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June 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


  Gerald Chaleff Selected to Receive Shattuck-Price Award
  LACBA Voices Concerns: Proposed Admissions Regulations
  Nominees Join Board in Uncontested Race
  When (Over-) Zealous Advocacy Crosses the Line
  Take a Look at This Month's Bargains
  Member Benefit: Ahern Insurance Brokerage
  Member Benefit: Insurance Specialists, Inc.
  Member Benefit: Mercury Insurance
Gerald L. Chaleff Selected as Recipient of 2013 Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award 
LACBA has chosen Gerald Chaleff, Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing of the Los Angeles Police Department, as the recipient of its highest honor—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award. The award will be presented to during LACBA’s Installation Dinner on June 27 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.   (more)  

LACBA Voices Concerns about State Bar Task Force Recommendations on Admissions Regulation Reform  
In May, LACBA's Executive Committee approved the sending of two letters to the State Bar Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform, voicing concerns about recommendations made by the Task Force that address practical skills training for new lawyers. The recommendations would require that law students take 15 units of practical skills training in the second year of law school; that prospective bar admittees perform 50 hours of pro bono or "low bono" service, pre- or post-admission; and that new admittees take 10 hours of practical skills MCLE in addition to the regular MCLE requirements.   (more)  

Nominees Join Board of Trustees in Uncontested Race 
Candidates recently nominated by LACBA's Nominating Committee have been deemed unanimously elected and will automatically join the Board of Trustees when its new term begins July 1, 2013. An uncontested race resulted when no additional candidates filed petitions to run for office against those nominated by the committee. According to the bylaws, in the event of an uncontested race, candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee automatically assume the positions for which they were nominated.    (more)  

When (Over-) Zealous Advocacy Crosses the Line 
“[Z]ealous advocacy does not equate with ‘attack dog’ or ‘scorched earth’; nor does it mean lack of civility. [Citations.] Zeal and vigor in the representation of clients are commendable. So are civility, courtesy, and cooperation. They are not mutually exclusive.” So stated the California Court of Appeal in In re Marriage of Davenport. Lawyers should know well the conduct guidelines set forth in local rules and State Bar guidelines, as courts view these guidelines seriously. A lawyer who violates them should not expect a judge to entertain as an excuse that the lawyer was merely advocating for a client. Civility and advocacy go hand in hand. Pretending otherwise may have tangible—and unpleasant—consequences for a lawyer and client, as several recent court decisions have demonstrated.    (more)  

LACBA Members Can Take Advantage of Preferred Pricing from OfficeMax through June 29, 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 June 29, 2013!   (more)  

WestlawNext California Special for LACBA members 
Take advantage of  the WestlawNext California Special for LACBA members:  •CA Cases & Codes  •KeyCite  •Entire Rutter Practice Guide Series. Member price of $165/month for solo attorneys (retails at $275/month). Offer available only to solo attorneys who are new WestlawNext subscribers signing a two- or three-year agreement. Cannot be applied retroactively to an existing plan or combined with other offers. Offer expires September 30, 2013. To obtain offer, member must contact Brendan Bauer at or 213-955-6861. For other Thomson Reuters product information, click here.    (more)  

Ahern Insurance Brokerage 
Professional Liability Insurance: Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability insurance broker, is one of the largest and most respected independent insurance brokers in the country specializing in professional liability insurance for law firms. With AHERN, LACBA members have the benefit of a valued consultant and professional liability insurance advocate. AHERN is prepared to provide superior service and exceptional counsel regarding the professional liability insurance needs of your firm. Workers’ Compensation: AHERN is pleased to provide LACBA members a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation program with Hartford Insurance Company. LACBA members qualify for a 10% premium discount through this proprietary program with AHERN. In addition, a dual policy discount of 5% applies when purchasing Hartford general liability in addition to a workers’ compensation policy. Employment Practices Liability Insurance: AHERN provides LACBA members with employment practices liability insurance (wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment coverage) through Carolina Casualty. This program offers members premium discounts and specific law firm enhancements.   (more)  

Insurance Specialists, Inc. 
Major Medical, Accident and Disability, Term Life Insurance Plans: Insurance Specialists, Inc., is the preferred provider of major medical, accident and disability, and term life insurance plans to LACBA members. For over 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.    (more)  

Mercury Insurance 
Auto and Home Owner Insurance: Mercury Insurance offers LACBA members up to a 10% rate discount on top of Mercury’s already low auto insurance rates. Mercury offers its customers up to 15% when you combine your auto policy with your homeowner policy. California drivers save an average of $473 a year with Mercury. (Savings information based on 2011 CA Department of Insurance rate comparison profile 38A. Individual savings may vary.) 24-hour roadside assistance is included with collision coverage. Discounts (subject to qualification requirements) on good driver, good student, multicar, auto+home, repairs guaranteed for life (repairs completed by Mercury-authorized repair facility guaranteed as long as you own the vehicle), 24/7 claims reporting, online repair tracking, personalized service and expert advice from your own local agent, A+ rating from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s.   (more)  

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



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

June 4
Another Amazing Year in the Supreme Court 
Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Miller discuss issues including Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act; class actions, arbitration, and intellectual property; affirmative action and voting; and more. 

June 5
2nd Annual Barristers Summer Bash: House of Barristers 

Join LACBA Barristers at the House of Blues for food, fun, and live entertainment. Meet and mingle with law students, summer associates, government and public interest summer interns, and new attorneys in the Los Angeles community. 

June 7
2013 Dana Latham Award Luncheon 

Please join us as we honor Nancy L. Iredale in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession in the taxation field. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Campbell, Chapman University School of Law.  

Begins June 7
Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum 

This interactive course includes extensive practice and coaching in advanced mediation skills and a minimum 10 hours of litigated case training, including 9 hours of lecture and 9 hours of role-playing, observation, coaching, and feedback.  

June 15
Advanced Class Action Seminar 

A panel of experts will discuss two of the most difficult challenges in class actions today: class action waivers and FAA preemption, and breadth of class action settlements. 

June 15
Becoming a Certified Appellate Specialist: Everything You Need to Know 

Get the inside scoop on each component of certification: 1) the upcoming specialization exam; 2) the task and experience requirements; 3) the education requirements; and 4) the five-step application process. 

June 18
A Spoonful of Sugar: Receivers in Restructurings, Liquidations, and Regulatory Actions 

Join us for an inside look into the receiverships of tomorrow: restructuring, liquidating, and regulatory receiverships. Two specialized panels will address the benefits and unique challenges of these different types of receiverships, the "next big things" in the remedies and receivership worlds. 

June 22
Spousal Support:
No Easy Feat
Advanced Instruction for Temporary and Permanent Orders

Sitting bench officers will provide strategies and legal views on issues that include pendent lite requests, income variables, imputation, vocational evaluators, computer software, need, ability, retroactivity, permanent support, opening argument, 4320 factors, MSOL, the Gavron Warning, DV application, modifications, statement of decision, closing argument, and postjudgment.  

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

Equitable Easement 

Advising Seniors on Health Care Legal Options 

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