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April 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

17th Annual DRS Awards Dinner on May 5
will honor LAPD Chief Charlie Beck,
Hon. Victoria Gerrard Chaney, John Van de Kamp, and
Microsoft and Thomas C. Rubin.  (more)


  Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Conference Returns June 18
  Jobs Bulletin Board: Offer Positions, Find Opportunities
  Introductory TAP Course Added in May
  Join the Legal Community in the Fight against Hunger
  2010-11 Committee Applications Due April 30
  LACBA Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
  Ethics: Show Me the Money (Trail)
  Two-Minute Tech: Synchronize Video Depositions, Transcripts
  Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing
  Member Benefit: Recovery of Assigned Judgment Files
SOLOCON 2010: 3rd Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Conference Set for June 18
Mark your calendar for this year's Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Conference on June 18, which focuses on building a tool kit for successfully running an efficient, comprehensive, and profitable firm. In addition to presentations by the experts, attendees will find opportunities to network and to meet with vendors exhibiting technology and other services.   (more)   

Jobs Bulletin Board: Offer Positions, Find New Career Opportunities
LACBA provides its Jobs Bulletin Board as a service to the legal community, enabling legal professionals to post job listings and to find new career opportunities. Announcements of jobs wanted or offered, usually posted for 30 days,are free of charge to LACBA members and nonprofits such as governmental and charitable organizations.   (more)   

Introductory TAP Program Added in May
In response to overwhelming interest in the introductory trial advocacy instruction offered by the acclaimed Trial Advocacy Project, another opportunity to attend the course has been added, with a start date of May 4. Designed for attorneys who have little or no trial experience, this six-evening course provides instruction on basic trial skills plus mock trial performance by participants and constructive feedback.   (more)   

Join the Los Angeles Legal Community in the Fight against Hunger: Participate in Food from the Bar, April 19-May 14
Food from the Bar—a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children—consists of a four-week effort from April 19 through May 14 in which law firms and legal offices in Los Angeles engage in friendly competition to contribute money, donate food, and volunteer time sorting and packing food at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. The campaign helps replenish food bank supplies to meet families' needs during the summer months when children are out of school and are not receiving subsidized lunches and breakfasts.   (more)   

2010-11 Committee Membership Applications Due April 30
LACBA members who wish to be considered for appointment to one or more committees for 2010-11 can download an application here.   (more)   

LACBA Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
The Nominating Committee has begun its work to nominate one or more Association members for each trustee position to be filled in the June election. It also will nominate one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president.   (more)   

Show Me the Money (Trail): Keeping Up with the Dollars and Sense
Attorneys sometimes stumble over seemingly complex ethics rules regarding legal fees and firm finances. Here is a simplified list of seven ways to jeopardize a bar license, plus best practice tips on how to avoid them.   (more)   

Two-Minute Tech: Videotaped Testimony Synchronized with Transcripts: A User-Friendly Tool for All Phases of Litigation
Synchronizing video and transcript can be a powerful tool when using videotaped depositions. "Video-sync" links each line of a deposition transcript with the video deposition so that they play simultaneously, adding a one-two punch of credibility. Video-sync software features make it a convenient, economical method for organizing, sharing, and presenting testimony before and during trial, arbitration, or mediation.   (more)   

Credit Card Processing
Correctly process credit cards with Affiniscape. The Law Firm Merchant Account safeguards and separates client funds into trust and operating accounts, providing you with the ability to accept payment by credit cards, which can attract clients, win business, improve cash flow, and reduce collections.   (more)   

Recovery of Assigned Judgment Files
Sequoia Financial Services is an M/WBE, SBE certified, full service, nationwide collection agency. Sequoia houses a collection unit within its legal department that focuses solely on the recovery of assigned judgment files. This special team of collectors, paralegals, and support staff are well versed and trained on the latest methods of post-judgment collection techniques.   (more)   

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


The April 2010 issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be
available online by April 7.

April 8
How to Find a Job in the Midst of an Economic Downturn II: A New Dawn

Legal recruiters discuss the state of the legal market, types of jobs available, active practice areas, who is hiring, resume and interview tips, and how to make yourself marketable.

April 9
2010 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Dinner

This year, the award dinner will honor Peter E. Braveman, senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with remarks by Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The NBC Legal Department will receive an award for its substantial commitment to providing pro bono legal services.

April 10
Spring Symposium: Helping Families: New Directions in Consensual Dispute Resolution

Topics include the ethics and practice of bringing children into the process; the divorce experience from the eyes of the child; the internal mind shift to practicing consensual dispute resolution; tools for keeping CDR on track; and a tool box for post-divorce planning.

April 14
Common Electronic Discovery Faux Pas WEBINAR

The webinar will reveal the top 10 don'ts in electronic discovery, the consequences of these errors including sanctions and damages, and how to avoid making these common mistakes.

April 16
24th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium

The day-long program includes remarks by keynote speaker Barry R. Wallerstein, D.Env., executive officer, SCAQMD; a luncheon discussion with journalists; plus plenary and break-out sessions.

April 21
What Attorneys Should Know about Fraud Prevention

Topics include current events and reflection; the historical perspective of regulatory change in dealing with fraud and internal controls; elements of fraud and anti-fraud; and the results of the 2008 ACFE Report to the Nation.

April 23-25
2010 Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Retreat

The retreat, which takes place at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, features seminars on the financial meltdown and its impact on the public and private sectors; the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Ricci v. De Stefano; effective trial tactics; judicial perspectives; and ethics in employment law.

April 24 (new date)
Practical Persuasion

This interactive program delivers key principles for writing high impact motions and briefs, plus a brisk review of 10 tips for clarity and concision.

April 28
What is Early Case Assessment, and How Can I Take Advantage of It? WEBINAR

Modern technologies and best practices can help attorneys and their clients answer key questions before a lawsuit begins to move through the court: What is the value of the law suit? What is the exposure to my client? How much will a successful resolution cost? How much time will it take to review discovery? Should this case proceed directly to mediation or settlement?

April 30
2010 Glendon Tremaine Symposium: Annual California and Delaware Corporation Law Updates

Top legal and business experts discuss recent developments and trends in California and Delaware business and corporate law.

International Intellectual Property Issues (for non-IP lawyers)

Breakfast at the Bar: New Hot Websites and Cell Phone Apps That Judges Love and Hot Tips for E-MailService

2009 Real Estate Finance Update

Single Purpose Entities: How Remote is Bankruptcy Remote?

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