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March 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

JUDGE IN A FLASH 2010
Find detailed, on-the-fly information about judges in Los Angeles County

When preparing for trial, one of your most important tasks is finding out everything you can about the judge's track record in court. Judge in a Flash is a special tool that works with your computer and Internet connection to search and compare key statistical indicators for any of more than 400 superior court judges in Los Angeles County.   (more)

 

  Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon to Speak at March 9 Training
  Conference of Delegates Seeks Members
  DRS Awards Dinner Set for May 5
  LACBA Elections: Declarations Due
  Barristers Election Process Begins
  Participate on LACBA Committees for 2010-11
  Ethics: The Perplexing Problem of Evidence of Crime
  Two-Minute Tech: Keeping Your Computer Secure
  CoreVault: Secure Online Backup and Recovery
  Premiere Global Services: Conferencing, Desktop Faxes
  
Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon to Speak at Domestic Violence Project Training on March 9
Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon of the Los Angeles Superior Court will speak to new volunteers at LACBA's Domestic Violence Project training on March 9. Judge Sanchez-Gordon currently presides over a civil calendar at the Stanley Mosk Central Civil Courthouse in Los Angeles. Those interested in volunteering with the project to help stop domestic abuse are encouraged to attend the training.   (more)  

Represent LACBA as a Delegate to the 2010 Conference of California Bar Associations
LACBA members may apply for positions on LACBA's Delegation to the 2010 Conference of California Bar Associations, which will meet September 24-26, 2010, in Monterey. The conference consists of approximately 500 delegates representing local bar associations throughout California who meet annually to debate proposed legislative resolutions. Interested LACBA members should complete and submit an application by March 31, 2010.   (more)   

DRS Awards Dinner Set for May 5
Join Dispute Resolution Services at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on May 5 when its 17th Annual Awards Dinner will honor L.A.P.D. Chief Charlie Beck; Thomas C. Rubin, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property Strategy, and Microsoft Corporation; Hon. Victoria Chaney; and John Van de Kamp. For details and reservations, contact Anita Almonte at aalmonte@lacba.org.  

Board Election Declarations Due
LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee for LACBA officer and at-large trustee positions to be voted on in the June election are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination no later than 5:00 p.m., March 17, 2010.   (more)  

Barristers Election Process Begins
The 2010 Barristers election process begins March 12, the first day to file a self-nominating petition for one of the seven two-year positions on the Executive Committee or for the offices of president-elect or vice president. All self-nominating petitions must be filed by April 1.   (more)  

Lend Your Voice to the Legal Community: Particpate on LACBA Committees
Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system, or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a lead role in the study and analysis of these matters, and in establishing the voice of the legal profession by providing guidance and commentary to appropriate entities. To apply for membership on 2010-11 LACBA committees, application forms must be submitted by April 30, 2010.   (more)  

Hot Potatoes: The Perplexing Problem of Evidence of Crime
Protecting client confidences and acting in clients' best interests are among a lawyer's most inviolable duties, but everyone is subject to criminal laws regarding obstruction of justice, spoliation, and related offenses. Lawyers' professional obligations specifically include the duty to follow all laws. Accordingly, counsel who acquire evidence implicating a client in a crime may be thrust into a compromising position. How compromising depends on the nature of the evidence and the circumstances of counsel's acquisition of it.   (more)  

Two-Minute Tech: Keeping Your Computer Secure
Security is a critical component of keeping the information on your computer safe from prying eyes. Most people feel that an antivirus program is all they need to protect a computer. Yet, as programs become proficient at blocking viruses, malware writers are turning to other ways of infecting your computer. Additional precautions will help keep your computer secure.   (more)   


CoreVault: Secure Online Backup and Recovery
Protect your business-critical data automatically, securely, and offsite each day with CoreVault. CoreVault provides 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, fully automated and centrally managed data replication to two private data centers, data compression and encryption at 256 bit AES, 24/7 restoration of single files and e-mails, regulatory compliance, continuous data protection, local storage for fast restore, and superior customer service. Special LACBA member pricing as low as $19.95/month.   (more)  

Premiere Global Services: Conferencing, Desktop Faxes
Services include 1) audio and web conferencing that provide an accessible forum for increased corporate communications plus savings on travel costs, increased productivity, and faster decisionmaking, and 2) Fax2Mail that allows you to send, receive, store, forward, and print faxes right from your desktop/e-mail, allowing you to conduct business wherever you, with added security and total reliability.   (more)  

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


                  

The March 2010 issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be
available online by March 5.

March 6
Los Angeles Superior Court Litigation Program
Judges and trial attorneys share valuable ideas for successful pretrial and trial techniques and discuss common pitfalls to avoid in the courtroom.

March 11
Learn from the Best: Second Annual Mentoring Roundtable Event

Participate in roundtable discussions with judges, legal experts, and search and placement advisors. Topics include dealing with difficult opposing counsel, partners, and judges; rainmaking; client relations; managing your life and practice; starting your own firm; the path to becoming a judge; and alternative careers.

March 16
The New California Electronic Discovery Act: How to Stay Compliant

The program will discuss and compare the longstanding FRCP rules as amended pertaining to the handling of electronically stored information and the new California rules, plus best practices with respect to meet and confer requirements, cost splitting or shifting, and electronic data preservation and production.

March 17
TAP: Trial Advocacy Project: Deposition Skills Workshop

Introductory and intermediate level instruction on how to take and defend depositions in California state court actions; lecture and Q&A plus skill practice by attendees with constructive feedback.

March 17
TAP: Trial Advocacy Project: Evidence Skills Workshop

Step-by-step instruction on how to admit and exclude evidence in court. Participants perform evidentiary vignettes and receive constructive feedback.

March 18-19
Immigration Law Training Course

Two-day training 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. Focus includes immigration legal concepts and procedures, practical aspects, and USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.

March 23
PowerPoint 2007 for Litigators

This hands-on program will show techniques for creating a powerful visual presentation, including inserting pictures, videos and sounds, animations, backgrounds and colors, text boxes, shapes, call-outs, motion paths, slide ordering, and templates.

March 31
30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium

Among other highlights, the 2010 symposium will provide an update on significant developments during the past year, plenary sessions on practical issues such as voir dire and eDiscovery, and a keynote address by Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, California Supreme Court.

Lawyers Handling Patient Records Face New Requirements and Ethical Considerations: Are You Prepared to Comply with HIPAA's Privacy and Security Requirements?

Ethics 2010: Keeping Current in a World of Change

ABCs of SNDAs

ICDA Spring Seminar 2010


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