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June/July 2012  •  Vol. 32 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

On June 14, Richard J. Burdge Jr. (seen at left) will be installed as LACBA's 2012-13 president during a dinner program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event also marks the installation of LACBA and Barristers officers, and the presentation of LACBA's awards for outstanding service and leadership, including the prestigious Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, which will be given to Richard A. Rothschild.   (more) 


  Richard Rothschild to Receive Shattuck-Price Award
  Ratings Available for Candidates in June 5 Judicial Elections
  Nominees Join Board of Trustees in Uncontested Race
  Barristers Select New Leadership for 2012-13
  Hon. Audrey B. Collins Receives Outstanding Jurist Award
  Meeting to Consider Proposed Bylaws Amendments
  July 21 Concert Extraordinaire Features Lawyers Philharmonic
  Family Law Basics Manual Available from Buhai Center
  Ethics: Marketing Legal Services with Group Coupons
  If You Ask the Right Question, You Can Build Your Success
  Reporting Potential Claims and Signing Tolling Agreements
  Check Out This Month's Bargains
  Member Benefit: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
Richard A. Rothschild to Receive LACBA's Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award 
Richard A. Rothschild, director of litigation for the Western Center on Law & Poverty, will receive the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, LACBA’s highest honor, during the 2012 Installation and Awards Dinner on June 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Rothschild will receive the award for his extraordinary contributions to improving the administration of justice and outstanding dedication to the high principles of the legal profession through his lifelong work in public interest law on behalf of California’s underserved.   (more)  

Ratings for Candidates in June 5 Judicial Elections Now Available 
The final report of LACBA's 2012 Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee—which evaluates the candidates for contested judicial offices in Los Angeles County in the June 5 primary—is now available. The report—in both English and Spanish—can be found along with other useful resources here.   (more)  

Nominees Join Board of Trustees in Uncontested Race 
Candidates recently nominated by LACBA’s Nominating Committee have been deemed unanimously elected and will automatically join the LACBA Board of Trustees when its new term begins July 1, 2012. An uncontested race resulted when no additional candidates filed petitions to run for office against those nominated by the committee. According to the bylaws, in the event of an uncontested race, candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee automatically assume the positions for which they were nominated.   (more)  

Barristers Select New Leadership for 2012-13 
In an uncontested election, the Barristers have finalized the selection of their incoming representatives for the next bar year.   (more)  

Hon. Audrey B. Collins Receives LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award  
The Honorable Audrey B. Collins, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, received LACBA's 2012 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 11 luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to honoring Judge Collins, new 50 Year Club members were inducted during the program in recognition of a half-century of LACBA membership. Find photos from the luncheon here.   (more)  

Special Meeting of LACBA Members on June 27 to Consider Adoption of Proposed Bylaws Amendments  
LACBA will be holding a special meeting of its members at its offices on June 27 at 5:30 p.m. to consider the adoption of amended bylaws. Click here to review the proposed amendments. LACBA's Board of Trustees recommends voting in favor of the amended bylaws as proposed.   (more)  

July 21: Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices Perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall 
The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices choral group will perform at their 3rd Annual Concert Extraordinaire at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program will include "Carmina Burana"; the American premiere of an original work by Hon. Ivo Josipovic, president of Croatia; and selections from the Broadway musical "Les Miserables." Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.   (more)  

2012 California Family Law Basics Manual Available from Harriett Buhai Center
This step-by-step guide for family lawyers, general practice lawyers, and paralegals is an essential 1,200-page, 25-chapter book with sample filled-out forms, line-by-line comments and instructions, time-saving practice tips and checklists, and effective strategies and methods to avoid pitfalls and successfully resolve cases.   (more)  

