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September 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 8 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  Dialogues on Freedom: Talk with High School Students
  DRS to Become the Center for Civic Mediation
  Court Tracking Tools: Watch a 5-Minute Demo
  Register: Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in Directory
  LACBA Saddened by Passing of Bar Leader Sandy Rae
  Spotlight: Domestic Violence Project
  New LRIS Director Named
  Environmental Law Section Wins ABA Award
  Conference of Delegates: Applications Available
  Weil Lecture on October 5: Mediation Confidentiality
  Ethics: Vicarious Disqualification of Private Law Offices
  Member Benefit: Online Data Backup and Recovery Services
  Member Benefit: Post-Judgment Collection Services
Judges, Lawyers to Discuss Freedom and Its Responsibilities with Los Angeles-Area High School Students
Join LACBA's Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local Los Angeles-area high school on October 20, 2010, focusing on the meaning of freedom balanced with security issues. Since its inception in 2002, the annual program, produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Superior Court, provides an opportunity for lawyers to impact students, future decision-makers in need of guided instruction regarding the importance of events since 9/11.   (more)  

DRS to Become the Center for Civic Mediation
The Center for Civic Mediation name and visual identity will be introduced in September to clients, volunteers, funders, partner agencies, and residents throughout Los Angeles County, announced LACBA Dispute Resolution Services Board President William B. Fitzgerald and President-Elect and Branding Task Force Chair Robert N. Klieger.   (more)  

Court Tracking Tools: Watch a Five-Minute Demo
LACBA's court tracking tools provide attorneys with four ways to configure e-mail notifications of filings made at the courthouse: by a client's name, case number, new case filing, or case type. With these alerts, attorneys can take charge proactively on behalf of their clients or track the filing activity of opposing counsel, client, or prospective client for all civil, family, and probate cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court. View a five-minute demo presented by LACBA Associate Executive Director/General Counsel W. Clark Brown.   (more)  

Don't Miss Once-a-Year Opportunity to Register for Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in Directory of Experts & Consultants
Participate in LACBA's prestigious Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer (L2L) Referrals Section. In this special section, attorneys who hold themselves competent in one or more of 50 practice areas of law can share expertise with their colleagues, creating an opportunity for networking, partnering, mentoring, and outsourcing services.   (more)  

LACBA Saddened by Passing of Longtime Bar Leader Sandy Rae
Read an expression of regret by LACBA's executive director here.   (more)  

Spotlight on Domestic Violence Project, Assisting Nearly 8,500 Clients Annually
The current economic climate and its accompanying frustrations and despair have exacerbated domestic violence situations. Last year alone, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project assisted nearly 8,500 clients. While this number is staggering, a single volunteer can make a difference during the course of a three-hour shift, helping as many as three victims seek protection from their abusers. Collectively, volunteers donated 5,200 hours of their time providing pro bono assistance last year.   (more)  

New LRIS Director Named
Seth Chavez has been named director of LACBA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit lawyer referral service, assisting more than 100,000 members of the public and the legal community who contact the service annually seeking legal advice.   (more)  

Environmental Law Section Wins ABA Award
The Environmental Law Section has been selected as the institutional recipient of the American Bar Association's 11th Annual Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The section was honored for offering a broad array of environmental law services to the legal community throughout Los Angeles County for 25 years.   (more)  

Represent Your Bar Association as a Conference Delegate
LACBA members may apply for positions on LACBA's Delegation to the 2011 Conference of California Bar Associations, which will meet September 16-18, 2011, in Long Beach. The conference consists of approximately 350 delegates representing local bar associations throughout California who meet annually to debate proposed legislative resolutions. LACBA sends approximately 50 delegates and alternates to the conference.   (more)  

5th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture on Mediation Confidentiality Set for October 5
Justice Laurence D. Rubin of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, and Peter Robinson, professor of law and managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, will address "Mediation Confidentiality: Issues and Current Cases" at the 5th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture on October 5, 2010.   (more)  

Vicarious Disqualification of Private Law Offices
In California, courts routinely permit ethical screening involving government attorneys, even in concurrent representations. However, in the case of private practitioners or law firms, California precedent has not rushed to accept the concept of disqualifying the attorney but not the firm, nor has it enthusiastically embarked upon erecting screens. The recent adoption of Rule 1.18 by the State Bar Board of Governors, awaiting submission to the California Supreme Court for approval, could permit the screening of a lawyer who moves from one private law firm to another to avoid vicarious disqualification of the lawyer's firm.   (more)  

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The September issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available online
by September 6.

September 11
Show Me the Money: What Employment Lawyers Can Expect from Corporate Restructuring
Learn about the many ways bankruptcy and corporate restructuring can impact employment cases. Experts discuss financial statements, successorship, ERISA, and bankruptcy.

September 15
Frozen in Time: A Riveting Behind-the-Scenes View of the Michael Jackson Cases
A panel discussion by those most closely involved in the civil law suit and the criminal trial will offer an in-depth historical and legal analysis of these highly publicized cases.

September 29
Barristers Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training

Become a volunteer and help victims obtain restraining orders. No previous experience in this area of law is necessary.

Begins September 30
Immigration Law Training Course

Designed for attorneys who are new to the field or have been practicing for less than one year, the training will focus on legal concepts and procedures, practical aspects, and USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.

October 2
32nd Annual Child Custody Colloquium: Voices of the Child Custody Proceedings

The publication of the Elkins Task Force Recommendations may result in significant changes in how child custody disputes are litigated. Much of the discussion surrounding these changes focuses on the information presented to the court. Experienced judicial officers, attorneys, and mental health professionals debate how and what information should be presented.

October 27
National Pro Bono Week Celebration

The event includes four one-hour presentations on ethics, substance abuse, and elimination of bias with a focus on pro bono representation. In addition to celebrating the importance of pro bono as part of National Pro Bono Week, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives of public interest law firms at an informal reception to learn about more ways to become involved.

Required Subjects Specialty Pack

LACBA Litigation Inn of Court Series (2009-10)

Environmental Law Bundle

International Law Bundle

LACBA Special 8 Bundle

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