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May 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 5 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Hon. Charles W. McCoy Jr. to Receive
Outstanding Jurist Award on May 24   


  2nd Annual Foundation Golf Tournament on June 13
  Volunteer a Few Hours at May 6 Immigration Information Fair
  Law Day Naturalization Clinic Training to be Held May 5
  Help "Clothes the Deal" at May 2 Law Library Reception
  LACBA's Online Calendar: It Is a-Changin'
  New Director of Marketing Joins LACBA Staff
  Spotlight: Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services
  Magnet Schools Funds: Diversity Committee Urges Retention
  LACBA Elections: Remaining Deadlines
  LegalTech, May 17-18: Discounts for LACBA Members
  Ethical Informal Discovery of Social Media
  Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
  Member Benefit: Insurance Specialists, Inc. 

2nd Annual Foundation Golf Tournament at TPC-Valencia to Benefit 24 Local Law-Related Nonprofits
Come enjoy a day of golf with friends or clients and colleagues while contributing to the noble work of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation at its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 13, 2011. A fun-filled day of golf, camaraderie, and much more will be available at TPC-Valencia, the only Tournament Players Club course in Southern California and one of only 26 TPC courses in the United States.   (more)  

Volunteer a Few Hours of Time at May 6 Immigration Information Fair
LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project and Immigration Law Section will host their annual Immigration Information Fair in conjunction with Law Week on Friday, May 6, 2011. Attorney volunteers are still needed for a minimum of two hours to provide legal advice, discuss human rights, and promote a better understanding of the legal system during the fair, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olvera Street.   (more)  

Paving the Path to American Citizenship: Law Day Naturalization Clinic Training on May 5
On May 5, LACBA's Barristers will partner with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials to train volunteer attorneys on the procedures to apply for U.S. citizenship. During the training, attorneys will learn how to fill out Form N-400 and will become qualified to volunteer at the NALEO Citizen Workshop on Saturday, July 9, to help eligible permanent residents complete their forms.   (more)  

Help "Clothes the Deal" When You Attend an Evening at the Law Library on May 2
You're invited for an evening of entertainment, wine, and cheese, plus networking with colleagues when LACBA and the Los Angeles Law Library host a special Law Week reception on May 2 at the library. Attendees are encouraged to bring gently used professional attire to the event in support of Clothes the Deal, a nonprofit organization that assists adults and at-risk youth in need of achieving economic self-sufficiency and employment success. The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, composed entirely of lawyers, judges, law students, and legal staff, will perform during the evening. The free event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m.   (more)  

LACBA's Online Calendar: It Is a-Changin'
Changes have come to in recent months. Now, LACBA's online calendar has been improved, making it easier for you to find and register for LACBA events. Its clean, organized appearance enables you to locate dates, titles, and descriptions of events, plus you can use a number of searches and filters to further detail your search. And once you find it, you can save the event to your calendar as a reminder.   (more)  

New Director of Marketing Joins LACBA Staff
LACBA welcomes Lisa Pandolfini as its new director of marketing, whose primary responsibilities will be the management, leadership, and coordination of overall marketing and sales functions, including membership growth and retention, benefits, products, and services. In addition, the director is responsible for both the Marketing and Member Services Departments.   (more)  

Spotlight on Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services
LACBA's Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services provides professional services in the areas of fee dispute arbitration, law practice mediation, and attorney-client arbitration.   (more)  

Diversity Committee Urges LAUSD to Retain Funding of Law Magnet Schools 
The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering withdrawing the funding from three law magnet schools due to budgetary constraints. The programs, however, serve an important place in the pipeline to the legal profession by providing an early introduction to the legal system, particularly to students from underserved communities. Read the letter from LACBA's Diversity Committee urging the school board to retain its funding of these schools.   (more)  

LACBA Election Schedule
Find remaining deadlines here.   (more)  

LegalTech Runs May 17-18: Discounts for LACBA Members
LACBA marks its 12th consecutive year as a sponsor of LegalTech West Coast, the must-attend legal technology event for the legal professional, which takes place on May 17 and 18 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. LegalTech provides an in-depth look at the advances in technology for you and your practice, plus an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of up-to-date products developed to meet your needs. From practice software solution to online research tools and Wi-Fi courtrooms, learn how to stay ahead with the latest technology that plays an important role in today’s legal community. LACBA members receive discounts on registration and the opportunity to earn up to 12 CLE credits (including one ethics credit). And don’t forget to visit LACBA’s exhibit on the showroom floor to learn how you can leverage the many effective technology-based benefits of LACBA membership.   (more)    

