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March 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  April 18: Center for Civic Mediation Annual Awards Dinner
  LACBA Committees: Be a Leader in the Legal Community
  Basic Mediation Training Begins April 1
  LACBA Elections: Declarations Due
  Ethics: Responding to Derogatory Internet Postings
  Tip: How to Say "No" without Scuttling the Negotiation
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Member Perk: LawPay Credit Card Processing 
  Member Perk: Clio Web-Based Legal Practice Management
  Member Perk: Verizon Wireless Discounts
Center for Civic Mediation to Celebrate 20th Annual Awards Dinner on April 18 
The Center for Civic Mediation will celebrate outstanding achievement in conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution at its 20th Annual Awards Dinner on April 18, 2013 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The 2013 honorees are Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the late Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Funds raised at the dinner—cochaired by Jill Cossman and Rex Heinke—support the Center’s Community and Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services, whose programs include prevention and early intervention services that teach students constructive, nonviolent ways to address conflict on school campuses and in their neighborhoods.   (more)  

Become a Leader in the Legal Community: Participate on LACBA Committees 
Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system, or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a leading role in the study and analysis of these matters and in establishing the voice of the legal profession by providing guidance and commentary to appropriate entities. Our collective voice helps define the profession by providing comment on regulatory proposals and legislative measures as well as filing amicus briefs at the local, state, and national levels that not only affect substantive areas of law but also the way attorneys practice law—and our members have real impact.   (more)  

Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training Begins on April 1 
This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution, providing a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. The training covers, among other things, the structure and management of the mediation process, intake and convening, mediation models, legal requirements and ethics, communication skills, negotiation, closure, and drafting agreements. The course fulfills the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.   (more)  

Officer and Board Election Declarations Due 
LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee for LACBA officer positions and at-large, section, and affiliate trustee positions for terms that begin on July 1, 2013 are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination no later than March 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Applications not timely received will not be considered.   (more)  
Modern Problems: Are Attorneys Permitted to Respond to Derogatory Internet Postings by Former Clients? 
Assuming no confidential information is disclosed in the Internet posting, the former client’s conduct does not constitute a waiver of confidentiality or the attorney-client privilege, and there is no litigation or arbitration pending between the attorney and the former client, in what manner, if any, may the attorney publicly respond to disparaging public comments by the former client, whether of malpractice or otherwise?   (more)  

How to Say "No" without Scuttling the Negotiation 
It is not uncommon for people to feel anxious about saying "No" in any situation but even more so at the end of a negotiation. Author William Ury comes up with a three-step process; however, the process requires you have a plan B alternative and are ready to accept the fact that the other side might walk away. Here's how it works.   (more)  

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).    

LawPay Credit Card Processing 
LACBA members are able to obtain a LawPay Merchant Account through the LACBA Member Benefit Program. The LawPay Program is the only payment solution recommended by over 70 state and local bar associations because it complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds. Unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers. LACBA members save up to 25% off processing fees by accepting credit cards through the LawPay Program.   (more)  

Clio: Web-Based Legal Practice Management System 
Clio is a 100% Web-based legal practice management system optimized to meet the needs of sole practitioners and small firms. Secure and easy to use, Clio’s clean user interface allows users of any device (Mac, PC, iPad, or smartphone) to access their practice data securely through an encrypted Web browser. All LACBA members receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio in addition to a free 30-day trial, a free data migration, and unlimited access to live customer support and training. Available at $44.10 per month for attorneys and $22.50 per month for nonattorney support staff, Clio alleviates the costly need for servers, maintenance contracts, and constant upgrades to new versions.   (more)  

Verizon Wireless Discounts  
LACBA members with Verizon Wireless calling plans of $34.99 or higher may qualify for the following discounts: 22% discount on law firm/corporate wireless monthly access fees (5 wireless lines required to qualify, one line must be the law firm/corporate line, others may be employees/family; law firm/corporate line receives 22% discount, federal tax ID required). 18% discount on the other four wireless lines, which may be employee/family lines tied to the law firm/corporate line. $20 Unlimited Wireless Email feature (not eligible for discounts, must be added to a calling plan of $34.99 or higher, corporate lines only). Additional discounts on equipment. Existing Verizon Wireless customers are not required to extend their contract to receive the discount.   (more)  

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



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

March 6
LACBA Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training 
Volunteers provide a valuable service to a vulnerable population and gain expertise in the area of family law. No previous experience is required. 

March 11
2013 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Dinner  

This year's award will be presented to Sam Fernandez, senior vice president and general counsel of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The featured speaker will be one of America's best-known sportscasters, Vin Scully.  

March 16
Civil Litigation Walk-Through Program: Los Angeles Superior Court  

Learn the civil litigation process from case filing to trial verdict, presented by master trial lawyers and judges. Gain valuable insight about case management, law and motion, discovery, pretrial, and trial. Witness a demonstration where master trial lawyers show you how to win your case.  

Begins March 16
California Rules of Evidence: TAP Seminar Series 

This two-part course teaches an innovative and practical seven-step method for analyzing the admissibility of potential evidence. 

March 16
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. 

March 20
Frozen in Time: Riots in Los Angeles  

Our distinguished panel will discuss the impact of the 1965 and 1992 riots in Los Angeles and their impact on relations between the African American community and the Los Angeles Police Department. Panel members include Judge Raymond Fisher, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, civil rights attorney Connie Rice, and journalist Bill Boyarsky. 

March 21
Fee Arbitration Training  

This training is directed primarily toward prospective volunteers who wish to arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the mandatory fee arbitration programs through the local county bars and/or the State Bar of California, and will provide the basic training required to serve on LACBA's arbitration panel. 

Begins March 21
Immigration Law Training Course 

This two-day training course, designed for attorneys new to the field of immigration law or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year, will focus on legal concepts, procedures and practical aspects as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. 

March 27
33rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium  

Learn practical advice and attend cutting-edge panel discussions about labor and employment law issues of critical importance to attorneys, judges, neutrals, government practitioners, union representatives, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals. 

Structuring and Enforcement of Multi-State Transactions 

Machiavellian Scheduling: How to Recognize It, How to Handle It, How to Avoid It  

Mixed-Use Projects: Things You Need to Tell Your Developer Client  

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

Hot Topics in California Real Estate and Title Law: Top 10 Cases of 2012 

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