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September 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 8 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

En Banc, LACBA's new blog, features legal news, tips, and commentary from a Los Angeles perspective. Add En Banc to your online favorites list and become part of the growing online local legal community by submitting a post, a comment, or simply reading what others have to say.   (more)


  Firms Receive Pro Bono Award for Work with LACBA Project
  What's New at Search This Site
  Lawyer-to-Lawyer Section in Experts Directory: Register Now
  Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program Needs Volunteers
  Lawyer Referral Service: New Japanese Interpreting Line
  Domestic Violence Project: Training for New Volunteers
  Foundation: Ralphs Markets Community Contribution Program
  2009 Conference of Delegates: Volunteer Application
  Join the Litigation Section's Trial Practice Inn of Court
  Wood's Words: Best Books on Legal Writing
  Gimme 5: Working with Mediators
  Member Benefit: RPost Registered E-Mail
  Member Benefit: Hutchings Court Reporters
Firms Receive Pro Bono Award for Work with LACBA Project
Four law firms—Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; Howrey, LLP; Greenberg Glusker LLP; and Morrison & Foerster LLP—will receive the State Bar’s Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their work on behalf of the LACBA Barristers AIDS Legal Services Project/HALSA. Eleven attorneys at the four firms donated nearly 1,000 hours to the defense of their clients.   (more)  

“Search This Site” Helps You Find Exactly What You Need at
The LACBA Web site has more than 9,000 pages of useful information. The Search This Site tool, located in the upper right-hand corner of any page, empowers you to find exactly what you want instantly.   (more)  

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals Section in Experts Directory: Register Now
L2L provides an opportunity for networking, partnering, mentoring, and outsourcing services.   (more)  

Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program Needs Volunteers
Lawyers practicing in all specialties are needed and welcome.   (more)  

Lawyer Referral Service: New Japanese Interpreting Line
In collaboration with the Japanese Assistance Network, Inc., LACBA’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service will launch a free 24-hour interpeting phone line to reach out to Japanese-speaking nationals who are in need of legal help but are reluctant to approach attorneys because of language and cultural barriers.   (more)  

Domestic Violence Project: Training for New Volunteers
LACBA's Domestic Violence Project needs volunteers and will offer a training session on September 17, which will include issues concerning domestic violence and the gay and lesbian community.   (more)  

Help the Bar Foundation When You Shop at Ralphs Markets
Ralphs Community Contribution Program will contribute back a percentage of your monthly purchases to the Foundation, but you must re-register every September.   (more)  

2009 Conference of Delegates: Volunteer Application
Represent LACBA at the 2009 Conference of Delegates to debate proposed legislative resolutions.   (more)  

Join the Litigation Section's Trial Practice Inn of Court
Meet judges, learn from experienced trial practitioners, enjoy camaraderie, and make good friends for life.   (more)  

Wood's Words: A Few "Best Books" on Legal Writing
One way to pursue a commitment to improving your professional writing is to read the best books in the legal writing field. Here is a list of 10 recommendations. As Henry David Thoreau once said, "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."   (more)  

Gimme 5: Working with Mediators
A litigator and a mediator share a frank conversation about frustrations encountered during mediation, the reasoning behind the process, and tips to help achieve a positive experience.   (more)  

RPost Registered E-Mail
RPost Registered E-Mail provides the sender with legal and verifiable evidence the e-mail was sent and delivered, plus proof of the original content in the form of an electronic receipt, which is returned to the sender by e-mail in a tamper-detectable form that can be authenticated at any time.   (more)  

Hutchings Court Reporters
Services include 24-hour global scheduling of court reporters, conference rooms, video, interpreters, real-time, imaging, videoconferencing, and technology support. Preferred LACBA rates.   (more)  

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The September issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer
will be available online
by September 8.

September 10
2008 Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Legislative Update and Law Student Award Luncheon

Legislative update on pending or recent enactments plus presentation of 2007-08 student excellence awards in commercial and bankruptcy law.

September 10
Online Privacy: Maintaining Client Confidence in Online Communication

Best practices in light of the new state and federal rules involving the handling of electronically stored information for attorneys and legal support staff to defensibly and cost effectively identify, preserve, query, review, and deliver their client's ESI via a wide variety of formats and vehicles.

September 27
30th Annual Child Custody Colloquium: Child Custody Comes of Age—Using Our Past to Understand the Present

Panels will cover how to effectively use the court's resources, how to use the expertise of the various custody experts, and how practitioners need to approach the development of custody plans for children. This year, the colloquium will present a panel of adult children who went through the custody process who will share how their futures were shaped by custody decisions made in their best interests. Luncheon speaker: Associate Justice Laurie D. Zelon, chair, Elkins Task Force.

October 2
5th Annual Healthcare Law Compliance Symposium

Overpayments, false claims, and voluntary disclosure; practicing medicine and prescribing medication online; compliance: perspective from the executive suite; ethical issues in counseling clients on compliance; escalating battle over payments to non-contract providers: latest developments; future of joint ventures; medical information privacy and security: new developments and strategies for compliance.

October 2
E-Discovery Federal and State Rules: How They are Impacting Your Practice

Learn about the rules of civil procedure that effect the management of electronic records. Overview of best practices for identification, collection, processing, review, and production of digital data plus presentation of cutting-edge software applications.

October 3
Minor's Counsel Training Program

Education and training requirements required of minor's counsel to remain eligible for appointment. [Effective January 1, 2009, before being appointed as counsel for a child in a family law proceeding, counsel must have completed at least 12 hours of applicable education and training. See CRC 5.242(c)]. Rights and responsibilities of minor's counsel. Overview of the law, the perspective from the bench, practice pointers from frequently appointed minor's counsel, and input and guidance from mental health professionals experienced with children caught in the middle of high conflict cases. Discussion of challenges from litigant's counsel, including due process issues, constitutional issues, and evidentiary issues.

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