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June 2014  •  Vol. 34 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

On June 26, Linda L. Curtis will be installed as LACBA’s 2014-15 president during a dinner program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event also marks the installation of LACBA and Barristers officers, and the presentation of LACBA's awards for outstanding leadership and service, including the prestigious Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, which will be given to Edith R. Matthai.    (more)
Edith R. Matthai to Receive LACBA’s Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award
The Los Angeles County Bar Association has selected trial attorney and former LACBA President and Trustee Edith R. Matthai as the recipient of its highest honor—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award. Known as the “Lawyer’s Lawyer,” she has garnered the respect of colleagues and adversaries alike for her dedication to the practice of law and tireless support of the legal profession. The award will be presented during LACBA’s Installation and Awards Dinner on June 26 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.    (more)  

Nominees Join Board of Trustees 
Candidates recently nominated by LACBA’s Nominating Committee have been deemed unanimously elected and will join the Board of Trustees when its new term begins July 1, 2014. Officers are Paul R. Kiesel, president-elect; Margaret P. Stevens, senior vice president; and Michael K. Lindsey, vice president. The current president-elect, Linda L. Curtis, automatically assumes the presidency on July 1. Find the names of all board members, including new and returning trustees, here.    (more)  

Judge Arthur L. Alarcón Receives LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award
The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón, Senior Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, received LACBA's 2014 Outstanding Jurist Award in recognition of his life-long and significant contributions to the bench, the practice of law, and the community at large through counseling young lawyers, pushing for equality inside and outside of the courtroom, and providing for the betterment of the community. Find photos of the luncheon here.    (more)   

The Lawyer-Client Privilege, Waiver, and “Common Interest” Doctrine: Seahaus La Jolla Owners Association v. Superior Court 
The lawyer-client privilege is central to the justice system, ensuring “the right of every person to freely and fully confer and confide in one having knowledge of the law, and skilled in its practice, in order that the former may have adequate advice and a proper defense.” When applicable, the privilege shields lawyers and clients from being compelled to disclose communications between them. The privilege, however, can be waived by disclosure to third parties. This is a concern for lawyers who often share information with other persons, whether to assist achieving the client’s objectives or in an attempt to achieve a consistent claim or defense between or among co-parties. How, then, might a lawyer avoid the privilege’s waiver when privileged information is shared with persons other than the client? Although arguably sui generis, a recent California Court of Appeal decision, Seahaus La Jolla Owners Association v. Superior Court, provides insight into employing the “common interest” doctrine to protect privileged communications from being waived through disclosure.   (more)   

Maintain a System to Avoid Conflicts of Interest 
Next to missing a deadline, an actual conflict of interest is often the easiest way to be sued for legal malpractice. The best way to avoid conflicts of interest is to set up a formal system to check actual and potential conficts. Click here to find points to keep in mind when setting up your system and conducting your search.   (more)   

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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. AHERN also provides a comprehensive WORKERS' COMPENSATION program with Hartford Insurance Company and EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY INSURANCE through Carolina Casualty.   (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 40 employees: go to (username: 0687133w / password: Bu6613c1u6). Members with 40 or more employees: call 800/248-6343.  

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


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June 6
2014 Dana Latham Award Luncheon
Thomas W. Henning will receive the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession in the taxation field.

June 10
2014 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.

June 12
3rd Annual Barristers Summer Bash

Join the LACBA Barristers at the Sayers Club in Hollywood for a night of food, fun, and live entertainment. Meet and mingle with summer associates, government and public interest summer interns, and new attorneys in the Los Angeles community.

June 17
2014 Probate Court Reception

Trusts and Estates Section members are encouraged to attend this special reception honoring the Probate Court judges and staff, and meet event sponsor City National Bank's trust and estate professionals.

June 24
A View from the Bench 2014: Probate Department, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Michael Levanas and other judges discuss recent developments in the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

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