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March 2014  •  Vol. 34 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


VIP Membership: Your Key to Exclusive LACBA Perks
The Los Angeles County Bar Association invites you to become a FOUNDING MEMBER of its new VIP Membership program. As a VIP Member, you will enjoy special benefits and perks including: access to a VIP Member-Only Concierge to address all your membership needs via a special phone number; your own key to LACBA’s new Member Lounge and Private Wet Bar (opening this Spring); three section memberships of your choice, and much more! To learn more about LACBA’s VIP Membership program, contact Member Services at (213) 896-6560 or click on (more). Join now and you will also receive an exclusive invitation to the LACBA VIP Member-Only Lounge opening reception.    (more) 

LACBA's Armed Forces Ball Proceeds to Fund New Patriotic Hall Veterans’ Program
More than 260 veterans and active duty personnel representing each branch of the military, along with civic leaders, judges and attorneys, came together at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) second Armed Forces Ball on Saturday, February 22 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to support LACBA's pro bono efforts and new Veterans Project at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. LACBA will work with U.S. VETS and the County of Los Angeles to add pro bono legal services to a multi-service program at Patriotic Hall. The Veterans Project will provide advice and counsel; conduct legal trainings, workshops and self-help clinics; and make referrals. Initially, the project will focus on expungements, clearing tickets and warrants, and reinstating California driver’s licenses.    (more) 

Call for Writers: Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
LACBA’s Los Angeles Lawyer magazine is currently seeking legal-themed articles for its Features, Barristers Tips, Practice Tips and CLE departments. Whether you are a first-time writer or seasoned professional, Los Angeles Lawyer is looking for your submissions. The magazine publishes articles on substantive law issues across any practice area; no area of law is excluded. To learn more, please contact the magazine’s editor, Eric Howard, at or click here.    (more) 

LACBA Election Cycle Begins for Candidates Seeking Officer and Trustee Positions
The month of March brings a number of deadlines as the LACBA election cycle begins with the selection of the Nominating Committee and the submission of declarations of intent to seek nomination by potential candidates.    (more) 

Interested in Applying as a Temporary Judge with Los Angeles Superior Court?
Part of the application process for becoming a temporary judge with Los Angeles Superior Court involves the completion of the Bench Conduct and Demeanor Training for Temporary Judges provided by the court. The next training will take place on April 25, 2014. Read the notice to attorneys about the training here.    (more) 

Settlement Agreement Provisions That Purport to Restrict an Attorney's Right to Practice Law
Any attorney who regularly represents plaintiffs has most likely been confronted at least once by a defense counsel who attempts to restrict the ability of plaintiff’s counsel to represent other plaintiffs against that defendant. When defense counsel presents a settlement agreement that is straightforward in stating such a restriction, the law clearly prohibits such an arrangement. Considering what appears to be fairly clear and unambiguous language in the California Rules of Professional Conduct, you might think this would be the end of the problem. You would be wrong. Creative defense attorneys have developed indirect methods for attempting to bypass the rules.    (more)   

How and Why to Conduct a Client Survey
Do you know whether you are out of step with your clients? Many malpractice claims are a result of poor client communication, which is an obvious risk to a firm. But just as devastating is the potential loss of clients because the law firm is not meeting their needs. It isn't difficult to find out what clients think or want. You only need to ask them. Perhaps the key to client surveys is to understand that they are a beginning, not an end, of a process.    (more)   

LACBA members can obtain a LawPay Merchant Account. The LawPay program complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds, and unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers. LACBA members save up to 25% off processing fees by accepting credit cards through the LawPay Program.    (more)   

Thomson Reuters
Firm Central and Time & Billing bundle at $45/month per user at the firm: Firm Central™ from Thomson Reuters is the only online, fully mobile practice management solution for solo and small firms that connects your legal research, drafting, matters, contacts, calendar, and more—all seamlessly linked with WestlawNext. Time & Billing, powered by industry-leader eBillity, is secure and accessible at any time via computer or mobile device. Now with QuickBooks integration for an additional $10/month. WestlawNext California Essentials bundle: CA Cases & Codes with KeyCite; Rutter Civil Practice Guide Series. LACBA member price of $165/month for solo law firms.* *Offer available only to solo law firms who are new WestlawNext subscribers signing a two- or three-year agreement. For larger firms, please contact Brendan Bauer for other discounted packages. Cannot be applied retroactively to an existing plan or combined with other offers. Both offers expire June 30, 2014. To obtain member pricing, LACBA members must contact Brendan Bauer at or (213) 955-6861.

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




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

March 8
2014 EB-5 Seminar: Investors, Investments, and Navigating through International Waters
EB-5 is an increasingly popular but still little-understood vehicle for high-net-worth clients and their families to obtain immigrant status by investing in the U.S. economy and creating jobs for U.S. workers. This conference is intended to demystify this complex area of immigration practice for the novice, and to inform more experienced practitioners about cutting-edge issues in the rapidly changing adjudication process.

March 19
LACBA Domestic Violence Project Volunteer Training

Consider volunteering with LACBA's Domestic Violence Project and help make a difference as victims seek protection from their abuser. Volunteers interview victims one-on-one and gather information to complete complicated legal documents, allowing victims to file for restraining orders with professionally prepared petitions.

March 27-28
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, the 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.

Frozen in Time: The Death Penalty in California: Past, Present, and Future

Report from Official California

Nuts and Bolts of Inverse Condemnation Actions

Don't Cross That Line! Legal Ethics and Immigration Practice

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