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January 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 1 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  CLE Countdown: N-Z Compliance Period Ends January 31
  Lawyers Exempted from Red Flags Rule Highlights: Get Your CLE on the Go
  Directory of Experts and Consultants Arrives Later This Month
  Judge Lee Edmon Assumes Position of Presiding Judge
  Spotlight: Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program
  Attorney-Client Privilege: In-House Counsel Communications
  Member Benefit: Court Reporters
  Member Benefit: Data Backup and Recovery

Compliance Period for Group N-Z Ends January 31, 2011
With the compliance deadline looming, LACBA is the one stop for all your CLE needs, offering an array of products that include CLE-in-a-Box, live programs, an online catalog of programs available in a variety of formats, and online self-study articles. If you're short a few credits and need last-minute help, look into LACBA CLE.   (more)  

Congress Passes Bill that Exempts Lawyers from Red Flag Rule
LACBA's efforts to exempt lawyers from the Red Flags Rule under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 paid off when Congress passed the Red Flag Program Clarification Act in late 2010.   (more)  

Can't Attend a CLE Program in Person? Consider Signing Up for a LACBA Webcast
More than 70 percent of all events held at the LACBA offices can be viewed as a Webcast. While you're watching the Webcast, you will see the PowerPoint presentation that those in attendance are viewing. The slides are synchronized with the speaker, and if materials are available, you can download them to your computer.   (more)  

Annual Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants Arrives Later This Month as a Free Benefit to LACBA Members
The directory comprises the most comprehensive registry of legal expertise in the region with hundreds of pages of medical, technical, scientific, and forensic witnesses. Watch for it in your mailbox. In the meantime, visit to find experts, consultants, and dispute resolution professionals.   (more)  

Past LACBA President, Judge Lee Edmon, Becomes Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, will become the first woman to serve as presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court on January 1, 2011. "Everyone at LACBA is extremely proud of Judge Edmon and congratulates her on this historic accomplishment," said LACBA President Alan Steinbrecher.   (more)  

Spotlight on Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program
LACBA's Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program provides private attorneys to represent indigent criminal defendants in all of the Los Angeles County courts when the public defender and the alternate public defender are unavailable or have a conflict. During the past year alone, nearly 330 panel attorneys handled all countywide appointments on more than 15,000 misdemeanor and felony cases.   (more)  

Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with In-House Counsel
The continuing recession has forced business clients to economize by referring less work to outside lawyers and, if they are large enough, relying more on their in-house legal staff. However, a recent case illustrates a serious pitfall that can result in the loss of attorney-client privilege for communications between in-house counsel and their corporate clients.   (more)  

Court Reporters
Hutchings Court Reporters offers 24-hour global scheduling of court reporters, conference rooms, video, interpreters, videoconferencing, technology support, and more. LACBA members receive preferred rates.   (more)  

Data Backup and Recovery
Data loss can be costly. CoreVault, America's most endorsed cloud backup and recovery solution, can identify, protect, and manage your firm's critical data offsite at its private data centers with 24/7 customer support.   (more)  

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



The January 2011 issue
of Los Angeles Lawyer 
will be available online by
January 7.

January 26
2011 Bench Meets the Bar: Annual Litigation Section Luncheon for Federal and State Court Judicial Officers
This program provides a unique opportunity for Los Angeles lawyers and firms to meet with judicial officers and to hear about the issues and challenges of current concern to the federal and state courts.

February 1
Social Media and the Law: More Guidance, Less Hype
A panel of experts will identify federal and state laws and guidance on corporate, employee, and consumer use of social media; analyze recent FTC guidance and proposed legislation on online behavioral marketing; discuss practical strategies to mitigate risks; and outline key components of effective social media policies.

February 3
Trailblazers of the Bar Honoring Judge Lee Smalley Edmon and Samuel Williams 

Two outstanding pioneers in the legal profession will be honored. Judge Edmon, a former LACBA president, will have assumed the position of presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the first woman to hold that post in the court's 121-year history. Samuel Williams, who will be honored posthumously, was the first African-American LACBA president and the first to serve as president of the State Bar of California. 

Transborder Divorce:
Its Tax and Immigration Consequences

Legal Ethics Technology Showdown: Protecting Client Confidences against Homeland Security Searches of Laptop Contents When Traveling across Borders

Retirement 101: Ethical and Practical Advice for Winding Down or Retiring from the Practice of Law 

Kwok Talk and Title Insurance: Termination/
Continuation of Coverage under Policies of Title Insurance

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