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October 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

New Personal Insurance Plans Now Available through LACBA


  Complete 25 CLE Compliance Hours with CLE-in-a-Box
  National Pro Bono Week Celebration on October 27
  AIDS Walk: Help LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project
  Spotlight: Immigration Legal Assistance Project
  Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
  Help the Bar Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs
  Family Law Training Manual Available from Buhai Center
  Playing the Percentages: Is It Ethical?
  Benefit: Exclusive Lawyers Professional Liability Program
  Benefit: Computer Learning Center

Complete 25 CLE Compliance Hours with CLE-in-a-Box
If your last name starts with N-Z, you will need 25 hours of CLE credit by February 1, 2011. Are you are running low on CLE hours? Perhaps you don’t have any CLE credit at this point? The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s CLE-in-a-Box will help you cover all your compliance needs with one simple, low-cost purchase—including the required subjects and participatory credit.   (more)  

National Pro Bono Week Celebration on October 27
On October 27, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Southern California Pro Bono Managers Group will sponsor a National Pro Bono Week Celebration event as part of a nationwide effort to acknowledge the importance of pro bono, and to provide interaction with public interest law firms to discuss ways to pursue professional development through pro bono work. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on thought-provoking panel discussions.   (more)  

Help LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project during AIDS Walk
This year, the 26th Annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, October 17, sponsored by AIDS Project Los Angeles, has made arrangements for LACBA/HALSA to field its own walk team. Funds raised by the LACBA/HALSA team will go directly to LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project, which provides $1 million dollars worth of donated legal services each year. Support our project by joining the team or making a donation.   (more)  

Spotlight on Immigration Legal Assistance Project: Providing Legal Assistance and Counseling to Low-Income Clients on Immigration Law and Procedures
Since 1975, LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project has provided the general public with competent legal counseling and advice in the highly specialized and complex field of immigration law. Located on the third floor of the Los Angeles Federal Building, the project, among other things, counsels and advises low-income walk-in clients who are U.S. citizens, immigrants, and aliens, and prepares immigration and naturalization forms. Last year alone, the project assisted nearly 7,000 clients.   (more)  

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
Nominations are being solicited for LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award. The award recognizes a distinguished career on the bench as well as contributions to the community and the practice of law. The following factors should be considered: judicial ability and experience; judicial temperament and demeanor; knowledge of the law, legal ability, and scholarship; dedication and diligence; contributions to the improvement or education of the legal community; contributions to the community at large; contributions to the practice of law; and judicial independence, integrity, and fairness.   (more)  

Help Your Bar Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs Supermarkets
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, registered with the Ralphs Community Program, is eligible to receive funds every time you shop. Through this program, Ralphs Markets contributes back a percentage of your household's monthly purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. The Community Contribution Program runs from September 1 through August 31, and participants must re-register their cards each year on or after September 1 even if they have previously registered for the program.   (more)  

2010 Family Law Training Manual Available from Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
The updated 2010 edition of the Buhai Center's practice guide, California Family Law Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide to California Divorce, Paternity, Custody, Support, Domestic Violence and Property, with pleadings, procedures, and forms, is available for purchase.   (more)  

Playing the Percentages: Is It Ethical?
As outsourcing becomes more prevalent, lawyers and law firms are looking at new methods to improve the bottom line of their law practices, including finding ways to use third-party vendors. One new opportunity relates to the use of an outside billing service to prepare, transmit, and collect fees for legal services. Is this an unethical fee splitting arrangement? The answer may depend on whether the billing service contingent fee is based on fees collected by the law firm or amounts billed.   (more)  

New “Exclusive” Lawyers Professional Liability Program
Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability broker, is pleased to offer LACBA members a new “exclusive” Lawyers Professional Liability program with Professional Solutions Insurance Company, available only through Ahern. PSIC is a division of The NCMIC Group, which was founded in 1946 and has more than 60 years’ experience writing professional liability insurance coverage. The Attorney Shield program offers California attorneys one of the broadest policies, unique policy features, and competitive pricing. Policy highlights include: Admitted carrier rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best; limits starting as low as $100,000/$300,000; consent-to-settle benefit: no “hammer clause”; $50,000 additional claims expense; death and disability ERP available; two hours free risk management consultation; and deductible abatement—For each year of continuous coverage with PSIC, an abatement of the deductible is provided in increments of $2,500 up to a maximum of $10,000. Contact Ellen Ahern or complete an online application here.   (more)  

Computer Learning Center
New Horizons, your single source for all IT training, offers a wide selection of technical classes and certification packages. LACBA members can preregister for NH SoCal classes using a simple online enrollment form and payment system. A unique portal for LACBA members features Assessments, which can be used to determine the courses that match your skill set, and Course Outlines, so you understand the topics that will be discussed during class. LACBA members can take advantage of a 10 percent discount with NH SoCal to further their professional development. Contact Lori Noonan or view the recommended classes guaranteed to improve your professional development by visiting New Horizons SoCal online.   (more)  

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



The October 2010 issue
of Los Angeles Lawyer 
will be available online
by October 8.

October 5
Mediation Confidentiality: Issues and Current Cases
Fifth in the Robert I. Weil Lecture Series, this program features Peter Robinson, managing director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of  Law; and Justice Laurence D. Rubin, California Court of Appeal, Second District.

October 7
7th Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium

Virtually every facet of the healthcare industry is subject to a complex web of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. A group of distinguished speakers will guide the audience through today's most important compliance issues.

October 11
TAP: Witness Examination Skills Workshop

The course provides introductory and advanced level instruction on how to examine a witness under oath, including a formula for direct examination, laying the foundation for demonstrative evidence, creating a strategy for cross-examination, how to control the witness, and how to employ advanced techniques such as leading by prior question and anticipatory rebuttal.

October 11
TAP: Jury Selection Workshop
Topics include selecting the right jury, exercising peremptory challenges, making and responding to challenges for cause, unconstitutional use of peremptory challenges, processing prospective juror information, judicial and attorney voir dire, and selecting alternate jurors.

October 13
Wage and Hour Class Actions: Successfully Navigating the Pretrial Process

This program will walk attendees through the pretrial litigation process of a wage and hour class action, and provide expert perspectives from experienced litigators on both the plaintiffs' and defendants' sides in such areas as pleadings, discovery, motions for class certification, and dispositive motions.

October 15
Minor's Counsel in 2010:
Our Role and Responsibilities

The program will provide the annual education and training requirements for minor's counsel to remain eligible for appointment. Topics include rights and responsibilities, new attitude toward involvement, practice pointers from the bench, child interview do's and don'ts, security considerations, and input from well-respected litigants' attorneys.

October 29
43rd Annual Securities Regulation Seminar
The featured luncheon speaker will be Commissioner Elisse B. Walter, Securities and Exchange Commission. Attendees will select from several break-out sessions throughout the day.

November 16
Complex Court Symposium

The symposium will provide insight into all aspects of complex court litigation, as judges from Los Angeles and other counties share their philosophy and procedures for case control, e-discovery, class certifications, JCCP proceedings, maintaining and approving settlement, and conduct at trial.

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