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February 2012  •  Vol. 32 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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  2012 Judge in a Flash (JIF) Now Available
  CLE in-a-Box: 2013 CLE Compliance for Group A-G
  Rally Supports Increased Court Funding
  Mentors Needed: Give Small Amount of Time to New Admittee
  Need a Job? Post a Job. Get a Job!
  Foundation Theatre Fundraiser: "SPAMALOT" on March 1
  Trial Advocacy Project: 2012 Programs Ready to Begin
  Volunteers Needed: Domestic Violence Project
  March 22: New Member Orientation Reception
  LACBA Election Process Begins
  Ethics and the Use of Technology in the Practice of Law
  Negotiation Tips: Gain/Loss Framing
  Member Benefit: LACBA Career Center
2012 Judge in a Flash (JIF) Now Available  
LACBA's Judge in a Flash gives attorneys lightning fast access to information on Los Angeles Superior Court judges and how they manage cases. LACBA members pay only $75; nonmembers pay only $99 for this valuable tool.   (more)  

CLE in-a-Box: 2013 CLE Compliance for Group A-G 
If you are a member of compliance group A-G, LACBA's 2012 CLE in-a-Box is approved for use through 2013 to meet your 2013 compliance deadline of February 1. Whether you extended your 2012 deadline or just want to get an early start on next year’s compliance requirement, you can meet all of your mandatory CLE requirements with the LACBA 2012 CLE in-a-Box. The 25-hour audio CLE program includes self-study and participatory credit, prevention of substance abuse, elimination of bias, and ethics. CLE in-a-Box is the easiest and most convenient way to meet your CLE requirements. (Free shipping within California!) Also available On-Demand.   (more)  

Government Officials, Bar Leaders, Judges, Court Workers, and Others Rally in Support of Increased Court Funding 
An unprecedented alliance of all facets of the legal system, including judges, plaintiff and defense attorneys, victims' advocates, bar leaders, labor representatives, and government leaders, rallied in support of adequate court funding on January 18 in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall near the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The crowd of 300 people heard speakers raise awareness of the effects that budget cuts have had on staff layoffs and furloughs, shuttered courtrooms, and overloaded calendars.   (more)  

Mentors Needed to Donate a Small Amount of Time to a New Admittee 
Calling all LACBA members: Due to the tremendous success of the New Admittee Mentor Program last year—with more than 400 new admittees receiving a mentor—LACBA once again will run its mentor program this spring. Whether you are an attorney or judge, can you donate two hours of your time to mentor a new admittee?   (more)  

Need a Job? Post a Job. Get a Job! 
Dedicated to legal professions and the community, the LACBA Career Center is a valuable search and recruitment resource for legal professionals and employers in Los Angeles. The LACBA Career Center offers simple and easy-to-use tools to make searching for career opportunities and finding qualified professionals fast, efficient, and successful. Discover the difference the LACBA Career Center can make for you.   (more)  

"Monty Python’s SPAMALOT" at the Pantages Will Highlight the Foundation’s 5th Annual Theatre Fundraiser on March 1 
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's 5th Annual Theatre Fundraiser at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, March 1, 2012 features the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, "Monty Python’s SPAMALOT." The ticket price for the show includes admission to a pre-performance reception at the bodega wine bar, located within close walking distance to the Pantages. Your participation assists the Foundation’s mission of supporting nonprofit organizations that provide legal services programs and projects throughout Los Angeles County.   (more)  

Trial Advocacy Project: 2012 Programs Ready to Begin 
Created in 1978, Traditional TAP is a unique, two-part course where attorneys receive comprehensive, in-depth trial advocacy training and actual trial experience. In light of the overwhelming success and popularity of Traditional TAP, LACBA has expanded TAP to create several additional TAP courses: Introductory TAP, TAP: The Seminar Series, and TAP: The Workshop Series, providing different courses at different skill levels.   (more)  

Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training on March 13: 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)  

New Member Orientation Reception Set for March 22
The Los Angeles County Bar Association cordially invites all new LACBA members and all attorneys newly admitted to the State Bar of California to join us for a grand night of fabulous food, great drinks, and networking with the most well-known and influential members of the Los Angeles legal profession. Mingle with prominent attorney members from all practice areas, meet LACBA's leadership team, and learn everything you need to know about the fantastic benefits of being a LACBA member.   (more)  

