I got religion on this issue. Bills matter. Over and over, in my practice, the highest level of client scrutiny has gone to bills rather substantive legal work – as absurd as that might seem to an attorney who lavishes effort and concentration on lawyerly services and sends bills in a stack each month after a quick proofread. In bills, describe your work carefully yet succinctly, be consistent, and follow through on promises you made to the client when you were initially hired.
In the medical world, if you don’t have insurance and can’t afford a doctor, you can show up at a public emergency room or health clinic, where (though you may wait long hours) you will generally eventually be treated. This is less than ideal – it does not offer preventive care and early diagnosis, and it clogs the emergency rooms – but it is, at least, a back stop. In the legal world, though, if you can’t afford an attorney, you have no back stop.
We are pleased to have Justice Martin J. Jenkins confirmed as the keynote speaker for our 10th Annual Justice for All: Celebrating Pro Bono event. Justice Jenkins has deep professional […]
During Judge Winifred Smith’s distinguished career, she has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the administration of justice, fostering diversity in the legal profession, and promoting appreciation of the legal profession in our community. She has been a longtime friend and supporter of VLSC, serving on our Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014, and was recently instrumental in the creation of VLSC’s Unlawful Detainer Mediation program in partnership with the Superior Court. We are grateful for Judge Smith’s wisdom, generosity, compassion, and kindness and honor her longstanding support of our organization and of the greater Alameda County community.
On April 21st, Mobilegeddon finally happened. Google’s much anticipated algorithm update swept through the mobile search results, prioritizing websites that have been designated “mobile friendly.”
Pamela J. Ross, Jr., is the founder and CEO of the All for the Family Legal Clinic, a public benefit corporation dedicated to providing low cost legal assistance to the San Francisco Bay […]
This month at the ACBA, we’re looking forward to a calendar packed with MCLEs, and VLSC’s 10th Annual Justice for All!
At the ACBA, we’ve been watching the drama unfolding between the Alabama Supreme Court and the US District Court surrounding Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s halting of same-sex marriages. (Catch up with background articles here, here, and here) We turned to the experts at the California Constitution Center to explain the role of a state’s high court, and how it intersects with federalism and state sovereignty.
Casey Williams is a litigation associate with Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, with a focus on employment and business matters. She also assists nonprofit organizations with corporation formation, tax-exemption applications, and governance […]
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