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How do we, the legal paraprofessionals, build a consistent, reliable bridge between the attorney and the clerk, while delivering our pleadings through the Court's gatekeepers? 

Whether we are Legal Secretaries, Paralegals or Legal Assistants, we need to ensure that our pleadings are successfully filed without being rejected by the clerk. When filing, we need to comply with both the California Rules of the Court ("CRC") as well as the local rules of each court. Many of us did not go to law school, so how do we understand the legalese when reading these rules? Even attorneys with decades of legal practice experience may encounter obstacles when their best attempts at compliance with the California and local rules do not satisfy the clerk. 

Here are three simple steps that can help overcome those obstacles: 

  1. Locate the applicable rules
  2. Understand those rules
  3. Clarify any remaining ambiguity with the clerk

 

1. Locating the Rules

Since the diminutive, spiral-bound desk books we once received annually have now become obsolete, the best modern day reference is to go straight to the source – the California Rules of Court website, where you can find the CRC's. Each county's local rules can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm, where you can find not only the links, locations, and contacts, but also the proper District for the Court of Appeal for each county. 

2. Comprehending the Rules

Foundationally, we must understand the relationship between the Local Rules of the Court and the California Rules of the Court (hereinafter "CRC"). The California Rules of Court ("California Rules" or "CRC") are rules that govern all the state Courts in California – that is, they apply statewide. They are administered, managed and updated by the Judicial Council of California ("The Judicial Council"), which is a body of highly qualified people employed by the State of California and under the leadership of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, the highest court in our state judicial system. Local Rules cannot supersede the California Rules of the Court. CRC. 3.20.

However, at times, the California Rules often give the "green light" to the Local Rules, providing there is no conflict with higher authority. For example, to open a case, CRC Rule 2.220(a) requires, "The first paper filed in an action or proceeding must be accompanied by a case cover sheet" and that cover sheet "must be on a form prescribed by the Judicial Council and must be filed in addition to any cover sheet required by local court rule." For example, the Los Angeles Superior Court includes within its Local Rules, LR 2.3(a)(1)(E), which instructs us that a Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum is required for all new civil case filings in "addition to the Civil Case Cover Sheet required by the California Rules of the Court." This Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum is a locally approved form (LACIV109), which can be found on that court's website. Therefore, to successfully file a first paper and open a new case in the Los Angeles Superior Court, this Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum must also be filed in addition to documents required by the California Rules, the Complaint and Case Cover Sheet. If this local rule is not followed, your filing may be rejected or sent back asking for that form in order to open your case. 

The second most basic rule is to learn to have patience in understanding the grueling legalese in so many of our rules. One way of breaking through the Court’s language as swiftly as possible is to take time in advance. 

Here are two ways to get started. Let’s consider how the following two rules work: CRC Rule 1.5 and CRC Rule 1.6. 

CRC Rule 1.5, “Construction of Rules and Standards” sets forth a series of requirements that require special attention. In this section, you should notice the mandatory words such as "must," which are required, as compared to words such as "should," which are simply strong suggestions. This will help you look out for and locate the words that flag a rule that unquestionably needs to be followed, versus words that may make your life easier if you follow them, but are not mandated.

Second, take a careful look at the definitions set forth in CRC Rule 1.6, “Definitions and Use of Terms.” The context of these rules is not the same as the everyday English we speak. For example, in Rule 1.6 (14), the word "Person" is not just a "natural person" but this word also includes a "corporation." Who would have ever thought that a corporation would be considered a person when speaking everyday English? It is important to recognize when a term is specifically defined for the Court and demands certain rules are followed, and when a term is free to be used on Friday night (such as ‘party’).

3. Contacting the Court Clerk

For many of us, the all-important interaction with the Clerk may be the most challenging task of all. As a general rule, it is always best to learn how the Clerk prefers to be contacted, by telephone or email, and then proceed from there. Some courts have designated phone hours. Other courts prefer contact by email. All of this vital information can usually be found on each individual court's website. 

Our communication with the Court will likely be much smoother if we have all the information available: case number, type of hearing, date and question. Just remember to keep your eye on the ball, and that ball is getting the document successfully filed without any delay. Don't be intimidated by the comportment of the Clerk; these folks are constantly dealing with the public, and often are happy to help a legal professional. Think of yourself and the Clerk working together for a successful filing and representation of your client and strive to do your job in a kind and professional manner. As your career develops, a friendly Clerk who recalls your professionalism and good cheer will almost certainly prove to be one of your most trusted professional contacts.

