Voting Rights: Let All Our Voices Be Heard

Voting Rights: Let All Our Voices Be Heard

Last month, our nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The 19th Amendment boldly proclaims that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The road to this amendment was long and difficult. The organized movement began in 1848 at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. While the faces of the many courageous women who fought for its passage were diverse, the new law did not benefit all women. Black women and other women of color had to wait another 45 years until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be able to exercise their right to vote.

The Power of Getting Into Good Trouble: Lessons From History

The Power of Getting Into Good Trouble: Lessons From History

On July 17, our country laid to rest an icon of the Civil Rights Movement: Congressman John Lewis. At his funeral, numerous dignitaries, including three former U.S. Presidents, honored his lifetime of contributions to our country. Lewis served in Congress for 33 years, dedicating his life to the fight for equality and justice. And fight he did. Arrested over 40 times, beaten on numerous occasions, he is known to have counseled others to, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”

Celebrating Our Independent Judiciary on This Independence Day

Celebrating Our Independent Judiciary on This Independence Day

Hello fellow Marin Bar members! We are now in the full swing of summer, with Independence Day around the corner as of this writing. While we are unfortunately still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of new cases spiking dramatically, the month of June did bring some positive news in the form of several actions by the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court that came with varying degrees of surprise to many observers.

President’s Message for February Marin Lawyer

President’s Message for February Marin Lawyer

As a new lawyer, I conducted my first trial with Bank of America as my client. I needed to prove that the loan officer had no knowledge of a prospective borrower’s prior loan applications. In the absence of both the loan officer or any other direct evidence, this was challenging, and it became clear to me that without evidence, I simply would not be able to prove up my client’s defense. Evidence is, of course, at the heart of our trial process. In fact, we learned this in Trial Practice 101.

President’s Message for MCBA

President’s Message for MCBA

Welcome to a new year with MCBA! I am Susan Feder, your new MCBA President, and I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible during the course of the year. Allow me to briefly introduce myself. I am a full time mediator with a varied civil mediation practice.

President’s Message for June Marin Lawyer

President’s Message for June Marin Lawyer

This month’s Marin Lawyer theme began as “the environment,” and after the arrival of COVID-19, fittingly evolved to be primarily about the pandemic. For my monthly message, I planned to write about the unintended, and sometimes positive, impact of the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders on environmental health.