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August 2012  •  Vol. 32 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation hosts its 2nd Annual Casino & Poker Night on September 20, 2012—an elegant evening of Vegas-style gaming to raise funds to support the life-changing work of LACBA's three pro bono projects: Domestic Violence, AIDS Legal Services, and Immigration Legal Assistance.   (more) 


  New Officers Installed, Awards Presented at June Dinner
  Foundation Installs New Officers for 2012-13
  Former LACBA Presidents Become New State Bar Officers 
  Proposed Bylaws Amendments Approved
  Domestic Violence Project Training: September 6
  Immigration Law Training Course: September 27-28
  Foundation Golf Tournament Photos
  Ethics: Unwaivable Conflicts of Interest
  Negotiation Tips: Concession Rates Send Different Messages
  Member Perks: Metropolitan News Company
2012-13 Officers Installed, Awards Presented at June Dinner 
The 2012-13 LACBA officers, trustees, and Barristers officers were installed at a June 14 dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Richard Rothschild, director of litigation for the Western Center on Law & Poverty, received LACBA's highest award that evening, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award. The dinner also recognized many other individuals for their service to the bar. View photos here.   (more)  

Foundation Installs New Officers for 2012-13 
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation has installed its 2012-13 officers at a June 10 luncheon at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles. The Foundation also has established an endowment named for Don Mike Anthony, former Foundation president and former LACBA president, who passed away recently after a long illness.   (more)  

Former LACBA Presidents Become New State Bar Officers 
LACBA extends congratulations to past presidents Patrick M. Kelly and Gretchen Nelson for their election as the 2012-13 president and treasurer, respectively, of the State Bar of California, along with Luis Rodriguez as vice president. Read the State Bar's press release here.   (more)  

Approved Bylaws Amendments Include Revisions to Qualifications for Becoming an Affiliated Bar 
Proposed amendments to LACBA's bylaws were approved unanimously at a special membership meeting held on June 27, 2012. The amended bylaws will, among other things, make it easier for bar associations to satisfy the requirements to become affiliated with LACBA and thus to qualify as affiliates.   (more)  

September 6: Domestic Violence Project Training for New Volunteers 
Volunteers provide a valuable service to a vulnerable population and gain expertise in the area of family law. The training provides a comfortable learning atmosphere with a great opportunity for open dialogue with the presenters. Last year, volunteers helped more than 9,000 persons gather information to fill out complicated legal documents to obtain restraining orders.   (more)  

Immigration Law Training Course Scheduled for September 27-28
This two-day training course is 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. Training will focus on immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.   (more)  

Foundation Golf Tournament Photos  
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual Golf Outing on June 11, 2012 at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia, California. The day included contests to determine closest to the pin, longest drive, and the million-dollar hole-in-one raffle. View photos here.   (more)  
Unwaivable Conflicts of Interest 
Is there such a thing as an unwaivable conflict of interest in California? The California Rules of Professional Conduct generally permit a lawyer to commence or continue a representation in the face of a conflict so long as the lawyer complies with certain requirements concerning disclosure and/or consent. A cursory reading of the rules suggests that the only unwaivable conflict under California law concerns sexual relations with a client. Reliance on that conclusion would be misplaced, however, as California courts have recognized several situations in which a lawyer would be precluded from seeking a client's waiver of a conflict.   (more)  

Concession Rates Send Different Messages 
A truism in all negotiations is that each concession sends a message about the person making the concession and invites a response based on how the other party reads these concessions. Let's check out a couple of concession patterns, the messages they send, and the possible responses/reactions to them. The importance here is to make sure that the message you send is the one you want to send.   (more)  

Metropolitan News Company 
The Metropolitan News Company is an information provider specializing in fulfilling needs of the legal community. It publishes eight California newspapers covering the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Sacramento. Its flagship newspaper, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, founded in 1901, is a Los Angeles daily focusing largely on law and the courts. The paper includes the Slip Opinion Supplement, with full texts of the latest appellate court decisions. The company also publishes the Rules of Court of the State of California as well as the rules for all major California counties. A specialist in all forms of public notice advertising, MNC operates placement services, both display and classified, worldwide. Its participation in the legal community is highlighted by its annual "Persons of the Year" dinner, which pays tribute to two or three outstanding lawyers or judges. LACBA members receive discounts on subscriptions to the Metropolitan News Company newspapers and Rules of Court. And newspaper subscribers, in turn, are eligible for further discounts on other products and services including its MCLE seminars.   (more)  

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TAP: Deposition Skills Workshop 
This workshop will provide introductory and intermediate level instruction on how to take and defend depositions in California state court actions, including the rules, how to "pin down" the deponent, how to defend a deposition, the use of deposition testimony in trial, and developing a deposition strategy. 

Begins August 20
Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training  

This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing; and fulfills the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act. 

Begins September 4
Introductory TAP (i-TAP)  

This six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback; includes marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundations, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and conducting witness direct and cross exam. 

September 13
Is There Consumer Class Action Life after Concepcion and Dukes? One Year Later: The View of the Bench and the Bar about Their Impact   

A year later, two Los Angeles Superior Court judges and three distinguished private-practice lawyers reflecting both plaintiff and defense orientations will discuss the impact of these two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on consumer class actions in California. 

Begins September 20
Traditional TAP (t-TAP): A Trial Advocacy Course  

This course provides intensive instruction in trial advocacy skills, including case preparation, search and seizure, pretrial motions, diagrams, exhibits, voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross exam, expert witnesses, discovery, jury instructions, and witness interviews. 

Nuts & Bolts 2012: Professional Responsibility/ Ethics 

Nuts & Bolts 2012: Class Actions 

Be Prepared for a Rainy Day 

Preventing Substance Abuse and Eliminating Bias 

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