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September 2012  •  Vol. 32 No. 8 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  Act Now to Save on Membership Dues for 2013
  Judges, Lawyers Needed to Lead Discussions with Students
  Register Now: Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals in Directory
  Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate
  Help the Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs
  Ethical Implications of Ghostwriting
  Negotiation Tips: Selling Your Version of Reality
  Bargains: Lock in 2012 Prices on 2013 LACBA Dues
  Major Medical, Accident/Disability, Term Life Insurance Plans
  Discounts from FedEx for LACBA Members
Act Now to Save on Membership Dues for 2013!  
Don’t miss out on these incredible offers! Already a member? Renew by September 14 and receive 2012 dues pricing! (Offer expires at 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2012.) Not a member? Join during September and receive 16 months’ membership for the price of 12. Your membership and any practice area section dues will be paid through December 31, 2013. Join by September 14 and receive 2012 dues pricing! (Offer expires at 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2012.) Click to see a preview of new benefit providers coming to LACBA in 2013, then apply online.   (more)  

Dialogues on Freedom: Judges, Lawyers Needed to Engage High School Students in Discussions about Freedom and Its Responsibilities 
Join LACBA’s Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local high school on October 10, 2012, focusing on the meaning of freedom and its importance in students’ everyday lives. The program, which began in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 events, takes place in October to better accommodate the school calendar. Produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Superior Court, it has become a day of remembrance and tribute, and an opportunity for members of the legal community to impact local high school students in the broader community.   (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)  

Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate  
LACBA members are encouraged to apply for positions on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2013 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), which will meet October 11-13, 2013, in San Jose. The CCBA serves justice in California by bringing together approximately 350 attorneys from across the state representing diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to seek, debate, and promote creative, nonpartisan solutions to law-related issues for the benefit of all Californians. Participating in the LACBA Delegation is not only an opportunity to improve laws and promote justice in California, but it is also an opportunity enjoy camaraderie and networking with an esteemed community of attorneys who are passionate about a broad cross-section of California law.   (more)  

Help the Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs Supermarkets  
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation is registered with the Ralphs Community Program. Through this program, Ralphs Markets contributes back a percentage of your household's monthly purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. The Community Contribution Program runs from September 1 through August 31 each year, and participants must ENROLL or RE-REGISTER their card each year on or after September 1, even if they have previously registered for the program.   (more)  
Ethical Implications of Ghostwriting 
Ghostwriting by lawyers involves the practice of an attorney writing documents filed with the court without disclosure of the attorney’s involvement to the court or opposing counsel. Ghostwriting can involve lawyers writing for pro per or pro se litigants, out-of-state lawyers writing for in-state lawyers, or contract lawyers writing for other attorneys. Each variety of ghostwriting raises distinct legal ethics issues, implicating the duties of candor, honesty, and confidentiality as well as the prohibition on the unauthorized practice of law.   (more)  

Selling Your Version of Reality 
Whenever you are involved in a negotiation, you are selling your point of view. If you are good at selling it, you will get what you want. People generally prefer cooperation over conflict. Follow these rules to keep any disagreement over the various versions of reality from escalating.   (more)  

Lock in 2012 Prices on 2013 LACBA Membership Dues! 
Are you already a LACBA member? Renew by September 14, and receive 2012 dues pricing! (Offer expires at 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2012.) Not a member? Join during September and receive 16 months’ membership for the price of 12. Your membership and any practice area section dues will be paid through December 31, 2013. Join by September 14 and receive 2012 dues pricing! (Offer expires at 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2012.) Click to see a preview of new 2013 LACBA benefit providers, then apply online.   (more)  

Major Medical, Accident and Disability, Term Life Insurance Plans  
Insurance Specialists, Inc. is the preferred provider of Major Medical, Accident and Disability, and Term Life Insurance Plans to LACBA members. For over 50 years, ISI has administered insurance programs for the memberships of professional associations as a Third Party Administrator. ISI offers plans underwritten by top-rated carriers that are selected for quality benefits and ease of application at competitive prices.   (more)  

Discounts from FedEx for LACBA Members 
When you require the timely delivery and return of legal documents to execute critical business deals, you need a solution that is simple, fast, reliable, and trackable. Create a return label and include it with your legal documents that need to be signed and returned. Or e-mail your clients a password-protected URL that they can access to print a return label directly from their computer. Save with LACBA member discounts. Use passcode GP8G4W to enroll and start saving today.   (more)  

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



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September 5
Starting and Advancing Your Legal Career 
The seminar will provide useful information for those at every stage of their legal career, including tips on landing your first law school job, opening your own firm, and advancement throughout your career. 

September 6
LACBA Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training 

Volunteers provide a valuable service to a vulnerable population. This 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. 

September 8
ICDA Fall Seminar 2012 

Issues and developments affecting criminal defense practice will be discussed. 

September 12
Training and Advocacy for L.A.'s Needy: Support Public Counsel CARES Pro Bono Program 

Please join fellow attorneys, and volunteer for a special, limited legal advocacy program that will prepare volunteers to assist clients with shelter, food, health, transportation, and social services needs. 

September 13
Fee Arbitration Training 

Attorneys and lay arbitrators are encouraged to attend this valuable, free training session and join the Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Service as a volunteer arbitrator or mediator. This training is directed primarily toward prospective volunteers who wish to arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the mandatory fee arbitration programs through local county bars in Los Angeles County and/or the State Bar of California. 

September 22
Civil Litigation Journey: From Filing to Resolution at the Los Angeles Superior Court 

Get an overview of the Los Angeles Superior Court as the presenters share valuable ideas for successful pretrial and trial techniques, and discuss common pitfalls to avoid. 

September 27-28
Immigration Law Training Course 

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. The 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 28
Trusts and Estates Symposium 2012: Capacity and Judicial References 

The symposium will address the shrinking of judicial resources, with a consequent increase in the use of judicial references, and a tremendous proliferation of situations in which mental capacity and undue influence questions arise. 

September 29
34th Annual Child Custody Colloquium: Effective Child Custody Litigation 

The program will focus on the need for timely resolution of child custody issues, including outcomes and assistance for post-divorce adjustment; advantages and disadvantages of various evaluation models and their impact on resolution, litigation, and post-dispute issues; and challenges that allegations of abuse bring to the resolution of child custody disputes. 

2012 Mandatory/Refresher Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney Training Program 

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

Frozen in Time: The McMartin Trial and Its Implications for the Use of Children's Testimony in Criminal, Civil, and Family Law Trials  

Boundary Disputes 

Recent Developments in Federal and State Securities Laws Governing Offerings in California 

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