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March 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

On April 5, the Los Angeles County Bar Association will host the LACBA Armed Forces Networking Reception to examine whether to form an armed forces group and to exchange ideas as to how LACBA members can best support those who have served our country. Special guests and attendees will network and share ideas on assisting armed forces personnel. Find out more here .


  Small Claims Court Clinics Launched
  New Member Orientation Reception on March 22
  Become a Leader in Legal Community: Join LACBA Committees
  Work Smarter with LexisNexis Smart Forms at
  Last Chance: "Beauty and the Beast" Fundraiser Tickets
  Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training on March 29
  Board Election Declarations Due
  Barristers Election Process Begins
  Singing Lawyers Wanted
  Ethics: Advanced Planning for Disposition of Your Practice
  Member Benefit: IT Training from New Horizons SoCal
  Member Benefit: Insurance Plans from Insurance Specialists
Small Claims Court Clinics Launched
Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback and the sheer number of individual requests for assistance, a collaborative effort co-administered by LACBA has expanded its popular Small Claims Court Workshop into a clinical setting to provide more substantial one-on-one assistance to participants.   (more)  

New Member Orientation Reception Set for March 22
Celebrate your induction into the Los Angeles County Bar Association with a grand night of fabulous food, great drinks, and networking with the most well-known and influential members of the Los Angeles legal profession. Meet judges, bar leadership, prominent attorney members from all practice areas, and LACBA's member benefits providers.     (more)  

Become a Leader of the Legal Community: Participate on
LACBA Committees

Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system, or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a lead role in the study and analysis of these matters, and in establishing the voice of the legal profession by providing guidance and commentary to appropriate entities. Our collective voice helps define the profession by providing comment on regulatory proposals and legislative measures as well as filing amicus briefs at the local, state, and national levels that not only affect substantive areas of law but also the way attorneys practice law, and our members have real impact.   (more)  

Work Smarter with LexisNexis Smart Forms at
Twice yearly, LACBA works with LexisNexis to ensure that our members have free access to updated Judicial Council forms in 40 subject areas from adoption to workplace violence. Within each of these areas are several forms to download and use.   (more)  

Last Chance: "Beauty and the Beast" Fundraiser Tickets
Only seven tickets remain for the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's 4th Annual Theatre Fundraiser featuring "Beauty and the Beast" at the Pantages Theatre on March 13. The ticket price for the show includes admission to a pre-performance reception at 4:30 p.m. at Dillon's Irish Pub, which is within walking distance of the Pantages. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. The remaining tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (213) 896-6409 or e-mail   (more)  

Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training on March 29:
Join the Project and Make a Difference

Last year, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project helped more than 10,000 abused clients. When you become a volunteer, you can make a difference during a three-hour shift by helping as many as three victims seek protection from their abusers. Volunteers interview clients and complete legal documents to obtain restraining orders, a necessary first step in handling domestic violence situations.   (more)  

Board Election Declarations Due
LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee for LACBA officer and at-large trustee positions to be voted on in June are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination no later than March 17, 5:00 p.m. Applications not timely received will not be considered.   (more)  

Barristers Election Process Begins
The 2011 Barristers election process begins March 15, the first day to file a self-nominating petition for one of the seven two-year positions on the executive committee or for the offices of president-elect or vice president.   (more)  

Singing Lawyers Wanted
Do you sing? Are you a lawyer, judge, legal assistant, or law student? L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic Conductor Gary Greene and Choral Director Coreen Duffy are forming a legal chorus to debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 30, singing two major works with the orchestra, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Porgy and Bess. Intermediate to advanced singers with some proficiency in music reading and choral experience are desired. Rehearsals start on Monday evenings in  April. To audition now, e-mail      

Planning for the Inevitable: Easing the Burden on Your Heirs in the Event of Your Death
The best time to plan for eternity is today. Planning for your sudden death should include a plan for the disposition of your law practice. While advance planning cannot save loved ones from their grief over their loss, it can remove a source of tension from your stricken family and lessen the risk of potential liability to your estate.   (more)  

