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Simas & Associates, Ltd. Newsletter | June 2, 2017 | Volume V, Issue 6
Firm Announcement
 
Simas & Associates, Ltd. Formalizes Government Law Practice Areas and Services

Sacramento - Since its founding in 2002, Simas & Associates, Ltd. has offered government law and administrative law services. As a boutique law firm, it prided itself on providing a level of dedication and savvy that it did not feel was adequately offered to individuals who found itself confronted by the machine of state and local governments and their respective administrative arms. 



"I really felt that I had a unique combination of skills, experience, and perspective when it came to representing professionals in the administrative hearing arena," explained Steven L. Simas. "Having worked in the Office of the Attorney General, I knew the different aims and nuances of the licensing agencies for which the Office served. Equipped with that information, I was able to help many professionals and businesses. This could be in quickly smelling out a horrible substantive defense and educating the licensee on contrition, mitigation, and rehabilitation. Or, this could be in finding the expert witnesses necessary to sway the [Administrative Law Judge] on the merits of the defense."

Over the years, the firm has expanded and focused its offering to several niche areas. Some of these are specifically sub parts of their original Administrative Law offering - Health care Law, Professional Licensing Defense Law, State Bar Defense, Gambling Law, Automotive Law, Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, Marijuana Law - whereas some were complementary practice areas and legal services that we provided to professionals and businesses in need - Employment Law, Contract Law, and Business Law; Civil Litigation, Appeals, Writs of Mandamus, Human Resources, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

However, in growing these new veins and capillaries into new areas of law, stemming from services primarily offered reflective to the Administrative Procedure Act, the firm had never really formalized by what it meant through its "Government Law" offering. Until now.

"I had always identified, 'Government and Administrative Law' as a foundation for Simas & Associates, Ltd.," explained Simas. "I had kind of thought of them as one-in-the-same. But over the years and as new niche, practice areas formed, I realized the value in differentiating what it was we meant by 'Administrative Law'."

And now the time is right for Government Law. As such, the firm now offers Government Law as a separate practice area. There within, you will sub-nice practice areas such as:

Municipal Law
False Claims Act Law
Regulatory Compliance Law
Property and Land Use Law

"Mind you, these are all things the firm has offered to provide to its clients since day 1," continued Simas. "Rather, by differentiating them and calling them what they are, we are hopeful it will draw more attention to our capacity to provide complete representation for our clients at every point of interaction with the government - and at every level of government."

In conjunction with these practice areas, Simas & Associates, Ltd. continues to provide Government Law legal services, such as Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act requests, Public Contract Bid Defense or Protest, and Issue Advocacy.

And the offering is not limited to just professionals or businesses. Simas & Associates, Ltd. offers its Government Law perspective to serve on behalf of several local or municipal government bodies in advisory or independent hearing officer roles.  

"We always try to do what is right by and for our client," stated Simas. "Communicating what we have regularly offered to do for our clients in writing and published for the whole world to see helps us achieve that aim. It provides credibility to our statement, 'we can do that for you. It lets out client know that our experience and capacity to help does not just end when a decision is adopted by the Board or a writ is granted by the court."

For more information on Simas & Associates, Ltd. and its practice areasAdministrative Hearing legal services, or recent California Law Victories, please visit our website at www.simasgovlaw.com.
Firm Announcement
 
Justin D. Hein to Present to The Barristers' Club of Sacramento

Vice President, Justin D. Hein will be providing a lunch time presentation before The Barristers' Club of Sacramento on June 29, 2017. The topic of the presentation with be an Introduction to Administrative Law.



You may already be a Barrister and not even know it.  If you are a Sacramento County Bar Association member and have been practicing for 5 years or less, or are age 36 or less, then you are a Barrister. 

The Barristers' Club of Sacramento is in place to provide an environment for new, younger attorneys to learn, network (commiserate), and just get acclimated to a new environment. Many find themselves in a new city or state, let alone a new profession, and participation in The Barristers' Club helps them meet new people, learn more about the Sacramento and California legal community, and have some fun.

Justin's presentation is still a work in progress, but will likely be focused on the Administrative Procedure Act and practicing before the Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of licensed professionals.  
Client/Vendor of the Month
Berkeley Therapy Institute
1749 Martin Luther King Way
Berkeley, CA 94709
P: (510) 841-8484
F: (510) 540-1707
http://www.bti.org/

The Berkeley Therapy Institute (BTI) is a licensed non-profit community mental health clinic, and has been serving the Bay Area since 1972. 

