, explaining: “as the Ninth Circuit found that a parent-attorney cannot receive attorneys’ fees under IDEA when she is representing her child because the parent lacks independence, the Court finds that in the current situation, Roit cannot receive attorney’s fees because she is not an ‘independent emotionally detached counsel.’ ”  The district court, per the Circuit Court, misconstrued the applicable precedents.

The district court erred by denying Rickley an award of attorney’s fees for Roit’s legal services. The case is Rickley v. County of Los Angeles, 09-56498 and you can read the whole case here.


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Moving day came on Friday, August 5th and we have survived!  No, the office isn’t quite back together yet, but after the final touches today, we will be back to our regular work day tomorrow.  For those of  you who have moved a law office, you know how exhausting it can be, even when you hire professional movers to move it all for you.  Our movers were awesome, quick, professional, friendly, and funny, even when I asked them to move my desk 3-4 times before deciding where to put it in my new office.

Then the unpacking began, it all had to be unpacked and organized in a new space in some kind of logical manner.  Of course, we all had our own ideas about how it should go, but thankfully we all listened to each others ideas and it has all worked out and looks so organized (at least what we have managed to put away so far).   A couple more hours today and it all will be great and we will hit the floor running on Monday.

Don’t get me wrong, it has not been as smooth a move as we anticipated.  The contractor still hadn’t finished the restroom, so the day of moving involved traveling back to the old office to use the facilities, lol.  For those of us (me) who had to hang at the new place waiting for the phone companies, deliveries of new furniture and those that just stopped by to see what was going on, it was rough going for a bit after that BIG cup of coffee I had to get me going that morning!

Yesterday was a bit better, the restroom was working, shelves were up in the copy and trial/court prep area, phones were working (some of them anyways) and while there are still a few more boxes to unpack and a couple of desks left to organize, signs to go up and that last minute clean-up, we did manage to get most of the unpacking done, nothing was broken and nothing was lost in the move. Yay!  So, off I go to finish organizing my desk and try to stay out of everyone’s way!

 

 

 

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