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2018 President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association


2018 President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association

On Friday, January 26, 2018, James Y. Wu, Owner of the the Law Office of James Y. Wu, was officially installed as the President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA).  James has served on the CCCBA Board of Directors for over six years, and has served on a variety of Board committees including the following:  Editorial Board of the CC Lawyer Magazine, Personnel Committee, Communications Committee, Membership & Education Committee, Diversity Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Criminal Conflicts Panel (CCP) Contract Committee.  James joined the CCCBA in the early 2000’s, and also served on the Board of the Employment Law Section, and was President of the Employment Law Section in 2008.  James has practiced employment law for over 22 years, and has practiced in Contra Costa County since 2001.

Great CCCBA Staff and Member Volunteers

For 2018 at the CCCBA, James is very excited to be working with the dedicated staff, lead by Theresa Hurley, Executive Director.  Theresa’s team keeps the CCCBA running at top performance to serve the members, the public, and the Bench.  Additionally, James is lucky to have an outstanding Board of Directors, including a top-notch Executive Committee of Wendy McGuire Coats, Oliver Greenwood, Laura Ramsey, and Philip Andersen, and a fantastic Board in general.

Amazing 2017

The Board and all the Section Leaders, and other volunteers truly make the CCCBA one-of-a-kind and one of the most active bar associations in the country.  As an example, in 2017, CCCBA Members donated a total of approximately $106,000.00 to various local non-profit organizations and scholarships.  Members also donated at least 2,300 hours volunteering in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County by serving as Discovery Facilitators, Pro Tem Judges, at the Family Law Self-Represented Litigant Calendar and Clinic, and by providing Legal Workshops.  Additionally, Board, committee, and section members spent over 1,500 hours managing programs and planning for the future, and the 20 CCCBA Sections held over 100 events in 2017.

Also, in 2017, the CCCBA developed and presented the first ever Diversity Award to recognize law firms who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the legal profession.  James is proud that his firm (under the previous name of Wu Castillo, P.C.) was one of ten firms recognized with a Diversity Award.

Focus on 2018

For 2018, in addition to maintaining and building upon the tremendous work and success that the CCCBA has enjoyed over the years, James has created a committee focused on addressing the needs of the County’s most experienced/senior attorneys.  In 2017, approximately 76% of CCCBA members were over 41 years old, and 34% were over 60 years old.  James has tasked a committee to analyze what we can do to keep these members engaged with the CCCBA, what programs (social, educational, or otherwise) do these members desire, and opportunities for the CCCBA to tap the incredible wealth of experience and knowledge of these attorneys, and harnessing their experience to benefit less experienced attorneys, the public, and the Bench.

James also has placed an emphasis on strengthening the CCCBA’s presence and activities in West Contra Costa County and also East Contra Costa County, and hopes that a new “East County” Section will be created.  Furthermore, James is focused on getting the CCCBA more “social media” savvy so that the members and the public learn more about the fantastic work performed by the nearly 1,800 volunteer members of the CCCBA, the dedicated staff, and the Judges in our County.

To learn more about James, please read the “Interview with Incoming Board President James Wu” published by the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine.

Cheers to 2018!  #cccba4you

2015: New Employment Laws In California


2015: New Employment Laws In California

For 2015, California employers must be aware of a few important (and somewhat complicated) new – or changed – employment laws. I am happy to post a PDF version of 10 of those new employment laws in California. Some of these new laws should be reflected in Employee Handbooks, involve providing notices to employees, and require new training for managers and supervisors.

10 New Employment Laws for 2015

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss these laws, to update your company’s Employee Handbook and other essential documents and agreements, or for assistance regarding any other employment/HR issue.

September 30, 2014: NCERT Seminar On Workplace Investigations


September 30, 2014: NCERT Seminar On Workplace Investigations

How employers investigate and resolve employee complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other misconduct can have a serious impact on liability, workplace morale, productivity and culture. I am proud to announce that the Northern California Employment Round Table (NCERT) has scheduled a top-notch presentation titled “Responding to Employee Complaints: From Investigation to Resolution.” This presentation will be held on September 30, 2014 from 8:30-10:30a.m. at the County of Alameda Administration Building in Oakland, CA.

As President of NCERT, I have the honor of welcoming all attendees and introducing our distinguished panel comprised of:

Human Resources professionals, attorneys, business owners and executives should not miss this event. For further details and registration information, please refer to this flyer. I look forward to seeing you there!

Two Worlds Have Collided


Two Worlds Have Collided

As many of you know, I have been fortunate to be an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and have served on the Board of Directors for several years. The Bar Association is one of the great professional organizations to which I belong and contribute in connection with my “day job.”

When I am not involved with the CCCBA, or providing legal services to clients, I try to enjoy family time and giving back to the community in additional ways. This past year, I had the privilege of serving as the President of Walnut Creek Little League. It was an honor to be President and to have worked with other community volunteers during the 75th anniversary of Little League, the 40th anniversary of Softball Little League, and the 25th anniversary of Little League’s Challenger Division. Coincidentally, this year was also Walnut Creek’s 100th birthday. This past season, WCLL served a record number of players (almost 900) ranging from ages 5-14 years old.

These two worlds collided in the August 2014 edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. The entire edition of the magazine was devoted to the “secret lives” of legal professionals in Contra Costa County. Nicole Mills (a wonderful legal professional and mother of two WCLL players) exposed to the local legal community my secret life as WCLL President. Thank you Nicole for a flattering article, and for helping to expose the far more interesting secret lives of other Contra Costa County attorneys and judges.

The Law On Social Media and Employment Is Still Evolving


The Law On Social Media and Employment Is Still Evolving

Social media and technology keep advancing at a rapid pace. The law has furiously been trying to catch up. For a short time, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) was at the forefront of creating the framework for social media and employment law. In June 2014, however, the U.S. Supreme Court stalled, at least temporarily, the NLRB’s efforts to create new guidance.

In my July 2014 post for Maximize Social Business, I briefly analyzed the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning and how the Supreme Court will impact the NLRB’s progress. And, I specifically analyzed how this court decision will impact the landscape of social media and employment law. Only time will tell if the NLRB will catch up with its work before technology moves beyond today’s workplace technologies.