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October 2012  •  Vol. 32 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

You are invited to join us on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at LACBA’s First Armed Forces Ball “Honoring America’s Veterans.” The Armed Forces Ball will be an elegant, full-military dress/black-tie affair to support LACBA’s Joint Veterans Project with Public Counsel and pro bono legal services for veterans throughout Los Angeles County. As part of the evening’s festivities, we will be honoring veterans and lawyers who have made significant contributions to supporting veterans.   (more) 


  Announcing New Member Benefit Providers!
  Support Legal Services Projects at Auction
  Trustees Vote to Support Proposition 34
  Understanding Decision Making: Its Implications in Mediation
  Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
  Casino Night Highlights
  Ethics: Lawyer as Witness
  Tips: Understand Insurance Issues before Mediating
  Member Benefit: Simplified Issue Term Life Limited Time Offer
  Member Benefit: Programs from Ahern Insurance Brokerage
  Member Benefit: Worldpoints Rewards from Bank of America
Announcing New Member Benefit Providers! 
You can start saving now! Take advantage of great discounts by visiting LACBA’s member benefits page. Your valuable discounts include Case Resources, Financial, Insurance, Mail and Phone Services, Office Management, and Office Technology.   (more)  

Support Our Legal Services Projects at 
We have partnered with to auction off one-of-a-kind items or experiences to raise funds to support LACBA's AIDS Legal Services, Domestic Violence, and Immigration Legal Assistance Projects. To view a complete list of items still available at the auction, click here.   (more)  

Trustees Vote to Support Proposition 34 
On September 27, 2012, the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in support of Proposition 34 on the November 2012 California ballot, which would modify death penalty convictions to life without the possibility of parole while not releasing any prisoners. The Board is not taking a position on the death penalty but sees Proposition 34 as an administration of justice issue where hundreds of millions of dollars saved from death penalty cases can be redirected to the court system. Read the press release and full text of the resolution here.   (more)  

"The Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Decision Making: Implications for Mediation" Set for November 13 
The 7th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture, “The Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Decision Making: Implications for Mediation,” will focus on imbedded processes that affect how decisions are made—often effectively but sometimes in self-defeating ways—and practical implications for lawyers and mediators. Together the speakers bring both the macro and microanalytical view to the study of human decision making. Their research helps us better understand the values and mechanisms underpinning individual and social decisions, as well as uncover how the crafting of appropriate systems and policies may bring about better decision making.   (more)  

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award 
LACBA encourages our members to submit a nomination for LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award. Each year, the Board of Trustees selects the recipient from a confidential list of nominees submitted by an award committee. Established in 1979, the Outstanding Jurist Award, one of LACBA’s most prestigious awards, is presented annually to a current or past member of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County. The award is viewed as recognition of a distinguished career on the bench as well as for contributions to the community and the practice of law.   (more)  

Casino Night: An Elegant Evening of Gaming, Cocktails, and Sumptuous Gourmet Offerings 
Actor John C. Reilly, whose credits include “Step Brothers” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” was among those who enjoyed an exciting evening of casino gaming, drinks, and food at the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation’s 2nd Annual Casino Night on September 20, 2012, at the L.A. Athletic Club. This year’s event featured exciting new twists such as a silent auction of 16 items—including a four-night stay at a deluxe flat in the Montmartre district in the north of Paris near the Basilica Sacré-Cœur—and two wine basket collections from the wine cellars of Noah Graff, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation President, and Richard J. Burdge Jr., Los Angeles County Bar Association President.   (more)  

Ethics: Lawyer as Witness 
You are a California lawyer, and you represent a plaintiff in a breach of contract suit. You also have personal knowledge relevant to the dispute, as you overheard the defendant make a statement that supports your client’s position. Can you continue the representation, consistent with your ethical obligations? Can your adversary disqualify you? Would the analysis be different if you learn through discovery that your law partner overheard the defendant’s statement? The answers to these questions will be different depending on the nature of the case and the jurisdiction in which it is pending. In California, the answers are far from clear.   (more)  

Negotiation Tips: Understand Insurance Issues before Mediating  
Understanding insurance issues (coverage, limits, and consent) promotes communication focused on resolution. Knowing the status of the coverage encourages a realistic dialogue about trial direction, scope of defense, probability of collection, and settlement. Consider making insurance issues the first order of business at the mediation so as not to waste time.   (more)  

