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September 2013  •  Vol. 33 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

A Message from 2013-14 Los Angeles County Bar Foundation President Laura A. Seigle  
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation is YOUR Foundation. It is the non-profit arm of the Los Angeles County Bar Association that supports pro bono legal service projects in our community. We raise money to give grants to select legal service organizations in Los Angeles that provide free or low-cost help to those who cannot afford an attorney or do not know where to turn for legal assistance.     (more)     

Foundation Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary 
For 50 years, the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation has been at the forefront of supporting equal legal services for the poor. Since 1963, the contributions of LACBA members have allowed the Foundation to distribute more than $8 million to worthy legal services organizations in Los Angeles County. Your donations have given a lifeline to more than 100,000 disadvantaged and legally underserved women, men and children throughout Southern California, and have enabled the Foundation to provide funds for LACBA's projects: Domestic Violence Project, Immigration Legal Assistance Project, AIDS Legal Services Project, Veterans Pro Bono Project, and the Center for Civic Mediation.    (more)  

Foundation's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament a Big Success  
Thirty-six foursomes competed in good fun at the beautiful Tournament Players Club in Valencia on June 17 to support the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's efforts to fund crucial and life-saving legal services. The tournament provided golfers with an opportunity to play on a PGA-certified course, participate in several skills challenges, bid in a silent auction, and enter a drawing for fabulous prizes. View photos from the event here.     (more)     

September 19: An Evening of Fashion, Food, and Fun to Benefit Domestic Violence Project 
Mingle and shop with fellow professionals at a networking event for a good cause. View a showing of the fall collection by MaxMara, artwork, jewelry, luxury goods, and skincare products. Proceeds from ticket sales plus a percentage of purchases of art or clothing will be donated to LACBA's Domestic Violence Project.     (more)     

Armed Forces Ball "Honoring America's Veterans" 
Join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014 as the Los Angeles County Bar Association and its Armed Forces Committee host the second Armed Forces Ball "Honoring America's Veterans" to support pro bono legal services for active duty and veteran personnel. To find out more about the event and how your firm or organization can become a sponsor, please click here.    (more)   
Special Offer to Renew Your 2014 LACBA Membership 
Renew your dues for 2014 by September 13, 2013, and pay 2013 dues pricing! This year, we added another value: Receive one free section for every section purchased. Click now, renew now—This offer expires on September 13! Cannot be combined with other discounts. One Bill/100% Membership Program members do not qualify for this discount.     (more)     

New Reduced Rate for Affiliated Bar Members: Join LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service  
LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is the best way to get quality referrals to build your business. Now, for the first time, LACBA members who are also members of LACBA affiliated bar associations can get reduced referral service dues.    (more)   

Just Released! 
2014 CLE-in-a-Box and CLE Bundle 6-Pack
The 2014 CLE-in-a-Box and CLE Bundle 6-Pack (required subjects only) are now available with free shipping within the continental United States. Purchase On-Demand now to view immediately OR purchase CDs now, and your order will ship the week of October 1.    (more)   

Don't Miss Once-a-Year Opportunity to Register for Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in Directory of Experts & Consultants 
By participating in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in the Directory of Experts & Consultants, attorneys can share their expertise in one or more of 50 practice areas of law with colleagues and take advantage of this opportunity for networking, partnering, mentoring, and outsourcing.    (more)   

Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate 
LACBA members are encouraged to apply for positions on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2014 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), which will meet September 12-14, 2014, in San Diego. The CCBA serves justice in California by bringing together approximately 350 attorneys from across the state representing diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to seek, debate, and promote creative, nonpartisan solutions to law-related issues for the benefit of all Californians.   (more)   

