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December 17, 1989
In his article "Family Law" (Nov. 12), Adam Dawson wrote that a wildcat strike in Oakland at the turn of the century cost John Byrne his job--and the long unemployment turned him into a wastrel and drinking partner of author Jack London. In turn, Byrne's poverty created a fear of unemployment in the next generation and a family that headed for dependable public service jobs. To shed new light on this matter, young Jack London did have the opportunity of a lifetime job with the post office of the City of Oakland.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC announced its summer programming lineup on Wednesday, which includes six new scripted series, a new unscripted series, as well as new seasons of "Last Comic Standing," "America's Got Talent" and "American Ninja Warrior. " In its announcement, the network says this is the most original summer programming for any network in 20 years. First out of the gate will be eighth season of "Last Comic Standing" on May 22, which features 20 stand-up comedians vying for a single NBC talent deal.
May 10, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN
The Ventura County Commission for Women will hold its seventh annual Family Law Forum at Ventura College on May 18. Residents can get information on divorce, child support, child visitation and other family law issues at the free event. "Divorce can be very scary and can be something that many people have never gone through," said forum moderator Susan Witting, a private Thousand Oaks attorney who practices family law.
March 17, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye warned Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state “on the verge of a civil rights crisis.” "A three-hour drive to the nearest courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book,” Cantil-Sakauye planned to tell state lawmakers Thursday, according to a text of her speech released in advance. California courts in the last several years have been cut by about $1 billion, and Cantil-Sakauye has been pleading with legislators to restore more funding next year.
December 12, 1998 | Associated Press
Emory University human rights scholar Abdullahi An-Na'im has received a $371,000 Ford Foundation grant to fund a global survey of Islamic family law. An-Na'im will lead up to 20 scholars in exploring how Muslims reconcile the teachings of their faiths with the needs of their communities. They will look at the cultural and political factors that affect Muslim families and the laws that affect Muslim marriage, divorce, women's rights and the custody of children.
January 25, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard A. Ibanez, 97, a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who specialized in family law and dependency court, died Nov. 30 of cardiac arrest and coronary artery disease at his home in Los Angeles, said his son Leon. The death was only recently reported. Ibanez, who had been an attorney in private practice since 1937, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975 and served through 1994. In 1968, he helped found the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and was a board member of the Latino advocacy group.
E. Robert Lemkin, an Orange County attorney specializing in family law, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 70. During his four decades in law, Lemkin focused on divorce and child custody cases and frequently lectured at family law seminars. He was the first attorney in California to get spousal support awarded to a husband, said his sister-in-law, Susan Lemkin of Laguna Hills. "He absolutely loved what he did," she said.
April 5, 2001
Leonard Herman Smith, a retired attorney, died Monday at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura. He was 67. He was born March 31, 1934, in St. Petersburg, Fla., the son of Edward Charles and Olga Mae Bleyle Smith. He grew up in New York and graduated from high school in Kenmore, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University in 1955. For the next two years, he worked in Army counterintelligence. On Aug.
The arrest of an Arab American on espionage charges despite what appears to be trumped-up, circumstantial evidence brings a breaking-news vitality to tonight's "Family Law," at 10 on CBS. The episode, "Security," directed by Fred Gerber from a script by I.C. Rappaport, crackles with the heightened atmosphere of post-Sept. 11 America. There's patriotism tinged with paranoia, fear and anger rubbing up against issues of fairness. The suspect, a U.S.
March 27, 1988
Thirty-four members of the Long Beach Bar Assn., family law section, recently received certificates of commendation from the County of Los Angeles for their service as volunteer mediators during the past three years. Presiding Judge Charles D. Sheldon and Family Law Commissioners Luther Callion and George Kalinski expressed their appreciation and stressed the continued need and importance of recognizing attorneys who volunteer their time.
March 17, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told the Legislature on Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state on the verge of a "civil rights crisis. " "A one-way, three-hour trip to a courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book," Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual address to state lawmakers. California court budgets in the last several years have been cut by about $1 billion, and Cantil-Sakauye has been pleading with legislators to restore more funding next year.
April 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
In Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries across the globe, most Muslims support making sharia , or Islamic law, the official law of the land, according to a sweeping survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. But sharia means different things to different Muslims, according to the study. Some supporters believe it should apply only to Muslims. Some want it used in only some kinds of cases. And many Muslims disagree on the morality of divorce, polygamy and birth control.
May 9, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday approved Amendment One, a fiercely debated and highly restrictive amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman. The amendment not only outlaws same-sex marriage - already illegal in the state - but bans civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay or straight couples. Family law experts say it will threaten domestic partnership health benefits for local government workers and strip unmarried couples, both gay and straight, of their rights to make financial or emergency medical decisions for an incapacitated partner.
April 4, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner who made "discourteous, undignified, gratuitous and denigrating remarks" during family law cases was publicly admonished Tuesday by a state agency overseeing judges' discipline. The Commission on Judicial Performance determined that Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal should be "severely publicly admonished" for misconduct, including "humor at the expense of litigants," during five cases over which he presided from June 2007 to January 2009, according to an 18-page order made public Tuesday.
March 18, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: My sister and her husband recently decided to end their marriage. He moved out of their apartment, which they had rented under a one-year lease, and filed for divorce. A few months later, he told my sister he couldn't afford his new place. He said that he was planning to move back into the apartment where she is still living. My sister doesn't want him back. Can she stop him? Answer: If both husband and wife were parties to the rental agreement for the apartment where they had lived together, they both remain legally responsible for the agreement.
August 29, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Judge Scott Gordon interrupted the attorney. "You're from Texas?" Gordon asked. In baseball terms, this would be like asking Derek Jeter if he played for the New York Yankees. The attorney, Steve Susman, has been ranked as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in America. Susman had suggested to Gordon how exhibits should be numbered for trial. Susman had described his plan once, then twice, then tried for a third time. Gordon had listened patiently the first two times, then cut Susman off and asked whether he was from Texas.
February 2, 1989 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Women upset with their divorce and child-custody proceedings complained about alleged discrimination in Ventura County Family Law Court at a state judicial committee hearing this week. Their complaints drew a sharp response from Ventura Superior Court Judge Allan L. Steele, who blamed a small group of women for stirring up hysteria.
June 26, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt has added a star trial lawyer to his legal team, ensuring that a nationally prominent attorney will lead each side in the battle for ownership of the Dodgers. Stephen Susman, a Houston-based attorney ranked by several legal publications as one of the premier trial lawyers in the country, is the latest addition to the all-star teams representing McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, in divorce proceedings. "It's like having your best athletes take the field," said Loyola Law School professor and legal commentator Laurie Levenson.
June 21, 2010
Paul Gutman L.A. judge upheld race-based magnet admissions Paul Gutman, 78, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who ruled that L.A. schools could continue using a race-based formula for magnet school admissions, died June 13. The cause was complications from spine surgery, according to his family. Appointed to the bench in 1993 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson, Gutman oversaw criminal cases before serving as a supervising judge of the Van Nuys-based Northwest District. In his 2007 ruling on magnet schools, Gutman wrote that the Los Angeles Unified School District had been ordered "quite clearly and beyond dispute" in 1981 "to employ race and ethnicity to ensure that the magnet schools would in fact be desegregated."
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