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May 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 5 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  LACBF Golf Tournament Returns to TPC Valencia on June 17
  Celebrating New Attorneys and Members
  Law Week Finale: LA Lawyers Philharmonic at Law Library
  Nancy Iredale to Receive Dana Latham Award
  LA Law Library Needs Your Help: Online Survey
  Where to Turn with Questions on Legal Ethics
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Member Perk: LA Law Library
  Member Perk: RxSavingsPlus
  Member Perk: FedEx
  MemberPerk: OfficeMax

Golfing “Fore!” a Great Cause on June 17 
Join us for the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the beautiful Tournament Players Club, TPC Valencia. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to play 18 holes on an official PGA course and compete for bragging rights with your colleagues and friends. In addition to supporting the life changing work of the Foundation, you’ll also have an opportunity to compete in the shot at a Million Dollar Hole-in-One, $100,000 Hole-in-One, or the 50' Putting Contest for $2,500 in addition to other course prizes!   (more)  

Celebrating New Attorneys and Members 
It all begins with membership! Every year, LACBA celebrates attorneys newly admitted to the bar by granting them a complimentary membership and hosting a reception that showcases LACBA's magnitude and reach in the Los Angeles legal community. The event introduces attorneys to the resources we provide for your legal career, and this year guests came from as far away as New York and Florida. The reception hosted more than 700 attorneys and guided them through information and networking tables that included involvement in practice area sections, employment, experience and pro bono opportunities, CLE headquarters, publications, our public service projects, and the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. Guests took advantage of free professional headshots, business cards, free section memberships, and gift cards from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.® The Barristers capped off the evening by hosting a fun after-party to celebrate the successful accomplishments of the new attorneys. Thank you to our volunteers for welcoming our newest members into the LACBA community by inviting them into your sections and projects. Click here to see pictures of the event!   (more)  

Law Week Finale: Free Performance by the LA Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra at the LA Law Library on May 6 
The LA Law Library and Los Angeles County Bar Association invite you to a free performance by the LA Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 6 p.m. as the final event in the Library's Law Week celebration. Join us for an evening of music in downtown Los Angeles as we honor equal access to justice, and making the legal system and the law more available to the people of Los Angeles County.   (more)  

Nancy Iredale to Receive 2013 Dana Latham Award from Taxation Section 
LACBA's Taxation Section has selected Nancy L. Iredale as the recipient of its prestigious Dana Latham Award for lifetime achievement in the field of taxation law and will honor her at the section’s annual Dana Latham Award Luncheon on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Ms. Iredale is a tax partner focusing in tax controversy in the international law firm of Paul Hastings, where she served as chair of the firm's tax department for 10 years. She has provided tax advice to international and domestic clients in all types of transactions; has litigated cases in numerous forums, with particular success in obtaining summary adjudication for clients in tax controversies; and has tried and/or settled federal and California civil and criminal tax cases and is cited by her peers as one of the state's most prominent tax litigators.    (more)  

LA Law Library Needs Your Help: Online Survey  
As part of its strategic planning process, LACBA's partner, the LA Law Library, is soliciting ideas and perspectives on the future operations and direction of the Law Library. All LACBA members are invited to take the Library’s online survey and share your experiences and suggestions. Go to and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner to access the survey. Your participation will help LA Law Library in its efforts to better serve you.   (more)  

Where to Turn with Questions on Legal Ethics 
California attorneys regularly face questions of legal ethics arising from conflicts of interest with current or former clients, issues of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, discovery obligations, and communication of significant facts and developments to clients. The consequences of violating ethics rules can be severe, including discipline by the State Bar, disqualification, civil liability, money sanctions, and fee forfeiture. So where can attorneys turn with questions about legal ethics?    (more)  

Receive Up to $100 Credit on Your Verizon Bill 
Upgrade your smartphone today to receive a $100 bill credit from Verizon (offer good through June 2013). Verizon offers LACBA members a bill credit for each new device or line you activate or upgrade. *Share everything plans are now eligible for the bill credit offer. $100 per line credit for Smartphones. $75 per line credit for any basic device. $25 per line credit for Tablets, Jetpacks, and USB modems. This offer is available through LACBA's partnership with National Purchasing Partners. If you are not already an NPP member, registering is free: Go to Click “Join Now.” Select “Legal” from the dropdown menu. Select "Los Angeles County Bar Association" from the dropdown menu. Complete the registration form. Please contact Cynthia Davis at (206) 625-7441 or with any questions about the program.
*Must be on corporate liable lines of service with a two-year customer service agreement on eligible lines priced at $34.99/month or higher. You will see the credit as a line item on a coming bill.

