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Candyland in the Senate: Understanding the Basics of the Impeachment Process

Chocolate impeachment

Under U.S. Senate Rules, during all the hours of the impeachment trial, no food or drink is allowed in the Senate Chamber other than water: and yes, still or sparkling [brought to the Senator by a page], milk, and the sugar rush of candy. Candy is said to have slipped in from many years of tradition, available also at the Clinton impeachment proceedings, with a plentiful supply kept on hand for all. Senators sitting through the late night of motions Tuesday night could stop by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s desk, and choose between: Hershey’s bars with almonds, Rolo caramels, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews [all from Pennsylvania candy manufacturers]. Certainly there were no San Francisco makers represented, no Recchiuti, no Dandelion: and nary a banana or energy bar in sight—sadly, no coffee.

To keep an eye and all ears on the proceedings, as a free livestream, take a look at these two sources: and let us know your own favorites:

· The PBC News Hour YouTube channel on impeachment.

· And the Senate’s own livestream of Floor activity

For deeper information on the impeachment process itself, multiple guides provide the constitutional structure and break down the process, including : Impeachment Guide

A listing of impeachment documents collected by the House is easily accessed through: https://libguides.scu.edu/c.php?g=980592&p=7091077

And the Constitution itself, with analysis and interpretation, here: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/GPO-CONAN-2017

Finally, for a more encompassing view of executive powers and the constitutional check of impeachment, the San Francisco Law Library has deeper resources to ponder: including the Lawrence Tribe & Joshua Matz book, To End a Presidency : The Power of Impeachment and the Cass Sunstein, Impeachment : A Citizen’s Guide

Whatever happens in the end will be history, and history, as they say, has its own view of what we see as the present. In the meantime, we can follow, as we can. Chocolate always helps.


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Free Post-Conviction Relief MCLE Jan 29

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Noon to 1:00pm
Post Conviction for Lawyers and Their Clients

Presented By Jo-Anna Nieves Esq.
Managing Attorney and C.E.O.
The Nieves Law Firm, APC
1 Hour free MCLE
***Download Flyer Here***

Attorneys zealously represent clients within their practice areas; yet, often a client has an unrelated criminal conviction in their past that can cause snags for their case or their future. Clients are finding that even a small unlawful mistake can come back to haunt them, whether it’s securing employment, starting a business, seeking funding, travel, immigration relief, or family disputes. Attorneys therein must consider how their client’s criminal history can affect their chances of a favorable case or personal outcome. “Post Conviction for Lawyers and Their Clients” navigates California’s many programs for relief from criminal convictions and explores how various motions can effectively resolve the issues that a criminal rap sheet entry can present. It will inform lawyers across all practice areas of the potential consequences, client eligibility, and benefits that each Post Conviction Relief petition provides. This presentation is based on The Nieves Law Firm’s experience successfully litigating many of these motions in Criminal Courts all over California.

January 29 2020 Post Conviction MCLE Flyer


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Free HIPAA MCLE Wednesday 1/22

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Noon to 1:00pm
HIPAA and Related Laws: Comprehensive Update
Presented by Cristina A. Collazo, Senior Benefits Advisor
United States Department of Labor
1 Hour free MCLE Credit
***Download Flyer Here***

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, enforces Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This program offers a comprehensive look at The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA offers protections for workers and their families such as:

  • Opportunities for employees and dependents to enroll in a group health plan due to loss of coverage or certain life events
  • Prohibition of discrimination against employees based on any health factors they may have, including prior medical conditions, previous claims experience and genetic information.
  • Disclosures to plan participants

Common tips and tools for compliance will be discussed.

*Note: HIPAA privacy rules will not be discussed, as they are not enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jan 22 2020 DOL HIPAA MCLE Flyer