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December 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 11 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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  Sally Suchil Named New LACBA Executive Director
  CLE On-Demand Now Provides Streaming Programming
  Stay Informed of Court Filings with Daily Case Filings Elert
  Judge in a Flash: Your Best Source for Information on Judges Target Your Online Hunt
  Immigration Pro Bono Representation Panel Seeks Volunteers
  Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Support
  Trustees File Amicus Brief in Turner v. AAMC
  Ethics: Promoting Business under the Advertising Rules
  Web Site Basics: From Design to Content
  Member Benefit: Professional Liability Insurance
  Member Benefit: eResidentAgent
Sally Suchil Named New LACBA Executive Director
The Board of Trustees has selected Sally Suchil as LACBA's new executive director, beginning December 1. Before coming to the Association, Suchil served most recently as the director of Corporate and Legal Affairs for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for a wide range of matters including general corporate, regulatory, litigation, intellectual property, contractual, art and museum legal, administrative, governance, internal policy, and other business.   (more)  

CLE On-Demand Now Provides Streaming Educational Programs from LACBA
Anytime, can access LACBA CLE programming online--with superior and timely content from knowledgeable speakers in all practice areas--in the highest quality format  available. These online presentations join the already successful CLE On-Demand family of products, which include live programming, CDs, Webinars and Webcasts, and the highly popular CLE In-a-Box and CLE In-an-iPod.   (more)  

Stay Informed of Court Filings in Los Angeles County with Daily Case Filings Elert
LACBA's Daily Case Filings Elert lists all general jurisdiction superior court civil cases that have been entered into the docket system the previous day by the superior court clerks. Delivered by e-mail within 24 hours of posting, the Filings Elert provides information on the parties, type of case, and counsel involved. And now, two new separate Elert e-mails are available: the Daily Family Case Elert and the Daily Probate Case Elert.   (more)  

Judge in a Flash: Your Best Online Source for Detailed, On-the-Fly Information about Los Angeles Superior Court Judges
Powered by the LACBA Searchable Superior Court Civil Register, Judge in a Flash provides fast analysis of a particular judge's case background, including peremptory challenges; demurrers sustained; motions, continuances, and injunctions granted and denied; and attorney fees awarded, among other criteria.   (more)  

Don't Let Triskaidekaphobia Impede Your Online Search for Expert Witnesses
Instead of fearing the number 13, know that's online referral directory for expert witnesses, legal consultants, litigation support, lawyer-to-lawyer referrals, and dispute resolution providers--celebrates its 13th year this month as the go-to source for forensic expert searches.   (more)  

Volunteer Immigration Attorneys Needed for Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel
Many clients in the immigration court are often misrepresented by "notaries" and legal consultants--prevalent in almost all the ethnic communities--who often deprive persons of their legal rights and benefits under the immigration law. Over the past 10 years, volunteer attorneys of the Pro Bono Representation Panel have provided legitimate assistance to clients appearing in immigration court and have helped more than 3,000 persons remain in the United States with their families. Volunteer immigration attorneys can make a difference by providing their services for this worthwhile pro bono panel.   (more)  

Bar Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Donation Today
Have you stopped to consider which law-related charities will benefit from your generosity before this year ends? Wouldn't you like to assist a number of worthy organizations with just one easy payment or pledge? You can do so right now with a gift to the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.   (more)  

Trustees Support Plaintiffs' Appeal to Not Pay Attorney Fees Due to Likely Financial Ruin
In Turner v. American Association of Medical Colleges, now on appeal, AAMC continues to seek $1.6 million in attorney fees against plaintiffs, four medical students and two non-profit disability rights advocacy groups. The trial court denied fees because it held that a fee award would ruin plaintiffs and that the overall statutory scheme governing disability discrimination cases did not permit fee awards against plaintiffs in nonfrivolous cases.   (more)   

Promoting Business under the Advertising Rules
In the current business climate, lawyers look for creative ways to promote themselves. It seems like every day we hear a lawyer on the radio promoting his or her creative approach to loan modification. While California has never adopted the ABA's Model Rules, a mandated effort is under way by the State Bar's Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct to align our existing Rules of Professional Conduct with the ABA except where good reasons for deviation exist. Until then, California's advertising rules, set forth in Rule 1-400 and in Business and Professions Code Sections 6157-6159.2, remain unique.   (more)  

Web Site Basics: From Design to Content
Publishing a Web site for your law firm should be a fundamental building block of your business development efforts regardless of the size of your firm. You need a professionally designed site that is built properly so that search engines can find you, and fresh content for establishing an effective Web presence so that prospective clients and search engines will continue to notice you.   (more)  

Professional Liability Insurance
Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability broker, is pleased to offer LACBA members this New “Exclusive” Lawyers Professional Liability program with Professional Solutions Insurance Company, available only through AHERN. PSIC is a division of The NCMIC Group, which was founded in 1946 and has over 60 years’ experience writing professional liability insurance coverage. The Attorney Shield program offers California attorneys one of the broadest policies, unique policy features, and is competitively priced. Policy highlights include: Admitted carrier rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best; limits starting as low as $100,000/$300,000; consent-to-settle benefit: no “hammer clause”; $50,000 additional claims expense; death and disability ERP available; 2 hours free risk management consultation; and deductible abatement: for each year of continuous coverage with PSIC, an abatement of the deductible is provided in increments of $2,500 up to a maximum of $10,000. To complete an online application, please click here or contact AHERN at 1-800-282-9786.   (more)  

eResidentAgent acts nationwide as agent for service of process for a fraction of the rate charged by competitors. LACBA members receive free good standing certificates, name reservations, preparation, and filing of articles. Call 800.613.8076 or visit   (more)  

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


The December 2009 
issue of Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available online
by December 7.

December 8
Getting Clients into Your Law Practice from Google
Learn about search engine optimization fundamentals, the benefits of search engine marketing, the elements of a successful law office Web site, what you need to do to be favorably included in Google's index, and how to set up a Google AdWords account in-house.

Begins January 5
Introductory TAP (iTAP): Trial Advocacy Project

Designed for attorneys who have little or no trial experience, this course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback. Receive instruction on basic trial skills, and perform several phases of a jury trial. Learn to mark exhibits, lay evidentiary foundation, deliver opening statements, conduct witness direct- and cross-exam, and deliver closing arguments.

January 9
Ethics 2010: Keeping Current in a World of Change

Experts address several issues, including a year-end review of ethics highlights, what to do when the attorney-client relationship ends, legal fees, and conflicts of interest.

January 20
Persuasive Legal Writing

This course shows how to persuade a skeptical judge by creating headings, paragraphs, and sentences that embody brevity, simplicity, and clarity, plus key steps for easy drafting and effective editing.

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