Today marks the beginning of the Transcript's week-long series honoring Law Week. We'll include legal features, current news and Supreme Court decisions each day.

  • Ten essentials for the mediation advocate

    Most lawyers are aware of the statistic that indicates nearly 95 percent of all civil cases settle before trial. This statistic suggests that mediation advocacy skills are more important to cultivate than trial advocacy skills. What you need to know to be a successful mediation advocate is very different than what you need to know to be a good trial lawyer.

  • Advocate vs. Counselor

    Mediation is often the last opportunity for parties to resolve their differences and avoid a lengthy and expensive battle in court or arbitration. It is the last opportunity to exercise control over the outcome by working with a mediator towards a mutually acceptable agreement. Lawyers can be of tremendous benefit in helping their clients exercise control over the outcome and in resolving the conflict amicably.

  • Quality corporate counsel needn't come with a hefty price tag

    Whether it's a startup trying to raise capital to get off the ground or an established business needing help with day-to-day transactions, getting the right kind of legal assistance can be a challenge for many companies. Hiring a full-service law firm doesn't always make sense or -- in the case of small companies -- simply isn't affordable.

  • Duane Morris and the University of San Diego: A growing relationship

    It all began with a search. The University of San Diego, a 7,000-student Catholic university, was seeking a single provider of legal services to help implement a complex expansion plan. After an extensive hunt, the university awarded our national firm, Duane Morris LLP, an exclusive five-year contract in 2005.

  • Becoming a full-service law office

    Best Best & Krieger LLP has a unique business model. Our law firm successfully represents two distinctive client bases -- public agencies and private enterprises. While many firms service one or the other type of client, BB&K provides a full range of services to both.

  • The federal computer employee exemption: Are you in compliance?

    The overtime exemption for computer employees is one of the most often misunderstood and misapplied exemptions from federal overtime requirements. It is also increasingly on the radar screens of plaintiffs' attorneys, who have turned their attention toward filing individual and class action lawsuits against both technology-based companies and other employers with technology-based employees. Now is the ideal time for employers to confirm they are not misapplying the exemption, before they become the target of such a suit.

  • Directors & officers of private companies increasingly vulnerable

    Directors and officers of privately held companies consistently underestimate their personal exposure from lawsuits filed against the companies they serve. The inclusion of the personal assets of directors and officers in cases like Enron and WorldCom demonstrate the personal exposure of directors and officers serving public companies. However, private company officers, directors and board members may face even greater exposure because their companies often have more limited assets.

  • Noted former federal judge Irving to counsel Lerach firm

    Former U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Irving will join the San Diego law firm Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP as special counsel on May 1.

  • Lawsuit against Spreckels, City Ballet dismissed

    A lawsuit against Spreckels Theatre and the City Ballet of San Diego for selling discounted tickets just to individuals under 30 was dismissed recently.

  • Santa Barbara judge says she didn't know gift was illegal

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- A Santa Barbara County judge told a California ethics panel she didn't know her then-girlfriend's $20,000 donation to her campaign was improper.

  • Justices split on rules for appeal time limits

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, breaking into unusual alliances, ruled Tuesday that federal judges, on their own initiative, can correct a state's error in math and dismiss an inmate's appeal that misses a filing deadline.

  • Small Georgia town on front line of battle over immigration

    CALHOUN, Ga. - A few blocks down the main road from this small downtown in the north Georgia hills, the Matul family from Guatemala has opened a grocery selling fresh exotic fruits, canned juice from Mexico and international telephone calling cards.

  • Supreme Court considers whether any lawyer will do

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court used a Hollywood example -- the bumbling attorney in "My Cousin Vinny" -- in debating a case Tuesday about an accused man's right to pick his own lawyer.

  • New law's impact: Bankruptcy filings down, but last-minute rush credited

    The number of consumer bankruptcy filings has fallen dramatically since new legislation went into effect last October. But the decline isn't necessarily a byproduct of the law's new stricter standards, instead the result of a diminished pool of candidates.

  • Chambers of commerce to educate businesses on ADA, lawsuit abuse

    A recent wave of lawsuit threats in Alpine over compliance with the American Disabilities Act have motivated chambers across the county to protect and educate their member businesses.

  • Attorneys and judges: Can't we all just get along?

    "Overruled counsel!" the judge declared again. The plaintiff's attorney rolled her eyes as she sat back down. This judge will let anything in, she thought, as yet another one of her relevance objections fell by the wayside. In her opinion, the judge's refusal to limit the scope of the testimony was causing severe prejudice to her client. There must be something she could do to counter the barrage of what she considered to be horrendously incorrect rulings by the judge. But what?

  • States seeking laws to tighten regulation of mortgage brokers

    Prior to 2006, only two states were without licensing laws for mortgage brokers. That soon may change, however, as Colorado and Alaska, citing concerns about mortgage fraud and predatory lending, have introduced legislation to create regulation for mortgage brokers. This while California mortgage broker regulations remain unchanged, despite the efforts of broker associations.

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Law Week 2006 - Friday

We conclude our annual week-long series celebrating Law Week with a round up of legal features, current news and Supreme Court decisions.

Law Week 2006 - Thursday

The Transcript continues its week-long series honoring Law Week with a special focus on national and international law today.

Law Week 2006 - Wednesday

Today's special Law Week focus is on legal education and services, including profiles of the three San Diego law school deans.

Law Week 2006 - Tuesday

The Transcript continues its week-long series honoring Law Week. In addition to daily legal features, current news and Supreme Court decisions, today we'll take a look at intellectual property and specialty practice firms.