The New San Bernardino Courthouse: Address And Name

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I received a notice today from the court on one of my San Bernardino District cases.  It says:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: AFTER May 12, 2014, THIS CASE WILL BE HEARD AT THE SAN BERNARDINO JUSTICE CENTER, 247 WEST 3RD STREET, SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92415-0210. The above-entitled case has been reassigned for all purposes to the new court location as of May 12, 2014.

What does that mean to you, the attorney, the in pro per, the paralegal, litigant or secretary? On your captions, instead of Central District or San Bernardino District, start writing “San Bernardino Justice Center” and instead of 303 W. Third Street, write 247 West 3rd Street on Judicial Council forms or local forms.

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Why are legal pads canary yellow?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

There are a few short answers.  They don’t have to be canary yellow, they don’t have to be legal size, they do have to 1.25 inch side margin, and no one knows for sure.  The best researched article on the subject is Old Yeller, The Illustrious History of the Yellow Legal Pad, Suzanne Snider, Legal Affairs, May/June 2005.  This has the best answers to the question.

I am transitioning away from canary legal pads because they don’t scan right.  The yellow comes out blurred for some reason, and if I ever have to convert my scanned notes into printed notes, it doesn’t make sense to use that much yellow ink.

Jay Foonberg, in his seminal How to Start & Build A Law Practice, 5th Edition, relates “Carry a yellow legal pad with you whenever you go to a public place.  When you have a yellow pad with you, you are loudly, but nonintrusively, proclaiming to every one who can see the pad that you are a lawyer.  Everyone knows that lawyers use yellow pads and very few people who are not lawyers use yellow pads.” Id. at pg. 142.

Anecdotally, and with all due respect to the amazing Jay Foonberg, I have not found that to be the case.  The only time that people ask me if I am a lawyer is when I am in the courthouse hall and they have a question.  Though I sometimes have a yellow legal pad, I am being asked because I am wearing a suit and tie and I am standing in front of a closed courtroom looking at the day’s calendar.  Those contacts are not new business, but people needing assistance with the calendar.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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More Great Moments in City of San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council Meeting History: More Anti-Christ Spiritual Leader of the House of Ying

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

Yesterday, I posted this appearance by “the Sword” on August 21, 1989 at the Mayor and Common Council hearing:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD
A citizen identifying himself as the Anti- Christ Spiritual
Leader of the House of Ying, also known as the Sword, appeared
before the Council with a mask. He stated that the mask is to
prevent a robbery, not to commit one. He spoke regarding time
allotted at Council Meetings for public comments.

City Attorney Penman stated that under the Brown Act, public
comments can be heard any time of the day.
The Sword requested an opportunity to give the Invocation at
the next Council Meeting.

What more could I learn of this enigmatic speaker from the late 1980s, no one in particular asked?

From the October 24, 1988 Council Meeting, apparently no mask, also known as “Roger”:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD
A citizen, identifying himself as Roger, also known
as the Sword, Commander- in- Chief of the House of Ying
during the battle of Armegeddon, stated his true identify
is that of the Anti- Christ.

He next shows up at the February 6, 1989 San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council Meeting (from the minutes:)

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD

A citizen, identifying himself as the Anti-Christ, also known as the Sword, Commander-in-Chief of the House of Ying during the battle of Armageddon, stated that the taping of all meetings of the Mayor and Common Council is [sic] required to be announced according to the Supreme Court decision of Davis v. Mississippi.

He requested an opportunity to give the Invocation at the next Council Meeting, or that cause be shown why he cannot do so.

The very next speaker said the following:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – SUSAN L. ROGERS – AKA SUSAN HARTMANN

Susan L. Rogers, a citizen identifying herself as a member of the House of Wrath, requested that the Mayor and Common Council present the agenda items in a professional manner.

The Sword next appears at the February 20, 1989 Mayor and Common Council Meeting:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD

A citizen identifying himself as the “Anti-Christ” True Lord  and Scripture, spoke concerning the Holy Scriptures.

The Sword finally got to give his invocation on March 13, 1989:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD

A citizen identifying himself as The Sword, Sweetpea, The Anti-Christ and True Lord of Scripture, requested to use his alloted [sic] five minutes provided each public speaker to give an invocation.

City Attorney Penman answered questions, stating that a member of the public is allowed five minutes at the beginning of Council Meetings in order to speak.

The Sword gave his Invocation.

The Sword gives a little more information about his identity on May 1, 1989:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD

Roger Dumas, a citizen who identified himself as the Anti-Christ of Revelations True Lord of Scripture, defined the three beasts of scripture. He stated that he has begun the restoration of the Garden of Eden by recycling approximately 30 to 40 thousand pounds of debris into two gardens at 231 E. 9th Street and 1182 7th Street.

All the previous appearances (except that discussed yesterday) had been during the Wilcox Administration.  Mayor Holcomb was sworn in (again) on Monday, June 5, 1989.  Soon after the swearing in, The Sword spoke again:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD

Roger Dumas, who identified himself as “The Anti-Christ of Revelations, True Lord of Scripture,” asked that a resolution be passed recognizing him as the City of San Bernardino’s mascot.

The Sword did not make public comments again until August 21, 1989, the appearance listed yesterday.  That was his last known appearance.

