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NINTH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
Criminal Law and Procedure
A bank robber's inadvertent placement of a closed pocket knife on the bank's counter while pulling a plastic bag out of his pocket was not the use of a dangerous weapon for purposes of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2113(d).

United States v. Bain - filed June 11, 2019
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 17-10107
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CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL
Employment Law
A prosecutor established a viable claim that he engaged in a protected activity for purposes of Labor Code Sec. 1102.5 where he showed that he disclosed information to people with authority over him which he reasonably believed disclosed a violation of or noncompliance with federal and state law applicable to criminal prosecutions and prosecutors. While the plaintiff did not expressly state in his disclosures that he believed the county was violating or not complying with a specific state or federal law, Sec. 1102.5 does not require such an express statement. A plaintiff arguably has a physical impairment that limited the major life activity of working where it required him to be absent from work periodically over several months to travel to an out-of-state clinic for medical testing.

Ross v. County of Riverside - filed May 20, 2019, publication ordered June 10, 2019, Fourth District, Div. One
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 2677
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Trusts and Estates
A probate court did not abuse its discretion in removing the personal representative of an estate who had resisted prior instructions to sell real property, acted in bad faith and was not an impartial fiduciary.

Estate of Sapp - filed June 11, 2019, Fourth District, Div. Two
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 2683
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LACBA Celebrates Over 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

“Meehan   Meehan Rasch
Meehan Rasch is a versatile appellate attorney at Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland who enjoys working with clients, trial counsel and in-house attorneys in a variety of substantive areas.  

As an appellate advocate, Meehan loves the challenge of crafting persuasive, well-supported arguments to help her clients prevail on appeal, especially in unusual factual situations and on legal issues of first impression.  Clients appreciate her creative thinking, comprehensive research, and clear writing, as well as her accessibility at each step of the appeals process.  

Meehan possesses unique insight into both federal and state appellate systems, having clerked for Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and later serving as a Senior Appellate Court Attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second District.  She received her law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was a senior editor of the UCLA Law Review, and also gained experience with tribal court systems as a clinical extern to the Hopi Appellate Court.  

Meehan is an engaged volunteer and leader in the Los Angeles legal community, including serving as 2018 Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, serving on the WLALA Board of Governors, and teaching legal writing and advocacy at USC Gould School of Law and UC Davis School of Law.

 
 
 
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