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August 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  Resource Guide Provides Checklist for Unemployed Attorneys
  Legal Public Service Corps to Provide Externships for Attorneys
  Receive Customized Member Service with MyPractice
  Dialogues on Freedom Needs Volunteers to Visit High Schools
  Become a Volunteer with the Domestic Violence Project
  Immigration Law Training Course Runs September 17-18
  Officers Installed, LACBA Awards Presented 
  Hon. Dorothy Nelson Receives Outstanding Jurist Award  
  New Officers, Directors Begin Foundation Term 
  Foundation Welcomes Ivan Price as Executive Director 
Trustees Send Input to Commission for Impartial Courts 
Board Joins Resolution: Repeal Defense of Marriage Act, §3  
Ethics: An Ethics Lesson from the Bush Justice Department 
Internet Marketing Tips for New, Small Firms 
Member Benefit: Online Data Backup and Recovery Services 
  Member Benefit: Audio, Web Conferencing and Secure E-Mail 
Economic Resource Guide Provides Checklist for Unemployed Attorneys
In response to the economic pressures facing the legal profession, LACBA has compiled a list of several important resources that address what to do if you are--or are about to become--unemployed.   (more)   

LACBA Spearheads Effort to Provide Attorneys with Externship Opportunities
In an effort to address the unprecedented number of attorneys, recent law school graduates, and law students who have either lost their jobs or are currently unable to find employment in the law during these tough economic times, LACBA’s new Legal Public Service Corps seeks to bring together the skills of recent law school graduates and law students with the public sector (local government) and nonprofit organizations that provide invaluable services to our community. On September 11, LACBA will host the Legal Public Service Corps Symposium where interested pro bono extern candidates can meet face-to-face with public sector and nonprofit participants to discuss externship opportunities and learn more about the organizations.   (more) Highlights: Receive Customized Member Service with MyPractice
LACBA provides timely services, training, information, and products that deliver updates to you based on your specific practice profile. By using the MyPractice form on LACBA's Web site, you can submit information and changes regarding your law practice quickly and conveniently.   (more)   

Dialogues on Freedom Seeks Judges, Attorneys to Lead Discussions with Los Angeles-Area High School Students
Join LACBA's Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local Los Angeles-area high school on September 16, focusing on the meaning of freedom balanced with security issues in the wake of September 11, 2001.   (more)   

Become a Volunteer with the Domestic Violence Project and Help Stop the Abuse
During the course of a three-hour shift, a single volunteer can help as many as three victims seek protection from their abusers. Volunteers interview clients and complete legal documents to obtain restraining orders. The September 30 training session will feature remarks by Hon. Charlaine Olmedo, L.A. Superior Court, and an explanation of the Violence Against Women Act by Heather Poole.   (more)   

Immigration Law Training Course Runs September 17-18
This training is designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration law or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year, with a focus on concepts and procedures, practical aspects, and USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.   (more)   

LACBA Officers Installed, Shattuck-Price Award and Others Presented
The 2009-10 officers, trustees, and Barristers officers were installed at a June 17 dinner at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. Hon. Laurie Zelon received the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, and many other individuals were also recognized. Find photos here.   (more)   

Hon. Dorothy Nelson Receives Outstanding Jurist Award
Hon. Dorothy Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, received LACBA's 2009 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 21 luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Also during the program, new 50-Year Club members were inducted in recognition of a half-century of LACBA membership. Find photos here.   (more)   

New Officers, Directors Begin Foundation Term
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation elected and installed its new officers and directors at its Annual Members Meeting/Board of Directors Meeting on June 23.   (more)   

Foundation Welcomes Ivan Price as Executive Director
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation has hired its first executive director, Ivan Price.   (more)   

Trustees Send Input to Commission for Impartial Courts
Trustees voted to send comments to the California Supreme Court's Commission for Impartial Courts regarding its Final Report on the independence of the judiciary, recommending that the majority of its recommendations be approved except Nos. 85 through 98.   (more)   

Board Joins Resolution Urging Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act, Section 3
Trustees voted unanimously to support and cosponsor the ABA's resolution to urge "Congress to repeal 1 U.S.C. Section 7 (DOMA Section 3), which denies federal marital benefits and protections to lawfully married same-sex spouses." Repealing the section would ensure that state decisions to recognize same-sex marriages are respected by restoring deference traditionally accorded to state determinations of marital status for purposes of federal laws and programs.   

Ethics: An Ethics Lesson from the Bush Justice Department
The torture memos written by Bush Administration lawyers and released by President Obama provide an object lesson in legal ethics. The pressures that led government lawyers to misuse their legal skills and to traduce their professional values have special resonance in a dismal economy that threatens the livelihood of many lawyers. When firms are laying off lawyers and cutting compensation, lawyers are under extreme pressure as never before to keep their clients happy, and this risks pushing them to take positions that are inconsistent with their professional duties.   (more)   

10 Internet Marketing Tips for New, Small Firms
An unprecedented series of law firm layoffs has thousands of lawyers looking for work. Many are hanging out their own shingle for the first time either as solo practitioners or as part of two- to five-partner "micro" firms. To turn a pink slip into a profitable new business opportunity quickly in this tough economy, every nonbillable hour needs to generate leads and build business.   (more)   

Online Data Backup and Recovery Services
Protect your business-critical data automatically, securely, and offsite every day with CoreVault’s online data backup and recovery services that are automated and centrally managed to help law firms protect critical data from disasters and conserve law firm electronic resources. Service features include special pricing for LACBA members, daily offsite backups, data replication to two private data centers, data compression and encryption, 24/7 restoration of single files and e-mails, regulatory compliance, continuous data protection, local storage for fast restore, and superior customer service.   

Audio, Web Conferencing Services and Secure E-Mail Communication
Premiere Global Services provides audio and web conferencing to revolutionize the way you meet and work across offices, providing an accessible forum for increased corporate communications, savings on travel costs, and increased productivity. Premiere Global Solutions also can provide secure e-mail communication, allowing you to send, receive, store, forward, and print faxes from your e-mail, enabling you to conduct business wherever you are.   

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


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August 8
Los Angeles Superior Court Litigation Program
Judges and prominent trial attorneys present valuable ideas for successful pretrial and trial techniques, and discuss common pitfalls to avoid in the courtroom. Topics include court administration issues, ADR, opening statements, voir dire, cross-examination, and final arguments.

August 18
30-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Small group exercises and role-playing provide a strong foundation in basic mediation skills and satisfy the classroom requirements of the California Dispute Resolutions Act of 1998.

September 1
Introductory TAP: Trial Advocacy (i-TAP)

Multi-part program, which begins September 1, provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback.

September 22
Traditional TAP: Trial Advocacy (tTAP)

Multi-part program beginning September 22 offers intensive instruction in advocacy skills for attorneys who have had one year of litigation experience or who have completed Introductory TAP (iTAP).

The State of Play in M&A

Breakfast at the Bar: The Do's and Don'ts of Filing Documents Subject to Protective and Sealing Orders

Drafting and Enforcing Premarital Agreements

Enforcing Lease Remedies: Back to Basics

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