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April 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association



  Consolidation Plan Slated for Los Angeles Superior Court
  Court Schedules Temporary Judges' Training on April 26
  Board Rallies to Help Domestic Violence Project
  Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel: April 30
  Amicus Brief: United States v. Windsor  
  Amicus Brief: Hollingsworth v. Perry
  Amicus Letter: People v. Stender
  Applications Due for 2013-14 Committees
  Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
  Ethics: Anti-Fraud Tool or Danger to All Lawyers?
  Tip: Successfully Making Threats in Negotiations
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Member Perk: Wealth Consulting Group Los Angeles
  Member Perk: Thomson Reuters
  Member Perk: Mercury Insurance
Consolidation Plan Slated for Los Angeles Superior Court 
To address a significant budget shortfall for the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Los Angeles Superior Court will reorganize its operations by implementing a court consolidation plan. Changes will be implemented in phases and continue through June 30, 2013.   (more)  

L.A. Superior Court Schedules Temporary Judges' Training on April 26  
Rule 2.812, et seq., of the California Rules of Court requires temporary judges to receive three hours live training in bench conduct and demeanor plus three hours of training in judicial ethics for temporary judges and at least one area of substantive law (small claims, traffic, unlawful detainer, civil harassment, family law and/or civil, non-jury). The Los Angeles Superior Court has scheduled a Temporary Judges' Training on April 26.   (more)  

LACBA Board Rallies to Help Domestic Violence Project  
When LACBA President Dick Burdge heard of the urgent need for an administrative assistant to help LACBA’s Domestic Violence Project assist an unprecedented number of clients seeking temporary restraining orders, he immediately challenged the Board of Trustees to raise at least $10,000 to fund the position within a very tight deadline—just 30 days. Not only did the trustees raise the much-needed funds, they surpassed their goal in only three weeks.    (more)  

April 30 Orientation: Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel  
Attorney volunteers are needed to represent individuals in immigration proceedings. On Wednesdays and Fridays, attorneys appear at designated courtrooms to participate in the panel. Each volunteer is matched with a respondent to discuss the individual's situation. Both attorney volunteer and respondent then appear before the Immigration Judge to plead the case. Each participating attorney will be asked to do one master calendar hearing per month, or what his or her schedule will allow.    (more)  

Amicus Brief: United States v. Windsor  
The Executive Committee, acting in lieu of the Board of Trustees due to time constraints, approved LACBA filing an amicus brief drafted by its Armed Forces Committee to be filed in United States v. Windsor in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the adverse impact of the Defense of Marriage Act on members of the armed forces and their families.  

Amicus Brief: Hollingsworth v. Perry   
The Executive Committee, acting in lieu of the Board of Trustees due to time constraints, approved LACBA joining in an amicus brief drafted by affiliate Beverly Hills Bar Association to be filed in Hollingsworth v. Perry in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting affirmation of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.  

Amicus Letter: People v. Stender  
The Executive Committee, acting in lieu of the Board of Trustees due to time constraints, approved the filing in the California Supreme Court by LACBA of an amicus letter seeking depublication of the California Court of Appeal's modified opinion in People v. Stender, 212 Cal. App. 4th 614 (2012), Court of Appeal No. A131625, and also supporting the appellant's Petition for Review in that case. The Executive Committee instructed that the amicus letter focus narrowly on 1) whether a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct may serve as a predicate for a Section 17200 UPL action, 2) clarifying the ground rules for third-party suits against lawyers in those situations where defense of those suits might require revealing confidential communications, and 3) challenging the ruling that law firms are State Bar members.  

Become a Leader in the Legal Community: Participate on LACBA Committees 
Committees often recommend actions to LACBA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees that advocate reforms affecting every attorney and the way business is conducted in our courtrooms and community. Among other things, committees produce and publish judicial evaluations to assist the public in electing competent judicial officers, interview judges and write profiles, draft and research opinions on attorney ethics, and make recommendations as to whether LACBA should join cases as amicus curiae. Committees also provide members with opportunities to work with judges and other attorneys in specific or diverse areas. To apply for membership on committees, fill out and submit the online application form by April 30, 2013.    (more)  

Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations 
The Nominating Committee has begun its work to nominate one or more LACBA members for each trustee position to be filled for bar year 2013-14. It also will nominate one or more current or former trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president.    (more)  

People v. Stender: Important Tool in the Anti-Fraud Arsenal or Danger to All Lawyers? 
Cases presenting such an array of compelling and complex ethical issues as in People v. Stender are rare. The setting for this case is that unsavory sector of immigration practice where vulnerable and unsophisticated clients are often easy prey for unscrupulous attorneys. While the complaint seeks civil penalties under the UCL, an injunction prohibiting the defendants from continuing their practices, disgorgement of profits, and restitution, defendants argue in their petition for review that the court of appeal's decision raises at least three issues of law and legal ethics that should concern all lawyers.    (more)  

Successfully Making Threats in Negotiations 
Studies have shown that promises combined with threats actually motivate cooperation and cause people to evaluate their counterparts more favorably. However, to be effective, threats must not be about punishing the other side or teaching them a lesson. Threats are about using "the carrot and the stick" to get more of what you want. When you lose sight of this, the dispute will escalate, and the threat will backfire.    (more)  