Marketing Legal Services with Group Coupons 
In difficult economic times, people look for discounts, coupons, and other ways to save when purchasing things they need. A variation on the coupon is the group coupon, whereby a merchant/seller enters into an agreement with the group coupon company, who markets the coupons (through vehicles such as e-mail, a Web site, and deals of the day) and accepts payment from the consumer for the coupon. The group coupon company then distributes a percentage of the sales to the merchant/seller. Attorneys may choose to advertise their services through group coupons, though not all legal services are suitable. Aside from the rules on advertising that attorneys must follow, California attorneys who wish to market their legal services through a group coupon company face numerous issues.   (more)  

If You Ask the Right Question, You Can Build Your Success  
Every time you negotiate, you are selling someone on your version of reality and of the best deal. Negotiation is the art of reaching an agreement through a conversation that brings you closer together rather than further apart. If you can reduce your counterparts' defensiveness, you are more likely to reach agreement. By asking questions in a way that will get them to agree on several little things first, they will move closer to agreeing on the big issue. And once they move closer on agreeing on the big issue, you will close the deal on better terms for you. With that in mind, here are a few simple rules to follow.   (more)  

Reporting Potential Claims and Signing Tolling Agreements 
Reporting a “potential claim” to your insurance carrier can be cause for concern for a law firm. The best course of action is to always report matters that you believe have a reasonable basis to evolve into a claim as you would an actual claim. Be sure you understand how your policy defines a claim and how the claim must be submitted. Most policies also have "circumstance reporting provisions" and tolling agreements, which are specific to the terms of each policy.   (more)  

LACBA Members: Buy CLE in-a-Box for Only $200 
A $74 savings! The first 500 LACBA members who are ready to get an early start on their 2013 CLE compliance can purchase the LACBA CLE in-a-Box for $200 (while supplies last). Not a LACBA member? Join now to get this special pricing. Don't wait! When these 500 special offers are gone, so is the price!   (more)  

LawPay: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
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The June 2012 issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be
available online by June 7.

June 1 
2012 Dana Latham Award Luncheon   
Join us as we honor David Wheeler Newman in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession in the taxation field. 
June 4 
2012 Probate Court Reception   

The Trusts and Estates Section cordially invites you to a reception honoring the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

Begins June 5 
Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training  

This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution, and provides a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. 

June 5 
HIPAA and the California Patient Privacy Law: What You Really Need to Know  

This program will offer a legal overview of HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules and their state counterparts. The speakers will explore the legal and practical compliance challenges faced by healthcare organizations, including information breaches and the use of electronic records, and will address developing trends in enforcement, resolutions, and audits. 

June 7 
International Law Section End-of-Year and Officer Installation Dinner  

The section will introduce the newly elected officers of the 2012-13 Executive Committee and discuss what is being planned for the upcoming year. 

June 9 
Mediating Employment Disputes: Effective Negotiation Strategies and Tactics   

Hear from the judiciary, skilled practitioners, a tax expert, and in-house counsel from the private and government sectors, and learn what really goes on when you are negotiating an employment case. 

June 19
Individual Privacy versus Public Access: Recent Developments in Rights of Litigants and Public Employees   

This program will debate the public policy behind and explore recent developments in media and public access to court hearings, police records, and other information collected or maintained by government entities, as illustrated by the competing issues behind the privacy claims of minors and of public employees versus media and public access. 

June 20 
Barristers Annual Summer Bash: House of Barristers   

Join LACBA Barristers at the House of Blues for a night of food, fun, and live entertainment. Meet and mingle with law students, summer associates, government and public interest summer interns, and new attorneys in the Los Angeles community. 

June 30 
2012 Family Law Trial Advocacy Program    

Supervising Judge Scott M. Gordon, Family Law Department, Los Angeles Superior Court, and experienced family law litigators will discuss and demonstrate each phase of a financial dissolution of marriage trial, including pretrial considerations, opening statements, direct and cross examination of parties and witnesses, exhibits, rebuttal, and closing arguments. 

Begins July 20 
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.

Big Box Leases: Top 10 Issues   

New Mechanics' Lien, Stop Notice, and Payment Bond Laws  

Nuts & Bolts 2012: Law and Motion  

Nuts & Bolts 2012: Advanced Deposition Techniques

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