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April 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

The Center for Civic Mediation celebrates its
18th Annual Awards Dinner on May 3. This year's honorees will be
Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr.,
Peter W. Mullin, and the American Arbitration Association.    (more) 


  May 24 Luncheon: Judge McCoy Named Outstanding Jurist
  Join the Legal Community in the Fight against Hunger Undergoes Facelift
  Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives
  LACBA Welcomes New Director of Events & CLE
  Domestic Violence Project Fundraiser a Huge Success
  Elections: Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
  2011-12 Committee Applications Due April 29
  E-Mail and Attorney-Client Privilege: Cautionary Tales
  Member Benefit: Hutchings Court Reporters
Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. to Receive Outstanding Jurist Award on May 24
The Honorable Charles W. McCoy Jr. of the Los Angeles Superior Court will receive LACBA's 2011 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 24 luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. LACBA recognizes Judge McCoy for his distinguished career on the bench and his guidance of the Los Angeles Superior Court while serving as presiding judge through last year's judiciary budget crisis. He was instrumental in helping to save the court more than $13 million and 200 jobs.   (more)  

Join the Los Angeles Legal Community in the Fight against Hunger
Food from the Bar, a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children in our community, consists of a four-week effort from April 18 through May 14 among law firms and legal offices in Los Angeles. Participants engage in friendly competition to contribute money, donate food, and volunteer time sorting and packing food at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.   (more) Something Looks Different Here
You may have noticed that something looks different on LACBA's Web site. What changed? A fresh new look, a new logo, a new navigation bar and menu, a new color scheme, and a new, easier readability. A facelift for has been in the works and finally came to fruition this month.   (more)  

Apply Now: Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives
Apply by April 30 to become a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. LACBA President Alan Steinbrecher is chair of the Nomination Committee for Lawyer Representatives. Find the application form, selection guidelines, and information on the role of lawyer representatives here.   (more)  

LACBA Welcomes New Director of Events & CLE
Tom Walsh joins the Los Angeles County Bar Association as its new Director of Events & CLE. Walsh brings with him a strong background in event production, marketing, and corporate communications. As director, Walsh will oversee LACBA's events team, supervising both CLE and non-CLE program planning and marketing. He will also manage the Association's multimedia team, which produces Web casts, video-on-demand, and LACBA's popular CLE in a Box.   (more)  

LACBA Domestic Violence Project Commemorates 25 Years of Helping Victims and Their Families
More than 200 civic leaders, judges, and attorneys came together on March 3 to celebrate the LACBA Domestic Violence Project's 25 years of helping victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system at a critical point in their lives. View photos from the event here.   (more)  

Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
The Nominating Committee has begun its work to nominate one or more Association members for each trustee position to be filled in the June election. It also will nominate one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president.   (more)  

2011-12 Committee Applications Due April 29
LACBA members who wish to be considered for appointment to one or more committees for 2011-12 can download an application here.   (more)  

E-Mail and Attorney-Client Privilege: Cautionary Tales for Employee and Employer
The collision of old rules with new technologies is hardly a novelty in today's practice of law. Ethics experts, practitioners, and courts have struggled to determine how advertising rules should apply to Web sites or blogs, whether it is permissible to search documents for metadata, and whether judges can "friend" attorneys or litigants on Facebook, among many other questions. Although it is now well settled that attorney-client and other privileges can attach to communications made electronically, new wrinkles continue to arise as courts and others wrestle with the application of our oldest privileges to some of our newest technology.   (more)  

Hutchings Court Reporters
Experienced. Responsive. Accountable. Expansive. These are some of the terms associated with Hutchings' nearly 60 years of experience serving law firms and corporate legal departments on local, national, and international levels. Services include court reporters, conference rooms, interpreters, video, video synchronization, videoconferencing plus text, and video streaming. Online scheduling and calendar review, digital transcript and document repositories, as well as real-time services, are some of the cost-saving technology features available in addition to an in-house technical support team. Hutchings' extensive experience and insight in customizing and implementing successful court reporting programs can be a tremendous value to your legal team and clients. Ask for LACBA member rates when scheduling.   (more)  

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



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

Begins April 7
Nuts & Bolts: Basic Litigation Skills, Essential Tools for Lawyers 
This two-day conference helps attendees build a solid foundation of the tools and skills needed to effectively litigate in state and federal courts in Los Angeles.

April 12
Superior Court: An Insider's Perspective on the Judicial Appointment Process
A distinguished panel of judges and a former judicial appointments secretary will discuss topics such as how to strengthen one's candidacy, how to prepare for the application and interview, and the politics of judicial appointment.

April 16
All You Need to Know about Litigating Discrimination and Wage and Hour Class Actions
This informative seminar will cover key topics such as class certification issues in wage and hour and discrimination cases, discovery of class member contact information, employer's ability to obtain releases from employees prior to class certification, the employer's ability to communicate pre- and post-certification, and the use of statistical and other experts.

April 19
PowerPoint for Litigators

This seminar will focus on strategies and techniques for using PowerPoint that provide for the highest retention among jurors and why these techniques work. 

April 26
Developer-Funded Acquisition of Property for Offsite Subdivision Improvements
Topics include key considerations before conditioning a map approval to construct offsite improvements, negotiating an offsite acquisition agreement, and the relationship between the city and the developer during subsequent eminent domain litigation.

April 28
25th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium: Achieving Green Goals in a Time of Limited Financial Resources 
Panels will include discussions of the recent passage of Proposition 26 and its impact on agencies' ability to pay for their environmental enforcement activities, priorities of the Brown Administration, the tension between CEQA and the permitting of green energy and redevelopment projects, regulating greenhouse gases and prosecuting and defending environmental enforcement cases on the state, federal, and local levels, and developments in green chemistry regulation and remedial technologies.

Begins April 29
2011 Labor and Employment Section Annual Retreat 
The annual retreat, scheduled this year at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and Mountain Resort, provides 6.5 hours of CLE credit plus an opportunity to mix and mingle with other labor and employment law practitioners and members of the judiciary in social and other informal activities. 

Breakfast at the Bar: 110 Days to Trial 

RFEs: What? Are You Kidding Me?

What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know Regarding Land Title Surveys

Exploring the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 

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