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Ethics—All You Need to Know—2014
4 hours CLE credit in Legal Ethics
This seminar gives participants the opportunity to learn about important ethical issues that have a direct impact on the practice of law from the top practitioners in the field and to acquire 4 hours of Legal Ethics MCLE at the same time. It covers a review of ethics highlights for 2014; attorney-client conflicts; ethical obligations regarding fees, fee sharing and trust accounts; and ethical obligations and problems regarding and caused by new technology, including listserves, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook and the like.
Preventing Substance Abuse and Eliminating Bias
1 hour CLE credit in Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and
1 hour CLE credit in Competence Issues

The first hour focuses on substance abuse and mental illness in the legal profession, as well as conditions that may result in an attorney's reduced ability to function psychologically, socially, occupationally, or interpersonally. In addition, coping strategies and treatment solutions are discussed. The second hour focuses on state and federal anti-discrimination statutes; human relations—hiring, firing, advancement, and restroom accommodations for transgender persons; transgender students and schools; transgender persons and police courts and prisons; and transgender records, status, and identity.


Annual Construction Law Update and Flaig Award
1 hour CLE credit
This year's Annual Update portion of the program is led by Hal Hamersmith, Candace Matson, Helen Lauderdale, and Robert Sturgeon of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. The program covers all new developments in California construction law in 2014.
Best Opening Moves: Prejudgment Remedies Essentials
2 hours CLE credit
This ever-popular Remedies Section Nuts & Bolts Program hones any commercial lawyer's knowledge and skill in obtaining these all-important strategic pretrial remedies to gain distinct advantage at the outset of your case and secure a source of recovery even before judgment has been entered. The program surveys: writs of attachment, writs of possession, injunctions, and receiverships.
Breakfast at the Bar: Litigating Discovery Motions in State Court—Views from the Bench and Bar
1 hour CLE credit
This informative and entertaining discussion with two L.A. Superior Court judges and two private practice attorneys with plaintiff- and defense-side experience explores best practices in litigating discovery motions in state court, how to narrow and best present issues for court decision, and special issues presented by electronic discovery. The panel also leads a discussion on best practices for litigants when bringing discovery disputes to the court. Other aspects of general state court practice are discussed.
Clean Air in the New Millennium
1 hour CLE credit
The development of the next Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for the South Coast Air Basin will be unlike the process for any plan prepared previously. The implementation timeline for advanced technologies is lengthening, and the attainment deadlines of 2023 and 2032 are fast approaching. The 2016 AQMP is certain to present unprecedented challenges to industry, developers, goods movement, local government, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District itself. The panel members discuss these new challenges and suggest how stakeholders can get involved with a process that will affect not only our air but the economic framework of Southern California.
Demystifying Criminal Tax Cases for Tax Practitioners and Criminal Defense Counsel
2 hours CLE credit
Defending criminal tax prosecutions can present significant problems for tax counsel and criminal defense counsel without a background in tax. This program provides practitioners with the basics on criminal tax prosecution, including pitfalls to avoid for defense counsel, the best methods to avoid having your client charged, negotiation tips, and an approach for trial and sentencing in the criminal tax context.
Development around L.A. Fault Zones
1 hour CLE credit
The program panel discusses the history and concerns of developing around fault zones in the Los Angeles area. Mike Reader, a geotechnical engineer and expert witness, provides an overview of seismic activity along the fault zones and the science of “earthquake engineering.” Jerry Neuman and Kevin McDonnell discuss their general experiences as attorneys representing parties in development disputes around fault zones. The panel also discusses retrofitting and disclosure matters of importance to real property lawyers and litigators.
