As the media continues to expose an appalling series of police shootings of mostly unarmed African Americans, most of us view the stories through the lens of our own experience. White Americans generally respect law enforcement, and assume that they tell the truth when they say they were threatened and had to shoot. Seventy-seven percent
Indiana recently made news for passing a religious freedom law that was a thinly disguised attempt to legalize LGBT discrimination. Now the state is in the spotlight again – this time for targeting women’s reproductive rights. An Indiana woman was just sentenced to 20 years in prison, in part for attempting to terminate her pregnancy.
In the struggle for equality for LGBT Americans, it’s two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes it comes down to pizza, and every slice matters. I’ll explain. Gay marriage is now the law in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 72 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state currently issuing marriage licenses to same sex
What’s the number one complaint clients have about their lawyers? Uncivil communication. Put more bluntly, we can come across as arrogant jerks. For some of us, that’s because we actually are obnoxious blowhards. But for the rest, it’s because we’re busy, we’re stressed, we’re trained to get right to the point, even to bore in
Bloom Firm attorneys, Jivaka Candappa and Jordan Oslin, attended UCLA’s 19th Annual Small/Mid-Size Law Firm Reception to scout out talented law students. In the summer of 2015, the Bloom Firm will be hiring two 3L law students from UCLA. This event was a great opportunity for students to meet some of the Bloom Firm
Almost certainly, Robert Durst is a sociopathic serial murderer. On the gasp-inducing conclusion of the HBO documentary about him, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” he mutters to himself, mic’d up in the bathroom, after being confronted with handwriting evidence so damning it made him twitch and burp: “What the hell did
Ellen Pao took the stand this week in her high profile $16 million sex discrimination case against Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Facing a packed courtroom, she answered intimate questions about her sexual relationship with a married partner (she says she broke it off when she discovered he was still married) and her
The Ferguson protesters were right. In fact, the corruption was worse than some of them may have realized. The police, courts and city officials systematically, frequently, blatantly violated the constitutional rights of residents, in a system infected to its core with hardcore, KKK-style racism, according to a scathing new Department of Justice report. The report
No federal charges will be forthcoming against George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. The killing generated nationwide demonstrations. Zimmerman’s state court murder trial was nationally televised by every cable news network. I covered it in depth for NBC and MSNBC, and when the trial was over, I was so disturbed
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the investigation determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman for a federal hate crime. The investigation is now closed.