Save the Date for Dialogues on Freedom: October 23 
The Dialogues on Freedom program conducts discussions in local high schools focusing on the liberties and values our country is attempting to defend and preserve. Dialogues are led in individual classrooms by a team composed of volunteer lawyers and judges. If you are interested in participating in the Dialogues on Freedom program on October 23, 2013, you may sign up now.    (more)   
Border Searches versus Clients’ Confidential Information: The Ninth Circuit’s Cotterman Analysis and Counsel Entering the United States with Mobile Devices 
When entering the United States, every person undergoes a search of the traveler’s person and possessions by Customs and Border Protection. For most attorneys, personal possessions include laptops and mobile devices that contain confidential and privileged client material, which risk exposure during customs searches. This became a focus of travelling lawyers when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held recently that customs officials need only a reasonable suspicion and not probable cause to search lawyers’ mobile technology at the border. Given that these mobile devices and other technologies often contain privileged client information and are capable of accessing the law office network, how does counsel balance the competing interests of California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-100 and the threat by customs to attorney-client privilege?    (more)   

The Power of Consistency in Negotiation and Mediation 
Experienced negotiators and mediators focus on getting people to publicly verbalize and/or write down each small commitment to follow a certain course of action, knowing that once done publicly, it is highly likely they will identify it as the best choice and will find a way to attain the object of their commitment.    (more)   

Client Intake: Making Rain or Creating a Flood? 
It is not enough for young lawyers to become smart, technically superior practitioners. They must also master the art of developing their own book of business. The pressure to bring in new clients, however, needs to be tempered by a clear-eyed realization that probably the single greatest way to avoid severe legal malpractice claims is to enforce rigorous client intake. Here are a number of red flags that provide clear warning signs a potential new client presents a high malpractice risk for the firm.    (more)  

New Professional Liability Program 
Ahern Insurance Brokerage (AHERN), LACBA's preferred professional liability broker, is pleased to offer LACBA members this “New” Lawyers Professional Liability program, "On Point," with Attorney Protective, that is rated A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best. With the financial strength of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Attorney Protective is a financially stable insurance partner with the innovation of a truly modern program. The "On Point" program offers a 10% premium discount to qualifying firms. This program is designed for solo and small firms with at least 80% of the firm’s practice dedicated to the following areas of practice: Insurance Defense, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Appellate Law, Mediation/Arbitration Law. The firm must have no claims or disciplinary actions in the past five years and not practice in the following areas of law: Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Securities, Class Action, Tax, Commercial Real Estate. For more information on this program and to receive a quote, please click here to complete an application.    (more)   

LACBA Members Receive Preferred Pricing from OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM 
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 September 28, 2013!    (more)  

BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Credit Card 
Support LACBA while earning more cash back for the things you buy most. Apply for the LACBA BankAmericard Cash Rewards TM Visa Signature® credit card that rewards customers with up to 3% cash back on certain purchases, all while supporting LACBA initiatives. Features include: 1% cash back on all purchases, 2% cash back on grocery store purchases, 3% on gas station purchases. You can earn the 2% and 3% cash back on gas and grocery purchases up to the first $1,500 in these combined categories per quarter. After that, you will continue to earn 1% on these purchases.    (more)    

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



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Begins September 18
Traditional TAP (t-TAP): A Trial Advocacy Course 

This course provides intensive instruction in trial advocacy skills, emphasizing participant performance and constructive feedback. 

September 21
Mediation Essentials for Daily Settlement Officers and Others   

This program will provide a foundation for mediation confidentiality and an introduction to useful mediation skills and techniques for family law attorneys who are volunteering or wish to volunteer for the Daily Settlement Officer program in Department 2 at Los Angeles Superior Court. 

September 26-27
Immigration Law Training Course 

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 L.A. District Office.

September 27
Trusts and Estates Symposium 2013: Legal Perspectives on Fiduciary Investment and the Economics of Marriage  

The symposium will address what happens at the courthouse when a fiduciary's investment performance is questioned, perspective from investment industry professionals, and planning issues facing couples in light of recent momentous developments in the law. 

Begins September 30
Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training  

This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution, and provides a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. 

Frozen in Time: Riots in Los Angeles
Lessons Learned and Progress Made
Cutting-Edge Developments in Criminal Law 2013 

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

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

Ever Changing and Never Ceasing to Challenge: Environmental Law Nuts and Bolts 

Insurance Requirements in Commercial Real Estate and Construction Contracts: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Boilerplate Provisions   

Current Developments at the Intersection of Antitrust and Patent Law    


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