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When Should You Try to Solve a Problem Outside of Court? (Hint: Almost Always!)

Nina B. Ries | Posted 10.03.2016 | Business
Nina B. Ries

It may be surprising to hear this from a litigator, but I roll my eyes every time someone threatens to sue. Many problems are more easily, cost-affordably, and readily solved by civility, and perhaps even an apple pie.

Divorce Confidential: Children And The 'Best Interests' Standard

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.28.2016 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Parents who work together and make the best decisions for their child are better off than when a court imposes an order on the family. With that goal in mind, look for a parenting expert or coach in your city. There are also many valuable resources available to you including co-parenting classes and co-parenting books. Finally, don't forget to talk to an attorney in your city for a resource list and tips on how to navigate this process!

A New and Ugly form of Racial Bias

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

A new civil rights consciousness has gripped a great deal of the country. Maybe we can address some of the challenges that still occur on the basis of race by turning the tide against consumer racial profiling and letting it be a thing of the past.

The El Niño Didn't Show and We're Planning to Sue

Inga | Posted 04.25.2016 | Comedy

Despite all the hype, the El Niño of the Century (OK, it's still fairly early in the century) was a total bust here in San Diego. In spite of predict...

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Mediation vs. Litigation

Karen Becker | Posted 12.15.2015 | Divorce
Karen Becker

A fraction of these couples see a different way of handling the battles. They see a way for both of them to actually be heard and a way for each of their thoughts to be considered when building a parenting plan. They see mediation.

3 Must-Have Documents for the Post-Divorce You

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.05.2016 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

As you embrace your new post-divorce life changes, don't forget to put in place plans to take care of yourself when you aren't in a position to do so on your own.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

How to Better Prepare Your Company for Litigation and eDiscovery

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Umar Zulqarnain

Technology has had a considerable impact on the judicial landscape in America. The discovery process once relied primarily on droves of lawyers sifting through documents looking for evidence.

EEOC Is Eager to Work With Latinos and LGBT Community to Protect LGBT Workers

P. David Lopez | Posted 09.14.2016 | Latino Voices
P. David Lopez

Unknown to many is the fact that the iconic, Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez was the first major U.S. civil rights leader to publicly and strongly support LGBT rights.

Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy

Mark Baer | Posted 08.26.2016 | Divorce
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Mark Baer

Law schools must begin recognizing the damage that is being caused to interpersonal relationships and our overall society, due to the low EQ levels of those involved in the field of law and make a concerted effort to address this extremely serious problem.

Why The Payout Jared Fogle's Victims Will Get Is So Unusual

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women

Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway spokesman who accepted a "historic" plea deal announced on Wednesday on charges of distributing child pornogr...

When Divorcing, Beware of Meddlers!

Mark Baer | Posted 07.26.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I was recently contacted to potentially mediate a litigated divorce matter prior to trial, which is rapidly approaching. My name had been included on a list from the attorneys, along with two other mediators.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Final Part

Mark Baer | Posted 06.24.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Since this is the final article in this series, I am finally going to share the answer I gave the attorney colleague of mine who asked me the following question: "Any thoughts on how to make money as a family lawyer when you're not prepared to screw the other side?"

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part VI

Mark Baer | Posted 06.18.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

A great many of my family law attorney colleagues believe that mediation only works under such narrow circumstances, that almost no cases are appropriately suitable for it. They believe that mediation is only effective in family law cases under the following circumstances.

Real Alimony Reform

Fred Silberberg | Posted 06.04.2016 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Those who follow me on Huffington Post and elsewhere are aware that I am an advocate for the reform of laws concerning alimony or spousal support. I ...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I'm going to say it over and over and over again until my last breath -- "Mediation" that is handled as a "settlement conference," but with a "mediator" rather than a judicial officer is not mediation.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.16.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.10.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Asbestos-Victim Families May Face Govt. Repayment Issue

Sara Warner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

In the hardball political world of mesothelioma litigation, the asbestos-related cancer that fuels all those commercials, it's getting hard to tell if some victims are going to be branded as Medicare "scofflaws" or embraced as important whistleblowers.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part II

Mark Baer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Except for the years I was in Juvenile Dependency court, where mediation was available for each case set for trial (but not presently, because that court system does not now have the funds to do so), I can count on the fingers of one hand the times when opposing counsel suggested mediation.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

Chevron's "Fight It Out On The Ice" Strategy For Ecuador Case Is Slipping, Fast

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Aaron Marr Page

Nearly a decade ago, Chevron Corporation issued a public statement warning the Ecuadorian communities who were plaintiffs in a massive environmental case against the company in Ecuador that they would face "a lifetime of appellate and collateral litigation" if they continued to vigorously pursue their claims.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

If the Bar does decide to require certain disclaimers in lawyer blogs, how does that impact previously published blogs over which the attorney does not have editorial control?

Legislation Should Help Bring Young People Into Our Democracy, Not Block Them

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

College undergraduates are the newest members of our democracy. Suppressing the student vote is contrary to the democratic principles that we aspire to here at home, and that we seek to promote abroad.