Publications

Publications

Publications

June 2016

June 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Scott M. Nenni, Nathan A.  Oyster

Ross v. Blake: Reinforcing or Undermining the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA)
Joints in the Joint? An Overview of Medical Marijuana in the Correctional Context
More Changes on the Way for California's Overcrowded Prisons
A 5-Minute Guide to Defending Small Claims Litigation

June 13, 2016

Court of Appeal Issues Important Clarification of Summer Unemployment Benefits for School Employees

Education Law Alert

John R. Yeh

The California Court of Appeal has issued a significant ruling on the rights of school district employees to obtain unemployment benefits during the summer, ruling that substitute teachers and classified employees who receive "reasonable assurance" of returning during the succeeding academic year were not eligible for unemployment benefits for the summer, even if they were unable to obtain employment during the summer school session.

June 9, 2016

Court of Appeal Rules that Personnel Investigations are Privileged

Employment Law Alert

Samantha W. Zutler

On June 8, 2016, the Court of Appeal, First District, ruled that a personnel investigation, performed by an outside attorney investigator, is protected by the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine. City of Petaluma v. Superior Court (Cal. App. 1st Dist. June 8, 2016, No. A145437).

May 2016

May 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Mitchell A. Wrosch, Christopher T. Kim

Stopping the Runaway Jury
The Ninth Circuit Holds that Prohibiting the Possession of Marijuana Does Not Violate teh RFRA:  An Analysis of Oklevueha Native American and Church of Hawaii, Inc., Michael Rex Mooney v. Lynch, et al.
Hamby v. Hammond: The Power of Qualified Immunity in Eighth Amendment Indifference Cases
 

April 2016

April 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Nathan A.  Oyster, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Scott M. Nenni

 

  • Prisoners' Property Problems
  • Lowry v. City of San Diego: What are the Implications for Section 1983 Excessive Force Cases in General and Police K-9 and Monell Cases, Specifically?
  • Inmate Loses Flying Spaghetti Monster Lawsuit and Provides a Lesson in RLUIPA and Qualified Immunity
  • Will the Supreme Court Begin Counting Calories?
April 2016

Curiouser and Curiouser: Expansion of the Duty to Reasonably Accommodate Disability

Employment Law Update

Kelly A. Trainer, Katy A. Suttorp

For the first time, the California Court of Appeal held that the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) creates a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person. The holding of Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. is unprecedented and there is a possibility that it will be appealed to the California Supreme Court. However, based on this decision, California employers are required to engage in a good faith interactive process to consider reasonable accommodations for an employee or applicant who associates with a disabled person.

March 2016

March 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Christopher T. Kim, Mitchell A. Wrosch

Unlocking the Rules on Cell Phone Searches
Put it in Writing: The Importance of Documentation in the Correctional Setting
Taking the Deposition of an Out-of-State Witness
Enjoy it While it Lasts - Federal Courts See Rate Decrease in Prisoner Lawsuits

February 2016

February 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A.  Oyster

Prison Break: Recent Escapes and Their Lessons
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered? A Guide to Filing Confidential Documents Under Seal
Recoverable Damages in Federal Court:  What Happens When a Plaintiff's Health Care Provider Has Accepted Less Than the Billed Amount as Payment in Full?

January 2016

January 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Christopher T. Kim

Hi-Tech Contraband Searches
Liar Liar, Pants on Fire: Using Rule 11 Terminating Sanctions Against Inmates
PLRA Exhaustion Update: The Ninth Circuit's Ruling in Reyes v. Smith

December 2015

December 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A.  Oyster, Mitchell A. Wrosch

In Memoriam: Warden Robert Borg (1938-2015)
There is No Such Thing as a Free Court Reporter
How Much has the Jury Pool Changed in Law Enforcement Cases?
Smart Integration - A Discussion with Former Warden Rober Borg (reprinted from Prison Break, December 2011 edition)

December 2015

Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

Western City Magazine

Stephen A. McEwen

December 2015

Body Piercings and Tattoos in the Workplace: Can Employers Place Limits on Them?

Carl Warren Connects, Carl Warren

Katy A. Suttorp

November 2015

November 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Paloma P. Peracchio, Christopher T. Kim

You've Got Mail: Inmate Emails with Lawyers and Potential Privacy Concerns
Nineteen Lawsuits and Counting: Supreme Court Hears Argument About Inmate Filing Fees for Frequent Filers
The Ninth Circuit Declares Employee's Whistleblower Claim is Not Collaterally Estopped by a State Personnel Board Decision: An Analysis of Wabakken v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Qualified Immunity Update: Mullenix v. Luna

2008-2011, 2013-2015

Legal Trends

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

Sheila Delshad

October 2015

October 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A.  Oyster, Scott M. Nenni

Green Dot: Electronic Inmate Currency
Cutting Class: A Preview of the Supreme Court Case Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez
The Benefits of the Five Minute Interview: How Subtle Tweaks to the Strategies for a Post-Incident Interview Can Help Defend a Civil Rights Lawsuit
Turning Up the Heat on California's Prisoners

October 2015

Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace

CPER Pocket Guide

M. Carol Stevens, Katy A. Suttorp, Kelly A. Trainer, Malaika C. Billups, Sheila Delshad

September 2015

September 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Christopher T. Kim, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Mitchell A. Wrosch

Walk Softly and Carry an Expandable Stick?
The Meat of the Matter: A Case Update on RLUIPA and Free Exercise of Religion Claims by Inmates
Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Rule Preventing Former Prison Employee from Marrying Inmate
The Ninth Circuit Establishes the "Fear of Retaliation" Exception to Exhausting Administrative Remedies: An Analysis of McBride v. Lopez

September 2015

Eminent Domain: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Acquisition of Real Property

Solano Press Books, 3rd Edition

Alan A. Sozio

August 2015

August 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A.  Oyster

Evaluating the Voluntariness of a Confession: Reyes v. Lewis
Valley Fever Litigation Update
Emerging Trends in Law Enforcement Litigation

July 2015

July 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Scott M. Nenni, Christopher T. Kim

Taylor v. Barkes: Further Evolution of the Qualified Immunity Analysis
Walker v. Beard: No Religious Right to Racist Housing Requests
Employment Law Goes to Prison
Objective Reasonableness: Is it the New Norm for All Excessive Force Claims?