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September 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 8 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  Help AIDS Legal Services Project: October 16 AIDS Walk
  Judges, Lawyers Needed to Lead Discussions with Students
  Register Now: Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals in Directory
  Discover LACBA's Presence on Social Media
  Domestic Violence Project Needs Your Help
  Assist the Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs
  Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate
  Model Act Governing Representation of Children Passes ABA
  Join LACBA's Inn of Court: Meet-and-Greet on September 14
  Ethics: Inadvertent Transfer of Privileged Information
  Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
  Member Benefit: Insurance Specialists, Inc.
Help LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project during AIDS Walk on October 16 
Whether you commit to walking or making a donation, you can help LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project when it participates in the 27th Annual AIDS Walk on October 16. Funds raised will go directly to the project, which has delivered free legal services to thousands of clients since its inception in 1986. Through a support network of more than 300 volunteer advocates, the project provides individual representation on human rights and legal issues including discrimination, healthcare privacy, benefits, testamentary, debt relief, and housing.   (more)   

Dialogues on Freedom: Judges, Lawyers Needed to Discuss Freedom and Its Responsibilities with High School Students 
The 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy is the opportune time for members of the legal community to discuss freedom and its responsibilities with Los Angeles-area high school students. Join LACBA's Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local high school on October 19, 2011, focusing on the meaning of freedom balanced with security issues. The program, which began in the wake of September 11, takes place in October this year due to a later school calendar.   (more)  

Don't Miss the Once-a-Year Opportunity to Register for the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in the Directory of Experts & Consultants  
By participating in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in the Directory of Experts & Consultants, attorneys who hold themselves competent in one or more of 50 practice areas of law can share their expertise with colleagues and take advantage of this opportunity for networking, partnering, mentoring, and outsourcing.   (more)  

Extolling the Virtues of LACBA's Presence on Social Media 
When you venture onto LACBA's home page, you have no doubt noticed the graphics on the left-hand side that highlight LACBA's presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Many of you "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or have joined us on LinkedIn. But for those who haven't, you are missing out, as they are great ways to receive communications from LACBA.   (more)  

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project Needs Your Help 
Last year, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project assisted more than 10,000 abused clients in obtaining restraining orders against their assailants. The current economic climate and its accompanying frustrations and despair continue to exacerbate domestic violence situations. While clients can find the process overwhelming and confusing, sitting down one-on-one with a real person who can help them directly is priceless. The next training workshop for new volunteers will be held on October 5, with guest speakers Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney, and Judge David Cunningham, Los Angeles Superior Court.   (more)  

Assist the Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs Supermarkets 
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation is registered with the Ralphs Community Contribution Program. Through this program, Ralphs Markets contributes back a percentage of your household's monthly purchases to the charitable organizations of your choice. Participants must register or re-register each year on or after September 1, even if they have previously registered for the program.   (more)  

Represent Your Bar Association as a Conference Delegate 
LACBA members may apply for positions on LACBA's Delegation to the 2012 Conference of California Bar Associations, which will meet October 12-14, 2012, in Monterey. The conference consists of approximately 350 delegates representing local bar associations throughout the state who meet annually to debate proposed legislative resolutions. Participating in the delegation is an opportunity to play an active role in creating state law and to enjoy camaraderie with an esteemed community of attorneys who actively advocate changes and additions to California legislation.   (more)  

LACBA-Cosponsored Resolution on Model Act Governing Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings Passes at ABA Annual Meeting 
At its annual meeting held in August 2011 in Toronto, the American Bar Association adopted a resolution, cosponsored by LACBA, that focuses on the representation of children in abuse and neglect cases to ensure that states have a consistent model of ethical representation for children. The model act includes a mandate to require that a lawyer be appointed for each child involved in a petition and that an attorney-client relationship be formed that is fundamentally the same as any other attorney-client relationship.   (more)  

Join LACBA's Inn of Court: Meet-and-Greet Open House Set for September 14
The Trial Practice Inn of Court will host its annual complimentary meet-and-greet open house on September 14. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with some of the finest trial practitioners and jurists in our legal community. Learn about joining the Inn of Court and its opportunities to mingle monthly over dinner, which is followed by an outstanding one-hour CLE presentation. Find this year's schedule here.   (more)  
Resist Temptation: Reviewing Privileged Documents You Are Not Supposed to Have 
In our electronic era, movement of large amounts of information over digital channels results in an increased risk that privileged information from a client will find its way into the hands of opposing counsel. The risk itself is not new, but the sheer volume and speed of modern business operations increase the potential of inadvertent transfer. While the underlying legal rationale has varied over the years, the modern rule, that an attorney may not review or use that privileged information with impunity, has remained steady. The California Court of Appeal recently applied this principle in approving a disqualification order where there was no obvious inadvertent transmission of the privileged information, but a former attorney employee inappropriately retained possession of documents subject to a nondisclosure agreement after his termination.   (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 visit Affiniscape online.   (more)  

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 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)   



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September 7.

September 10
ICDA Fall Seminar 2011 
The program will cover Pitchess and "killer" closings, with speakers David Carr, Mark Harvis, Maurice Prossley, and Chuck Sevilla. 

September 20
IP Meets the Pacific Rim: Cross Border Branding in an Era of Multi-Platform Licensing, Privacy, and Trade Secrets  

Topics will include 1) proprietary rights, privacy, IP, and the Internet global world of IT damages; 2) international trade and the IP digital world; 3) famous marks in your home and workplace and their impact on your clients; and 4) hot tips, quick fixes, and long-term solutions.  

September 22-23
Immigration Law 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, this two-day training will focus on immigration legal concepts and procedures and practical aspects as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. 

September 23
Trusts and Estates Symposium
Probate Court Procedure: Litigation and Non-Litigation

Speakers will discuss critical procedural differences between civil court and probate court in trial matters, and some of the common procedural difficulties and pitfalls encountered in practice before the probate court. Changes to Los Angeles Superior Court local rules that apply to probate will be highlighted. 

October 4
40th Annual Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business  

This year's symposium will focus on the multiple components of the real estate market such as infrastructure; new development and redevelopment; land use; green construction; capital markets; distressed and new debt; leasing; bankruptcy; public-private partnerships; globalization; geo-political forces; state and federal budgets; and state, national, and international policy and regulation. 

Parole Hearing Boot Camp 

Emerging Environmental Issues: What Will You and Your Clients Be Working On in the Future? 

You Have 60 Days to Turn Yourself In: Complying with Recent Medicare Amendments Requiring Disclosure of Overpayments 

An Overview of Transnational Employment Issues: Employment, Family, Tax, and Inheritance 

The Changing Class Action Landscape: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion

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