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February 2014  •  Vol. 34 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

ICDA Creates Panel to Handle Overflow of Cases Seeking Prop. 36 Relief from Three Strikes Sentences
As a result of the passage of Proposition 36 in 2012, the implementation of California's Three Strikes Law was drastically modified to include—among other things—a mechanism for those already sentenced under the previous Three Strikes Law to petition the courts to review, and in appropriate cases, modify the previous sentence. Due to the huge number of inmates wanting to file petitions, LACBA's Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program has created a special panel of 70 attorneys to help with representation of the petitions. Roughly 80 cases have been referred as of mid-January, and more are expected.    (more) 

Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training Set for March 19—Pro Bono Attorneys Needed to Meet with Clients Seeking Protection from Their Abusers 
For nearly 30 years, victims of domestic violence have solemnly made the trip to Los Angeles Superior Court seeking help and safety at LACBA's Domestic Violence Project. With them come their wounds, their injuries, their fears, and oftentimes, their children. Navigating the judicial maze is an intimidating task as they seek restraining orders against their abusers. By volunteering with the project, you can provide vital assistance along with the realization that you have helped someone stand up against being victimized.    (more)

Immigration Law Training Course Takes Place March 27-28
Understanding an oftentimes confusing immigration system can seem overwhelming to those trying to comply with legal procedures, but LACBA's two-day Immigration Law Training Course is designed for attorneys who are new to the field or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year to better help immigrant families. The training will focus on immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office.    (more)

Year in Review 2013
Enjoy this quick look at LACBA's highlights, programs, and events over the past year, and remember friends lost.    (more)

What Can Non-Admitted Attorneys Do in California without Violating the State Bar Act?
Since the passage of the State Bar Act regulating the practice of law in California, the act clearly declares that no one but an active member of the State Bar may practice law for another person in California. The act, however, does not define the term "practice law" nor does it define the phrase "in California." What does this mean for the new lawyer who is not yet admitted to the State Bar or the out-of-state lawyer who has moved to California and has yet to pass the California Bar? What about the out-of-state lawyer who wants to assist a client in California?    (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 RewardsTM 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)    

Clio Legal Practice Management System 
Clio is a 100% Web-based legal practice management system optimized to meet the needs of small- to medium-sized firms. Secure and easy to use, Clio overcomes many of the technical hurdles offered by conventional practice management solutions, allowing lawyers to simplify their workflow and focus valuable time on building their practice. Intuitive in its design, 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) 

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


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February 19
2014 Bench Meets the Bar: Annual Litigation Section Luncheon for Federal and State Court Judicial Officers 
The luncheon will gather many of the most prominent and active justices and lawyers in the Los Angeles legal community in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the court.

February 26
34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium

The symposium provides practical advice and cutting-edge panel discussions about critical labor and employment law issues. Luncheon keynote speaker: Hon. Dolly Gee, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Begins March 4
Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training

This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. It fulfills the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.

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