So, to wrap this up, remember three simple steps: first, locate the applicable rules; second, understand those rules, and third, clarify any remaining ambiguity with the clerk. You got this! 

Francie Skaggs is a legal assistant at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. She is the Educational Chair for the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association.
 

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP partner Paul Tauber is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) Task Force. On September 11, 2018, the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the Pacific Counsel's GTMO Task Force released its second report, A Matter of Time, to renew the call for federal judges to preside over military trials at Guantánamo.

The report builds on recommendations made in 2016, several of which were adopted in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

Following up to the GTMO Task Force’s 2016 report, Up to Speed, the task force now calls for equipping judges with expanded powers to enforce deadlines, levy consequences, and propel these cases toward fair and final conclusions.

Read the Task Force's report here.

In 2013, the Pacific Council was granted official NGO observer status at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) by the Office of Military Commissions, joining a group of organizations, including the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, that have the privilege of sending a representative to observe proceedings at GTMO.

Paul traveled to GTMO in February 2015 and again in 2016 as a civilian observer on behalf of the Pacific Council to observe a week of hearings in the matter of US v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the alleged mastermind of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and stands trial along with four others.

Since 2013, 50 members of the nonpartisan Pacific Council have spent a collective 255 days at Camp Justice as observers of the Guantánamo proceedings.

Paul’s GTMO assignment follows the lead of the late William (Bill) Coblentz, who was also appointed as an observer by the American Bar Association in 1989 when he traveled to Singapore on behalf of the ABA to observe the trials of four Singaporean lawyers accused of conspiring to undermine the government.
 

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Four Coblentz Partners were awarded Lawyers of the Year and 18 were recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in its 2019 listing of the nation’s top legal talent.

Jon Bass was named the Best Lawyers 2019 Litigation - Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year,” Alan Gennis was awarded Best Lawyers 2019 Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year," Harry O'Brien was awarded Best Lawyers 2019 Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year," and Tay Via was awarded Best Lawyers 2019 Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year," all in San Francisco.     

Congratulations to these Coblentz attorneys for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2019 guide in the following categories in San Francisco:

• Jon Bass: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate
• Jeff Bernstein: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
• Tim Crudo: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Pam Duffy: Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law
• Phil Feldman: Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates Law
• Gregg Ficks: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Karen Frank: Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property
• Alan Gennis: Real Estate Law
• William Hutton: Tax Law
• Jeff Knowles: Commercial Litigation
• Danna Kozerski: Real Estate Law
• Barbara Milanovich: Real Estate Law
• Jim Mitchell: Trusts and Estates Law
• Harry O'Brien: Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
• Richard Patch: Litigation – Antitrust
• Doug Sands: Real Estate Law
• Bob Stein: Real Estate Law
• Tay Via: Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

The Best Lawyers annual guide is based on peer review and feedback from tens of thousands of leading attorneys who confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  For the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

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Coblentz Partners Philip Feldman, James Mitchell, and Jaime Mannon are listed as Leading Lawyers in the Private Wealth Law category of the 2018 Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) guide for Northern California, published by Chambers & Partners.

Jim Mitchell is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 2. One source was "impressed by his personal qualities and the depth of his knowledge. His advice is always helpful and he pays attention to the details." Another client adds that " Technically he's perfect. Jim is an incredible listener. When he speaks he is spot-on, there is no waste of time. He's honest, smart and a great listener." A market insider notes that Jim "has been around and is at the top of his game. He is excellent; anyone in his care is in good hands."

Phil Feldman is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 2, where one client or colleague interviewed note that Phil "exhibits an impressive combination of strong technical skills and strong interpersonal skills." Another adds that he "has a great combination of strong technical knowledge and being able to relate well to many different types of clients and make a personal connection with them."

Jaime Mannon is listed as an Up and Coming Leading Lawyer by Chambers. Clients and colleagues love working with Jaime and noted that her "strengths are that she takes the time to understand complex matters, she is efficient and professional at all times. She is extremely reliable." Another interviewee raves over her abilities, saying "She is young, she is dynamic and she is just brilliant. Her documents are chameleon-like - things can change in a family situation and the documents still stick. She's young but has so much talent, she should lead the world."