2012 LACBA Election Process Begins 
The first step of the 2012 election process is ready to begin with the designation and selection of Nominating Committee members. The committee nominates one or more LACBA member(s) for each position of at-large trustee to be filled at the June election. (At-large trustees serve 2-year terms.) It also nominates one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president. (Officers serve one-year terms. President-Elect Richard J. Burdge Jr. assumes the presidency on July 1, 2012.)   (more)  

Ethical Rules Require Reasonable Care When Using Technology in the Practice of Law 
The use of technology in the practice of law can be both a blessing and a burden. New tools constantly provide attorneys with the ability to access and transmit larger amounts of information with ever growing ease. Clients require increased speed, efficiency, and immediacy in the provision of legal services, which oftentimes demands the use of significant amounts of new technologies. The pace of their development creates ethical risks that outpace specific legal authorities guiding our usage of them. How can a lawyer navigate this ethical minefield? The answer is, as with much of the law, to know the rules, and use your common sense.   (more)  

Negotiation Tips: Gain/Loss Framing 
You can influence your counterpart's choice by wisely framing an offer. When faced with certain gain or the possibility of a greater gain/no gain, people will be risk adverse and choose the certain gain. When faced with certain loss or the possibility of greater loss/no loss, people tend to be risk-takers. How can you use this knowledge to your benefit?   (more)  

LACBA Career Center 
The LACBA Career Center offers simple, easy-to-use tools to make searching for career opportunities and finding qualified professionals fast, efficient, and successful. Job seekers can post their resume, search for jobs, and receive job alerts via e-mail that meet their specific criteria. Law firms can post firm profiles, post current job opportunities that automatically cross-post to other Web sites and job aggregators, and become a featured company on the Career Center.   (more)  

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



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

February 2
Trailblazers of the Bar Honoring Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, Y.C. Hong (Posthumously), and Nowland C. Hong 
Trailblazers of the Bar will celebrate John Marshall Day by honoring three outstanding pioneers in the legal profession at a gala event at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. 

Begins February 3
Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum 

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

February 7
2012 Bench Meets the Bar: Annual Litigation Section Luncheon for Federal and State Court Judicial Officers 

This annual luncheon gathers many of the most prominent and active justices and lawyers in the Los Angeles legal community in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the court. 

February 9
2012 Entertainment Labor Law Symposium  

This popular event returns with a focus on recent developments that are driving long-term and unprecedented change throughout the entertainment industry. Four panels featuring preeminent counsel from management and labor will address these developments, which present novel and challenging issues for attorneys and labor professionals. 

February 11
Still the Gold Mountain: EB-5 Strategies and Recent Developments 

Sessions will cover CYA retainer agreements; establishing source of funds; EB-5 petitions; regional centers; targeted employment areas; removal of conditions: material changes, NTAs, and appeals; understanding business plans; investor scams, ethics, and securities; and country-specific issues and consular processing. 

February 16
Networking for a Cause on Behalf of LACBA's Domestic Violence Project 
Network with your fellow LACBA Barristers and support a great cause at the same time. This Networking for a Cause mixer will benefit LACBA's Domestic Violence Project. The price of admission includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres; drink specials will be available. 

March 3
Fourth Annual Symposium on Family-Based Immigration  
This full-day examination of complex issues includes U visas and VAWA; CCA, derivation of citizenship, and retention of priority dates; adoptions; ethical issues in dual representation of spouses; and update on current procedures at the LAFO. 

March 7
32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium 
Among other highlights, this symposium includes an update of significant legal developments during the past year; plenary sessions addressing advanced topics in leave laws, discovery disputes, and trial practice; and break-out sessions on ethics, legal technology, social media, the NLRB, and advanced wage and hour issues. 

Preventing Substance Abuse: Why Are Lawyers So Unhappy  

Bias and Islamophobia in the United States 

Ethics: All You Need to Know 

Be Prepared for a Rainy Day 

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