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January 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 1 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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  CLE Countdown: Need Last-Minute Credit?
  Judge in a Flash: Detailed, On-the-Fly Information on Judges
  Directory of Experts & Consultants Arrives Later This Month
  Referral Agreement: Domestic Violence and Shriver Projects
  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: LACBA Assists
  January 24: Difficult Issues in Arbitration
  Ethics: Revisiting E-Discovery
  Negotiation Tips: Managing Expectations
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Member Benefit: Casemaker
  Member Benefit: Hutchings Court Reporters
  Member Benefit: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  Member Benefit: Jonnell Agnew Litigation Support
CLE Countdown: Ways to Earn CLE from LACBA to Meet February 1 Compliance Deadline
The CLE compliance deadline for Group A-G is February 1, 2013. LACBA can provide last-minute CLE credit. Choose from CLE-in-a-Box, the Required Subjects Bundle, live programs, on-demand audio and video programs, CDs and DVDs, plus self-study articles from Los Angeles Lawyer.   (more)  

Judge in a Flash: Detailed, On-the-Fly Information about Judges in Los Angeles Superior Court 
During our Virtual Holiday Open House in December, LACBA's Judge in a Flash was the most popular free trial that attorneys took advantage of. If you tried and loved it, you can buy an annual subscription to Judge in a Flash. Powered by LACBA's Searchable Superior Court Civil Register, it is your best source for detailed, on-the-fly information about judges in Los Angeles Superior Court.   (more)  

FREE LACBA Member Benefit: Annual Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants Arrives Later This Month  
The Annual Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants comprises the most comprehensive registry of legal expertise in the region with hundreds of pages of medical, technical, scientific, and forensic witnesses. LACBA members will find it in their mailbox later this month. In the meantime, visit to find experts, consultants, and dispute resolution professionals.   (more)    

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project Establishes Referral Agreement with Shriver Project 
LACBA’s Domestic Violence Project and the Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice’s Shriver Family Law Project have established a new referral program at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to provide low-income victims of domestic violence with access to pro bono attorneys.    (more)  

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program: LACBA Assists with Applications 
To help meet the overwhelming response to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project has begun training and deploying attorneys to assist DACA applicants locally. Nearly 120 attorneys attended the first training, and since implementation of the program in August 2012, LACBA has seen 1,000 clients and assisted in processing more than 350 applications.    (more)  

January 24: Difficult Issues for Arbitrators and Lawyers 
Learn best practices in arbitration from leading experts, as six prominent arbitrators, two judges, and a lawyer lead interactive discussions on challenging problems arising before, during, and after the arbitration process.   (more)  

Revisiting E-Discovery 
With storage space at a premium, and most people and companies trying to contain costs, it is logical and cost-effective to store  information and documents on CDs, hard drives, and flash drives. This means that there is potentially a lot more material (sometimes more than 100,000 pages) for attorneys to review. Compliance with ethical duties has become more complex due to the proliferation of electronically stored information and e-discovery.    (more)  

Negotiation Tips: Managing Expectations  
Skilled negotiators manage expectations prior to and during a negotiation. Some managers do this instinctively while others need to spend time thinking about the best approach. For example, in the month prior to salary negotiations with employees, managers may broadcast the message that this has been a difficult year for the company. After having their expectations lowered, some employees may be satisfied to receive even a small cost-of-living raise. Here are some ways to manage the expectations of your negotiation counterparts.   (more)  

Save Now on the Latest HP Technology 
A hard-working business needs hardworking technology tools. Check out the latest innovations in mobility, computing, and printing from HP: reliable products built for the rigors of business. With LACBA member savings like these, there’s never been a better time to amp up the productivity.   (more)  

Casemaker's full-text legal research system includes case law from all 50 states and all federal courts; codes from all 50 states and U.S. Code; California admin code, AG opinions, court rules, and jury instructions, with capability to perform full-text searching or browsing directly to a case or code section. The optional cite verification tool (CaseCheck+ is available at no cost during the free trial period of December 1, 2012-February 1, 2013) determines the validity of cases during a search. Special LACBA discounts.    (more)  

Hutchings Court Reporters   
Rely on Hutchings’ 60+ years of experience providing integrated services from “file to trial,” including court reporting, conference rooms, interpreters, video, video synchronization, videoconferencing, text and video streaming, complex case management tools, EnCase-Certified forensic data acquisition, e-discovery, large case repositories, and trial presentation technology services. LACBA member rates available.    (more)  

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers   
LACBA members receive up to a 20% discount from New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California, the world’s largest independent training company, delivering a full range of technology and business skills training from basic application and desktop productivity tools to high-end technical training for IT professionals. Popular courses cover desktop applications software; business skills; technical systems, hardware, and software; graphics, Web design, and desktop publishing applications, and much more. (When logging onto the Web page, use Username: Lacba / password: LABarMember.)   (more)  

Jonnell Agnew & Associates   
Jonnell Agnew & Associates is an independently owned and operated full service litigation support company with over 30 years of experience. LACBA members receive discounted rates on all services including court reporting, videography, videoconferencing, interpreting, and transcription services by experienced and reliable professionals.   (more)  

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



The January 2013 issue
of Los Angeles Lawyer 
is available online now.

Begins January 8
Introductory TAP (i-TAP) 
Designed for attorneys who have little or no trial experience, this six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback. 

January 17
In re Garcia Panel Discussion: Can Undocumented Individuals in California Practice Law? Plus a Free Deferred Action Training to Assist "Dreamers"  

In re Garcia, currently pending before the California Supreme Court, will determine whether undocumented immigrants can be admitted to the State Bar. Sergio Garcia himself and a panel of experts will discuss this landmark case. 

January 17
So You're Interested in Being a Judge...  

The path to judicial appointment may seem daunting and mystifying to many who wish to serve on the bench. This panel is designed to bring clarity to the process and to encourage qualified candidates to apply. 

January 22
Preventing Substance Abuse and Eliminating Bias  
This two-hour program will provide an opportunity to learn about these two important areas of concern in the legal profession. 

Begins January 23
Traditional TAP (t-TAP)  
This course provides intensive instruction in trial advocacy skills, emphasizing participant performance and constructive feedback. 

January 24
Breakfast with the Experts: Injunctions, Receiverships, and Attachment   

Learn what the judges and commissioners in the prejudgment remedies departments of the LASC Central District expect of practitioners regarding injunctions, writs of attachment and possession, and receiverships. 

January 24 
The Future of Web, Mobile, and Cloud Issues: Internet Law 2013

This program will cover important new Internet law developments and legal trends affecting digital media and entertainment. 

January 26 
Custody Challenges: Dealing with Daily Dilemmas in Child Custody Litigation 

From contempt proceedings to minor's counsel, this program will explore issues frequently faced by child custody litigants. 

January 26 
ICDA Spring Seminar 2013 

The seminar will feature annual updates on cases, laws, immigration, and technology. 

January 29 
Sex, Bias, and Substance Abuse: Those Hard-to-Get MCLE Credits 

Ways in which compensation packages by law firms and other legal employers often adversely affect employees in same-sex relationships; treatment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons as jurors and court users; developments in the litigation challenging Proposition 8. Also, intervention, education, and treatment of addicted lawyers. 

January 30 
2013 Bench Meets the Bar: Annual Litigation Section Luncheon for Federal and State Court Judicial Officers 

This luncheon will gather prominent and active judicial officers and lawyers in the Los Angeles legal community in a collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the court.  

Let the Sun Shine...on Rooftop Revenue Opportunities 

Ethics: All You Need to Know, PREC 2012 

Drafting and Interpreting Easements 

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