Monday, July 28, 2014

News of the wonks

  • Today's Recorder reports High Court Appointee is Ready to Wonk and Governor Appoints Legal Adviser to Third District"Brown's selection of Renner continues a long tradition of governors nominating their legal secretaries to the bench. Renner will join Justice Andrea Lynn Hoch, who was appointed to the Third District by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011 after serving as his legal affairs secretary for five years. Justices Peter Siggins and Charles Poochigian also served as secretaries under Schwarzenegger and former Gov. Pete Wilson before their respective appointments to the First and Fifth districts."

  • The Recorder's BAR-ometer also gives a thumbs up to the Ivory Tower: "With a second academic pick for the state Supreme Court, the governor is moving intellectuals—and maybe the court—back into the spotlight."

  • The DJ offers: Governor Nominates His Legal Affairs Secretary to Appellate Court Bench: Brown picks legal affairs secretary for 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, about the nomination of Jonathan Renner.
  • The MetNews provides Brown Taps Renner for Third District Court of Appeal.
  • Also of interest earlier this month is Onley v. Schneider National Carriers, a 4/2 case where settlement did not prevent issuance of an unpublished decision:
At the last minute, however, after this court had substantially finished preparing a tentative opinion (see Ct. App., Fourth Dist., Div. Two, Internal Operating Practices & Proc., VIII, Tentative opinions and oral argument), Schneider notified us that it had settled with Onley and asked us to dismiss the appeal. Although we will grant the request for dismissal (see Neary v. Regents of University of California (1992) 3 Cal.4th 273, 285), in light of the tardiness of the request (see Eisenberg et al., Cal. Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs (The Rutter Group 2014) ¶ 5:64) and the ultimately lack of merit of the appeal, we issue this opinion expressing our views on the issues. (Lara v. Cadag (1993) 13 Cal.App.4th 1061, 1065-1066.)
See also fn.2 at pg. 9, where the court makes an interesting point about a  use for unpublished cases.