Professional services offered at the BTI include outpatient psychotherapy; psychological and neuropsychological testing and assessment; professional consultations with attorneys, businesses and community agencies; and psychiatric treatment and medication consultation.

In addition to providing direct patient care, BTI has served as a training institute for clinical psychology interns for over 40 years. Most of its professional staff are actively involved in the leading professional organizations and several staff members hold teaching positions at Bay Area professional schools, colleges, and universities.

Simas & Associates, Ltd. appreciates the opportunity to serve as BTI's counsel since 2017. If you would like to be featured as our law firm’s “Client/Vendor of the Month,” please contact us at info@simasgovlaw.com
Featured Agency Announcement

504 Patients Opt for Patient-Assisted Suicide

San Diego, CA — 504 terminally ill adults have received prescriptions to end their lives, according to an advocacy group during the first year of the new law in California.

The California law, which went into effect on June 9, 2016, gives mentally competent, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication to end their own lives. In an announcement, Compassion & Choices said the law is working as intended and that 504 people had received prescriptions based on inquiries to its consultation program. The group said the total number of prescriptions statewide will be significantly higher since not every patient would have contacted the advocacy group.

Under California's law, ABX2-15, which marks its anniversary June 9, patients must be given six months or less to live, make two verbal requests within 15 days of each other and submit a written request.The written request can be found here. And the form for a written attestation can be found here.

State officials from the Medical Board of California or California Department of Public Health have not released figures yet as the anniversary of the law approaches, according to an Associated Press report via The New York Times. And the law is still being challenged by the Life Legal Defense Foundation, American Academy of Medical Ethics ,and several physicians who say determining when someone has six months or less to live is an arbitrary decision that opens the door for abuse. A hearing is scheduled for June 16.
Featured Blog Entry

What Can You Do About New Cannabis Regulations?

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMC), Department of Public Health (CDPH), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are all creating new regulations to clarify and define existing law regarding the use of cannabis and medical cannabis in the state of California.

The proposed regulations will be implemented under the Administrative Procedure Act. During the public comment period of the regulatory process, all interested individuals are encouraged to participate by submitting comments regarding the proposed regulations during the public comment period. 

And you can comment now! Each of these agencies is required to consider and address all relevant comments received during the public comment period. After the close of the public comment period, the comments received from the public are reviewed by the respective agency: BMC, CDPH, or CDFA. The respective agency will then provide a summary and response to timely and relevant comments within a document called the final statement of reasons. 

To keep reading this entry, please click here:
Wit of Mandate - What Can You Do About New Cannabis Regulations?
Word of the Month

Agent

A person authorized to act for and under the direction of another person when dealing with third parties. Depending upon the level of appointment by the principal, an agent can enter into binding agreements on the principal's behalf and may even create liability for the principal if the agent causes harm while carrying out his or her duties. Sometimes the agent may be identified by law due to the actions of the agent or principal. Sometimes the agent may be capable of who is considered under the law as capable of accepting service of process and answering questions under cross-examination on behalf of the business entity.

For more terms related to our practice areas, please visit our law firm’s glossary at 
SimasGovLaw.com - Glossary.
Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

Simas & Associates, Ltd. is once again in the market for employees. With four offices across the state and the Department of Consumer Affairs and other state agencies and boards as aggressive as we have ever seen them, we have clients who need our help.

So, if you know of Attorneys, Paralegals, and Administrative Assistants with some experience working in a private law firm setting, please send them our way. Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references are always welcome to help us in finding the next talented litigator, brief writer, researcher, client intake consultant, and accounts receivable clerk. 

Those interested can send their materials via email to careers @ simasgovlaw.com. 
Upcoming Calendar

June 2 - National Donut Day. Also, SCBA presents, Current Legal Issues Facing the Cannabis Industry.

June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day.

June 9 - Donald Duck Day.

June 14 - Bourbon Day. Also, Flag Day.

June 15 - U.S. Open begins. Also, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association Presents, 
Striving to Be a Trial Lawyer - 35 Years and Counting. And the San Diego County Bar Association Presents, Opening Your Own Law Practice.

June 18 - Father's Day.

June 21 - Summer Solstice.

June 22 - NBA Draft.

June 23 - Take Your Dog to Work Day. Also, Sonoma County Bar Association Presents,
 2017 Summer Soirée.

June 28 - (Tentative)
SCBA Administrative Law Section Mixer.

June 29 -
Justin D. Hein to Present at the Barristers' Club of Sacramento.

June 30 - Meteor Watch Day.
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