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Supreme Court Releases Schedule of Upcoming Oral Arguments

Posted Jul 31, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court released its oral argument schedule  for the new session beginning October 5th.  See SCOTUSblog  for a list of the cases scheduled along with a brief description of the issues involved.  Read articles in the New York TimesWashington Post and CNN  discussing some of the cases scheduled for the court’s upcoming term.

Wills May Be Amended After Death

Posted Jul 31, 2015

The California Supreme Court ruled that wills may be amended after death if there is clear evidence of the author’s intent.  Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote, “we conclude that the categorical bar on reformation of wills is not justified, and we hold that an unambiguous will may be reformed if clear and convincing evidence establishes that the will contains a mistake in the expression of the testator’s intent at the time the will drafted and also establishes the testator’s actual specific intent at the time the will was drafted”.  Read articles in the Metropolitan News-Enterprise and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Changes to Bar Exam Approved

Posted Jul 31, 2015

The State Bar of California’s board of trustees approved a proposal  to cut the length of the state’s bar exam from three days to two.  These changes will be implemented effective with the July 2017 administration of the bar examination.  Read articles in the ABA Journal and Above the Law.