California criminal defense of immigrants 2014 – NEW Never before published

Cal crim defenseCalifornia criminal defense of immigrants 2014. / by Norton Tooby and KatherineBrady, Oakland, CA, CEB, 2014 KFC 698 .T66 2014 (Now on the New Books Cart)

Speakers are often introduced as needing no introduction, with the host then proceeding to recount every moment of the speaker’s life from birth. Mr. Tooby is one of those who truly need no introduction, at least for those familiar with the field of immigration law. For others, briefly, authors Norton Tooby and Katherine Brady, both are well known California attorneys and nationally known experts in crimes and immigration.

A prolific author and speaker, Mr. Tooby has co-authored the only book on criminal defense of immigrants specific to California. Representing noncitizen criminal defendants, the attorney must not only be aware of the criminal but also the immigration consequences of plea agreements to strategies for post-conviction relief. This book provides the guidance you may need to effectively resolve these issues.

The book also includes:
• Charts
• Diagnostic questionnaires
• Checklists
• Scripts
• And additional resources

PTSD and Jackie Kennedy and someone you may know


After the assassination of her husband President Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy suffered severe distress including the symptoms of what now would be diagnosed as PTSD, according to biographer Barbara Leaming in her forthcoming book Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story. She is quoted below in an adaptation from the book published in the October issue of Vanity Fair magazine:

Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the traumatic event, avoiding situations that threaten to provoke memories of the event, feeling numb, and feeling keyed up. Among other hallmarks are suicidal thoughts, nightmares and sleep disturbance, obsessive ruminations, and a significant spike in distress around the anniversary of the traumatic event.”

Of course, not everyone is in the unique position that Jacqueline Kennedy occupied in 1963. Adding pressure to all that had happened in 1963 including the death of their infant Patrick in August was the persistence of public and media pressure. Jacqueline was looked upon as a bulwark of strength, one who would restore faith in the shattered democracy. No one could have borne that kind of pressure even someone as strong as the First Lady. Everything began to take its toll and there are reports of drinking and suicidal thoughts and the symptoms of PTSD.

Even those who are not First Ladies, those who have never experienced the trauma and violence of war, can become victims of PTSD. Many people who have experienced traumatic events including sexual assault, mental or physical abuse, and serious injury or even bullying from the schoolyard to the workplace may fall victim to PTSD.
Jacqueline had many, many supporters, close friends and confidants of her husband and herself but still felt the effects of PTSD. PTSD sufferers need psychiatric help but many people cannot afford or feel too shameful to seek this help.

PTSD is real and can affect anyone including First Ladies. Attend our MCLE program, The Faces of PTSD Now, October 8 where our speaker John Winer will share his experienced techniques, foundations and strategies for proving PTSD injuries and how to obtain maximum damages for your client. See flyer/registration for more information.

Adapted from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story, by Barbara Leaming, to be published this month by St. Martin’s Press; © 2014 by the author.

Sick Workers Making your Burgers?


• Employees campaigning for paid sick leave – Protected speech? The NLRB says yes

Many employers and employees do not know that the National Labor Relations Board acting under power of the National Labor Relations Act governs employee communications, including those on social media, of union and non-union businesses. The Board recently ruled in Miklin Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Jimmy John’s  (361 NLRB No. 27 , 8/21/14, 18-CA-019707) that the company violated the Act in terminating and disciplining employees who participated in a campaign for paid sick days. Employees were not paid sick leave and had to find their own replacements if calling in sick. The workers created posters (pictured above) which were included on social media sites  implying that sick workers were making food products which could be contaminated. The company found this behavior disloyal.

In making the decision, the Board used the test set out in NLRB v. Electrical Workers Local 1229 (Jefferson Standard), 346 U.S. 464 (1953) as to whether a communication is so disloyal, reckless or maliciously untrue as to lose the status of protected speech. That case ruled that protected status is not lost where speech is merely prejudicial to the company. Speech in furtherance of better working conditions, union organizing and other kinds of speech including that on social media may be protected speech. And actions by employers against those employees may be against the law.

Attend our program The NLRB and Social Media to learn what you and your clients need to know about employee use of social media.

*1 Hour MCLE Credit*

October 15, 2014 Noon to 1:00 pm Check in 11:30 to noon (Brown bag lunch—Bring your own)

Speaker: Valerie Hardy Mahoney Regional Attorney for the Oakland Regional Office NLRB

Advance Registration: $20.00 Day of Event: $30.00

Register online at Eventbrite or call 510-272-6483. Watch this space for more information. If you would like to be notified of upcoming programs, you can sign up on our mailing list.

Paid sick leave for part time workers in California

Coughs_and_Sneezes_Spread_Diseases_Art_IWMPST14133Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) effective July 1, 2015. Employers both public and private must provide paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked by the employee. The bill covers employees who work 30 days or more a year with certain exceptions. Only one other state, Connecticut, has a paid sick leave law for non-fulltime employees, although cities around the country, including San Francisco, have passed similar ordinances.

The bill’s sponsors claim that the Act will have a huge positive impact on individual workers and the public health. They say that with paid sick leave, employees will have lower recovery time and will be less likely to spread illness to other employees and in some cases consumers. Opponents say it will be too burdensome on small employers who will also be hit with an increase in the minimum wage soon.

There is a very good, detailed analysis of the Healthy Workplaces law at the “California PERB Blog” sponsored by the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP.

Check out our post Sick Workers Making Burgers? The NLRB has ruled that employees have the right to post pictures on social media about sick workers making burgers in an effort to change the company’s paid sick leave.  The NLRB has the power to regulate communications by workers including on social media sites when it is in an effort to better working conditions.


Breaking News from the Court

Originally posted on ACBA News:

We are excited to announce that the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Civil Clerks’ Office hours will be extended from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning October 1, 2014.  This pilot program will be in effect until the end of the year at which time it will be re-evaluated.

The official announcement from Arlene Junior, Director, Civil Division:

“In an effort to continually improve customer service and reduce wait times, I am proud to announce extended customer service hours for the Civil Division on a piloted basis.  The pilot will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and will run through December 31, 2014.  By extending service hours, we hope to give our customers more flexibility to conduct business with the court.”

The Court’s Civil Division handles cases involving a dispute between two or more parties over an injury, their rights, or their obligations.  The Civil Division…

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Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants

Raha Jorjani
Raha Jorjani

Raha Jorjani, Alameda County Public Defender, will speak at the Alameda County Law Library on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for 1 Hour of MCLE Credit on What Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Know When Representing Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings: An Overview.

Her presentation will include:
*an overview of the immigration consequences of criminal conviction
* a discussion of defense counsel’s duty under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky (2010)
* what the Supreme Court’s 2013 decisions in Moncrieffe v. Holder and Descamps v. United States  mean for noncitizen clients.

To register online go to , by phone call 510-272-6483, and in the library ask for a registration form at the reference desk.

There is an informative article from August 20, 2014 about Raha Jorjani in the East Bay Express at .

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

loading iconOr why you are seeing the super slow “loading icon” on this page…

This is a visualization of what the internet will look like if the FCC changes the regulations governing internet service providers. The FCC is holding hearings now and you need to let them hear your voice.

The big cable companies including Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T and Comcast want to be able to charge whatever the traffic will bear.

If you are reading this or other legal information blog, social media or website, this affects you!

If you click on the image, you will be directed to a page where you can easily send your protest to the FCC.

The slow loading icon will go away at the end of today so bear with us.

For a full explanation of the net neutrality rules controversy, see our earlier post at

Or click on the black bar at the bottom of the screen that reads Learn More about Net Neutrality and Take Action.
Thank you.