The Coblentz Family Wealth practice is also listed by Chambers HNW in Band 2 for Private Wealth Law, Northern California. Chambers writes that the group "has deep experience advising wealthy families on a range of wealth transfer matters. The firm assists with estate and gift tax planning, the administration of trusts and estates, and business succession planning. It also handles litigation." Colleagues and clients mention that "They are an excellent firm with wonderful lawyers. I have found the best representatives in Coblentz - I would be lost without them." Another source adds "I think they are excellent, they're good communicators and straightforward."

Independent and objective, Chambers USA and Chambers HNW are carefully researched and widely considered to be the most reputable law firm directories in the world. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

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David Gold, Miles Imwalle, and Megan Jennings join Coblentz's Real Estate and Land Use Practice

San Francisco (July 23, 2018) – San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, long known for its premier real estate and land use practice, is delighted to announce that prominent attorneys David A. Gold, Miles H. Imwalle, and Megan A. Jennings have joined its partnership. The group joins Coblentz's Real Estate and Land Use practice.

The former Morrison & Foerster partners bring to the Coblentz firm their deep experience in the land use and CEQA side of the real estate practice, including commercial, mixed-use, medical center, renewable energy and residential development projects and have worked together on many of California’s highest profile projects. A few of the recent projects they have advised on include Apple’s new, approximately 3.4 million-square-foot campus in Cupertino; numerous utility-scale photovoltaic solar facilities for First Solar, EDF Renewables, Con Edison Development, and E.ON Renewables; the redevelopment of the 50 acre Vallco Mall in Cupertino, which is proposed to include a 30 acre publicly accessible green roof; the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyards and Dublin medical centers; the public-private redevelopment of the 80-acre Oyster Point Marina area in South San Francisco; the San Ramon City Center for Sunset Development; and redevelopment of the Public Market in Emeryville.

"I am thrilled that David, Miles, and Megan have joined Coblentz. The depth of our real estate and land use practice becomes unparalleled with their addition. Together we create a group of superior lawyers with an unmatched level of sophistication, experience, and success in complex land use and development projects," said Pamela Duffy, name partner of Coblentz. "These are great lawyers and fabulous people who come to us from one of the country's leading law firms and it is our honor to have them join us."

“From the perspective of clients confronting land use, CEQA and development challenges in California, this team’s resources, experience, and skills will be second to none,” said David Gold. “Miles, Megan and I are eager to join forces with a talented California focused firm which exemplifies a team-oriented, value-added approach as it counsels clients on their critical transactional and litigation matters.”

David A. Gold has dedicated his land use, CEQA and development practice to assisting a wide range of institutional, technology, healthcare, development, public and renewable energy clients before government agencies and commissions throughout Northern California for more than 37 years. He has been recognized by Legal 500 USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers, and holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2011, the Daily Journal recognized Mr. Gold as one of the top 25 land-use attorneys in California. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Miles H. Imwalle advises clients on the development of commercial, residential, mixed-use and renewable energy projects throughout California, and in the land use aspects of financing real estate acquisitions and developments, including zoning, land use, permitting and environmental matters. Mr. Imwalle has been recognized by Legal 500 USA and Super Lawyers. In 2012, The Recorder named Miles among its 50 "Fast Track" lawyers. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Megan A. Jennings focuses her practice on land use and environmental permitting, transactional matters, and compliance. Ms. Jennings counsels project developers throughout the CEQA review and land use entitlement process. She has particular experience advising on complex development issues for renewable energy projects, hospitals, corporate campuses, and multifamily/mixed-use facilities. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Montana.

Coblentz co-managing partner Danna Kozerski noted that Coblentz's integrated real estate and land use services have always been one of the firm’s core practice areas and that having these excellent lawyers join the firm is part of a strategic plan to grow, broaden and deepen the firm’s ability to deliver great service to its clients.  “We have been the go-to firm for large-scale, complex development projects for decades and intend to be that firm for many years to come.”

Coblentz's Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group has guided some of the largest commercial and residential development projects and transactions in California. These projects vary from major sports arenas including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T® Park, San Francisco 49ers' Levi's® Stadium and the proposed LA Clippers' arena in Inglewood to major neighborhood-transforming projects such as the $1 billion 5M Project (one of the largest mixed-use projects in San Francisco), Catellus Development Corporation’s 300-acre Mission Bay project, and the 152-acre Napa Pipe residential redevelopment project in Napa County. Also included among our notable representations are renowned cultural institutions such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium, world-class health care campuses including Sutter Health/California Pacific Medical Center hospital rebuilding projects in San Francisco, and the largest land use and conservation project in California history at Tejon Ranch. The Coblentz real estate group is top ranked in Chambers USA and Legal 500 USA, and our attorneys and projects are continuously awarded by The Best Lawyers in America, The Daily Journal, and the San Francisco Business Times, among others.

