Event Debrief: Intellectual Property and Employment Law

On January 12, 2017, Royse Law Firm hosted “Intellectual Property and Employment Law” featuring attorneys Gretchen Birkheimer (Pierce & Shearer) and Steve Colby (Royse Law). The panel was moderated by Soyeun Choi. The speakers discussed important aspects of practice issues at the intersection of IP and Employment Law. Participating attorneys also shared practical tips on Read more about Event Debrief: Intellectual Property and Employment Law[…]

Event Debrief: The Neuroscience of Daily Stress

On February 3, Dr. Joe Neary returned to PAABA to present on the topic of combating daily stress.  The presentation was hosted by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Attendees learned about the neural pathways underlying stress responses, how to “rewire” those pathways through meditation and mindfulness, and discussed the benefits that come from the practice of Read more about Event Debrief: The Neuroscience of Daily Stress[…]

Event Debrief: Representing Human Trafficking Survivors

  On February 2, 2017, PAABA members attended Representing Human Trafficking Survivors, hosted by Fenwick & West, API Legal Outreach and Tahirih Justice Center. The presentation provided an overview of human trafficking and some of the key issues involved in assisting survivors.  Among other things, the panelists walked through the process of securing T Visas, including (a) Read more about Event Debrief: Representing Human Trafficking Survivors[…]

DOL Finalizes Disability Benefit Plan Claims Regulations

By TIFFANY N. SANTOS On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor finalized the regulations governing disability benefit claims (see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-19/pdf/2016-30070.pdf). Intended “to promote fairness and accuracy in the claims review process and protect participants and beneficiaries in ERISA-covered disability plans,” the regulations for the most part adopt the rules proposed in November 2015 that Read more about DOL Finalizes Disability Benefit Plan Claims Regulations[…]

When Estates Collide: A Discussion of the Intersecting and Conflicting Interests of a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate When She is Also a Spendthrift Trust’s Beneficiary

By Selwyn D. Whitehead, Esq. A. Introduction There has been a head-on collision in California courts concerning the equitable interpretation of Sections 15300 -15309 of the California Probate Code when juxtaposed against the Bankruptcy Code and the case law bankruptcy courts must analyze to determine the maximum interest, if any, a debtor’s bankruptcy estate can Read more about When Estates Collide: A Discussion of the Intersecting and Conflicting Interests of a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate When She is Also a Spendthrift Trust’s Beneficiary[…]

Book Review: Bringin’ In The Rain: A Woman Lawyer’s Guide to Business Development

by Aileen Chou, Esq. Ten Rainmaking Steps from Bringin’ in the Rain Bringin’ in the Rain by Sara Holtz is an easy read that can be used as a daily exercise book to help its reader turn each chapter’s probing questions into a comprehensive strategic marketing plan. Ms. Holtz was an in-house lawyer and was Read more about Book Review: Bringin’ In The Rain: A Woman Lawyer’s Guide to Business Development[…]

UC Berkeley Mock Trial Is Seeking Judges

Cal Mock Trial is UC Berkeley’s Official Mock Trial Team. Since its founding in 1999, Cal Mock Trial has been a nationally ranked program and has consistently competed at the top levels of collegiate mock trial.  Mock Trial is a team-based speech competition that combines elements of law, speech, debate, and theatre. As a simulation of Read more about UC Berkeley Mock Trial Is Seeking Judges[…]

Sexual Harassment Goes Digital

News of the $20 million settlement reached in the FOX News sexual harassment suit has us—and other commentators—thinking about the current wave of sexual harassment claims. Sexual harassment remains a significant and expensive issue for employers even after all these years. The EEOC received more than 6,800 sexual harassment charges in 2015, and obtained more than Read more about Sexual Harassment Goes Digital[…]

Remedies Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

By Scott Hampton, Karen Romrell, Aaron Burgoyne, and Ashley Bailey On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”).  The DTSA creates a federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets.  The DTSA has similarities to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”), which sought to provide a Read more about Remedies Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016[…]

Book Review: Trials of The Century

Trials of the Century: A Decade-by-Decade Look at Ten of America’s Most Sensational Crimes By Mark J. Phillips and Aryn Z. Phillips Trials of the Century is a study in opposites.  Its often-gruesome subject matter is discussed with tact and a simple matter-of-factness; it is scholarly, thoroughly-researched yet wholly accessible; the authors apply a keen Read more about Book Review: Trials of The Century[…]