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    Burke Williams & Sorensen and Wulfsberg Reese & Colvig are pleased to announce their merger.  Effective September 1, the combination adds to Burke the Wulfsberg firm’s nationally-recognized major construction litigation and counseling practice, together with its broad experience in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, and trials.  Expanding its Oakland office to more than thirty lawyers, Burke will now have over 100 attorneys, with offices in nine locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Marin County, Palm Desert, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, and Ventura County. Read More
  • Court of Appeal Affirms School District's Discretion to Locate Charter Schools Under Proposition 39 Read More
  • Developers Can Be Required to Include Affordable Housing, California High Court Rules
    In a case in which Burke partner Thomas Brown wrote a friend of the court brief on behalf of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, the California Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision that is a major victory for California cities seeking to address what the State legislature has repeatedly called a housing crisis. In the case, entitled California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, a building trade association (CBIA) challenged the facial validity of San Jose’s “inclusionary zoning” ordinance, which requires developers of market rate housing to set aside 15% of a project’s units at prices affordable to low and moderate income purchasers, as an unconstitutional “taking” of property. In making its claim, CBIA argued the ordinance constituted an “exaction” whose validity was required to be reviewed by courts under a rigorous “heightened scrutiny.&rd Read More
  • June 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update
    Drones: The New Smuggling Tool?
    Where's the Venison?: The Impact of Hobby Lobby and Holt on the "Substantial Burden" Test for Inmate Religion Cases
    It's All in the Timing: Strikes and Inmates' IFP Status
    AB 66: Will Officers be Permitted to Review Video Footage of Major Incidents Prior to Making a Statement? Read More
  • Safe Haven
    Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP is proud to announce that Benjamin L. Stock, a partner in our San Rafael office, recently worked pro bono with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in securing asylum for a young unaccompanied minor who fled to the United States from Guatemala, where she and her family suffered violence, abuse, and persecution. Read More