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October 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  CLE In-a-Box: 25 Compliance Hours Available
  What's New at Benefits of En Banc Blog
  Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
  Board of Trustees Actions
  Volunteers Needed: Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program
  Ethics: Who Do You Trust...with Client Trust Funds?
  Gimme 5: Contracting with the Federal Government
  Member Benefit: Wireless Services
  Member Benefit: Premiere Global Services
Complete Up to 25 CLE Compliance Hours with
CLE In-a-Box

Group 2, your CLE compliance period deadline is February 1, 2009. If your last name starts with H-M, you'll need 25 hours of CLE credit by February 1. With one simple, low-cost purchase of CLE In-a-Box, you can meet all your CLE requirements, including the required subjects and participatory credit.    (more)  

Attorneys Can Reap Benefits through Participation in
En Banc Legal Blog

By reading, writing, and commenting on LACBA's new legal blog, En Banc, attorneys can raise their professional profile, create an online presence, place their name in Internet search results, establish a reputation for expertise in their field, and connect with audiences both inside and outside the legal arena.   (more)  

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
Nominations are being solicited for LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award. The deadline to submit candidate names is October 31, 2008.   (more)  

Board of Trustees Actions
Trustees opposed proposal to require litigants in superior court who stipulate to mediation to bear costs, including payment of mediators. In another matter, trustees approved the filing of an amicus brief on the issue of attorney fees.   (more)  

Volunteers Needed: Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program
Highest-volume fee dispute program in California has experienced a large increase in cases in recent months. To avoid a backlog and extended periods of time for obtaining relief, your volunteer efforts can be extraordinarily meaningful.   (more)  
Ethics: Who Do You Trust...with Client Trust Funds?
In the wake of IndyMac Bank's collapse, reportedly the second largest bank failure in U.S. history, attorneys are facing unsettling questions: What happens if a failed bank holds your client's trust money? Even worse, what happens if a client has more than the FDIC-insured amount of $100,000 in the bank?    (more)  

Gimme 5: Contracting with the Federal Government and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs administers a body of law that many employers overlook or fail to appreciate. Important issues to consider include: What is the OFCCP and why does it matter? What is a "covered" federal contractor or subcontractor? What are the compliance issues regarding equal employment opportunity and employment qualifications? What if your client is not in compliance?    (more)  

Wireless Services
LACBA provides access to top wireless carriers plus the widest selection of cell phones available including smart phones, camera phones, and wireless data cards at substantial savings compared to retail stores.   (more)  

Premiere Global Services
Audio and web conferencing services are available to save travel costs, increase productivity, and speed decision making. Fax2Mail services allow user to send, receive, store, forward, and print faxes directly from desktop/e-mail.   (more)  

Find a complete list of member benefits here.   (more)   

















The October issue of
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October 22
Future of Commercial Arbitration: 3rd Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture
Associate Justice William Rylaarsdam, Professor Thomas Stipanowich, and Professor Stephen Ware will discuss current critical issues in arbitration practice and its relationship to the court.

October 23
iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration to the Brain

Dr. Gary Small will discuss how digital technology is changing the way we live and communicate, and profoundly altering our brains, producing a brain gap between older and younger minds in just one generation. The program will show how to adapt and preserve our humanity while keeping up with the latest technology.

October 30
41st Annual Securities Regulation Seminar

Luncheon speaker: Commr. Elisse B. Walter, SEC. Panel topics include recent developments and trends, corporation finance, liability, litigation update, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital and debt financing, representing boards of directors and committees during corporate crises, enforcement developments, ethics.

November 13
Law Firm Leaders' Summit: Practical Ways to Retain and Promote Women Lawyers

What has worked, what hasn't, plus ways law firm leaders can identify and implement practices that will work with their firm culture to help women lawyers advance in greater numbers. Summit will focus on solutions, discussion with peers, and practical advice. 

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