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February 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  Be a LACBA Mentor: Invest One Hour or More in the Future
  Judge in a Flash: Unique Flash Drive Provides Data on Judges
  February 6 Training: Help Veterans with Child Support Arrears
  March 6: Domestic Violence Project Training
  March 21-22: Immigration Law Training Course
  CLE-in-a-Box Approved for Use through 2014
  LACBA Election Process Begins
  LACBA Year in Review: A Look Back at 2012
  Ethics: Non-Clients Seeking Disqualification of Counsel
  Negotiation Tips: Defining Fairness in a Negotiation
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Perk: Bank of America Credit Card Program
  Perk: Major Medical, Accident and Disability, Term Life Plans
  Perk: Insperity Human Resource Solutions
  Perk: Southland Credit Union
Mentors Needed: Senior Lawyers Section Hosting Mentor Program for New Admittees  
Due to the tremendous success of the New Admittee Mentor Program in the past, LACBA will run its mentor program this spring, hosted by the Senior Lawyers Section. Whether you are an attorney or judge, can you donate at least one hour or more of your time to mentor a new admittee?    (more)  

Unique Flash Drive Provides Easy-to-Access Information on Judges in Los Angeles County  
During LACBA's December Virtual Open House, the most popular product that attorneys tried out was our Judge in a Flash (JIF). JIF is your best source to compare key, factual, statistical indicators for any of more than 400 superior court judges in Los Angeles County. Powered by LACBA's Searchable Superior Court Civil Register, the unique and proprietary information on judges comes to you on a flash drive from LACBA. Take a look at this exceptional product and purchase today!   (more)  

February 6: Pro Bono Training to Help Veterans with Child Support Arrears 
Many returning and homeless veterans struggle to shoulder their child support obligations. Pro bono attorneys can help qualifying veterans meet their obligations responsibily and address uncollected arrearages by assisting them through the Compromise of Arrears Program, part of the LACBA/Public Counsel joint project to support our veterans. Attorneys of all levels and backgrounds can help.    (more)  

Make a Difference: Volunteer with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project 
Join LACBA's Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at its upcoming training for new volunteers on March 6. DVP volunteers make a difference every day when they assist victims of domestic violence seek protection from their abuser. Volunteers interview victims and gather information with which to complete complicated legal documents, allowing victims to file for restraining orders with professionally prepared petitions.   (more)  

Immigration Law Training Course Set for March 21-22 
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, this 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.   (more)  

LACBA 2013 CLE-in-a-Box Approved for Use through 2014  
The 2013 compliance deadline of February 1 for attorneys whose last name begins with A-G can be extended for 60 days with the State Bar of California for a payment of $75. Whether you extended your 2013 deadline (A-G) or are preparing for the 2014 deadline (N-Z), the LACBA 2013 CLE-in-a-Box meets all of your mandatory CLE requirements. The 25-hour audio program includes self-study and participatory, substance abuse, elimination of bias, and ethics credits. CLE-in-a-Box is the easiest and most convenient way to meet your CLE requirements.    (more)  

LACBA Election Process Begins 
As reported in the August 2012 County Bar Update, amendments to the LACBA bylaws have changed the Board of Trustees election process to equalize the numbers of at-large, section, and affiliate trustees on the board, and standardize the criteria and nominating process for all trustee positions. The first step of the 2013 election process is ready to begin with the selection of Nominating Committee members.   (more)  

2012 Year in Review 
LACBA's 2012 Year in Review is a snapshot of the highlights of the year, significant programs, and events that have led to our growing success, and remembering friends lost. Read the review here.     (more)  
New Theories for Non-Clients to Seek Disqualification of Counsel 
Most disqualification cases arise from a conflict of interest involving disclosure or the threat of disclosure of confidential information. On occasion, a disqualification motion will be made upon the alleged unethical conduct of adverse counsel. In some cases, courts have held that a litigant may have standing to assert a basis for disqualification of the opposing counsel even where there was no pre-existing attorney-client relationship between that counsel and the moving party, and confidential information was not involved. However, a 2011 decision, Kennedy v. Eldridge, from the Third District Court of Appeal, suggests an unusual approach considerably different than prior California law to support an attorney’s disqualification.   (more)  

Defining Fairness in a Negotiation 
Have you ever been stymied by your counterpart screaming that the deal isn't fair when you thought it was eminently fair? Have you faced your own confusion about what would be fair under the circumstances? We all make decisions about fairness based on a preconceived set of standards. Those standards have inherent biases that impact the way we assess what is fair. In any negotiation, you should strive to bring fairness considerations to the surface so that everyone will understand how each person defines "fairness" and one another's needs and wants. Otherwise, you and the other side will be negotiating toward conflicting "fairness" modes that will lead to a stalemate and hard feelings.   (more)  

