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It’s nothing new

By JohnnyZ on May 08, 2014//Leave a comment

Speaking about the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to some folks with long memories and a lot more knowledge than I have:   “It’s nothing new.”    Me: True, the Court and the Bar have wrestled wth these important issues before: how to help those who self represent? what kind of self-help can we provide?…

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Beyond legal aid: Incubating low and pro bonos in a civil Gideon kind of way

By JohnnyZ on May 02, 2014//Leave a comment

This is my second report about my tenure as an appointee to the State Bar’s task force on civil justice strategies.   The task force wants to find a way to do two things:  address the crushing debt load of law graduates who cannot find jobs, while at the same time connecting them with the…

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Enslaved but smiling

By JohnnyZ on April 24, 2014//Leave a comment

There is nothing happy about a child in slavery.  Come learn from this outstanding panel of prominent legal professionals and social advocates who will explain the laws surrounding human trafficking, and how the crime is being dealt with here in San Diego County.   A MUST FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR…

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Force, Fraud, and Coercion All on Display Here at the Law Library

By JohnnyZ on April 17, 2014//Leave a comment

Every day, men, women, and children are brutally enslaved by the use of force, deception and coercion. Think of those ads for maids or “modeling,”  matchmaking or “Mail Order Brides.” Sometimes the lure is something as innocuous as a babysitting job. For the young girl in Honduras, the man desperate for work in Mexico, or…

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Collaboration & Fairness: Chief Justice Speaks Truth to Power

By JohnnyZ on March 20, 2014//Leave a comment

I get all shivery inside thinking about Big Legal Concepts spelled with capital letters, like Fairness, Equality and Justice.  I have a new one that I think deserves regard as (at least) a sisterly adjunct. Let “Collaboration” be that newly-capitalized legal concept.   As part of her 2014 State of the Judiciary speech, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye spoke eloquently…

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THE Crucial Thing Preventing Court Funding

By JohnnyZ on February 07, 2014//Leave a comment

Do Not Stand Alone! Partner!  Be it with the Legislature, Executive Branch, the Bar, legal services, or the law library — get together with others on other projects.  By reaching out, the court is building a good relationship with the other branches of government and legal entities,which is critical to giving it a higher profile in government and…

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The JohnnyZero Experiment Coming Direct to You!

By JohnnyZ on January 15, 2014//Leave a comment

Check out the latest issue of The JohnnyZero Experiment every Wednesday.   DON’T MISS OUT!  If you are interested in the intersection of law and technology, this news is for you!   The JohnnyZero Experiment is a Paper.li product created to push law and technology news to the people who need it most — you,…

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Selling People is a Crime

By JohnnyZ on January 13, 2014//Leave a comment

Get to know others in the southwest area who are dedicated to fighting against human trafficking at the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking, January 17-19, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, CA.  The conference, since 2009, brings together hundreds of people wanting to end modern-day slavery in our society.  Our community partner, the Bilateral…

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the strange report: vanity plate yanked by DMV – do you agree?

By JohnnyZ on January 03, 2014//Leave a comment

A vanity “NOT SEE” license plate — with the separate image of a swastika above it — caused a San Diego Unified School District bus driver to be suspended and the license plates to be yanked by the DMV.   The California Department of Motor Vehicles canceled the “NOT SEE” license plates — which, when…

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Straaaaange cases…graphic warning…

By JohnnyZ on October 18, 2013//Leave a comment

It’s Friday and time for another example of Straaaaange cases!    Like most of these, this  one is sad and senseless and, well, strange. It involves an 18-year-old student named Carter Strange who was brutally beaten in an alleged attack by a teenage gang.   Eight kids ranging in age from 13 to 18 were…

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