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March 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Welcome to the first issue of the “electronic Update.” Here are a few tips to help you navigate through the issue.   (more)


  Join LACBA Committees Now
  Difficulty Logging into Members-Only Areas at
  Trustees Support Immigration Recommendations
  Election Declarations Due
  Barristers Election Process Begins
  Ethics: Beware of Opposing Counsel Bearing "Gifts"
  Wood's Words: Who Reads Your Brief and How?
  Gimme 5: Obtaining and Expunging a Lis Pendens
  Renew Your Membership for 2008
  Member Benefit: Professional Liability Insurance
  Member Benefit: 401 Plans
Join Our Voice in the Legal Community by Participating on LACBA Committees
Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a lead role in the study and analysis of these matters, and in establishing the voice of the legal profession by providing guidance and commentary to appropriate entities.   (more)  

Difficulty Logging into Members-Only Areas at
If you have experienced difficulty logging into the members-only areas at recently, follow these simple instructions to gain access.   (more)  

Trustees Support Proposed ABA Recommendations on Immigration Issues
LACBA cosponsors recommendations regarding fee levels, waivers, and unfair costs plus codification and oversight of detention standards by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   (more)  

Election Declarations Due
LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee for LACBA officer and at-large trustee positions to be voted on in June are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination no later than March 17, 5:00 p.m.   (more)  

Barristers Election Process Begins
The 2008 Barristers election process begins March 12, the first day to file a self-nominating petition for positions on the executive committee or for the offices of president-elect, vice president, or trustee.   (more)   

Ethics: Beware of Opposing Counsel Bearing "Gifts"
When a lawyer receives materials that obviously appear to be the opponent’s attorney work product, be wary of these unintended “gifts,” as the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rico v. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation upheld the disqualification of party’s attorneys and experts.   (more)   

Wood's Words: Who Reads Your Brief and How?
After logging untold hours researching, drafting, and revising your brief, what happens when it reaches the court’s chambers? A long-serving staff attorney in the California Court of Appeal provides some insights.   (more)   

Gimme 5: Obtaining and Expunging a Lis Pendens
What is a lis pendens? When can a lis pendens be recorded? What must be included? How can it be expunged? How and when does it terminate?   (more)   

Renew Your Membership for 2008
Time is running out. Renew your LACBA membership for 2008 by visiting or calling (213) 896-6560.  

Member Benefit: Professional Liability Insurance
Ahern Insurance Brokerage is LACBA’s new preferred professional liability insurance broker. With AIB, LACBA members will have the benefit of a valued consultant and professional liability insurance advocate. AIB is prepared to provide your firm with superior service and exceptional counsel regarding the professional liability insurance needs of your firm. To obtain a proposal for coverage, please complete the application or call (800) 282-9786 and dial 0.   (application)   

Member Benefit: 401 Plans
401 Plans is among the most progressive leaders in the retirement plan service industry today, with 40 years of consistent service to thousands of businesses throughout California and the nation. 401 Plans offers excellent retirement plan design and specific solutions that allow business owners and employees to feel secure about their future retirement.   (more)   

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


The March issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available
online by March 5.

March 13
Excel and Word for Attorneys

Using a pleading wizard; creating templates; using autotext and callouts; formatting and effectively using text boxes, columns and page layouts; creating budgets, graphs, and charts.

March 18
Novel Justice: Literature and the Law

Knowledge of literary strategies and texts can improve your legal practice whether in the written word or the courtroom.

April 4
Environmental Law Super Symposium: A Climate for Change: Environmental Law on the Rise Again

Legal evidence of climate change, landmark 2006-07 environmental law decisions, California's climate change laws and litigation, toxic torts, water supply constraints, turning solid waste into energy, chemical regulation in California and beyond.

April 24
Expert Analysis of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Warren Commission

First-hand account of the work of the Warren Commission plus expert opinions about its work.

2007 Bernard Witkin Lecture: The Emerging Face of the Roberts Court: What the First Two Years Tell Us about the Future

Growing and Managing a Successful Law Practice (While Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls)

Recent Cases in 2007 on Arbitration and Mediation Affecting Real Estate

How Do Lenders and Borrowers Handle a Troubled Real Estate Asset?

Fairness Hearings

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