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Hong Yen Chang, a Yale Law School graduate and already a New York lawyer, was barred from practicing law in California in 1890. Rachelle Chong.

125 Years Late, Chinese Lawyer Earns Right to Practice Law in California

By Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee Acknowledging a “sordid chapter” in state history, the California Supreme Court ruled last week that a Chinese immigrant denied the right to practice law in California 125 years ago because [...]
Senator Mark Leno

Leno Bill Gives Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing [...]
Senator Loni Hancock

Senators Hancock and Leno File Legal Brief Against Death Penalty

Senator Loni Hancock, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, has filed a legal brief supporting the elimination of California’s death penalty. Senator Hancock was joined in filing the brief by Senator Mark Leno [...]
Home care workers, seniors, and union members marched on Wednesday outside the State building in downtown Oakland demanding that Gov. Brown treat all workers equally and give home care providers overtime pay. Photos by Ashley Chambers.

Home Care Workers Demand Gov. Brown Keep His Promise of Overtime Pay

In-home care workers, union members, and seniors rallied outside the State building in downtown Oakland on Wednesday chanting, “Overtime is overdue,” demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown keep his promise of overtime pay for workers who [...]
Former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner with Assemblyman Tony Thurmond.

Assemblyman Tony Thurmond Introduces Staff

By Kia Croom District 15 Assemblymember Tony Thurmond introduced his new staff at a recent event at Berkeley City Hall. Thurmond’s district staff includes: Brett Badelle, field representative; Brandon Baranco, field representative; Mary Nicely, district [...]
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High Cost of Hepatitis C Drug Hits California Budget

By David Siders, Sacramento Bee Last year, after the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new drug for hepatitis C, health officials around the country warned of dire consequences for state budgets.