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  Tuesday, October 9, 2018  
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Indian Law
If a plaintiff's claim is directly tied to events that occurred on tribal land, then tribal jurisdiction is colorable and the exhaustion of tribal remedies is required. A civil forfeiture action has a direct connection to tribal lands where the action arose from the seizure of a car that had been stopped while traveling on a state road running through tribal land because of the driver's unlawful possession of marijuana while on tribal land.

Wilson v. Horton's Towing - filed Oct. 9, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 16-35320
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Administrative Law
While evidence from proctors or fellow students concerning distribution of the examination booklets or the behavior of two test-takers in the examination room would have been material, either to support or contradict the allegation of cheating, the absence of that information does not detract from the reasonableness of the inference that the test-takers had copied off each other given the statistically improbable correlation of their multiple-choice test answers, the fact that they had the same version of the exam, and their use of large letter proposed answers in the margins of the examination booklets. A student disciplinary process satisfied the rudimentary requirements for a fair hearing where the student was given a copy of the report of alleged cheating that triggered the proceedings, the student was given a summary of the review process, and the student had an opportunity to examine the examination papers.

Doe v. University of Southern California - filed Sept. 19, 2018, publication ordered Oct. 9, 2018, Second District, Div. Seven
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4935
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Constitutional Law
A guide-dog user can assert a viable claim against a property under the Disabled Persons Act for allegedly allowing a guard dog to attack the guide dog and pedestrians as they passed the property on a public sidewalk. While a defendant's ability to control a particular location may ultimately be relevant to the question of whether the defendant interfered with plaintiff's admission to or enjoyment of a public facility, nothing in the language of Civil Code Sec. 54.3 suggests that damages may not be recovered against non-owners or operators.

Ruiz v. Musclewood Investment Properties - filed Oct. 5, 2018, Second District, Div. Five
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4943
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Veronica Cruz
Veronica Cruz earned her law degree in 2017 from Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, Ms. Cruz served as Vice Chair for the Mexican American Bar Association. She also participated in the Education Law Clinic and Veteran’s Treatment Court Practicum. Ms. Cruz graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Minor in Chicano and Chicana Studies.

Throughout her career, Ms. Cruz has been dedicated to helping others. Before attending Pepperdine, Ms. Cruz was a legal fellow for JusticeCorps of America where she helped low income individuals with family law matters. She then worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, one of the largest and most prominent public interest law offices in California, where she assisted underprivileged individuals facing eviction.

While attending law school, Ms. Cruz continued in her pursuit of helping others by interning at the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office, giving a voice to the voiceless who could not otherwise afford an attorney. During her time at the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Cruz helped establish the Veteran’s Treatment Court Practicum to assist veterans who were faced with legal difficulties. She then proceeded to work for one the leading civil rights law firms devoted to helping victims of police abuse.

After obtaining her law degree, Ms. Cruz joined Kazerouni Law Group, APC in 2017 as an Associate Attorney where she continues to pursue her passion for helping others. Fighting for consumers facing unfair debt collection practices, illegal credit reporting, and various other consumer rights violations committed by large companies is in line with her passions and beliefs.

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