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February 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


Please join LACBA, its affiliate bar associations, and the Los Angeles legal community on February 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate cultural diversity and remembrance of the civil rights movement at the Skirball Cultural Center. The Skirball's "Road to Freedom" exhibit, featuring photographs of the civil rights movement from 1956 to 1968, will be accessible for complimentary self-guided viewing.   (more) 


  Reaping the Benefits of LACBA's Online CLE Courses
  TAP: Trial Advocacy Courtroom Courses for All Skill Levels
  Immigration Law Training Course Set for March 18, 19
  Volunteer with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project
  LACBA Election Process Begins
  'Dreamgirls' Tickets on Sale: March 25 Foundation Fundraiser
  Ethics: Court Officers Protect Client Confidences?
  Electronic Transcript Management: It's a Reality
  Online Marketing Primer for Firms: Concepts You Should Know
  New Benefit: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
Reaping the Benefits of LACBA's Online CLE Courses
LACBA can provide you with flexible access to learning...when and where you want it. With its own video streaming platform, LACBA now offers hundreds of CLE programs delivered directly to your home or office computer. LACBA's online CLE courses enable you to select from a wider variety of subjects than ever before...and allow you to learn at the time and place of your choosing.   (more)   

TAP: Trial Advocacy Courtroom Courses for All Skill Levels
Since 1978, LACBA's Trial Advocacy Project has provided comprehensive, in-depth trial advocacy training and actual trial experience through its Traditional TAP course. In light of its overwhelming success and popularity, TAP has expanded its course offerings to include Introductory TAP, the Seminar Series, and the Workshop Series. The 2010 TAP Catalog of Courses is available for your perusal.   (more)   

Immigration Law Training Course Set for March 18, 19
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)   

Volunteer with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project and Help Stop the Abuse
Hon. Teresa Sanchez-Gordon, Los Angeles Superior Court, will be the featured speaker at a March 9 training for new volunteers with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project. Volunteers really can make a difference: During the course of a three-hour shift, a single volunteer can help as many as three victims seek protection from their abuser. Volunteers interview clients and complete legal documents to obtain restraining orders. Find out more about becoming a volunteer.   (more)  

LACBA Election Process Begins
The first step of the 2010 election process is ready to begin with the designation and selection of Nominating Committee members. The committee nominates one or more LACBA member(s) for each position of at-large trustee to be filled at the June election. It also nominates one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president. (Current President-Elect Alan Steinbrecher assumes the presidency on July 1, 2010.)   (more)  

'Dreamgirls' at the Ahmanson Will Highlight Foundation's Theatre Fundraiser on March 25
A few tickets remain for the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's 3rd Annual Theatre Fundraiser at the Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre on March 25 featuring the musical "Dreamgirls." Seats are located in the Rear Orchestra (Rows R through W). Tickets include admission to a reception prior to the performance and are available for purchase now on a first-come, first-served basis.   (more)  

Court Officers Protect Client Confidences?
The legal protection afforded client confidences is not absolute in any legal or practical sense. You cannot guarantee the security of your client files and secrets; you can only take reasonable precautions. In court, you don't usually worry about people rifling through your files while your back is turned. But should you?   (more)  

Electronic Transcript Management: It's a Reality
Have you had it with time-intensive, paper-driven protocols to access, search, store, replicate, and retrieve the information contained in deposition transcripts and exhibits? With today's technology, there are better options for using evidence and case materials produced through the deposition process.   (more)  

Online Marketing Primer for Law Firms: Basic Concepts You Should Know
More than 200 million people in the United States have regular access to the Internet, and most have become accustomed to using online sources to research and inform their purchases, including legal services. Most law firms recognize the value of establishing an online presence as part of their business development efforts, and most recognize that there's probably more they should do to increase traffic on their Web site. If you're not already familiar with concepts specific to the Web as you plan to optimize your visibility, read on.   (more)  

New Member Benefit: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California
With more than 27 years of training experience, New Horizons offers a training partnership that includes the sharing of best practices and implementation solutions, particularly in the areas of instructor-led training, eLearning, and mentored learning. LACBA members can receive high quality computer training by taking advantage of a 10% discount.   (more)  

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



The February issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available online
by February 5.

February 3
Asset Protection in a Troubled Economy
The program will cover specific planning strategies and solutions, including planning with community property, business entities, domestic and foreign trusts, housing, bank and brokerage accounts, rental real estate, professional practices, and retirement plans.

February 3
Bench Meets the Bar: Annual Litigation Section Luncheon for Federal and State Court Judicial Officers

Hon. Audrey Collins, U.S. District Court, and Hon. Charles McCoy Jr., Los Angeles Superior Court, will provide updates on issues of current concern to the courts. The 14th Annual Clerk of the Year Award will be presented to a federal deputy clerk and state judicial assistant.

Begins February 6
California Rules of Evidence: TAP Seminar Series

This two-part course (February 6 and March 6) teaches a practical seven-step method for analyzing admissibility of potential evidence. Participants receive a written summary of key rules of evidence, including key definitions and evidentiary presumptions, a user-friendly outline for raising and responding to hearsay objections, and a clear and concise summary of character evidence and 1101(b) evidence of specific instances of conduct.

February 12
TAP: Courtroom Skills Workshop

The workshop provides instruction in basic courtroom skills for civil and criminal cases, including how to call and excuse witnesses, mark exhibits, lay evidentiary foundations, make and respond to evidentiary objections, use demonstrative evidence, impeach witnesses, and move exhibits into evidence.

Begins March 2
Introductory TAP (i-TAP)

This six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback.

March 23
39th Annual Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business

Break-out sessions include acquiring assets from the FDIC; leveraging today's economic and legislative tools to become shovel ready; multi-family housing development: hurdles and opportunities; mastering CMBS loan workouts and restructurings; innovative ways to make money in real estate; professional liability: managing hidden exposures; defining the new capital markets financing paradigm; restructuring equity investments; turning "green" into greenbacks; current trends in land use; uncharted waters of valuation in today's commercial real estate market; and leasing 2010. 

Understanding California's New E-Discovery Law and Procedure

The Perils of Pauline and Paul in Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Real Estate Leases, and Purchase and Sales Contracts

Global Warming Update

Top 10 Issues Facing Lenders Who Foreclose on Development Projects

Successes and Challenges in Mortgage Loan Workouts

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