Monday, August 3, 2015

How to Celebrate the Voting Rights Act's 50th B-day this week

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965. Its purpose was t o overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. To commemorate this historic legislation, moot court competitors from the University of San Diego School of Law will argue the constitutionality of a fictional voter registration law before a three judge appellate panel.

Join the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for a moot court argument judged by Judge John B. Owens of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and District Judges Marilyn L. Huff and John A. Houston of the Southern District of California. The event will help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (reception to follow)
Place: James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse Jury Lounge
333 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: FREE
MCLE: .75 hour General MCLE Credit
Space is limited to no more than 150 individuals.

Please register online at

In the "Hey, I need that robe back," department:
Today's DJ profiles Judge Lui. Not Justice Lui, but his son, LASC Judge Christopher K. Lui. Judge Lui "says that his father has had a huge influence on his personal and professional life" and that he "has even been wearing one of his father's robes since he started on the Superior Court." And the LA shout-out quote: "I'm just an L.A. guy, so I spend my commute time trying to think up side-street shortcuts and ways around the freeways just like everybody else."

And in John Doe, Esq., in today's DJ, Justice Gilbert shares some musing and anecdotes about anonymity. Should lawyers making appellate oral arguments stand behind a screen so that judges can't see them? What are the pros and cons of such an idea? "Talk amongst yourselves."
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Justice (Linda) Richman and panel...

And for those who like to plan ahead, the Cal Supreme Court has posted its 2016 calendar here.
The Supremes will be in SoCal (i.e., LA) only three times: April 4-8, June 1-3, and December 5-9.