I was unable to find any mention of him in Google’s News archives, and there does not appear to be any other internet mention of The Sword, except, yesterday’s post.

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Great Moments in City of San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council Meeting History: Anti-Christ Spiritual Leader of the House of Ying Speaks on August 21,1989.

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I was going to write about a particular part of the City of San Bernardino’s ordinance pertaining to property maintenance.   However, the hours have dragged by in researching the 1989 genesis of the predecessor of the modern Chapter 15.24 of the San Bernardino Municipal Code, and it will take enough research for a fifty-six part series.  However, in researching the 1989 minutes, I stumbled upon this gem:

PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD
A citizen identifying himself as the Anti- Christ Spiritual
Leader of the House of Ying, also known as the Sword, appeared
before the Council with a mask. He stated that the mask is to
prevent a robbery, not to commit one. He spoke regarding time
allotted at Council Meetings for public comments.

City Attorney Penman stated that under the Brown Act, public
comments can be heard any time of the day.
The Sword requested an opportunity to give the Invocation at
the next Council Meeting.

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Common Council of the City of San Bernardino, August 21, 1989, Council Chambers of City Hall,  300 North “D” Street, San Bernardino, California by Deputy City Clerk Sandra Medina, Pages 19-20.

 

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What Facebook is Revealing About You When You Visit My Facebook Profile

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I reluctantly joined Facebook at the very late date of late 2010 after I opened my firm.  In my former practice as a government attorney, I believed that the less information that was there about me, the better. However, I now use Facebook to amplify my other social media offerings, primarily the blogs.  However, anyone who is interested in their privacy needs to mind the settings on Facebook, and consider not being on Facebook.

Facebook suggests friends not only based on your friends’ friends, but also on viewers of your profile.  Here’s some anecdotal evidence from my experience: all my pages are work-related and public. Facebook suggests  current, former and potential clients and even opposing parties and counsel,  that have viewed my profile but have not contacted me.  I think people forget that they are logged in Facebook when they are browsing.

To paraphrase what other people have said, the reason that Facebook is free is because you are the product being sold.

Happy New Year to my regular reader(s), no doubt 2013 will be more productive than 2012 at this site.

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Using a Bluetooth Keyboard WIth an iPad 2: First Impressions

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I have written before about the iPad 2 about whether it was a serious legal tool.  I concluded  that it was not particularly because you couldn’t touch type on the screen.  I had meant to buy a case keyboard combination for the iPad 2, but I neglected to do so.  Until today.

I bought the Logitech / ZAGGmate case keyboard combination at Costco.  It was on sale with an instant rebate for about $50.

First, the good.  There are a few special iPad tools, such as cut and paste, but like special keys on a regular keyboard, you usually have to look down to find them.  The best feature are cursor keys.

You can touch type on it, but it’s only about as good as a keyboard on a netbook.  Good, but not as good on a full size  keyboard.  But it is light years away from the keyboard version.  However since it is a case combination,  my palms tend to rest on the somewhat hard aluminum of the case

I am used to a trackpad and find myself reaching for one.  However, since the touchscreen capabilities of the iPad still work, I think that I can find a work around for it.

The keyboard is good enough for a quick blog post (which was so difficult with the  keyboard), for a medium size email.   There appears to be some redundancy that makes typing really quickly problematic.  Wordpress seems to have some problem with cutting and pasting, but that’s probably a WordPress problem.

I can see it would be good to take notes at a deposition, but I don’t have an app right now that does that.  I’m not sure I would write a summary judgment motion on it, even if you could rig it up.

In short, probably worth $50, don’t expect miracles, makes it easier to write email and short blog posts.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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Is the Apple iPad a Serious Legal Tool?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I have had my iPad 2 for about six months now. I do not use it much for work. It has its plusses. The Westlaw Next app works as well as the web version. Email is much easier than on the iPhone. This post is being mostly created on the iPad, but I am going to add the HTML on a real computer.

However, it is next to impossible to type anything but a short note. The keyboard does not give the right feedback, and even a netbook gives you a better typing experience. I have considered a Bluetooth Keyboard, but isn’t the Leading feature of the iPad its size? I also don’t understand the people buying a massive iPad protector. For one, it is pretty durable. But once again, you lose some of its agility

The iPad 2 does some things great (video, amazing battery life, the calendar [September 19, 2011 update from a computer: instant on]) other things well ( reading, the web), and some things not well (syncing, backup, printing, multitasking, copying, and multi-touch sometimes is not a precise as I would like), but I have not even bothered to try to do the one thing that I need the most: word processing. Yes, I know there are a few apps out there.

When I started my own practice, I finally abandoned WordPerfect. I had tried before, but pleadings were more difficult, and I always had support staff or colleagues who were resistant. I started off using WordStar before I even learned to type. When I switched from MS-DOS to Windows 3.1, I had to switch out to do word processing. If only there was a better way. Through the miracle of academic pricing, I discovered the best piece of software ever designed, and never bettered: Microsoft Word 2.0. It did everything.

But I digress. What I need is Word (and Excel) for iPad. I don’t want an emulator, because I cannot have any glitches that take an hour to get out of a pleading. Until that moment arrives, the iPad cannot “party seriously.”

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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