May 2017
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 Margaret Stevens Photo Message from the President
LACBA has experienced significant changes this past bar year, some planned and others unexpected. This presents us with a great opportunity for our members and the association.


Improving Communications

Our Sections Liaison Task Force has canvassed our section leaders for input on improving communication with our members. From this effort, LACBA will host a workshop in June for section and program chairs on event planning and publicity, has invested in software to improve how we communicate with our members, and updated our privacy policy to allow section leaders to directly engage former and current members. Our Family Law Section has taken the lead on setting up a mentor program utilizing software to match mentor and mentees which will be implemented in the coming months, and possibly other sections as well. Our Newer Lawyer Task Force will present its findings and recommendations to the Trustees soon on how LACBA can best meet the needs of the next generation of lawyers.

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 Jack Quinn Photo Former LACBA President John J. Quinn, Jr. Passes Away
It is with great sadness the Los Angeles County Bar Association shares the news that past President John J. Quinn, Jr. passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the age of 84. Mr. Quinn was a highly respected litigator for his demeanor and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession inside and outside of the courtroom. He was also the recipient of LACBA’s highest honor, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, in 1992.

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 LACBA Elections Thumb Nominating Committee Process Reopens
LACBA’s Board of Trustees decided at its April 26, 2017 meeting, to re-conduct the 2017 Nominating Committee process used to select its recommended Officers and new Board of Trustees members for the 2017-2018 bar year. The Board had previously determined at its March 22 meeting that the appearance of a breach of confidentiality, demonstrated by media reports on that process, required an independent investigation of the 2017 Nominating Committee process.  It established a three-member Task Force and retained outside counsel, who conducted an investigation and reported back to the non-recused members of the Board at the April 26 meeting. All members of the Board who had been involved with the nomination process were recused from participating in the discussion or decision on this issue.

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 DeclarationofIntentThumb Declarations of Intent to Seek Nomination are Due no Later Than Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.
LACBA has reopened the process for selecting candidates for LACBA officer and trustee positions, which begins with the submission of declarations of intent to seek nomination by potential candidates, and the selection of the Nominating Committee to consider the declarations and nominations.

Qualified LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee (Committee) for LACBA officer and at-large trustee positions for terms that begin on July 1, 2017 are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination—a written letter or e-mail of interest and an attached resume or bio—no later than Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.

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 Veterans Project logo LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project Receives $654,000 Cy Pres Award
LACBA would like to thank its Armed Forces Committee, in particular attorney Ronald Bae, for securing a $654,000 Cy Pres Award to support LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project (Veterans Project). The award resulted from the settlement in a recent class action case and will allow the Veterans Project to expand its current services and offer new legal services for veterans.  

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 Laurie-Aronoff-Photo LACBA Congratulates Laurie Aronoff
LACBA congratulates Laurie Aronoff, Director of its AIDS Legal Services Project and Pro Bono Coordinator, who was presented with Southwestern Law School’s Public Service Award during its 8th Annual Public Service Luncheon. She received the award for her work in developing and coordinating the Small Claims Project collaboration.

The Small Claims Workshop and Clinic, which is held monthly at Southwestern Law School, prepares both plaintiffs and defendants for their day in court. Volunteer attorneys explain Small Claims Court policies and procedures, and are then available, along with volunteer law students from Southwestern’s SCALE program, to meet with litigants to consult about their individual matter. Since its founding in 2009, the Small Claims Workshop and Clinic has helped close to 2,500 litigants, and was the recipient of a California State Bar award in 2012 for Distinguished Pro Bono Services for creating this innovative program. 

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 Dialogues on Freedom Thumb Students Debate the Balance of Personal Freedom and Security with Judges and Lawyers
On April 26 & 27, 2017, more than 85 judges and attorneys led over 1,000 high school students in debates about freedom, civil liberties and the American system of government as part of the Dialogues on Freedom, a collaboration of LACBA, the Los Angeles Superior Court and Los Angeles Unified School District. Founded in 2002 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dialogues on Freedom was created to provide students with an opportunity to explore the concepts of freedom, law and justice by putting them into scenarios that students might experience at school, at home or in their neighborhoods.  For many of these students, it was the first time they were able to interact with judges and attorneys in a casual atmosphere.

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 Food From the Bar Logo Food From the Bar Brings the Legal Community Together to Fight Hunger
Launched in 2009, the Food From The Bar campaign is an annual, four-week effort led by members of the legal community, focused on providing nutritious meals for children in Los Angeles County. Legal teams compete to see who can raise the most donations and volunteer the most hours. The 2017 campaign dates are May 1–June 2, 2017, and there is still time to sign up. In 2016, the campaign raised over $453,000, collected more than 5,000 pounds of food and 722 individuals donated their time at the Food Bank. A total of 68 legal firms and organizations competed in various categories, with several being honored with awards from the Food Bank for their efforts.

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Domestic Violence Project logo LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Director Debbie Kelly Retires

DVP’s Longtime Coordinator and Paralegal Sara Rondon Named the New Project Director 
Not many attorneys can say that they saved lives nearly every day practicing law. But Debbie Kelly can. As the directing attorney of LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) since 2008, and as a staff attorney from 2002 to 2004, Debbie helped thousands of victims of domestic violence obtain literally life-saving restraining orders.

