Friday, May 29, 2015

Wilshire Bar/KCLA 2d District Lunch next week


Come and meet your Appellate Court Justices! On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 commencing at noon, the Wilshire Bar Association will join with the Korean Community Lawyers Association (KCLA) in having our Annual Appellate Justices Luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel (formerly the New Otani), located at 120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles 90012.  Our special guest speaker will be Sarah Sikich of Heal the Bay. The cost for this event is $50.00 per person. You’ll have a choice of a salmon or chicken entree.Reservations are required.  Please call 213-384-4088 and contact Estela at ext. 4109 to reserve your space, or email

Today's DJ features When Justices Own a Friend of the Court by Gabe Roth (executive director of Fix the Court), noting that nearly 96% of SCOTUS cases have amicus briefs and that 80% of recent 5-4 decisions have cited amicus briefs. But "there are currently no laws on the books requiring a justice to recuse himself or herself from a case in which" the justice owns stock in an entity that submits an amicus brief (as opposed to a "party" directly involved in a case). Mr. Roth sees an ethical problem and proposes that the definition of "party" expand to cover amici too.

The DJ's DAR "inside insight" chart shows that in April the Courts of Appeal published 75 opinions (cf. there were 66 in March and 74 in February). The top publishers (i.e., justices who published 3 times in April) were all in SoCal: Ashmann-Gerst, Johnson, Mosk, Rothschild, Rylaarsdam, and Turner.