Ruth Ryan-Cruz – Guest Speaker at MANA Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2015

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Ruth Ryan-Cruz, Esq. was a guest speaker at the MANA de San Diego’s scholarship awards ceremony held at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine‘s Medical Education and Telemedicine Bldg. In speaking, Ruth addressed the 2014-2015 Latina scholarship recipients about the importance of higher education.

At this event, $15,000 in scholarships were awarded to Latinas pursuing higher education.  MANA de San Diego provided a special thanks to Dr. Patricia J. Cantero, Scholarship Chair, and her committee: Veronica Bejar, Dr. Lupe H. Buell, Velma Calvario Gloria Cazares, Dr. Cynthia Davalos, Melissa Gonzalez, Lucy Hernandez, Janina Jimenez, Lolita Lizarraga, Cassandra Mougin, Dr. Ana Navarro, Elena Perez, Rose Reyes and Dr. Marissa Vasquez.

Community sponsors included: Community Health Group, Cox Communications, Mission Federal Credit Union, and Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz=

Individual sponsors included: Anonymous, Dr. Patricia Cantero, Dolores & Michael Dweck – “Jose Luis Wiarco Scholarship”, Norma Jasso, Lolita Lizarraga, Elisa Sanchez – “Jose D. Sanchez Scholarship.”

Photo courtesy of MANA de San Diego


Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage

On this day, Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage. Before the ruling,  same-sex couples could marry in only 36 states and District of Columbia. Within hours of the Supreme Court decision, weddings were taking place in new states, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and North and South Dakota.

In their landmark 5-4 decision, justices ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage that can’t be denied by individual state law.  President Barack Obama called the decision a “victory for America” and was among those cheering the move. Opponents of same-sex marriage expressed deep disappointment.

If you’re unsure how same sex marriage, reach out to an estate planning attorney to discuss up-to-date legal repercussions following this decision.


Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copyright
  • E-commerce Laws
  • Cyberspace Law
  • Online Terms and Conditions
  • Social Media and Internet Law
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trademark / Trade names
  • Service Mark
  • Trade Secrets
  • International Protection



Real Estate Law

Real Estate Law includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leases – Residential and Commercial
  • Tenancy Matters
  • Easement
  • Deeds
  • HOA Disputes
  • Sales and Purchase Agreements – Residential and Commercial
  • Title Issues
  • Environmental Problems

Business & Corporate Law

Business and Corporate Law includes, but is not limited to:

  • Antitrust Law
  • Supply Chain Law
  • Contracts
  • Negotiations
  • Distributor and Reseller Agreements
  • Trade Regulation
  • Agency Regulation
  • Employment and Labor Matters
  • General Counsel
  • Domestic and International Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Formation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Investment Opportunities
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Buy-Out Agreements
  • Winding up and Dissolution

Estate Planning

Estate Planning includes, but is not limited to:

  • Probate
  • Trusts (Revocable Living Trust)
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills – Simple and Complex
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Privacy Documents
  • Organ Donation and DNR Plans
  • Burial or Cremation Planning

California senate approves right to die legislation (SB 128)

Modeled on a law first enacted in Oregon in 1997, California Senate Bill 128 would permit doctors to provide lethal drugs to patients with less than six months to live. The measure passed 23-14, over passionate objections from Republicans who argued it devalues life.

The California Senate on Thursday took a key step toward being the sixth state to pass a controversial “Death with Dignity” bill, two weeks after the California Medical Association dropped its 28-year opposition to such legislation.
Other states include New Mexico, Montana, Washington, and Vermont. The bill now advances to the California Assembly, where the deadline to pass the legislation is Sept. 11.
The Senate vote came seven months after the debate in California reached a climax with the death of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old Californian with terminal brain cancer. She moved to Oregon to be one of the 750 people in the state to take advantage of the medically assisted dying law it passed in 1997.

Opposition came from a leading family values organization in California, which says vulnerable people will be pressured to die prematurely now that Democrats in the state Senate are promoting suicide as official state policy.

Summer Camp’s New Duties to Disclose

California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal has ruled that summer camps, as daycare providers, have a duty to minors and their parents to disclose suspected molestation by camp employees, a duty beyond simply caring for the campers.

The case arose after parents brought suit against Keith Edward Woodhouse and his employer, Camp on the Hill, a summer camp for first through sixth graders run by the First Baptist Church of San Jose.  Woodhouse had been repeatedly reported for inappropriate behavior with children, yet parents were never informed as the camp elected to turn their backs on the issue.

Special Relationship Triggers Duty

As with previous decisions in California, the Appeals Court decided, as a day care provider, acting in loco parentis, it had a special relationship which imposed a duty to prevent harm to the minors attending the camp and the general duty to act reasonably.  The California Supreme Court had previously found that therapists have a duty to third parties endangered by their clients to disclose credible threats against those third parties. State appellate courts have found a special relationship between a school district, a student and her mother, imposing a duty to disclose molestation by another student.



Local Newspaper Sold

Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newspaper, has agreed to purchase San Diego’s largest newspaper for $85 million in cash and stock, giving the company a great position over the publishing business in California’s two largest cities.

The Union Tribune will return to its longtime name, the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper will be led on a day-to-day basis by Russ Newton, the new president and chief operating officer.

As part of the deal, Chicago-based Tribune Publishing created the California News Group, to oversee operations of the Los Angeles Times Media Group and the U-T. Times Publisher Austin Beutner has been named publisher of the U-T and will also serve as chief executive of the news group.