Digital Entertainment, Mobile and Internet Law Year in Review
1 hour CLE credit
This program is specifically designed to help in-house and outside counsel stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of Internet law. The distinguished panel covers important new Internet law developments and legal trends affecting digital media and entertainment, including circuit splits and developments over the course of 2014. Ian Ballon offers insight on these developments from a litigator’s perspective, while Tracey Freed explains the effect these issues have on in-house business decisions. In addition, the panel identifies and discusses new issues to come in 2015 and beyond. Topics include: Aereo and its broader implications for technology and entertainment companies; new U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeals decisions; applying the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Communications Decency Act and other safe harbors and exemptions to mobile devices and apps, social media and the cloud; DMCA review and updates; and data privacy, security breach and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action suits—the particular risks faced by entertainment companies.
Environmental Issues in Transactions: Solo Practitioners and Larger Firms Working Together
1 hour CLE credit
Panelists discuss the issues involved in working as co-counsel or contract counsel to handle the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, the benefits of such arrangements for both lawyers and clients, the importance of defining roles, the practical issues involved, and most importantly, the ethical issues that should be addressed by lawyers working together in this way.
Introduction to the Law of Personal Property Secured Transactions
1 hour CLE credit
The program focuses on a preliminary understanding of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and addresses issues of attachment, perfection (including the various types of personal property collateral and the means of perfection), and priority issues between contending security interests and other lien claimants. This program is designed for the newer attorney who may or may not have taken a personal property secured transactions class in law school.
Recent Developments in Real Estate Finance Law
1 hour CLE credit
This annual presentation includes a lively discussion of the most important developments from both reported cases and new legislation in real estate finance law during 2014.
The Intersection of Insurance and Environmental Law
1 hour CLE credit
Insurance intersects with environmental law in numerous ways. This presentation focuses on how that intersection plays out in the roles of a transactional environmental attorney, an insurance recovery litigator, and a broker of environmental insurance. The program begins with an overview of the risk transfer mechanisms and related insurance coverage issues confronting parties and their counsel in those roles, and then moves on to focus on a hypothetical case study where those individuals address specific issues arising from the acquisition of a commercial property impacted by environmental contamination. In that hypothetical case study, the specific issues discussed range from dealing with existing and potential future cleanup cost claims, seeking recovery of cleanup costs under existing legacy comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies, and the acquisition and negotiation of pollution legal liability (PLL) insurance coverage to protect against contingent present and future liabilities.
The Top 10 Real Estate Cases of 2014
1 hour CLE credit
This program covers important cases decided by California courts and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that impact the practice of real estate law in California.
Unwinding Fraudulent Transfers in Collections: Debtor's Assets Can Run but They Can’t Hide
2 hours CLE credit
Judgment debtors may employ various tactics to avoid or delay enforcement of the judgment. This sometimes involves fraudulent transfer of the judgment debtor’s assets to a third party. This program addresses the fundamentals of fraudulent transfer law, recent case law, available remedies, and defenses.
What the POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Decision Does—and Doesn’t—Tell Us about the Future of False Advertising Claims against Food and Beverage Companies
1 hour CLE credit
The recent Supreme Court decision in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola brought to the forefront several issues regarding false advertising claims against food and beverage companies. The decision answers some preemption questions regarding Lanham Act claims brought by competitors, but it does not speak to other key issues in this space relating to consumer class actions. This panel discussion explores the implications of the POM Wonderful decision, as well as the questions it leaves unanswered with respect to labeling and advertising by food and beverage companies, and possible areas of risk and benefit with regard to products of other industries.
What to Expect at Your First Deposition
1 hour CLE credit
This program, created with newer attorneys in mind, answers questions about basic deposition protocol. It focuses on the ins and outs of taking a deposition, including the role of the court reporter, exhibit introduction, stipulations, and transcript delivery.
What to Expect at Your First Few Trials—Perspectives from the Bench
1 hour CLE credit
Three Los Angeles Superior Court judges and a prominent trial lawyer discuss what to expect as a litigator during your first experiences at trial. The panel covers typical mistakes, good (and bad) strategies and practice, and overall suggestions for how to successfully approach and navigate early trial practice. All levels of experience will find the information presented by this distinguished panel practical and useful.
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