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The so-called revolving door in politics – elected officials leaving public service to work in the private sector lobbying their former colleagues – is no secret. In California, we have a number of rules and laws to slow the so-called revolving door. The rules can be found in Article IV, Section 5(e) of California’s Constitution. It states, “the Legislature shall enact laws that prohibit a Member of the Legislature whose term of office commences on…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Attorney, Business & Legal Strategic Consultant “The only thing that is constant is change.” That is why it is important to draft contracts that bring value by valuing change “The only thing that is constant is change” is one of the famous quotes from the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus. This quote, however, extends much further than philosophy and has become a reality for those in business. The year 2020 has brought the…
We are proud to announce that 11 Shackelford litigators were selected to be recognized on The Best Lawyers in America© list. These nominees include Jay Bowen, Hilary Borow, Talmage Boston, Jay Brown, David Elrod, Martha Hardwick Hofmeister, Mark McQuality, Josh Northam, Will Parsons, Steven Pawlowski and Worthy Walker. The Best Lawyers in America list is formed by peer review and acknowledges the top legal talent…
Now Available on Demand – our 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series Focused on Employment Law issues, our Employment Webinar Series with the Dickinson Law Employment & Labor Group first aired on October 27, 28 & 29. Now, it’s available anytime On Demand! It’s a must see as we Face the Future Together. Over six hours of content is available for viewing or you can download the materials only. Recordings You can access three separate sessions; click on…
某律师需要将一份微信聊天全部记录从头到尾打印出来,作为证据提交法院,但因微信聊天记录过长,产生如下问题:手动逐页滑动截图效率太低,且无法有效保证聊天记录连续性。因此,希望找到快捷方法,将该聊天记录快速生成可逐页打印的文件。 唯需说明者,以下方案仅适用于手动截图工作量巨大的情形,如少量截图,选择“人工智能”不如选择“人工”。 […]
When Should I Hire a Divorce Attorney – Infidelity This is the second part of my series – When Should I Hire a Divorce Attorney.     Infidelity is absolutely a time when you want to hire a divorce attorney. A divorce attorney will remain detached from emotions and will help you with your children and finances.  There is something seriously wrong in your marriage, if one or both spouses are cheating. Infidelity, cheating, whatever…
Every election year, McGeorge Associate Dean Mary-Beth Moylan teaches the California Initiative Seminar. In it, students analyze every Proposition on the California ballot. That work culminates in the publishing of the California Initiative Review, the California Initiative Review – Initiatives At-A-Glance, and the California Initiative Forum. All of these resources are made available to the public, for free. Individual analyses of each ballot initiative can also be found on the California Initiative Review
Sometimes, when reviewing California bills, you come across legislative findings and declarations. What are these, and are they necessary? There are essentially two schools of thought for the second question, but let’s first address what these are. Sometimes bills will contain the equivalent of what we call a preamble, or a declaration of purpose. This preamble to the bill usually consists of statements of legislative intent. In California, we call these legislative findings and declarations.…
Today I’ll consider the question of whether legislative intent language can overcome statutory language. I’ve seen instances in the California Legislature where a bill contains both statutory changes – language that adds, amends, or repeals Code Sections – as well as legislative intent statements – usually in the form of findings and declarations. In most instances, one would expect these two types of provisions to be consistent. While with a well-drafted bill it may not…