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April 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

DRS Awards Dinner will honor Ambassador Peter Galbraith, Justice Joyce Kennard, Stanton “Larry” Stein on April 29. (more)


  Hon. William MacLaughlin Named Outstanding Jurist
  Domestic Violence Project Seeks Volunteers
  Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers
  Join LACBA Committees Now
  Help the Bar Foundation Reach its $300,000 Goal
  Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
  Correction: Barristers Election Deadlines
  Gimme 5: Stare Decisis
  Ethics: Proper Conflict Disclosures for Joint Clients
  Wood’s Words: The Five Types of Argument Redux
  Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
  Wireless Services
Hon. William MacLaughlin Named Outstanding Jurist
The Honorable William MacLaughlin, judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will receive LACBA’s 2008 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 28 luncheon in downtown Los Angeles.  (more)  

Domestic Violence Project Seeks Volunteers to Help Victims Obtain Restraining Orders
Hon. Marjorie S. Steinberg will speak at May 13 training for new volunteers.   (more)  

Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: New Addition to LACBA’s Growing List of E-Publications
Tips help guide both civil and criminal practitioners at trial so that, should the case go up on appeal, the attorney has preserved the critical elements necessary to prevail at the appellate level.   (more)  

Join Our Voice in the Legal Community by Participating on LACBA Committees
Application available in PDF format.   (more)  

Help the Bar Foundation Reach its $300,000 Goal
The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation needs your help to award $300,000 or more in grants this spring to numerous worthy legal services projects serving Los Angeles County.   (more)   

Nominating Committee Reviews Declarations
The Nominating Committee has begun its work to nominate one or more Association members for officer and trustee positions to be filled in the June election.   (more)   

Correction: Barristers Election Deadlines
The election schedule published in the March 2008 issue of County Bar Update contained errors. The corrected set of deadlines is now available.   (more)   

Gimme 5: Stare Decisis
Geography matters in federal practice, but there is no geographical component to stare decisis under California law. Horizontal stare decisis operates differently between the two systems. Superior courts are free to choose when faced with conflicting precedent. But what happens when stare decisis crosses court systems?   (more)   

Ethics: Proper Conflict Disclosures for Joint Clients
Lawyers often neglect conflict disclosures when undertaking to represent joint clients because of the misperception that no conflict exists when persons share a common goal. Yet, there is always the risk that individual minds may differ.   (more)   

Wood’s Words: The Five Types of Argument Redux
The skillful advocate must marshal the best type of argument while attacking that of the opponent by knowing how the respective types of argument relate to each other—their relative persuasiveness.   (more)   

Credit Card Processing for Attorneys
Affiniscape’s Law Firm Merchant Account processes credit cards correctly by safeguarding and separating client funds into trust and operating accounts. Accept credit card payments to attract clients, win business, improve cash flow, and reduce collections.   (more)  

Wireless Services
LACBA provides access to 19 wireless carriers including Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Cingular/AT&T, and T-Mobile, plus the widest selection of cell phones available including smart phones, camera phones, and wireless data cards at substantial savings compared to retail stores.   (more)   

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The April 2008 issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be
available online by April 7.

April 9
Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business 2008
Keynote speakers: Henry Cisneros, executive chairman, CityView, and California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, plus featured speakers and break-out sessions on critical issues in real estate law and business.

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.

April 25, 26
Rainmaker Retreat: Forever Change the Way You Find More Clients

Achieving expert status as an attorney, building a strategic referral network, creating credibility in your practice area, secrets of highly successful attorneys, using the power of the press, leveraging technology.

May 3
40th Annual Family Law Symposium

A comprehensive update on a wide variety of topics relevant to the practice of family law, including fiduciary duties, judgments with no compliance, tax matters, effective discovery, and recent developments.

Internet Assets: A New World for Remedies

Crimes & Immigration: Preventing Removal & Preserving Relief Pre & Post-Conviction

Green Building -The Future of the Construction Industry

Trial of a Forgery Case

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