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Service by Notice and Acknowledgement

Service by Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt (Code Civ. Proc. § 415.30) is the recommended method of serving a summons on a known-to-be represented party or an unrepresented party who you believe to be amenable to such service. This then alleviates the need to track down the party and engage in extensive and expensive efforts […]

Recent Appointments by Governor Brown

Since the reorganization of the state government in that went into effect on July 1, 2013, Governor Brown has made appointments to several bureaus within the new infrastructure: Under the new Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, Joanne Wenzel, 56, of Sacramento, was appointed Chief of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (“BPPE”). Kathleen Thomson, […]

Search Incident to Arrest

Technological change is extremely rapid, often leaving the law (including legislators and judges) struggling to catch up. This divergence is evident with search and seizure issues, such as with cell phones. Traditionally, the “search incident to arrest” exception to warrantless searches (which are generally unconstitutional) was based on the fear that arrestees may have concealed weapons, […]

Administrative Law’s Search-and-Seizure Loophole

In an excellent and timely piece on the militarization of our nation’s police – “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control –’s and’s Radley Balko (@radleybalko) highlight’s another alarming trend in the use of the police: But the mission creep hasn’t stopped at poker games. […]

Governor Brown’s Reorganization Plan Became Effective July 1

The most comprehensive overhaul of state government since 1968 became official on July 1.  The Governor’s plan, which was  implemented and transitioned to over the past year, cut the number of state agencies from 12 to 10 and eliminated and consolidated dozens of departments and entities. As a result, five existing state agencies have been replaced by […]

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