Trellis Blog - Legal Analytics

The Most Popular California Judges

Apr 24, 2019 12:55:00 PM / by Caitlin posted in california, supreme court, judge bios, judge analysis

We became curious about the judges who are most interesting to our site-goers, when they are viewed, and how much of the web activity is dedicated to looking up judges. Here are some judge analytics....

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Legal Analytics: Policing as a Source of Revenue, Quotas as a Source of Metrics

Apr 17, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by Caitlin posted in california, legal analytics, police

A Monterey Police officer filed a lawsuit against the City of Monterey in California on November 28, 2018. The reason? His superiors had allegedly instituted a quota system, ordering officers to issue a set number of traffic citations each month.

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Increase in Elder Abuse Claims in Los Angeles County

Mar 27, 2019 6:46:00 AM / by Caitlin posted in california, legal analytics, state court, elder abuse, los angeles

Elder abuse is difficult to measure statistically, as it often remains largely hidden. Abusive acts may be committed in the privacy of someone’s home. It may start with a phone call, a telemarketer offering a get-rich-quick scheme, or it may manifest as more tangible physical and/or emotional abuse by relatives or caretakers. As such, researchers and policy makers lack reliable statistical data, a fact that only adds more complexity to the issue.

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California Tightens its Grip on Ridesharing Laws

Mar 25, 2019 3:15:49 PM / by Anita posted in california, uber, lyft, ridesharing, legislation, California Utilities Public Commission, CUPC, law

The California Utilities Public Commission (CUPC) regulates privately owned public utilities in the state of California. On September 19, 2013, California became the first state to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC), such as Uber Technologies and Lyft. In 2017, the CUPC reinforced the use of criminal national background checks for prospective drivers to ensure consumer safety. A TNC driver is to undergo a background check prior to being hired and the TNC is required to repeat this process at least once a year.

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Gun Control: Can Change Really Happen?

Mar 12, 2019 6:34:06 AM / by Jennifer posted in gun control, california, legislation, law

Preventable shootings have unacceptably become an all-too-familiar part of our media cycle. We’re all pretty well fed up with moments of silence and nothing more by way of change. Countless students around the country have made it clear that they are too.

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The People of California vs. Homelessness: What Lawyers Can Do To Help

Mar 6, 2019 7:00:37 AM / by Matt posted in california, law, homeless, homelessness, lawyers

The state of California is currently experiencing a major housing crisis. Despite the passage of several recent measures and propositions funding new developments that will eventually provide spaces for thousands of families, the most recent count by the Homeless Services Authority estimates there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 people in Los Angeles alone that are currently homeless. The problem is enormously complicated and solving it completely will take meaningful and concerted action at the legislative and political levels. However, while we’re waiting for that to happen there are a few things that lawyers looking to make a difference can do to help stem the tide and keep real people off the streets.

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Vital Change in California’s Criminal Justice System

Feb 27, 2019 7:30:10 AM / by Anita posted in california, legislation, prison, felony, homicide, murder

A new state law may be the pathway to freedom for hundreds of California inmates.

The former California governor, Jerry Brown, Jr., passed several bills into law allowing for significant reform to the state’s criminal justice system. On September 30, 2018, Brown enacted Senate Bill 1437, amending the felony murder rule.

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The Federal Judiciary Made $146M+ Off of PACER… a Website that’s Supposed to be Open to the Public

Feb 25, 2019 7:00:16 AM / by Jennifer posted in california, law, research, decisions, federal, lawyers, PACER

President Trump’s national emergency to build the wall isn’t the only wall we’re alarmed about these days. While the rest of the world accelerates toward innovation and increasing levels of openness, transparency, and access to information, the federal judiciary’s electronic records system is hidden behind a paywall. And it’s an exorbitant one at that.

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Independent Contractors vs. Employees: The Dynamex Case

Feb 22, 2019 7:00:47 AM / by Matt posted in california, unions, employers, wrongful termination, business

Over the past twenty years, labor law in California has become increasingly worker-friendly. In response, many businesses have adjusted by reclassifying workers as independent contractors, as opposed to employees. However, the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles reexamined and ultimately rejected the existing judicial standard for distinguishing contractors from employees. The Court introduced a new “ABC” test.

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A New Louisiana Law Could Undo Roe v. Wade and Decades of Choice. Is California next?

Feb 18, 2019 8:00:33 AM / by Jennifer posted in california, abortion, supreme court, precedent, roe v. wade

Between the White House shutdown, the Polar Vortex, and a sad year for Super Bowl commercials, you might have missed that a little case called Roe v. Wade could be overturned very soon. Yes, we do mean Roe v. Wade: the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion and empowered women’s right to choose nationwide.

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