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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Announcing PAABA Member Directory

Beginning this summer, PAABA will be introducing a new member benefit: a members-only directory.  Members will be able to browse by practice area to find other local, community-oriented attorneys for referrals and consultations. If you are already a PAABA member and want to be included in the Directory, please register here. If you are not Read more about Announcing PAABA Member Directory[…]

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Job Opportunity – Business Litigation

Experienced business/litigation attorney seeks contract attorney looking to build practice, with an eye toward possible future transfer of practice. Contact: Stephen R. Pappas, Esq. 550 S. California Avenue Suite 320 Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650)858-8400 (650)858-8411 fax (650)804-9299 cell

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Call for Articles

The Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA) is currently accepting articles for publication on www.paaba.org   We welcome short (150-1000 word) substantive articles on topics of interest to our membership, as well as substantive articles on legislative and policy updates, firm announcements, profiles of interesting attorneys, and reviews of books that are either authored by Bay Read more about Call for Articles[…]

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