One of the most fair, diligent, and personable trial judges in Santa Clara County recently retired. Judge Gregory Ward, a Harvard Law graduate, has blessed the blogosphere with his musings on case law and legislation related to California trials. For more, see here: http://www.caltrialpractice.com/
I particularly like this post--"Hey! Keep It Down In There!": http://www.caltrialpractice.com/2011/02/hey-keep-it-down-in-there.html. If you do employment law, you'll really like it.
By the way, Human Resources and corporate in-house counsel are usually not an employee's friend. They typically exist to protect the corporation, not the employee. I'm just sayin'.