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Laws Every American Citizen Should Know

Our rights as Americans, if not humans, are legitimate, collective, or moral codes of freedom or privilege. The Bill of Rights further defines these rights and prohibits Congress from enacting laws that restrict these rights. In furtherance of the protection of these rights, individuals who are American citizens must know and be aware of the following specific hallmark laws, rules, and regulations. Freedom of Information Act The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives every American the right to see and use records from any government establishment to promote transparency and accountability. Any individual may request information under FOIA. Federal agencies must disclose any information requested...

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Important California Laws To Know In 2021 – Part 2

Important California Laws To Know In 2021 – Part 2

The following are some new laws that become effective in California in 2021. *No liability for some child car rescues Individuals who find a child locked alone in a car may be exempt from criminal or civil liability if they attempt to rescue them, subject to certain conditions as prescribed by AB 2717. The person must prove he or she had a “good faith belief” that the child inside was in imminent danger. Further, the person must have called 911, determined that the vehicle was locked and that breaking in was the only option. *Certain cars will no longer be sold in California...

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Important California Laws To Know In 2021 – Part 1

Important California Laws To Know In 2021 – Part 1

A new year brings many things, including new laws in California. The following are the most interesting and broad-reaching pieces of legislation that will become effective in California in 2021. *Expedient COVID-19 notices for employees California AB 685 gives employees the right to expediently learn if COVID exposure has occurred in their workplace. Private and public employers who learn of possible coronavirus exposure must provide written notice within one day to all employees and employers of subcontractors who shared a worksite with the potentially infected person. All employees must also be provided with information about worker’s compensation, paid sick leave, and anti-retaliation...

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Can I Take The California Bar Exam Without Going To Law School?

Can I Take The California Bar Exam Without Going To Law School?

The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) focuses on providing an academic experience that emphasizes a practical approach to becoming a lawyer. The CDTA trains, educates, and develops students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. At this time, the CDTA is in the process of applying for full accreditation as a California law school. In 2021, only four states (California, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington) permit those aspiring to be lawyers to take the state’s bar exam without attending law school. The alternative is the option to apprentice with a practicing attorney or judge. Other states such as New York, Maine, and Wyoming...

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Best Courtroom Movies – Anatomy Of A Murder

Best Courtroom Movies – Anatomy Of A Murder

Almost any movie featuring Jimmy Stewart would be high on my list of must-see films, but a courtroom drama featuring him would be at the top of the list. Michael Asimow, UCLA law professor and co-author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (2006), described the film as "probably the finest pure trial movie ever made." Anatomy Of A Murder directed by distinguished director, Otto Preminger, was written by former Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. The novel was based on a 1952 murder case in which Voelker represented the defendant. The judge in the film was played by Joseph N. Welch,...

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California Gives Full Accreditation To Online Law Schools

California Gives Full Accreditation To Online Law Schools

California has given full accreditation to three online law schools. One of the law schools, Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, called it a ‘watershed moment’ in legal education. The three online law schools accredited in 2020 include the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, Northwestern California University School of Law, and St. Francis Law School. The State Bar of California is one of the few states in the U.S. that accredits law schools. The Committee of Bar Examiners decided that because Concord is in full compliance with the guidelines governing accredited law schools, it was not required to...

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2021 Law School Admissions Are Up!

2021 Law School Admissions Are Up!

Admissions statistics from the Law School Admission Council (“LSAC”) indicate that the number of applicants to U.S. law schools as of December 2020 is around 35% higher than it was at this point in 2019. Meanwhile, applications dramatically rose about 56% within that same time frame. In January 2021, applicants must put these numbers in context and understand that the admissions cycle is not yet over. Also, those aspiring to attend law school must appreciate that applicants are more likely to apply earlier in 2021 than they were in past years. There are many reasons that law school applicants are submitting applications earlier...

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Advice On Trying Your First Case

Advice On Trying Your First Case

Here are some tips and advice for any new lawyer about to enter the courtroom and try his or her first case. Do some advance work and scout the courtroom Legal scholars differ as to how an attorney should act while moving around the courtroom during a trial. Some believe that an attorney should always request permission to proceed while others believe that it is acceptable to move around until a judge directs otherwise. Many judges allow attorneys to freely walk around the courtroom provided they do so with purpose. A simple solution is to observe the judge in action when he...

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The Best Online Legal Resources

The Best Online Legal Resources

There are many options for conducting legal research online. The ability to do research without any choice but to run over to the law library at the local law school or courthouse is an invaluable tool for saving the time and money of lawyers and law students alike. As law schools, law firms, and sole practitioners move from traditional hard copy written materials to electronic formats, the alternatives are vast with many available at little or no cost. Lexis Web: While this is not a free service, this is always a good starting point for any legal research query. Fastcase:...

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Important California Laws To Know – SB 1159

Important California Laws To Know – SB 1159

Another issue related to COVID-19 that moved to the forefront of the agenda of California lawmakers in the spring of 2020 was clarifying the qualification and eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits for employees who may have contracted COVID-19 on the job. In May of 2020, less than two months after the outbreak of the coronavirus, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that created a rebuttable presumption that a COVID-19 infection occurring at work was a work-related illness if an employee received a positive test for COVID-19 or a doctor’s diagnosis of COVID-19 followed by a positive COVID-19 test within 30 days of...

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