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U/Z's Umberg Comments to DJ on Possible Move by UCI Law Dean


U/Z's Tom Umberg was quoted in the lead story in the Daily Journal on April 4, 2017, "UC Irvine law dean Erwin Chemerinsky among three candidates to lead UC Berkeley School of Law." Tom put Dean Chemerinsky's legacy in perspective, "This is a potential loss to the Orange County legal community and UCI. However, he has built a very strong foundation at UCI, so I imagine it will continue to be an excellent school whose prominence will continue to rise."

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U/Z's Dean Zipser Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from OCBA


OCBAUmberg Zipser's co-founding partner Dean Zipser received the Franklin G. West Award from the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) at its annual Judges' Night on January 26, 2017. The West Award is the OCBA's highest honor, presented to outstanding attorneys and judges whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law. As this year's West Award honoree, Dean is featured in the February edition of the Orange County Lawyer magazine. The article chronicles Dean's lifetime of achievement and service to the Orange County legal community. In conjunction with the West Award, Dean received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Newport Beach in honor of his service to the Orange County community. Go to the full story for event photos and a pdf of the article.

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Garner Writes on Ethics Issues Regarding Law Firm Departures


Scott GarnerU/Z's Scott Garner has published an article in the March 2017 issue of OC Lawyer, "Law Firm Departures: Avoiding Abandonment Issues." Attorneys, including associates, leave law firms all the time for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is in search of greener grass at a different law firm. Sometimes it is to go in-house. Sometimes it is to pursue a non-legal job (or perhaps an illegal job—but that is another article altogether). Sometimes it is to stay home and raise a family. Sometimes it is because the law firm dissolves. And sometimes it is because the law firm asked the lawyer to leave. Whatever the reason, lawyers must be mindful of their ethical duties to their existing clients when they plan and execute their departures. Follow the link to read the full article.

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U/Z Representing CalSEED: New Program Will Provide $24 Million for Early Stage Clean Energy Projects


CalSEEDU/Z's Tom Umberg and Brent Colasurdo are serving as legal counsel to the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development initiative (CalSEED) which will provide $24 million in grants over five years to support innovators working on very early stage clean energy development thanks to funding from the California Energy Commission. More information about CalSEED at calseed.fund.

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U/Z's Garner Comments on Ethical Concerns Raised by Artificial Intelligence


Scott GarnerU/Z's Scott Garner spoke on a panel at the recent Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference in Chicago on the subject of ethical questions raised in the use of artificial intelligence in the legal industry. The panel was the subject of an article in Law360, "Artificial Intelligence Raises Ethical Concerns for Attorneys."

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Garner and Zipser Present to OCBA on Ethical Pitfalls for Corporate Counsel


Dean ZipserU/Z's Scott Garner and Dean Zipser co-presented a sold-out program to the Corporate Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) on January 10, 2017 entitled "Managing Litigation: Ethical Pitfalls for Corporate Counsel." The program was geared for corporate counsel, and covered ethical issues that arise in or can impact litigation, including conflicts of interest, privilege issues, email snafus, and e-discovery pitfalls.

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