Run Seal Beach—FREE!* 
As a sponsor of the 39th Annual Run Seal Beach, Southland Credit Union proudly invites you to RACE FREE* just by becoming a member-owner of SCU. Join now or stop by the SCU booth on race day, Saturday, April 13, 2013. Run Seal Beach is a 5K or 10K run through Historic Old Town Seal Beach with a basically flat course set within a gorgeous backdrop. The Seal Beach Run is completely staffed by volunteers, with 100% of the net proceeds going back to the community. You are invited to become a member-owner of Southland Credit Union, a longtime affinity partner of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Established in 1936, Southland is a full-service not-for-profit financial institution, serving LACBA members along with individuals and businesses in Downtown Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Gateway Cities. When you join, your Run Seal Beach race entry fee is on Southland Credit Union. *Other fees and conditions may apply. Limited-time offer. SCU reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time. Membership subject to eligibility requirements. Federally insured by NCUA.   (more)  

Wealth Consulting Group Los Angeles  
Wealth Consulting Group Los Angeles has established strategic alliances with banks, law firms, and accounting firms to give you access to a full range of financial services. WCGLA offers LACBA members discounts including up to 25% on individual and multi-life disability income insurance; up to 35% on multi-life long term care insurance (offer extends to direct family members); up to 20% on fee-based investment management; up to 20% on most qualified plan fees (including 401Ks); and additional discounts on fee-based financial planning.   (more)  

Thomson Reuters  
Judicial Council Forms: LACBA members can receive 50% off the retail price of official Judicial Council and county forms. Jury Verdicts: LACBA has entered into an alliance agreement with West, a Thomson Reuters business, to provide award information on California civil jury trials, bench trials, settlements, and arbitrations. LACBA members can publish their verdicts, bench decisions, settlements, and arbitrations in Trials Digest and Westlaw for free. They can also request a full case summary for any case West highlights or features (one free per month).   (more)    

Mercury Insurance: Auto and Home Owner  
Mercury Insurance offers LACBA members up to a 10% rate discount on top of Mercury’s already low auto insurance rates, and up to 15% when you combine your auto policy with your homeowner policy. 24-hour roadside assistance included. Discounts on good driver, good student, multicar, auto+home, repairs guaranteed for life when completed by Mercury-authorized repair facilities as long as you own the vehicle. 24/7 claims reporting, online repair tracking.   (more)  

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



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April 12
27th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium
Future Perfect: What's Happening Now in Environmental Law
This full-day program features a keynote address by Mark Nechodom, director, California Department of Conservation. Panel topics include CEQA reform efforts, U.S. Supreme Court update, AB 32 cap-and-trade litigation, CERCLA cost recovery and enforcement actions, recent air quality regulations, and a primer on environmental justice.

April 13
Making Your Case: Trial Advocacy in Probate Court 

This training program will be taught by an acclaimed trial advocacy professor, probate judge, and expert practitioners who will use a hypothetical to teach courtroom skills and trial procedures.  

April 13
TAP: Evidence Skills Workshop  

In this workshop, participants argue the admissibility of evidence in 21 different evidentiary vignettes, using a single breach of employment contract fact pattern. The entire program is workshop, no lecture.

April 16
Estate Planning for Small Business Owners   

This course will provide information on the critical estate, retirement, and succession planning issues that come about with planning for the small business owners and professionals. As an attorney, you are prepared to talk with your client about the more typical estate planning questions like family income protection, reducing estate taxes and estate equalization. Understand the complications of succession planning if your business makes up the majority of the estate.

April 19
2013 Annual Delaware and California Law Update Symposium 

Formerly known as the Glendon Tremaine Symposium, this program will include a keynote speech from John Hannah, general counsel, California Department of Corporations.

April 20
ICDA Summer Seminar 2013  
Topics include warrants, wiretaps, updates, and more.

April 25
2013 Bernard Witkin Lecture: A Conversation with Justice Goodwin Liu 

Before joining the state's highest court, Justice Liu was a professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

April 25
The Dual Eligible Initiative: Double the Benefit or Double the Trouble?   

Speakers will address changes that will occur under the Dual Eligibles Coordinated Care Demonstration and will identify key issues for providers that serve the dual eligible population.

April 27
Fifth Annual Symposium on Family Based Immigration   

National experts share their knowledge and experience with the most relevant legal issues faced by immigrants and their families.  

April 27
45th Annual Family Law Symposium
Back to the Basics: The Tools for Effective Case Resolution

The symposium will offer a comprehensive update on a wide variety of topics, including depositions, analyzing business valuation reports, ethics in the electronic age, using tax returns effectively in court, attorney fees, and strategies for getting paid.

New Challenges in Buying Brownfields Properties 

The Revised Green Chemistry Regulations: What Has Changed and What Has Remained? 

You Don't Always Get What You See! Characterization of Commercial Transactions and Its Effects 

2013 Annual Construction Law Update and Flaig Award 

Asset Protection: State of the Art 

Top Cases of 2012 Affecting Leasing and Purchase and Sale  

Reverse Engineering the Perfect H-1B Case: From RFE Back to Nuts and Bolts  

The New Healthcare Landscape: Shared Savings or Shared Misery? 

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