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December 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 11 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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  CLE-in-a-Box Can Help with Last-Minute Credits
  Productive Online Searches for Expert Witnesses 24/7
  Welcome to the World of (Section) Facebook
  Governance Task Force Report Could Affect State Bar
  Spotlight: Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Support
  Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate
  Ethical Implications of "Of Counsel" Relationships
  Member Benefit: Personal Insurance Plans
  Member Benefit: Litigation Support Services

CLE-in-a-Box Can Help with Last-Minute Credits
Group 3, your CLE compliance period deadline is February 1, 2011. Are you running low on CLE hours? 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. With 25 hours of audio on CD, you can complete your CLE in the comfort of your home, office, or car.   (more)  

Perform Precise, Productive Online Searches for Expert Witnesses 24/7
LACBA's online referral directory——celebrates its 14th year as the go-to source for forensic expert searches. Find expert witnesses, legal consultants, litigation support, lawyer-to-lawyer referrals, and dispute resolution providers with highlighted information that includes education, licenses and credentials, prior experience, publications, and areas of expertise.   (more)  

Welcome to the World of (Section) Facebook
A major overhaul is underway to raise the bar for LACBA and its sections' social media presence. LACBA's Facebook page has undergone recent improvements to enhance its usability. Sections can use a customized Facebook page as a major marketing tool to increase visibility and membership, and enlarge their presence on the Internet.   (more)  

Governance Task Force and Its Recommendations Could Affect the State Bar of California
California Assembly Bill 2764 requires the State Bar to establish a Governance in Public Interest Task Force. By May 15, 2011, and every three years thereafter, the task force must prepare and submit an annual report to the California Supreme Court, the Governor, and the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary that includes its recommendations for enhancing the protection of the public and ensuring that protection of the public is the highest priority in the licensing and regulation of attorneys.   (more)  

Spotlight on Lawyer Referral and Information Service: Serving the Community for Nearly 75 Years
LACBA's nonprofit Lawyer Referral and Information Service began in 1937 during an era marked by the Great Depression. Since its inception, it has grown to become the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit lawyer referral service. Last year alone, LRIS made more than 20,000 referrals to panel attorneys, generated more than $8 million in fees for participating panel members, and provided assistance to more than 100,000 individuals and businesses.   (more)  

Bar Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Donation Today
Consider this: If every LACBA member donated just the $50 suggested on the dues statement, and the Foundation received no other contributions from any other sources, there would be enough money to fund every grant applicant in full. Your gift really does make a difference.   (more)  

Write Resolutions and Represent Your Bar Association as a Conference Delegate
LACBA sends approximately 50 delegates to the Conference of California Bar Associations each year who, along with the other roughly 250 attendees representing local bar associations, debate proposed changes to and new statutory law. Participating in the delegation is an opportunity to enrich your career by playing an active role in creating California law and an opportunity to enjoy camaraderie with an esteemed community of attorneys who actively advocate these changes and additions.   (more)  

Ethical Implications of "Of Counsel" Relationships
There has been, and continues to be, much confusion regarding the characterization and significance of the term "of counsel" as it relates to relationships among lawyers and the many implications such an association has for both parties in the relationship in areas that include advertising, confidentiality, and fee splitting.   (more)  

Personal Insurance Plans
Insurance Specialists, Inc. is the preferred provider of major medical, accident and disability, and term life insurance plans for LACBA members. ISI offers plans underwritten by top-rated carriers that are selected for quality benefits and ease of application at competitive prices. To find out about all the different benefits available to LACBA members, contact ISI Sales Direct at 1-888-ISI-1959 (474-1959) or by e-mail at, or visit Insurance Specialists, Inc. online.   (more)    

Litigation Support Services
Jonnell Agnew & Associates, an independently owned and operated full-service litigation support company, offers LACBA members a number of different services including, court reporting, videography, interpreting, and transcription services throughout Southern California. Court reporters are both certified shorthand reporters (CSR) and registered professional reporters (RPR). Conference room rentals with either videoconferencing or teleconferencing are also available. LACBA members are eligible for special discounts. For more information, call 626-568-9854 or visit the Jonnell Agnew & Associates Web site.   (more)    

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



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

Begins January 4
Introductory TAP (iTAP): Trial Advocacy Project
Designed for attorneys with little or no trial experience, this six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction on marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundation, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and conducting witness direct and cross exam.

January 20
Persuasive Legal Writing

Learn how to write motions and briefs that will capture the court's attention using brevity, simplicity, and clarity.

Begins January 25
Traditional TAP (tTAP): Trial Advocacy Project

This five-week course emphasizes case preparation, search and seizure, pretrial motions, diagrams, exhibits, voir dire, opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross exam, expert witnesses, discovery, ethics, jury instructions, and witness interviews.

January 29
Ethics: All You Need to Know

This program presents a review of major ethics issues by leading ethics attorneys in Los Angeles, with a focus on the important ethics decisions and opinions reached in 2010, plus a discussion of the proposed new Rules of Professional Conduct.

Frozen in Time: A Riveting Behind-the-Scenes View of the Michael Jackson Cases

Wage and Hour Class Actions: Successfully Navigating the Pretrial Process

Loan Mod 101: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Ethics of Loan Modification but were Afraid to Ask

What It Means to be a Leasing Attorney

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