The firm’s Unfamiliar Terrain blog provides insights into the complex Bay Area land use landscape.

This announcement comes on the heels of George M. Borkowski joining the partnership and Wendy Bleiman and Alexander Loshiloff joining as Special Counsel


About Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services, specializing in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax and family wealth. Law360 named Coblentz a California Powerhouse firm in 2017. The National Law Journal named Coblentz to its nationwide Midsize Hot List four times. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Coblentz as one of the nation’s top law firms in the Best Law Firm list, with national rankings in 13 practice areas and six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco law firm category. For more information: www.coblentzlaw.com.

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San Francisco (July 17, 2018) - San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP welcomes George M. Borkowski to the firm's partnership, and Wendy Bleiman and Alex Loshiloff as Special Counsel.

George M. Borkowski joins Coblentz from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where he served as Senior Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs. He has represented leading entertainment, video game, technology, and software companies, as well as industry trade associations. George has worked with clients in the music industry for most of his career. He has also provided services to clients in the motion picture, gaming, advertising, marketing, and mobile communications industries, among others.

“Having worked with George as co-counsel, and for him as a client, I couldn’t be happier to have him on board," said Jeffrey G. Knowles, Litigation Partner at Coblentz. "Very few litigators have George's depth of IP experience generally – or in the music industry specifically. We’re lucky to have him.”   

George has over 30 years of experience in complex business and intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a focus on content protection, media and entertainment, and technology. He has litigated cases involving copyrights, trademarks and trade dress, trade secrets, patents, technology, software, false advertising, and right of publicity, as well as antitrust and corporate control disputes.

George was previously a partner at law firms Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP in Los Angeles, Venable LLP, and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP where he also founded and chaired the IP and Technology Practice Group.

Coblentz also welcomes Wendy Bleiman and Alexander Loshiloff as Special Counsel, bringing depth to the firm's Tax and Family Wealth practices.

Wendy Bleiman joins as Special Counsel from Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles.  Wendy's practice focuses on tax controversy, exempt organizations, and estate planning. Her tax controversy practice includes supervising audits by the IRS, as well as by state and local taxing authorities. She represents clients at IRS Appeals and at Tax Court, and in state and local income, franchise, property, and sales tax matters. Wendy works with non-profits to obtain and maintain tax-exempt status, and advises exempt organizations with respect to raising, investing, and utilizing charitable assets. She also works with clients to achieve their charitable and wealth transfer objectives by using specialized planning vehicles and structuring charitable gifts.

"Wendy brings incredible depth to our Tax and Family Wealth groups in the areas of tax-exempt organizations and tax controversy," said Philip B. Feldman, Family Wealth Partner at Coblentz. "She is a fantastic client advocate and we are thrilled to add Wendy to our team."

Alexander Loshiloff joins as Special Counsel. Alex is a tax attorney with experience in private tax practice and tax planning in-house at one of the largest software companies in the world. He has advised on hundreds of domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions for both public and private companies and banks, including private equity deals and joint ventures. He has significant experience with taxable and tax-deferred transactions, including taxable stock and asset dispositions, as well as spin-offs and recapitalizations, and he has provided tax support for issuers of equity and debt domestically and overseas. In the international area, Alex has significant experience advising domestic and multinational clients on various tax aspects of cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and post-acquisition internal restructurings. Alex has successfully represented companies and individuals in IRS appeals with respect to various tax controversies.

"Alex has steered clients through a tremendous number of M&A transactions – it’s tough to replicate that kind of experience," said Sara Finigan, Coblentz Co-Managing Partner. "Both of our Tax and Business groups are looking forward to bringing his wisdom and experience to corporate clients."

Prior to joining Coblentz, Alex worked at Oracle Corporation in Silicon Valley as its Senior Director for Tax Planning, and before that, he was a partner at K&L Gates in New York.

"Wendy, Alex, and George are wonderful people, excellent lawyers, and leaders in their practices. I’d be proud to announce the addition of any one of them; it is an immense addition to the firm to have them all," said Finigan. "We are so pleased to welcome them to the firm."


About Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services, specializing in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax and family wealth. Law360 named Coblentz a California Powerhouse firm in 2017. The National Law Journal named Coblentz to its prestigious, nationwide Midsize Hot List four times. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Coblentz as one of the nation’s top law firms in the Best Law Firm list, with national rankings in 13 practice areas and six prestigious “Tier 1” rankings in the highly competitive San Francisco law firm category. For more information: www.coblentzlaw.com.

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Coblentz litigation partners Thomas Harvey and Katharine Van Dusen were named to the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List 2018. Lawyers on this list are “among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities” in the United States and Canada.

Thomas Harvey is recognized for his litigation work in the Intellectual Property category. Thomas's IP practice focuses on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation, where he has represented companies in the technology, mobile, and entertainment industries. He is an active member of the International Trademark Association, serving on the Leadership Development Committee.

Katharine Van Dusen is recognized in the General Commercial category. Katharine is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. She plays a significant role in litigation for several multi-national telecommunications and media companies, and a large part of her practice involves real estate and construction disputes, white collar matters, and complex commercial litigation.

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Coblentz litigation partner Timothy Crudo is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer, Band 4, in the California, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category in the Chambers USA 2018 directory.  Tim has been recognized in the guide since 2016.

One client noted to Chambers that "I was very happy to have had him represent me. He learned the details and lingo of my industry extremely quickly and was able to advise me in a manner that made me feel comfortable and secure."

Tim is a trial lawyer focusing on white collar defense and government enforcement, particularly investigations and cases brought by criminal prosecutors, government regulators, and shareholders in white collar, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Independent and objective, Chambers USA is carefully researched and widely considered to be the most reputable law firm directory in the world. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

The Coblentz real estate practice is also listed by Chambers USA in the top tier, Band 1, for California, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, and real estate partners Pamela Duffy, Harry O'Brien, and Alan Gennis are listed as Leading Lawyers in real estate categories.

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Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass maintains its Band 1 ranking, the highest attainable, for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (California) in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 directory.

Known for its strong presence in the Bay Area and comprehensive real estate offering, clients commented on the Coblentz team's strong zoning reputation and history as a real estate powerhouse, noting, "The firm is embedded in our community and has deep relationships with key stakeholders." Another client said, "They are excellent lawyers, and down-to-earth, good people. They are my number one go-to firm for San Francisco real estate matters."

The widely-respected legal publication also recognized three individual Coblentz real estate and land use partners, Pamela Duffy, Harry O'Brien, and Alan Gennis.

Pamela Duffy is again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the top tier, Band 1, in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Pam is noted for her strength in zoning and land use matters and is particularly recommended for complex, high-value public and private company transactions. She has been recognized in the guide since 2003.

Harry O’Brien is also again ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 2 in the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – California category. Clients describe Harry as "a remarkably smart and experienced real estate attorney." He has been recognized in the guide since 2003.

Alan Gennis is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Band 4, in the Real Estate – California category. He is described by clients as "a great example of a business person's lawyer," and "the quintessential adviser who always sees the big picture."

Independent and objective, Chambers USA is carefully researched and widely considered to be the most reputable law firm directory in the world. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

Coblentz litigation partner Timothy Crudo is also recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA directory as a Leading Lawyer in the California, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category.

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Coblentz attorneys Duff Beach, Jeff Bernstein, Misti Schmidt, Howard Slavitt, Joy Spezeski, and Katharine Van Dusen were honored by the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) as 2017 Outstanding Volunteers. Each year at the annual volunteer appreciation celebration, JDC recognizes and thanks the top 15 percent of people who have made extraordinary contributions to the organization, including JDC's Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, Immigrant Legal Defense Program, and Diversity Educational Programs. Last year, over 2,000 volunteers assisted more than 9,000 low-income clients through legal representation, and related social services, in nearly every area of civil law.  Volunteers also provided over 700 students with counseling, coaching and mentoring in efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.

“JDC is thrilled to recognize all our guests who partnered with us to provide access to justice, and to a more diverse legal profession. We’re also deeply grateful and honored to have the Courts join us in expressing gratitude for public service”, said Gloria Chun, Director and Managing Attorney of JDC’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

The JDC advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. JDC is the largest legal services providers in San Francisco. JDC’s programs serve approximately 9,500 disadvantaged San Franciscans a year, with the overarching goal of assisting the community’s most vulnerable members with accessing the judicial system and strengthening their personal, professional, and economic security.

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