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Counsel for Justice Logo Counsel For Justice Donor Thank you
LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, corporations, and foundations for their support in 2016. Their generosity provided access to legal services to more than 18,000 people through LACBA's Legal Service Projects—Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services, Immigration Legal Assistance, AIDS Legal Services, and Civic Mediation. CLICK HERE to read the full list.
 LAW Rocks 2017 Down by Law Rocks the Whisky A Go Go for a more Just LA
On March 24-25, 2017, the Sixth Annual Law Rocks Los Angeles battle of the bands fundraiser was held at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset strip. The concert was a success with over $155,000 raised by the various bands formed by lawyers at various law firms in addition to an opening act from Little Kids Rock. The event was emceed by Ted Stryker (KROQ DJ) who had the audience on their feet ready for a great event. 

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 Veterans Project Logo Veterans Project Thanks Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for donating their time and talents to the project’s April 19 legal clinic at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. For several Morgan Lewis attorneys, it marked the second time in less than a year that they volunteered with the project to assist LA’s veterans. Their assistance is crucial in our efforts to help veterans overcome legal barriers to their employment, such as outstanding tickets and warrants and criminal convictions. With confidence and improved employability, our clients are able to rejoin the workforce and move on with their lives.


At the project’s next legal clinic on May 17, we will be joined by attorneys from the Glendale office of State Farm Insurance. The project offers two more exciting events in May, including Financial Literacy Classes in collaboration with Wells Fargo on Friday, May 5, and a Family Law Clinic in conjunction with the LACBA Family Law Section and Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center on Tuesday, May 16. 

magnify_1115 Attorneys and the Rule of Law: Navigating the Gaps between Ethics and Moral Conviction

Ours should be "a government of laws and not of men." —John Quincy Adams.[i]


Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.
 —Archibald Cox [ii]

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. —Frank Zappa[iii]

Regardless of the point of view of the person uttering these words, it is clear that the notion that our country's greatness derives, at least in part, from the fact that we are a nation in which the rule of law prevails.

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E&O_icon_1115 Be Careful When Issuing Deposition Subpoenas in Discovery
When representing a client in litigation, a lawyer might issue on or more subpoenas for deposition, perhaps for records only, to one or more persons or entities. It is possible that, especially in larger firms, the person or entity from which the lawyer is seeking documents is also a client of the lawyer's firm.

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Mercury Insurance Logo Mercury 
Mercury customers in California save an average of $509 when they switch to Mercury! (Savings information based on 2016 CA Department of Insurance rate comparison profile 38A. Individual savings may vary.) Plus, you could save up to 15% more when you purchase auto and homeowners policies together. When you choose Mercury, you’ll also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are protected by a company Forbes named as one of “America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.” And you’ll also get some great benefits, too, like repairs guaranteed for life (when repairs are completed by a Mercury authorized direct repair facility), 24/7 claims reporting, online repair tracking, and personalized service and expert advice from your own local agent.

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 ahern logo Ahern Insurance Brokerage: Professional Liability Insurance Broker 
Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability insurance broker, is one of the largest and most respected full-service insurance brokers in the country specializing in insurance for law firms. From their comprehensive coverage analysis, to customized insurance solutions and continued personalized service, AHERN helps you navigate the insurance market and identify potential risks to your firm one policy at a time.

In addition to their exclusive professional liability insurance programs, AHERN provides LACBA members with a comprehensive workers’ compensation program from The Hartford. LACBA members qualify for a 10% premium discount through this proprietary program with AHERN. A dual policy discount of 5% also applies when purchasing The Hartford’s general liability insurance in addition to a workers’ compensation policy. AHERN also provides LACBA members with employment practices liability insurance through Admiral Insurance Company, offering members specific law firm enhancements.


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 Los Angeles Lawyer magazine May 2017 Issue

The May issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer is now available online.

 
 Jobs Board-May 2017
Wednesday, May 17
Protecting Your Client from Judgement: A Practical Take on Assets
This program will teach you what you need to know about protecting your client’s assets from plaintiffs and creditors. We'll cover specific planning strategies and solutions, including planning with business entities, domestic and foreign trusts, transmutations, private retirement plans, gifting and sale techniques. Specific emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of the planning.

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Thursday, May 18
Nobody Knew Healthcare Could Be So Complicated
Every healthcare coverage issue is dependent upon the type of coverage involved. Is it a government, individual or employer-sponsored health care plan? Healthcare coverage and the laws applicable to coverage differ dramatically from one type of coverage to the next. The program will explore the regulatory framework for the different types of coverage, and how the patchwork of federal and state laws govern such issues as mandated benefits, consumer protections, reporting and disclosure requirements, and more.

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Ethics—All You need to Know—2016 

A Practical Guide to the Subdivision Map Act

Purchase and Sale Agreements: Top Tips and Effective Negotiating Strategies

Strategies for Effective Motion Practice in Family Law
 

     

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