CAOC Forum Magazine - 2020 Article Index
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January/February 2020, Vol. 49 No. 1
6 "May you live in interesting times …”
Micha Star Liberty
10 There’s a lot going on out there (in employment law)
Jeremy Pasternak
12 The Work War:
History and applications of California’s new hard-fought employment test
Kevin Osborne and Katie Rabago
16 Power in Numbers:
Corporations increasingly force ordinary consumers and employees to arbitrate their disputes individually, eliminating claims that once were pursued as class actions. But costly mass arbitration actions could help restore the balance of power – and push defendants to settle. The successful test case of Hose v. WIS provides some hope.
Nathan Piller, Joshua Konecky and Leslie Joyner
24 Making employers accountable for sexual predators who act outside the workplace
Jayme L. Walker and Brittany Smith
28 Overcoming third party privacy objections - Getting the records you need
Steven J. Kaplan and Erin M. Kelly
34 Resolving employment litigation: Preparation for mediation is the key to success
Tripper Ortman
38 Let’s go off the record
Anne Costin and Rachel Pusey
44 When suffering harm isn’t enough: The discriminatory implications of considering criminal background in determining class representative adequacy
Hali M. Anderson
46 Notice to law firm partners: You need to run your firm like a business
Being a great attorney is critical, but running your firm like a business determines long-term success
Kevin Kneafsey
50 Recent Cases
Daniel S. Robinson
56 CAOC 2019 awards
J.G. Preston
58 2019 Convention Report
J.G. Preston
66 News and Notes
CAOIE Holiday Party – Kristy M. Arevalo
Hawaii Seminar report: Trial lawyers in paradise – Casey Johnson
NLD Report – Megan G. Demshki
Women’s Caucus Update – Sarah London
Diversity Committee Report – Kristy M. Arevalo
Amicus Curiae Update – Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Kimberly Valentine – Jennifer Fiore
AAJ Washington Update – Linda A. Lipsen

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March/April 2020, Vol. 50 No. 2
The content in this edition was written before the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, we support our health care system and the men and women who work so tirelessly to keep us all healthy and safe. The medical negligence discussions in this issue relate only to those medical practitioners who violate their patients’ trust and should not be construed as an attack on the medical system itself, or the doctors, nurses and others who are doing the best they can under very trying circumstances.
The discriminatory math of MICRA
Micha Star Liberty
8 The untenable defense of catastrophe
Steven B. Stevens
12 The long and tortured history of MICRA: An effort to modernize the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 appears headed to the November ballot. Here’s the tangled history of MICRA.
J.G. Preston
16  Surviving MICRA: Overcoming Defense Mythology
Steven A. Heimberg, M.D., J.D. and Catherine B. Kim, J.D.
24  EMR: Hazardous to the patient’s health
Litigating medical malpractice cases in the age of electronic medical records
David E. Smith
30 CACI 506 – Alternative method of care: Doing nothing is not an alternative method
John P. Blumberg
34 Doctor Sexual Misconduct: How to Cure Bad Behavior
Jessica Pride and Alana McMains
40  Maximizing Damages in California Medical Negligence Cases
Kenneth M. Sigelman, J.D., M.D.
46  Defeating the Shortened “Life Expectancy” Defense
Michael Kessler
56 Recent Cases
Daniel S. Robinson
CAOC 2020 Legislative Package - Nancy Peverini
“What’s New” with San Joaquin County TLA - Larry Knapp
SMCTLA Seminar - Bobbie Thompson
CAOIE Update and Tort & Trial Seminar Recap - Megan G. Demshki
Women’s Caucus Update - Sarah London
Membership update - Liz Teves
Why Diversity is Important in the Legal Profession - Kristy M. Arevalo
NLD Report - Megan G. Demshki
Amicus Curiae Update - Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Clifton Smoot - Alexandra A. Hamilton
AAJ Washington Update - Linda A. Lipsen

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May/June 2020, Vol. 20 No. 3 - Digital Magazine
6 Stepping into the Void
Micha Star Liberty
10 Arbitration in the time of COVID
Abbas Kazerounian
12 What REALLY matters in mediation
Craig Silver
16 A first-year associate’s survival guide to mediation: What you need to know to get the most out of your first mediation process
Pamela E. Prescott
20 The art of mediation in mass tort or complex cases: Know your enemy and help your neutral
Hon. Jennifer Togliatti (Ret.)
24 Mediating your plaintiff’s verdict/judgment on appeal
Andrew N. Chang
30 Mediating a bad faith case; Items to consider
Arnold Levinson
36 Eight things to know about UM/UIM arbitrations
Lars Johnson
40  Mediation in the time of COVID-19
Lauren Tate
42 Practicing without pausing during a pandemic: Adapting to change and experience with using video technology at mediation
Aaron Hicks
46 COVID-19 business interruption claims: Getting around the “virus” exclusion
Michael J. Bidart and Ricardo Echeverria
54 Recent Cases
Daniel S. Robinson
58  News and Notes
CAOC steps up to ensure access to justice during pandemic - Nancy Drabble
Membership update - Liz Teves
COVID-19 Emergency Toolkit
A time to reflect on how we are all different yet the same - Kristy M. Arevalo
Women’s Caucus Update - Sarah London
NLD Update - Megan G. Demshki
Amicus Curiae Update - Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Thomas Feher and Reza Torkzadeh - Alexandra A. Hamilton
AAJ Washington Update - Linda A. Lipsen

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July/August 2020, Vol. 50 No. 4 - Digital Magazine
We say their names and lift our voices to protect civil rights
Micha Star Liberty
10  Lawyers must be lizards
Neil Berman
12 Off the beaten path: Identifying and preparing novice expert witnesses
Megan Demshki
16  People v. Sanchez – The truth shall set you free: Keeping defense evidence out and assuring your evidence comes in
John Fitzpatrick Vannucci
24 Maximizing the use of spinal injury experts: From discovery to direct exam
Victoria Lazar
30  Use of medical illustrations to define your case ahead of your adversary and their experts
Parisima Roshanzamir
34  Dismantling the defense medical expert
Neil Gehlawat
38  Experts on Appeal
Brooke Bove
42 COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims: Satisfying the “physical loss of or damage to” or “physical loss or damage” requirement
Michael J. Bidart and Ricardo Echeverria
48  Seven states of culpability
Jay Chafetz
54  Recent Cases
Daniel S. Robinson
News and Notes COVID, court budget and civil rights - Nancy Drabble
A whole new world - Kristy M. Arevalo
New Lawyers Division Update - Megan Demshki
Women’s Caucus report - Sarah London
Membership update - Liz Teves
In memory of Vince Scotto - Bobby Thompson
Volunteer Spotlight: Humberto Guizar and Stephen A. King - Alexandra Hamilton
AAJ Washington Update - Linda A. Lipsen
Amicus Curiae Update - Kevin K. Green

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September/October 2020, Vol. 50 No. 5
November/December 2020, Vol. 50 No. 6