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August 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  LACBA Installs Officers, Bestows Shattuck-Price, Other Awards
  View a Five-Minute Demo on Judge in a Flash
  Sign On: Coalition on Retention, Promotion of Women Lawyers
  LACBA Provides Valuable Legal Resources for the Public
Receive Administrative Law Referrals from LRIS
  Domestic Violence Project Seeks Volunteers
  Immigration Law Training Course Begins September 30
  Nelson, Rodriguez Elected to Board of Governors
  LACBA Welcomes New Communications Director
  Judge Morrow Receives Outstanding Jurist Award
  Foundation Installs New Officers, Directors
  Review in Franklin Mint v. Manatt Phelps Supported
  LACBA Joins Recommendation to Eliminate Marriage Barriers
  Probate Referee Exam Scheduled for September 11
  Separate But Equally Important: Confidentiality, Loyalty
  Member Benefit: Hutchings Court Reporters
  Member Benefit: Resident Agent Services
LACBA Officers Installed, Shattuck-Price Award and Others Presented
The 2010-11 LACBA officers, trustees, and Barristers officers were installed at a June 24 dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Richard Walch received the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, and many other individuals were also recognized. Find photos here.   (more)   

View a Five-Minute Demo on Judge in a Flash
LACBA's Judge in a Flash is your best source for detailed, on-the-fly information about judges in Los Angeles County. Powered by LACBA's Searchable Civil Register, you can search and compare key, factual, statistical indicators for more than 400 judges in Los Angeles County—all in a flash drive. View a five-minute demo on Judge in a Flash presented by LACBA Associate Executive Director/General Counsel W. Clark Brown.   (more)   

Join the Coalition to Attract, Retain, and Advance Women Lawyers in Law Firms
Become a participating firm in the coalition to promote women lawyers within the firm through participation and professional development, mentoring, training, and career opportunities. Sponsored by Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a number of major firms have already signed on.   (more)   

LACBA Provides Valuable Legal Resources for the Public
On LACBA’s Community and Legal Services Web page, you will find roughly two dozen legal services projects to help people in Los Angeles County gain access to justice. LACBA’s goal is two-fold: guiding people through the legal system, and providing Los Angeles attorneys with client referral sources and volunteer opportunities.   (more)   

Receive Administrative Law Referrals from LACBA's Lawyer Referral Service
Do you practice administrative law in Los Angeles County or know of someone who does? If so, LACBA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is seeking attorney panel members who can take administrative law referrals.   (more)   

Domestic Violence Project Seeks New Volunteers, Training Scheduled for September 29
Renee Mundon, a dependency attorney with the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, will be among the speakers at a training for new volunteers of LACBA's Domestic Violence Project on September 29. Representing children and a few parents in the dependency system for nine years, the speaker will address, among other things, the role that domestic violence plays in children being made dependents of the court. Those interested in volunteering with the project to help stop domestic abuse are encouraged to attend the training.   (more)   

Immigration Law Training Course Runs September 30 to October 1
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. The training focuses on concepts and procedures, practical aspects, and USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.   (more)   

Gretchen Nelson, Luis Rodriguez Among Winners in Bar Governor Races
Former LACBA President Gretchen Nelson and LACBA member Luis Rodriguez are among five attorneys certified in July for the State Bar Board of Governors. Both were elected to represent District 7, which encompasses Los Angeles County. Elected to serve three-year terms, they will be sworn in at the State Bar’s annual meeting on September 25.    (more)   

LACBA Welcomes New Communications Director
Jason Ysais joins the Los Angeles County Bar Association as its new communications director, bringing with him a strong background in media relations and public relations campaign implementation.   (more)   

Hon. Margaret Morrow Receives Association's Outstanding Jurist Award
The Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, received LACBA's 2010 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 18 luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to honoring Judge Morrow, new 50-Year Club members were inducted during the program in recognition of a half-century of LACBA membership. Find photos here.   (more)   

Foundation Installs New Officers, Directors for 2010-11
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation elected and installed new officers and directors at its Annual Members Meeting/Board of Directors Meeting on June 23. In addition, several individuals were recognized for pledging or attaining Honor Roll or Fellow donor status during the 2009-10 fiscal year.   (more)   

Review in Franklin Mint v. Manatt Phelps Supported by LACBA Executive Committee
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, LACBA’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to authorize an amicus letter from LACBA supporting review of Franklin Mint v. Manatt Phelps by the California Supreme Court.   (more)   

LACBA Cosponsors ABA Recommendation to Eliminate Barriers to Civil Marriage
LACBA trustees voted unanimously at the May Board of Trustees meeting to cosponsor an ABA recommendation for the elimination of barriers to civil marriage, to be submitted to the ABA House of Delegates during the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 9 and 10.   (more)   

Qualifying Exam for Possible Appointment as Probate Referee Scheduled for September 11
Are you interested in a potential career opportunity as a probate referee? The State Controller's Office will offer its next probate referee examination on September 11, 2010.   (more)   

Separate But Equally Important: Duties of Confidentiality and Loyalty
For decades, counsel and the courts have wrestled with the relationship between counsel’s fundamental obligations to maintain confidentiality and undivided loyalty to all of their clients. These concepts are often conflated, and it is important for attorneys to understand their distinct obligations under each.   (more)   

Hutchings Court Reporters
Hutchings Court Reporters provides 24-hour global scheduling of court reporters, conference rooms, video, interpreters, real-time, imaging, videoconferencing, and technology support. LACBA members receive preferred rates. For more information, call (800) 697-3210 or visit Hutchings Court Reporters online.    (more)   

Resident Agent Services
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 eResident online for more information.   (more)   

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


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August 14
ICDA Fall Seminar 2010
Presented by Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments, this seminar will address cell phones, crossing experts, marijuana, and jail alternatives.

Beginning August 17
30-Hour Basic Mediation Training

The training provides small group exercises and roleplaying designed for persons who wish to acquire a strong foundation in basic mediation skills and satisfy the classroom requirements of the California Dispute Resolutions Act of 1998.

August 21
Los Angeles Superior Court Litigation Program

This program, presented by judges and prominent trial attorneys, offers a general overview of the Los Angeles Superior Court and valuable ideas for successful pretrial and trial techniques plus common pitfalls to avoid in the courtroom.

Beginning September 7
Introductory TAP (i-TAP): Trial Advocacy Project

This six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback. Discussion of basic trial skills includes marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundation, delivering opening and closing arguments, and conducting witness direct and cross exam.

September 15
2010 Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Legislative Update and Law Student Awards Luncheon

Hon. Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and Steven O. Weise of Proskauer Rose LLP will be the featured speakers.

September 24-26
2010 Annual Seminar for Corporate Counsel

The seminar, which takes place at the Temecula Creek Inn, offers CLE programming plus networking and fun, including golf, tennis, nearby wine tasting, and other resort amenities.

Beginning September 28
Traditional TAP (tTAP): Trial Advocacy Project

This six-week course provides intensive instruction in trial advocacy skills, emphasizing participant performance and constructive feedback. Students participate in four criminal mock trials as prosecutors. Topics include case preparation, search and seizure, pretrial motions, diagrams, exhibits, voir dire, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross exam, expert witnesses, discovery, ethics, jury instructions, and witness interviews.

Asset Protection in a Troubled Economy

Impact of Social Media in Litigation: A Trap for the Unwary

Windows into Washington with David Balto: A Discussion of Hot Topics in Antitrust

Litigation Inn of Court June 2010: Hide and Seek with the Wealthy Individual Judgment Debtor: Domestic and International Collection Traps, Tips, and Techniques

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