LA Law Library 
LACBA members are now new borrowers of the LA Law Library and receive a free LA Law Library borrower card. As an LA Law Library borrower, you have access to over one million volumes in digital and print formats, public computers with access to the most sought-after legal databases, including Lexis® and Westlaw®, E-Delivery service where the library’s reference staff can e-mail information to you, and access to conference rooms, office space, and an enhanced technology training center. Registration is free, and the associated $140 deposit is waived. (This offer is available to new borrowers only and not current cardholders.) The LA Law Library is located at 301 West First Street on the corner of First and Broadway in the downtown Los Angeles Civic Center. (213) 78-LALAW or (213) 785-2529    (more)  

National Discount Prescription Drug Program 
LACBA members can take advantage of the LACBA RxSavingsPlus Discount Card. There are no forms to fill out. Just go to your pharmacy and show the card to your pharmacist, who will verify the discount. All of your family members and employees can use the card, even if they already have insurance. The lowest prices are guaranteed. Key features include: no cost for enrollment (compared to some programs that cost upwards of $9.99 per month); average savings is 22% per prescription filled; covers 99% of all commonly prescribed medications; accepted at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Walmart, Costco, and many more; additional discounts for those who are uninsured, 10% off at a CVS Minute Clinic on regular priced health services. Save on Lipitor, Viagra, Plavix, high blood pressure medications, and thousands more—even pet medications. (877) 673-3688    (more)  

When you require the timely delivery and return of legal documents to execute critical business deals, you need a solution that is simple, fast, reliable, and trackable. Create a return label and include it with your legal documents that need to be signed and returned. Or e-mail your clients a password-protected URL that they can access to print a return label directly from their computer. Save with LACBA member discounts. Use passcode GP8G4W to enroll and start saving today. (800) MEMBERS or (800) 636-2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, M-F.    (more)  

LACBA members can use the OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM Program to enjoy substantial savings from 31% to 88% off of the manufacturers’ list price on your most frequently purchased items. Whether you order online, via phone, fax, or visit an OfficeMax Store, your LACBA member discounts apply. This program offers member pricing, award-winning customer service, no-hassle returns, and free delivery on in-stock orders over $50. Members with fewer than 25 employees, click here and have your LACBA OfficeMax Partner Advantage Program User Name: 0687133w and Password: Bu6613c1u6 available to start saving now. Members with 25 or more employees, call (800) 248-6343 to request more information on setting up your account. Begin saving today with the OfficeMax Partner Advantage Program!    (more)    

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



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

May 3
Cooking, Writing, and Interpreting Mediterranean Recipes: Protecting Culinary Intellectual Property for Authors, Lawyers, and Fine Cooking Enthusiasts 
This program features a discussion, demonstration, and tastings with cookbook authors Clifford A. Wright and Martha Rose Shulman, followed by a presentation of culinary legal issues by F. Jay Dougherty and Nancy L. McCullough, including copyright and trade secret law, protection of intellectual property interests in recipes, techniques, "secret" formulas, leading case law, and emerging issues on IP protection on the Internet. 

May 4
New Attorney Litigation Survival Guide: Getting a Litigation Job and Doing It Well 

This one-day conference helps attendees build a solid foundation of tools and skills needed to effectively litigate in both state and federal courts in Los Angeles along with tips on effective networking, new attorney pitfalls, and how to be more marketable for litigation jobs. 

May 7
2013 California Tax Practitioners' Conference 

This program features presentations by top government officials and leading practitioners in all fields of taxation: federal, accounting, franchise, trusts and estates, property, sales, and city taxes. 

Begins May 7
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. 

May 7
Advising Seniors on Health Care Legal Options 

This program covers alternatives for paying for long term care, qualifying for Medicare and Medi-Cal, problems that can result in elder abuse, plus a look at the health care system from the medical point of view, including how to advise clients making end-of-life decisions, advance care directives, DNR forms, HIPAA regulations, and the new POLST form. 

May 9
What to Do Right and What Not to Do Wrong in Your First Five Years of Practice  

This program provides valuable insights into what your supervising attorney really wants and what you should be doing to exceed expectations. 

May 10
2nd Annual International Arbitration Conference  

The program includes a mock arbitration involving practitioners from both civil and common law systems, plus roundtables and workshops with leading international arbitrators and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Australia.  

May 11
2013 Mandatory/Refresher Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney Training Program  

This program provides an overview of the role that court-appointed attorneys play, including approaches to interviews, strategy, reports, gaining control of assets, and working with or against privately retained counsel. 

May 15
Financing Your Public-Private Deal: 2013 and Beyond  

Topics include disposition of former redevelopment agency assets, bond financing mechanisms, new legislative proposals for tax increment financing, programs for development in low-income areas, and equity investments.

May 18
Discrimination Update: Enforcement Initiatives, Systemic Cases, and Advanced Topics in Disability Law 

Discussion covers litigation and trial strategies, recent case law and regulatory developments, and company policy best practices in reasonable accommodation, interactive process, and leaves of absence. Recent initiatives in enforcement of systemic discrimination laws and emerging trends in litigation.

May 18
TAP: Deposition Skills Workshop 

This workshop provides introductory and intermediate level instruction on how to take and defend depositions in California state court actions.

May 21
Managing High Conflict Situations in the Workplace   

This seminar trains professionals to identify interpersonal conflict dynamics of high conflict personalities, intervene in aggressively defensive behavior, recognize common cognitive distortions, and apply key skills for managing high conflict personalities. 

May 23
15th Annual Real Property Section Installation and Awards Dinner  

The evening recognizes incoming and outgoing section officers plus recipients of the following awards: Outstanding Real Estate Industry, Outstanding Real Estate Lawyer, Ira E Yellin Lifetime Achievement, and Outstanding Young Lawyers.

Nuts and Bolts of Retail Leases in Today's Market 

Recent Developments in the Law of Real Estate Finance 

Mortgage Servicing and Lender Authority Issues: Three Shells and a Pea 

Agriculture and Antitrust: Explanations and Thoughts from Both Sides of the Bar 

Frozen in Time: Riots in Los Angeles: Lessons Learned and Progress Made 

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