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Editor's Introduction
May 03, 2018
By Robert Rosborough

If you are not familiar with restorative justice, this month’s issue is your opportunity to learn more about it while also learning more about our candidates for District Attorney. Since several of our articles address it, I’ll refrain from defining it here but if you think that restorative justice is some sort of new age alternative to the “real” justice system, you might be surprised.

President's Message
May 02, 2018
By Thomas S. Brown

This month’s Marin Lawyer focuses on the upcoming election for the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. This local race is turning into one of the most watched and interesting items on this year’s June ballot.

May 01, 2018
By A.J. Brady

The case for restorative justice is best exemplified in one of the more common crimes we prosecutors face—a residential burglary. A residential burglary is simply defined:  it is breaking into an inhabited dwelling with the intent to commit a felony within, usually theft. In short, someone breaks into your house.

May 01, 2018
By Lori Frugoli

“Why don't we resolve this case with restorative justice?” That question was first posed to me years ago when a public defender suggested restorative justice as a resolution to a case. I broached the subject to my supervisor and was promptly told "we don't do that." In hindsight, both myself and my supervisor should have asked "What exactly is restorative justice?"

May 01, 2018
By Anna Pletcher

One night in Elmira, Ontario, in 1974, two teenagers went on a drunken rampage. They slashed tires, smashed windows, and even overturned a boat. All told, they vandalized 22 homes, costing thousands in damages. The youths were arrested and questioned by law enforcement, but they did not go to jail.

Apr 30, 2018
By Megan Yip

Today many people access most of their accounts - bank accounts, credit card accounts, investment accounts, mortgage accounts, and more - online via password access. Many professionals advise that in planning for incapacity or death, folks should keep a list of passwords to share with their loved ones or trusted agents who will need to access these accounts. I do not advise clients to share their passwords for many reasons, but the most concerning one is that, seemingly as a direct result of the popularity of the estate planning advice, “share your passwords,” I see a trend in people neglecting key parts of the legal post-death administration process.


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