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February 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  LACBA Mourns Passing of James Robie
  To Be (Competent) or Not to Be (Competent)
  "Beauty and the Beast" Foundation Fundraiser on March 13
  March 17-18: Immigration Law Training Course
  Congress Passes Amended Dodd-Frank Act, IOLTA Safe
  Receive Landlord/Tenant, Administrative Law Referrals Undergoes Home Page Makeover
  Spotlight on Center for Civic Mediation
  Trial Advocacy Project: 2011 Program Schedule
  LACBA Election Process Begins
  Discounting Your Fees: Is It an Ethical Violation?
  Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing
  Member Benefit: Collection Agency

LACBA Mourns Passing of James Robie, Beloved Leader and Litigator in Los Angeles Legal Community
LACBA expresses its deepest sympathies for the unexpected and untimely passing of James R. Robie on January 16, 2011. At the time of his death, Robie was a member of the LACBA Board of Trustees and had served on several committees including chair of the Litigation Section and vice chair of the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, among others.   (more)  

To Be (Competent) or Not to Be (Competent)
Join U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when he presides over "The Trial of Hamlet" on January 31 to determine whether one of Shakespeare's most famous characters, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was mentally competent at the time he murdered Polonius. The LACBA prosecution team will be led by Danette Meyers and Nathan Hochman, while the Beverly Hills Bar Association's team of Richard Hirsch and Blair Berk will head up the defense.   (more)  

Performance of "Beauty and the Beast" Highlights the Foundation's 4th Annual Theatre Fundraiser on March 13
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's March 13 fundraiser will take place at the Pantages Theatre, featuring Disney's much-beloved "Beauty and the Beast." The ticket price for the show includes admission to a pre-performance reception at Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill. Your participation will assist the Foundation's mission of supporting nonprofit organizations that provide legal services programs and projects throughout Los Angeles County.   (more)  

Immigration Law Training Course Scheduled for March 17-18
The two-day training, designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration law or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year, will focus on immigration concepts, procedures, and practical aspects as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.   (more)  

Congress Passes Amended Dodd-Frank Act to Protect IOLTA Accounts
Last December, LACBA urged California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to lobby their colleagues in support of the passage of H.R. 6398, which would continue the full FDIC protection of lawyer trust accounts by amending Section 343 of the Dodd-Frank Act. On December 22, the bill passed the Senate and was signed into law on December 29 .   (more)  

Receive Landlord/Tenant, Administrative Law Referrals from LACBA's Lawyer Referral Service
The LACBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has an immediate need for landlord/tenant attorneys in the San Gabriel Valley and administrative law attorneys throughout Los Angeles County to take referrals. Getting referrals from LRIS is a great way to increase the volume and quality of referrals an attorney receives.   (more) Undergoes Home Page Makeover to Achieve Ease and Simplicity
LACBA's Web Services Department addressed members' concerns about navigating on's home page, resulting in a makeover that makes finding information easier and more user-friendly. And even more changes are in the works!   (more)  

Spotlight on the Center for Civic Mediation
The Center for Civic Mediation (formerly known as Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.), a national pioneer in community-based mediation and conflict resolution services, helps residents, youths and families, community organizations, and local governments resolve disputes. The  nonprofit affiliate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association also provides mediation training and conflict resolution skills courses to help people prevent or avoid escalating conflicts that could result in violence or costly litigation.   (more)  

TAP Provides Comprehensive Instruction in Major Aspects of Trial Advocacy
LACBA's acclaimed Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) provides a number of courses for different skill levels that offer in-depth instruction in the many facets of trial advocacy. In addition to the popular Introductory TAP (i-TAP) and Traditional TAP (t-TAP), the project has expanded to include the Seminar Series and the Workshop Series. Take a look at the 2011 Catalog of Courses.   (more)  

LACBA Election Process Begins
The first step of the 2011 election process is ready to begin with the designation and selection of Nominating Committee members. The committee nominates one or more LACBA members for each position of at-large trustee to be filled at the June election. It also nominates one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president.   (more)  

Discounting Your Fees: Is It an Ethical Violation?
A recent court of appeal decision resolved the question of whether it is unethical for a lawyer to offer to discount legal fees to encourage a client to settle an action. In Chan v. Lund, the Sixth Appellate District concluded that the attorney's offer does not constitute a business transaction subject to the disclosure requirements of Rule 3-300 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Chan case also addressed the issues of the ethics of withdrawal from representation, enforcement of settlement under Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6, economic coercion as a basis for rescission, and mediation confidentiality.   (more)  

LawPay Merchant Account: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
Trust your transactions to the only payment solution recommended by more than 60 bar associations—the LawPay Merchant Account. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts; fees are never commingled. The ability to accept credit cards can attract clients, improve cash flow, and reduce collections. LACBA members will save up to 25 percent off their credit card processing fees.   (more)  

Sequoia Financial Services: Nationwide Collection Agency
Sequoia Financial Services is an M/WBE, SBE certified, full service, nationwide collection agency. Sequoia houses a collection unit within its legal department that focuses solely on the recovery of assigned judgment files. This special team of collectors, paralegals, and support staff are well versed and trained on the latest methods of postjudgment collection techniques.   (more)  

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



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

February 10
New e-Discovery
This program is the first step toward meeting the competency requirements of the California and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and will explore the California Electronic Discovery Act, cutting-edge technologies, and best practices pertaining to managing electronically stored evidence at trial.

February 11
TAP: Deposition Skills Workshop
Instruction on how to take and defend depositions in California state court actions will cover, among other things, the rules relating to oral depositions, how to pin down the deponent, how to defend a deposition, the use of deposition testimony at trial, and developing a deposition strategy.

February 16
How to Manage Archived Data in Litigation
The speaker will explore the rules, case law, techniques, technology, and best practices for identifying, requesting, retrieving, reviewing, producing, and defending the production of or requests for archival data.

February 17
Cross-Border Distressed Transactions
Experts in the field of mergers and acquisitions will address the purchase and sale of distressed companies in the United States and abroad, highlighting specialized regulations that companies need to comply with and the additional parties involved when dealing with distressed companies. Discussion will also include effective negotiation tips and due diligence required to ensure companies achieve their intended commercial objectives.

Begins March 1
Introductory TAP (i-TAP)
Learn how to mark exhibits, lay evidentiary foundation, deliver opening statements, conduct witness direct and cross exam, and deliver closing arguments.

Begins March 5
California Rules of Evidence (TAP Seminar Series)
This two-part course teaches an innovative and practical seven-step method for analyzing the admissibility of potential evidence.

March 29
Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training
Become a volunteer with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project and help clients complete legal documents to obtain restraining orders, a necessary first step in handling domestic violence situations.

Environmental Compliance: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know Now

Latest Trends in International Real Estate Development

Personal Injury 101: Nuts and Bolts

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

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