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November 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 10 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  CLE-in-a-Box Provides All of Your Compliance Needs
  Judicial Evaluations Available for November Election
  Post-Arbitration Alternative to Trial De Novo
  Spotlight: AIDS Legal Services Project
  Former LACBA President to Receive Access to Justice Award
  LACBA Names New Director of Web Services
  Statewide Conference Passes Six LACBA Resolutions
  Ethics and International IP Practice
  Member Benefit: FedEx
  Member Benefit: Business Insurance Programs
CLE-in-a-Box Supplies 25 Compliance Hours
CLE-in-a-Box is the most convenient and cost-effective way to meet your CLE requirements. With 25 hours of audio on CD, you can complete your CLE in the comfort of your home, office, or car. A CD of all the material related to the programs is provided with CLE-in-a-Box and may be used for printing and reading the program files from your computer or laptop. The box also includes all the forms you need to certify your participatory credit.   (more)  

Judicial Evaluations Available for November Election
Find the report of LACBA's Judicial Election Evaluations Committee here to view the ratings for candidates in the remaining superior court judicial contests to be decided in the November election.   (more)  

Attorney Client Arbitration Program Provides Alternative to Trial De Novo
It has been well over a year since the California Supreme Court found in Schatz v. Allen Matkins that the existence of a predispute arbitration agreement does not prevent a party from entering binding arbitration after participation in mandatory arbitration. The dust has settled, and what has emerged is a post-arbitration alternative to trial de novo—The alternative is binding arbitration through LACBA’s Attorney Client Arbitration Program.   (more)  

Spotlight on AIDS Legal Services Project: Providing One-on-One Pro Bono Legal Representation
Since its founding in 1986 by the LACBA Barristers, the AIDS Legal Services Project has directed its resources to one-on-one pro bono representation to thousands of low-income people living with HIV and AIDS who have a legal problem related to their medical condition. With the help of highly motivated pro bono attorneys, the project has established a reputation for handling some of the most sophisticated legal issues, including asylum based on HIV status, employment, discrimination, consumer, public benefits and private insurance, testamentary and debtor/creditor matters, health law, social security appeals, and housing issues.   (more)  

Former LACBA President to Receive 2010 Aranda Access to Justice Award
Justice Laurie D. Zelon, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, has been named the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award. Justice Zelon will receive the award at a ceremony this fall in recognition of her tireless commitment to improving access to the courts, her efforts to promote pro bono work among law professionals, and her dedication to ensuring that legal services be available to those most in need.   (more)  

LACBA Names New Director of Web Services
LACBA welcomes David Dain as its new director of Web services, whose primary responsibilities will be the development and management of online and electronic practice-related content for lawyers at LACBA’s Web site,   (more)  

Conference of California Bar Associations Passes Six LACBA Resolutions
The following 2010 LACBA resolutions were passed by the Conference of California Bar Associations (still informally referred to as the Conference of Delegates) at its annual conference held in September in Monterey.   (more)  

Don't Pass the Buck on Ethics in International IP Practice
As a California practitioner, you operate under a developed set of ethical rules that ensure your client receives competent legal service free from conflicts of interest. Foreign counsel, however, operate under a different set of ethical rules, which could differ significantly from California practice. While it would be easy to simply apprise your client of this disconnect and hope for the best, the better practice is to take steps to ensure that foreign counsel carries out his or her duties in a way that will meet your client’s ethical expectations.    (more)  

LACBA members can save up to 26% on select FedEx shipping services. If you are looking for reliable and cost-effective shipping, you can count on FedEx to deliver. Take advantage of the following discounts: up to 26% on select FedEx Express U.S. services; up to 20% on select FedEx Express international services; up to 12% on select FedEx Ground services; up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery services. Once you enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, LACBA member discounts will automatically be applied to your FedEx account number. Best of all, there are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. For more information or to enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, call 1-800-MEMBERS or visit the FedEx LACBA member site.   (more)  

Ahern Insurance Brokerage: Business Insurance Programs
Ahern Insurance Brokerage offers LACBA members general liability, property, and workers' compensation insurance programs available through Hartford Insurance Company, an admitted carrier rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Workers' Compensation: 10% premium discount for LACBA members, workers' compensation assistance programs. General Liability/Property: specialized coverage enhancements for law firms, 24-hour claims reporting, business income/extra expense—12 month actual loss sustained. Multi-policy discount: when purchasing general liability and workers' compensation policies from The Hartford, the firm is eligible to receive an additional 5% credit (minimum premiums apply). To apply or for more information, contact Summer Gorsica at 1-800-282-9786 x116 or, or complete an online application.   (more)  

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



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

November 6
ICDA Winter Seminar: Stop Watch Voir Dire
A panel of experts discusses how to maximize information in a minimum amount of time.

November 10
Ninth Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium: Spills, Chills, and Bills: A Review of 2010 Environmental Developments

Panel discussions include managing media and public relations in high profile environmental matters, an overview of recent CERCLA opinions, and a post-election perspective of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).

November 11
TAP: Expert Witness Workshop

Introductory and advanced level instruction on how to use expert witnesses in civil and criminal actions, with special emphasis on expert testimony.

November 11
TAP: Evidence Skills Workshop

The workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to admit and exclude evidence in court.

November 16
Mergers and Acquisitions 101

The program provides a bird's eye view of merger and acquisition transactions, including how they are structured, the timeline for such transactions, and the documentation that goes into such transactions.

November 17
Retirement 101: Ethical and Practical Advice for Winding Down or Retiring from the Practice of Law 
Emphasis includes compliance with California Rules of Professional Conduct relating to withdrawing from representation; returning, storing, or destroying client files and records; fee issues, including handling of law firm retirement payments; and practical issues involved in selling a practice.

November 18
Fee Arbitration Training

This training is offered to all prospective and current volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Programs through the local county bars in Los Angeles County and/or the State Bar of California, and provides basic training required to serve on a bar program's fee arbitration panel.

November 18
Electronic Health Records: Qualifying for Meaningful Use Payments, Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls, and Preparing for ACOs

This presentation will explain the standards necessary for implementing certified EHR technology to meet the government's definition of "meaningful use," plus a panel discussion on EHR implementation, compliance, and hospital-physician alignment issues.

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