The Future Is Now Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice

by Landon Bailey To most lawyers, the concept of “artificial intelligence” or “AI” seems foreign – something constrained largely to the realm of science fiction, and certainly not a component of the practice of law today. This perception no longer reflects reality. Artificial intelligence technology is not just the province of future generations; it has…

Imagining a Role for Artificially Intelligent Juries

by Judge Kenneth C. Mennemeier, Jr. and Kelly A. Mennemeier Could artificial intelligence (“AI”) be applied to the fact-finding responsibility traditionally given to juries? The possibility invites reflection on what would be lost, and what could be gained, if our justice system moved away from using juries comprised of human beings and instead used computerized…

The Ugly Abyss of Racism: The Forced Relocation of Japanese-American Citizens under the Guise of Threat – Lessons for Today

by Kathleen E. Finnerty This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent internment and incarceration of Japanese Americans and others. Recent events have renewed focus on these tragic events: The Trump administration’s attempts to slow or block the immigration of “refugees” from seven Muslim-majority countries and the Executive Orders to…

President’s Message

Challenge – Explain to a 5th Grader What You Do by Sabrina L. Thomas Some of you may remember the television show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” based on a feature in Art Linkletter’s television show, Art Linkletter’s House Party. During the show, Linkletter interviewed children about a variety of subjects and elicited their opinions…

Downey Brand LLP Welcomes Three New Associates

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Downey Brand is pleased to announce that Tulin Gurer, Shankar Nair, and Kathryn Patterson have joined the firm. Tulin Gurer joined the Corporate Law practice in Downey Brand’s Sacramento office, where she represents private and public companies and nonprofits in domestic and international corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities matters,…

Attorneys Who Volunteer

by Ellen Arabian-Lee Hands-on volunteer work is nothing new for Jonathan Hayes and Catia Saravia of Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, Wood, Campora, LLP. Both have Catholic school backgrounds and recognized the importance of volunteerism at early ages. Hayes even dreamed of joining the Peace Corps, but deferred this dream when he became a busy attorney. Although…

Feature Article

Cyber Insurance 101 for Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms by Rian Jorgensen Suppose tomorrow you come to work, fire up your computer, and instead of getting your usual screen asking for log-in credentials, an ominous message appears advising that your firm’s computer system has been hacked. The “ransom note” states that if a certain amount…