IT Training from New Horizons SoCal
New Horizons SoCal—your single source for all IT training—offers a wide selection of technical classes and certification packages. A unique portal for LACBA members features Assessments to determine the courses that match your skill set and Course Outlines to understand the topics that will be discussed during class. LACBA members can preregister for NH SoCal classes using a simple online enrollment form and payment system.   (more)  

Insurance Plans from Insurance Specialists, Inc.
Insurance Specialists, Inc. is the preferred provider of major medical, accident and disability, and term life insurance plans to LACBA members. For more than 50 years, ISI has marketed and administered insurance programs for members of professional associations as a third-party administrator. ISI attempts to simplify the insurance decisions that professionals must make by offering plans underwritten by top-rated carriers selected for quality benefits and ease of application at competitive prices. To contact a licensed agent regarding all the different benefits available to LACBA members, call ISI Sales Direct at 1-888-ISI-1959 (474-1959), e-mail or visit Insurance Specialists, Inc. online.   (more)  

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



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

March 10
The Future Is Here: ACO! or AC Oh-Oh?
A distinguished panel of attorneys and physicians will address Accountable Care Organizations and the perceived risks and benefits from the perspectives of various stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare services. Discussion covers various ACO models, regulatory and healthcare policy issues, control of the ACO, patient care utilization decisions, and Medicare Shared Savings Program funds.

March 12
Los Angeles Superior Court Litigation Program

Presenters share valuable ideas for successful pretrial and trial techniques, and discuss common pitfalls to avoid in the courtroom. Topics include court administration issues, alternative dispute resolution, opening statements, voir dire, cross-examination, and final arguments.

March 17-18
Immigration Law Training Course

This two-day training course, 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 legal concepts and procedures, practical aspects, and USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.

March 19
Evidence with the Masters: Family Code Section 217 Tamed

This full-day evidence "how to" program will focus on evidence issues including foundation for admission of documents and other evidence, hearsay and its exceptions, presenting and opposing expert testimony, pro per use at trial of depositions and discovery responses, how to use and object to police reports, motions in limine, and Kelly-Frye and 402 hearings.

March 23
2011 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Dinner

The Corporate Law Departments Section presents its annual award to an in-house counsel who has demonstrated exceptional performance and career achievement. This year, the award dinner will honor recipient Rebecca Prentice, executive vice president and general counsel of Paramount Pictures Corporation.

March 24
Tech Up Your Firm
This seminar provides a road map for making upgrades to your firm's technology, including the proper processor and memory power needed for certain applications, what upgrading can do to improve the bottom line, what are considered to be good deals in technology upgrades, and what issues may arise when transitioning to newer technology.

March 26
Complex Issues in Family-Based Immigration

This review of complex issues in family-based immigration includes CSPA, affidavits of support, waivers of joint filing to remove conditional basis of residence, grandfathered 245i beneficiaries, local procedures at LAFO, and widows and other survivors of deceased petitioners.

March 31
2011 Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium

Topics include significant court decisions and legislative activity, advanced issues in workplace investigations and related litigation, workplace violence, employment-based health and welfare benefit coverage, managing workplace accommodation requirements, ethical dilemmas, unionization, and wage-hour class actions.

March 31
TAP: Evidence Skills Workshop

The workshop offers instruction on how to admit and exclude evidence in court including evidentiary foundations, authenticity of physical evidence, expert and lay opinion, business records and other hearsay exceptions, expert qualifications and hypothetical questions, and written and oral motions in limine.

Preventing Substance Abuse and Eliminating Bias

Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law, Part II

Avoiding Ethical and Management Minefields in the Bankruptcy Practice

Nuts and Bolts: Post-Judgment Enforcement

New Mechanic's Lien Laws and Forms Effective 1-1-11


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