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October 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  CLE In-a-Box: 25 Compliance Hours Available
  Program Provides Attorneys with Externship Opportunities
  Lawyers Must Disclose Lack of Malpractice Insurance
  Take a New Look at Section Web Sites
  The Future of Legal Education and the Role of ADR
  Foundation Ready to Launch Annual Fundraising Campaign
  Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
  Domestic Violence Project Among Langston Honorees
  2009 California Family Law Basics Manual Available
  The California Pro Bono Stimulus Package
  Improving Lead Generation for Law Firms
  Member Benefit: RPost Registered e-Mail
  Member Benefit: Hutchings Court Reporters

Complete 25 CLE Compliance Hours with CLE In-a-Box
Group 1, your CLE compliance period deadline is February 1, 2010. If your last name starts with A-G, 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)  

LACBA Program Provides Attorneys with Externship Opportunities
Spearheaded by LACBA's Litigation Section, the Legal Public Service Corps Symposium on September 11 provided an opportunity for attorneys, recent law school graduates, and law students who have either lost their job or are unable to find employment in this economy to meet with representatives from the public sector and nonprofit organizations to discuss potential externships.   (more)  

Lawyers Must Now Disclose Lack of Malpractice Insurance
The California Supreme Court adopted a new rule last August making it mandatory that, beginning January 1, 2010, attorneys who do not have professional liability insurance must advise clients that they do not have this coverage.   (more) Highlights: Take a New Look at Section Web Sites
Over the past months, LACBA began the process of refreshing the section Web sites, updating, reorganizing, and making the sites generally easier to navigate. Roughly half the sites have been updated thus far and are worth another look if you haven't visited in a while.   (more)  

The Future of Legal Education and the Role of ADR
The fourth program in the Robert I. Weil Lecture Series featuring outstanding scholars and provocateurs in the field of dispute resolution takes place on November 17. This year's program features Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UCI School of Law, and Dean Robert Rasmussen, USC Gould School of  Law.   (more)  

Foundation Ready to Launch Annual Fundraising Campaign
This month, the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation kicks off its annual campaign with the goal this year of raising $317,000 for distribution to 25 nonprofits that provide quality law-related services and programs in the Los Angeles area. Foundation President Brian Condon and Immediate Past President James Martin, campaign co-chairs, are working toward a January deadline by which their fundraising team intends to reach its goal.   (more)  

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
Nominations are being solicited for LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award. A candidate must be a state or federal judicial officer in Los Angeles County or anyone who has retired or been elevated from such a position during the two-year period prior to the nomination committee's first meeting. Deadline to submit names is October 29.   (more)  

LACBA Domestic Violence Project Among Langston Bar Association Honorees
On November 12, the John M. Langston Bar Association will host its 2009 Domestic Violence Cocktail Reception where, in addition to a keynote speech by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project will be among a group of honorees being recognized for their service in support of domestic violence victims.   (more)  

2009 California Family Law Basics Manual Available 
Authored by the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, the manual contains more than 1,000 pages of advice, procedures, and substance in the fundamentals of California family law. This general practice guide for lawyers, paralegals, law students, and others provides detailed line-by-line commentary and instruction.   (more)  

The California Pro Bono Stimulus Package
Last July, the California Supreme Court adopted new Rule of Professional Conduct 1-650, which limits some of the conflict of interest problems associated with volunteer participation in limited legal services programs. With the dire need for volunteer legal services in California caused by the recent economic downturn, the new rule should certainly provide a boost to practitioners' pro bono efforts once the new rules limits are understood.   (more)  

Improving Lead Generation for Law Firms
While print advertising has experienced recent declines, firms have begun navigating away from reliance on traditional forms of advertising with the addition of more cost-effective and progressive online lead-generation tactics to help balance their marketing mix.   (more)  

RPost Registered E-Mail
Registered E-Mail is the legal standard for accountability in electronic business communications, with the credibility of premier customers, industry association endorsements, and big brand resellers. Unlike traditional Internet e-mail, Registered E-mail provides the sender with legal and verifiable evidence that the e-mail was sent and delivered with proof of the original content of the e-mail. The proof is in the form of an electronic receipt, which is returned to the sender by e-mail in a tamper-detectable format that can be authenticated anytime.   (more)  

Hutchings Court Reporters
Services include 24-hour global scheduling of court reporters, conference rooms, video, interpreters, real-time, imaging, videoconferencing, and technology support. Preferred LACBA rates.   (more)  

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


The October issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available online
by October 7.

October 6
Successful Web Site Design

With a few simple techniques and guidance on how search engines look at your site, you can dramatically improve your Google rankings.

October 7
Real Property Community Outreach Program: Structuring Lease Transactions in Troubled Times

Complimentary seminar addresses lease workout issues and basic leasehold remedies, including pre-workout letters, unique issues relating to lease security, exercise of lease remedies, lender issues faced by landlords, essential elements of a lease workout amendment.

October 15
Conquering Breast and Prostate Cancer: Latest Update on Prevention, Warning Signs, and Treatment

The program features two of the nations's most prominent cancer specialists from City of Hope, Dr. I. Benjamin Paz and Dr. Timothy Wilson.

October 20
Search Engine Marketing for Law Firms

If you are not marketing your firm's Web site on Google, Yahoo, and MSN, you are invisible to potential clients looking for you. This course will show you how to take advantage of that search.

October 24
31st Annual Child Custody Colloquium: Exploring Complex Child Custody Issues

The panel presentations will explore the implications of the budgetary and social forces impacting family law courts, the complex issues related to nonparental custodial rights, and practical approaches to cases involving parents and children with specific challenges.

October 26
DFEH: The Canary in a Mineshaft for Employment Law

The 2010 Benjamin Aaron Lecture presents Phyllis Cheng, director of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, to discuss the FEHA's half-century mark and the department's relevance today in employment law.

October 30
42nd Annual Securities Regulation Seminar

The seminar will include a comprehensive review of current events and developments in the securities field plus mulitiple breakout sessions. SEC Chair Mary Schapiro is the featured luncheon speaker.

November 6
8th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium: So Sue Me--What's Hot in Environmental Litigation and Enforcement in Southern California

Symposium panels include the defense of environmental criminal prosecutions, litigating complex environmental civil cases, and regulatory compliance proceedings. Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney, is the keynote speaker.

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