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December 2011  •  Vol. 31 No. 11 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Your 2012 LACBA membership dues should be paid no later than January 1, 2012. Please take a moment NOW to check that we have your correct mailing and e-mail address. Updating your membership information ensures you never miss event invitations, new member benefits announcements, the Daily EBriefs, or the latest issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.   (more) 


  Holiday Gifts for the Attorney Who Has Everything
  Foundation's Casino & Poker Night Deemed a Winner
  Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Donation
  Access Online Expert Witness Directory 24/7 at No Charge  
  Volunteer Immigration Attorneys Needed
  Join the Delegation: Write a Resolution, Change the Law
  Visit Volunteer Opportunities Page: Find Organizations to Help
  Appearance of Partiality Disclosures by Neutral Arbitrators
  Member Benefit: Platinum Plus MasterCard with WorldPoints
Holiday Gifts for the Attorney Who Has Everything
Are you looking for great gifts that you know your attorney colleagues NEED for 2012? Instead of searching for corporate gift baskets, think about providing your attorneys with their 2012 LACBA membership. Other great gift ideas for the attorney on your gift list include the 2012 CLE in-a-Box (25-Hour Audio Pack) and the 2012 CLE Required Subjects Bundle/6-Pack.   (more)  

Foundation's Casino & Poker Night Deemed a Winner 
More than 200 supporters of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation gathered on November 10, 2011, for an elegant evening of Vegas-style gaming to raise funds to support the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s three pro bono projects: Domestic Violence, AIDS Legal Services, and Immigration Legal Assistance. The newly redesigned Los Angeles Athletic Club was transformed into a high-end Monte Carlo casino, complete with a VIP High Rollers section; blackjack, roulette, poker, and craps tables; and the sounds of people cheering their winning streaks. As part of the celebration, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recognized L.A.P.D. Chief Charlie Beck and Judge Kim Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals, who were honored by the Foundation for their work in support of the causes served by the three pro bono projects.   (more)  

Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Donation Today 
Have you stopped to consider which law-related charities will benefit from your generosity before this year ends? Wouldn’t you like to assist a number of worthy organizations with one easy payment or a monthly automatic deduction via your credit card? You can do so right now with a gift to the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.   (more)  

Access Online Expert Witness Directory 24/7 at No Charge
Now in its 15th year, LACBA's online directory——is your best resource for finding forensic experts in thousands of specialty areas. Its comprehensive database supplies users with information about qualified experts in five major areas: expert witnesses and consultants, dispute resolution professionals, lawyer-to-lawyer referrals, litigation/legal services, and expert witness referral services.   (more)  

Volunteer Immigration Attorneys Needed for Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel
During the past 14 years, Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel volunteer attorneys have helped more than 4,000 persons remain in the United States with their families. Oftentimes, persons needing assistance with immigration issues are represented in court by "notarios" and legal consultants—prevalent in almost all ethnic communities—which can result in the deprivation of the clients' legal rights and benefits under the immigration law. Volunteer immigration attorneys can make a difference by volunteering their services for the representation panel and providing much-needed legal assistance to persons seeking help with their immigration issues.   (more)  

Come Join the Delegation
The Conference of Delegates consists of approximately 300 lawyers who are members of local bar associations throughout California. The delegates are free to write up whatever resolutions they want with the hope the resolution will be “sponsored” by their home delegation and then debated and passed when the conference meets. It’s quite gratifying to see your handiwork turned into a new law! So, if there’s a law out there that needs to be written or rewritten, why not join the delegation, and try your hand at resolution writing? Who knows, today’s resolution could very well be tomorrow’s new law.   (more)  

Volunteer Opportunities: Where Do I Sign Up? 
Changing the status quo is a concept that still resonates today, particularly when it comes to changing the lives of those less fortunate. It is an idea that comes to fruition when people surrender their free time to help others in need. It is something LACBA members do each year. If you are interested in volunteering but aren’t sure where to look for opportunities, visit LACBA’s Volunteer Opportunities page on the Web site to see what organizations could use your help.   (more)  
Appearance of Partiality Disclosures by Neutral Arbitrators
After attorneys have selected an arbitrator to preside over either a contractual or consumer arbitration, the arbitrator should provide a disclosure checklist presenting his or her responses to possible grounds for disqualification. The legal basis for disclosures can be found in Code of Civil Procedure Sections 1281.9, et seq. and the California Rules of Court, Appendix, Division VI, Ethics Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration. Five recent cases show how the courts have interpreted an arbitrator’s obligation to disclose "matters that could cause a person aware of the facts to reasonably entertain a doubt that the neutral arbitrator would be able to be impartial."   (more)  

Platinum Plus MasterCard with WorldPoints 
LACBA members can take advantage of the Platinum Plus MasterCard credit card program with WorldPoints from Bank of America, N.A. Using the card earns points every time you make a purchase, which can be redeemed for cash, travel, brand-name merchandise, or gift certificates from top retailers! Carry the only credit card that helps support LACBA programs and initiatives at no additional cost to you. For more information about this special membership benefit from Bank of America, call 1 (800) 932-2775 or click more.   (more)  

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



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

December 1
Managed Care in California: Current Battles and Future Solutions 
The program will focus on current "hot button" disputes between health plans and providers presented by lawyers who handle these disputes on their behalf. The program will also present varying perspectives on California's first-in-the-nation health benefits exchange, which is coming online to implement ACA, and how it will impact the future of health plans, providers, and consumers. 

December 1
Family Law Professionalism: Lessons from IRMO Davenport, IRMO Tharp, and Other Recent Published Opinions 

Panelists will discuss what practitioners could have done differently in IRMO Davenport, IRMO Tharp, and other recent opinions to avoid poor practice and unprofessional conduct and to obtain better results. Ways that attorneys can enhance their reputation, obtain attorney fee awards, and avoid sanctions will also be discussed. 

Begins December 2
Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum 

This interactive course includes extensive practice and coaching in advanced mediation skills and a minimum of 12 hours of litigated case training, including 9 hours of lecture and 9 hours of role-playing, observation, coaching, and feedback. 

December 3
Ethics: All You Need to Know 

This seminar will review important ethics highlights from the past year from the courts, legislature, and statewide ethics committees; the Rules of Professional Conduct and legal malpractice; conflicts of interest; and attorney fees from retainer agreements: their reasonableness, the obligation to return unearned fees, and fee arbitration between the client and the attorney.

December 6
New Patent Litigation Pilot Program in the Central District of California: What Every Patent Litigator Needs to Know 

The Central District of California recently implemented a new Patent Litigation Pilot Program. What will that mean for patent litigators? Which judges will particpate, and how will they handle patent cases? 

December 14
Beyond Elkins: New Rules, New Forms, New Year! 

The California Rules of Court, Family Law Rules are being extensively restructured and amended, in part to implement Elkins reforms. Many new forms are being adopted. The speakers will walk attendees through these new rules and forms. They will also discuss how Family Code Section 217 (and Rules 5.118 and 5.119) are being implemented in courtrooms. 

The Mortgage Morass: MERS, Securitization, Servicers, and Robots 

Negotiating and Drafting Real Estate Joint Venture Agreements 

Crimes and Immigration Seminar: Strategies to Defend Convicted Clients despite Increasing Obstacles 

Drafting Tenant Improvement Agreements 

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