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May 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 5 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  Hon. Dorothy Nelson to Receive Outstanding Jurist Award
  Help Us Stop Domestic Violence Highlights: Section Newsletters Arrive Electronically
  16th Annual DRS Awards Dinner Set for May 5
Law Day: Free Foreclosure Counseling Clinics on May 2
  LACBA Trustees Support Fair Sentencing for Youth Act
  Ellen Aprill Named 2009 Dana Latham Award Recipient
  LACBA Election Schedule
  Evening at the Law Library with the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic
  Ethics: Vicarious Disqualification of Public Law Offices
Member Benefit: IT Services for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

Member Benefit: Wireless Services

Hon. Dorothy Nelson to Receive Outstanding Jurist Award on May 21
The Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will receive LACBA's 2009 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 21 luncheon in downtown Los Angeles. The annual award is presented, among other criteria, on the basis of significant contributions from the bench through judicial ability and experience, judicial temperament and demeanor, knowledge of the law, and contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community.   (more)   

Help Us Stop Domestic Violence
LACBA's Domestic Violence Project provides one-on-one assistance to victims in preparing the paperwork needed to get temporary and permanent restraining orders against their assailant. The project also prepares victims for their hearings, assists them with interaction with local law enforcement, and provides them with contacts to local shelters for safety. Last year alone, DVP served nearly 7,000 victims. In the current economic climate and its accompanying frustrations and despair, the rate of domestic violence is expected to rise to epidemic proportions. The project needs your support.   (more) Highlights: Section Newsletters Arrive Electronically
One of  LACBA's most dynamic membership benefits is the variety of newsletters that LACBA sends electronically to section members. And once these newsletters are ready to go out, a copy is archived on the corresponding section Web page, thus creating a gold mine of legal references through which members can search.   (more)   

16th Annual Dispute Resolution Services Awards Dinner Set for May 5
LACBA Dispute Resolution Services will celebrate the achievements of four stellar honorees at its 16th Annual Awards Dinner on May 5: producer and director Gilbert Cates; CPR Institute; Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon; and Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon & Jamra LLP.   (more)   

Law Day: Free Foreclosure Counseling Clinics on May 2
In observance of  Law Day 2009, LACBA Barristers--in partnership with Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and Public Counsel--will provide free counseling to members of the public who are experiencing mortgage problems to determine whether loan modifications are possible, whether fraud was involved in the loan, and other steps to take in resolving mortgage issues. Volunteer attorneys will be present at three locations on Saturday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   (more)   

LACBA Trustees Support Fair Sentencing for Youth Act
Senate Bill 399 would provide for review of the life-without-parole sentence of a youth offender after 10 years of incarceration, with specific criteria and an intense, three-part review process to determine whether those offenders have matured and proven themselves to have changed, resulting in the possibility of a lesser sentence.   (more)   

Ellen Aprill Named 2009 Dana Latham Award Recipient by Taxation Section
The Taxation Section has selected Ellen P. Aprill as recipient of its prestigious Dana Latham Award for lifetime achievement in the field of taxation law. She will be honored at the section's annual award luncheon on Friday, June 5, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.   (more)   

LACBA Election Schedule
Find remaining deadlines here.   (more)   

First Annual Evening at the L.A. Law Library with the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic on May 4
You're invited for an evening of entertainment, wine and cheese, and an opportunity to network and mingle with colleagues.   (more)   

Ethics: Vicarious Disqualification of Public Law Offices
The California Supreme Court weighs in on vicarious disqualification involving government or nonprofit attorneys in In re Charlisse.   (more)   

Techmedics: IT Services for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses
Techmedics is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in IT services for small to mid-sized businesses. Its certified professionals are available 24/7 to provide onsite and remote support for your computers and VOIP systems. Services range from one-time break/fix arrangements to complete outsourcing of your IT Department. Call (877) TECH-611 (877-832-4611) and tell them that you are a LACBA member to arrange a free consultation, or go to for additional information.   

Wireless Services
LACBA offers mobile products and services with access to numerous wireless carriers including Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Cingular/AT&T, and T-Mobile so that members can find the carrier and plan that’s right for them. A wide selection of cell phones including smart phones, camera phones, and wireless data cards are also available at substantial savings compared to retail stores. Find out more at   

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


The May issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
is available online.

May 5
38th Annual Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business

Program provides discussion and analysis of the acute impact on the real estate industry by the current economic climate and the environmental and financial regulatory systems intended to support it.

May 7
Criminal Justice Awards Dinner 2009

The dinner honors the best in the profession who have consistently demonstrated legal excellence and dedication in the practice of criminal law.

May 9
41st Annual Family Law Symposium

The symposium provides a comprehensive update on topics relevant to family law including proof and presentation issues, fiduciary duties relative to confidentiality in mediation, disclosures and technology, family law and probate, plus new case law and trends.

May 14
Intellectual Property Nuts & Bolts Spring Program

The program will address the fundamentals of intellectual property law, including the basics of trademark, patent, and copyright law along with related causes of action such as the right of publicity, trade secrets, and unfair competition.

May 14
Annual Presentation on State and Local Tax Current Developments and Other Key Issues

The program features presentations by top goverment officials and leading practitioners in the franchise, city, sales, and property tax fields. State Controller John Chiang will discuss the state budget and future goals of the Controller's Office. Marcy Jo Mandel will receive the 2009 Award for Excellence.

June 2
Practical Persuasion: Key Principles for Writing High Impact Motions and Briefs

This interactive, hands-on program delivers key principles for writing high impact motions and briefs, plus a brisk review of 10 tips for clarity and concision.

Breakfast at the Bar: The 110 Days Before Trial - Preparing a Civil Case for Trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court

Density and Development in Los Angeles

New Cases and Statutes Affecting Title Insurers

How to Grow an Immigration Law Office in Turbulent Times

The Seven Deadly Sins in a Case Headed for Appeal

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