WestlawNext Essentials—CA with Jury Verdicts 
LACBA member solo attorneys are eligible for special discounting of 40% when signing a new agreement for WestlawNext Essentials—CA with Jury Verdicts: member price of $126.60/month, 40% off retail price of $211/month. Please call 1-800-220-9378 and reference offer code: 683239. Terms and Conditions: For new Westlaw/WestlawNext subscribers only, and may not be applied retroactively to an existing contract. Discount may be applied upon renewal at the end of the existing contract term. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.   

OfficeMax: Preferred Pricing through March 31, 2013 
OfficeMax offers discounted pricing on more than 12,000 items to LACBA members, including free delivery on in-stock orders over $50. Save on office supplies, office equipment, office furniture, and more with the OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM Program. Take advantage of preferred pricing from now until March 31, 2013. Click HERE for products and details. LACBA program contact information: 1 (800) MEMBERS, 1 (800) 636-2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, M-F).    

Casemaker Promotion Extended for LACBA Members  
The recent trial program to introduce Casemaker to the Los Angeles County Bar Association was an outstanding success. Given the level of interest in the Casemaker service, the registration period is being extended until February 15, 2013. If you wish to sign up for Casemaker go to and register for a subscription using promo code: LACBA2013. By registering with that promo code, you will get access to online legal research in all 50 states and all federal appellate courts. You will also have the Casemaker citator service built into your research, and you will have access to the Casemaker Digest, which allows you to stay current with developments in any court nationwide. The LACBA discounted price is $89.95 per month (or $895.00 per year for an annual subscription).    

Platinum Plus MasterCard with WorldPoints Rewards from Bank of America
LACBA offers members a Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card program with WorldPoints® rewards from Bank of America. Earn points every time you make a purchase, then redeem them for cash, travel, or gift certificates from top retailers! Carry the only credit card that helps support LACBA programs and initiatives at no additional cost to you. Call (800) 932-2775 and mention priority code VABB7O, or click here to apply online.   (more)  

Major Medical, Accident and Disability, Term Life Insurance Plans through Insurance Specialists, Inc. 
Insurance Specialists, Inc. is the preferred provider of major medical, accident and disability, and term life insurance plans to LACBA members. For more than 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. Call (888) ISI-1959 or (888) 474-1959), e-mail, or log onto  

Insperity HR Solutions 
Insperity, a trusted advisor to America's best businesses for more than 26 years, provides business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Solutions include payroll processing, outsourced human resource back office, tier-priced recruiting and out placement, performance review, employment screening, government compliance, out-of-state employees, reduce employer liabilities and risk, short- and long-term cost containment, protection of net profits, expense management, and handbooks. LACBA members receive a 15% discount on enrollment fee. Call (877) 273-8408 or log onto  

Southland Credit Union 
Southland Credit Union is a full-service financial institution. No matter what your financial need is, SCU can help. Southland Credit Union offers LACBA members everything from savings accounts to home loans. Call (800) 426-1917 or (562) 862-6831, or log onto  

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



The February 2013 issue
of Los Angeles Lawyer 
will be available online by
February 7.

February 6
A Conversation with Chief Counsel Sandra D. Anderson 
Recently appointed Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Los Angeles Chief Counsel Sandra D. Anderson will discuss the policies and procedures that she will be implementing at OPLA Los Angeles. 

February 7
Health Care Fraud: Beyond the Basics and into the Core Details of Civil and Criminal Enforcement  

The panelists will discuss how regulators are using new techniques such as statistical analysis to ferret out fraud, the latest developments regarding whistleblower activity, the impact of the Health Care Reform Act, the priorities of local law enforcement, and audits such as those initiated by recovery audit contractors and Medicare administrative contractors. 

February 12
2013 Tax Night  

Topics include updates in the Offer in Compromise Program, effects of Dalton on collection due process hearings, international tax enforcement, updates from the Affordable Care Act, appeals division, change in ownership local property tax implications, current IRS use of collection tools, and compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  

February 28
Asset Protection: State of the Art 

This program will cover planning strategies and solutions for protecting assets, including community property, business entities, domestic and foreign trusts; protection from lenders and landlords holding personal guarantees; discussion of assets common to all clients: houses, bank and brokerage accounts, rental real estate, businesses, and professional practices and retirement plans. 

CLE-in-a-Box 2013  

CLE Bundle 6 Pack/Required Subjects Specialty Pack 2013  

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