The Law | 10.14

Medical Malpractice Why I will vote YES on Prop. 46 on November 4. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Does limiting the liability for negligent or impaired doctors help or hurt victimized patients? That is what you will answering on November 4th when voting on Proposition 46. Voting Yes on Prop. 46 could cause three major changes in…

The Law | 09.14

WAITING FOR JUSTICE The vast majority of individuals, who are not members of the legal profession, are not aware of the increasing level of injustice that has emptied from the state of California’s civil judiciary system. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR In California, a most disturbing and far-reaching form of tort reform has taken effect. According to…

The Law | 08.2014

Entrapment: What You Need To Know It is a well accepted practice for police to use deception to catch those who break the law. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Whether watching the movie “Blow,” or Season 2, Episode 8 of “Breaking Bad” (Episode: “Better Call Saul”), you will have heard discussed the legal defense of “entrapment.” If…

The State | 08.2014

      MODERN FAMILY With same-sex marriage legalized in California last year, the Senate is considering Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s “Modern Family Act.” BY VICTOR MELAMED California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break, reports The Associated Press.…

Four States Battle for Gay Marriage in Cincinnati

The fight for same-sex marriage rights continues in the mid-west. All eyes are on Cincinnati, Ohio, today, where three federal appeals judges will decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.   The civil rights case heads to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  In each of these states, a…

The Law | 07.14

Cultural empathy for Lawyers With  LGBT Clients Without knowledge and understanding of the LGBT community, an attorney may not be giving accurate advice to his/ her LGBT client. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR I’ve met thousands of lawyers… lawyers from different places, practicing every kind of law, handling all kinds of cases. And while California is awash…

The Law | 06.14

WHEN TALK ISN’T SO CHEAP The Donald Sterling tapes: the legality of recording private  conversations. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR • Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has certainly landed himself in a lot of trouble. In late April, a recorded conversation he had with his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, was leaked to the gossip site TMZ.com. On…

Proud To Serve

Being gay is no longer looked at as being taboo,” states Officer Nuria Vanegas, adding that her experience as a lesbian officer in the LAPD has been “nothing but positive.” In today’s world, “equal equality” in the workplace is no longer confined to the equality of men and women, but there is also a growing…

The Law | 05.2014

Boys Behaving Badly Sexual harassment on the job. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR > A story is making the rounds about a certain heavyweight A-List film director who is being sued by a man claiming sexual harassment. The plaintiff claims that he was employed by an entertainment company as an actor when he was a minor, and…

The Law | 04.2014

  The Changing Face Of Cannabis Laws In California The conflict between federal and state laws continues to be played out in court. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR • No matter what your views about the recreational or medical use of marijuana, California is on a path to the eventual legalization of pot. Marijuana laws in California…

The Law

Consent And BDSM Certain sexual practices can be prosecuted under state criminal laws. This is true even when there is clear consent. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR • One of extraordinary qualities of the gay community is its acceptance and celebration of sexual expression within the many subgroups that make up the community as a whole. This…