Simplified Issue Term Life Limited Time Offer from Insurance Specialists, Inc.  
LACBA members under the age of 50 may qualify for up to $250,000 in coverage. Members between the ages of 50 and 54 may be eligible for up to $100,000 in coverage. You may also elect coverage for your spouse with the same face amounts, features, and rates. Find out more here.   (more)  

Ahern Insurance Brokerage (AHERN)  
Professional Liability Insurance: Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability insurance broker, is one of the largest and most respected independent insurance brokers in the country specializing in professional liability insurance for law firms. With AHERN, LACBA members have the benefit of a valued consultant and professional liability insurance advocate. AHERN is prepared to provide superior service and exceptional counsel regarding the professional liability insurance needs of your firm. Workers’ Compensation: AHERN is pleased to provide LACBA members a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation program with Hartford Insurance Company. LACBA members qualify for a 10% premium discount through this proprietary program with AHERN. In addition, a dual policy discount of 5% applies when purchasing Hartford general liability in addition to a workers’ compensation policy. Employment Practices Liability Insurance: AHERN provides LACBA members with employment practices liability insurance (wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment coverage) through Carolina Casualty. This program offers members premium discounts and specific law firm enhancements. Call 800/282-9786 or click here.   (more)  

Bank of America  
Get something back for your everyday purchases. Use your LACBA Platinum Plus MasterCard credit card with WorldPoints rewards from Bank of America, and you will earn points on purchases that you can redeem for things that matter most to you. Things like cash back, travel, and gift certificates from top retailers. Call 866/438-6262 or log onto and use priority code: VABFRN when signing up.   (more)  

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



The October 2012 issue
of Los Angeles Lawyer 
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October 4
2012 Ben Aaron Lecture
Separate and Unequal: Arbitration and Private Justice
Cliff Palefsky, a dynamic speaker and leading critic of mandatory arbitration agreements, will provide valuable insights from the plaintiff's perspective on employment dispute arbitration. 

October 4
9th Annual Healthcare Law Compliance Symposium 

With the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, enforcement of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the healthcare industry will only intensify. The need to understand and function in an ever-changing compliance landscape has never been greater. Distinguished speakers will guide you through today's most important compliance issues. 

October 8
TAP: Expert Witness Workshop  

This workshop provides introductory and advanced level instruction on how to use expert witnesses in civil and criminal actions, with special emphasis on expert testimony. 

October 8
TAP: Evidence Skills Workshop 

The workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to admit and exclude evidence in court. 

Begins October 12
Minor's Counsel Training Program: The Basics, the Ever-Changing Role, the Child's Voice   

This program will provide the annual education and training required of all minor's counsel to remain eligible for appointment. 

Begins October 19
Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum  

This interactive course includes extensive practice and coaching in advanced mediation skills and a minimum 10 hours of litigated case training, including 9 hours of lecture and 9 hours of role-playing, observation, coaching, and feedback. 

October 20
Family Law Dinner Dance and Installation of Officers   

The Family Law Dinner Dance and Installation of Officers is an elegant social event with a reception followed by dinner and dancing to a live band. The event provides an excellent opportunity to network with family law judicial officers and family law practitioners from throughout Southern California. 

October 25
Senior Lawyers: Dinner at the Magic Castle 

Join members of the Senior Lawyers Section for dinner at the Magic Castle, a unique experience with excellent food served in an elegant Victorian setting, followed by a fabulous show in its Palace of Mystery. The world-famous Magic Castle is a private club for magicians that, for over 45 years, has been the showcase for some of the greatest magicians in the world. 

October 26
45th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar    

The seminar will feature Troy A. Paredes, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission as the luncheon keynote speaker. Panelists throughout the day will include top Washington and regional SEC officials, together with representatives of other regulatory agencies and leading private practitioners, who will present a comprehensive review of current events and developments in the securities field. 

October 30
41st Annual Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business    

This year's symposium, "X Marks the Spot: Discovering the Treasure in Today's Real Estate Market," will offer an unparalleled opportunity to analyze recent, projected, and emerging real estate trends with the leaders of the industry. 

Hot Topics in California Real Estate Law: Top Real Estate and Title Cases in 2011-12 

Current Issues in Employment-Based Immigration: How to Increase the Likelihood of Success for Your Clients 

Local Public-Private Partnerships: What Developers and Their Attorneys Need to Know for Successful Economic Development 

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

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