Administrative Law

What is a Skelly Hearing?

A Skelly hearing derives its name from Skelly v. State Personnel Board (1975) 15 Cal. 3d 194. Dr. Skelly, a permanent civil service employee, was terminated from his employment with the State of California. The California Supreme Court determined, among other things, that he was deprived of his due process Read more…

By simas, ago
Veterinary Medicine Law


As with every new technology, there comes with it a legal minefield which must be understood to avoid offending the regulatory authorities. With the advent and adoption of telehealth and telemedicine, veterinarians from across the state may now see patients, with less overhead, saving the customer money. But is this Read more…

By rcostello, ago
Professional License Defense

Lawyers – Take Note!

Two recent developments could have more lawyers in trouble with the State Bar of California, the regulatory agency that oversees the practice of law in this state. First, the State Bar has instituted an online complaint procedure (in English and Spanish) for attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law. Read more…

By rcostello, ago
Cannabis Law

State Cannabis Regulations Now in Effect

On the state cannabis front, all three agencies licensing cannabis (Public Health, Consumer Affairs-Bureau of Cannabis Control, and Department of Food & Agriculture) have had their emergency regulations (first adopted in December 2017 and re-adopted in June 2018) finalized into permanent regulations. Each licensing authority’s final regulations and rulemaking documents Read more…

By rcostello, ago
Administrative Law

One Acre Cap… or Not?

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department Read more…

By justin, ago