Ethical Informal Discovery of Social Media 
Lawyers investigating an adverse party or witness through social networking media such as Facebook or MySpace face several ethical constraints. Some social media is private, while some is considered public. The lines are not always clear. Formal discovery directed at social media service providers may be precluded by the Stored Communications Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. One California court held that where a plaintiff published an Ode on MySpace, she “opened the article to the public at large. Her potential audience was vast.” But formal discovery focused on obtaining private messaging via Facebook and MySpace may be quashed under the SCA and ECPA. Informal investigation aimed at social networking sites is an obvious alternative. However, caution is advised.   (more)  

LawPay Credit Card Processing for Attorneys 
Trust your transactions to the only payment solution recommended by more than 60 bar associations. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts. Funds are never commingled. The ability to accept credit cards attracts clients, improves cash flow, and reduces collections. And LACBA members save up to 25 percent off their credit card processing fees. If you are considering accepting credit cards or want to confirm that you are processing credit card transactions correctly, call 866-376-0950 or find out more here.   (more)  

Insurance Specialists, Inc. 
Insurance Specialists, Inc. is the preferred provider of major medical, accident and disability, and term life insurance plans for LACBA members. For more than 50 years, ISI has marketed and administered insurance programs for professional association members as a third-party administrator. ISI attempts to simplify the insurance decisions professionals must make by offering plans underwritten by top-rated carriers that are selected for quality benefits and ease of application at competitive prices. For more information, call ISI Sales Direct 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 May 2011 issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be
available online by May 6.

May 3
Center for Civic Mediation's 18th Annual Awards Dinner 
The Center honors Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, Peter Mullin, Hon. Charles McCoy, and the American Arbitration Association for their outstanding leadership and example in alternative dispute resolution. 

Begins May 3
Introductory TAP (i-TAP) 

This six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback.
May 7
43rd Annual
Family Law Symposium
Family Law 2011:
New Realities
Topics include an analysis of changes in the new era of family law, post-Elkins: evolving procedure and how to respond, how to streamline your cases, and a comprehensive update of recent developments and opinions. 

May 10
2011 Criminal Justice Awards Dinner 
The following honorees will be recognized for their exceptional dedication and contributions to the practice of criminal law: Judge Peter Espinoza, Andre Birotte Jr., Nan Whitfield, and Robert Kalunian. 

May 14
TAP: Courtroom Skills Workshop 

The workshop provides instruction on basic courtroom skills for civil and criminal cases, including calling and excusing witnesses, marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundations, evidentiary objections, demonstrative evidence, and moving exhibits into evidence.

May 17 
Fundamentals of Prejudgment Remedies: Nuts and Bolts 

Topics include how to preserve assets with writs of attachment and possession, injunctions, receiverships, and rents and profits to enable clients to satisfy judgments.
May 18 
Asset Protection in a Troubled Economy  
The seminar will cover how to protect specific assets common to all clients: houses, bank and brokerage accounts, rental real estate, businesses and professional practices, and retirement plans. 

May 19
Social Media and the Law: More Guidance, Less Hype 
This program will identify the laws and guidance that may be implicated by corporate, employee, and consumer use of social media; FTC guidance and proposed legislation on online behavioral marketing; mitigating risks; and social media policies. 

May 20
International Arbitration in the 21st Century: Trends, Developments, Challenges 

This all-day event will serve as a platform for exchange of thought-provoking ideas in arbitration. A focused discussion on cutting-edge practical issues will be coupled with a wide range of topics, from new developments in UNCITRAL rules to enforcement and collection of arbitral awards.
May 26
Environmental Law 25th Anniversary Celebration 

Join the festivities as the Environmental Law Section celebrates its 25th anniversary on May 26. Prominent members of the local judiciary, the environmental bar, and esteemed governmental representatives will be in attendance.
May 26
13th Annual Real Property Section Installation and Awards Dinner 
Join us for the 13th Annual Real Property Section Installation and Awards Dinner, which will acknowledge incoming and outgoing section officers plus recipients of the Outstanding Real Estate Industry, Outstanding Real Estate Lawyer, and Outstanding Young Lawyer awards. 

Joint Ventures and Brand Licensing following American Needle  

Environmental Enforcement Priorities in 2011 

The Future Is Here: ACO! or AC Oh-Oh? 

Easement and Boundary Disputes: Dangers, Pitfalls, and Practical Approaches 

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