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Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Forgiveness is a word that has a variety of definitions, meanings, and connotations. Depending on personal beliefs and values, forgiveness has different roles in peoples’ lives. Therefore, when someone tells you they forgive you, there are a multitude of meanings that may behind it. These varying views of forgiveness can best be seen by the […]

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A Role for Apology in Medical Malpractice

Beginning in childhood and continuing through adulthood, most people are taught that apologies are important. Whether it is apologizing to a sibling for taking their toy, apologizing to a parent for breaking curfew, or apologizing to a spouse for upsetting them, apologies are an important part of our lives. Why then, are apologies so often […]

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New Associate Joins Northrup Schlueter

Northrup Schlueter APLC, a full-service law firm based in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara, has announced that Melissa Barcena has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Barcena focuses in the areas of business litigation, construction defect, and the firm’s appellate division. Ms. Barcena graduated from Pepperdine University’s School of Law receiving her Juris Doctorate […]

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The High Cost of Litigation

As advocates, one of the things attorneys are constantly called upon to do, is to educate clients on the “costs” of litigation. In that vein, litigators often speak of costs from the standpoint of the dollars and cents which will fly, more quickly than most people realize, out of the client’s pockets while ‘justice’ is […]

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Indemnification in Construction Contracts

Civil Code section 2782 Eliminates the Use of Type I Indemnity Provisions in California Construction Contracts Traditionally in California, when interpreting indemnity provisions, most courts categorize these provisions into three categories for guidance.  These categories are typically labeled as Types I through III, and they help determine an indemnitor’s scope of liability.  Almost all construction […]

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New Associate Joins Northrup Schlueter (Source:VC Star)

Jillian Morphis, new associate at Northrup Schlueter appear in Ventura County Star on June 21, 2013.  Read more.

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Listen to Me! Modern Litigation’s Failure

We live in an increasingly touchy-feely society where we give respect and regard to the therapist, the counselor, and professionals generally whose purpose and process is geared towards the individual’s needs. It’s not surprising that as society has evolved, and our basic needs are met (e.g. food, shelter, safety), we strive to find belonging, build […]

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ADR Times Magazine Releases Edition on Tools for Effectively Reaching Settlement

Mikita Weaver is the Editor-in-chief of the alternative dispute resolution online journal, known as “ADR Times.”  Published on a quarterly basis, this ADR Times Perspectives focuses on “Tools for Effectively Reaching Settlement.”  ADR Times has morphed from an interactive blog into a vibrant dispute resolution community and trusted news source for unbiased journalism covering negotiation, […]

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The Courtroom v. The Boxing Ring

By Mikita Weaver About a year ago, I started boxing at a local gym. I like being active but walking on a treadmill or running on an elliptical seems so pointless—I mean you are literally running nowhere. I also practice yoga regularly but I value hot yoga/Vinyasa Flow more for its relaxation benefit and ability […]

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Construction Build-Up (Source: San Fernando Valley Business Journal)

Ana Estephan and Jillian Morphis appear in San Fernando Valley  Business Journal on June 24, 2013. Read more

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