LACBA Update Back Issues - June 2015



PAUL R. KIESEL WILL BECOME NEXT LACBA PRESIDENT AT JUNE 25 INSTALLATION DINNER

Paul R. Kiesel will be installed as LACBA’s 2015-16 president on June 25 during a dinner program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event also marks the installation of LACBA and Barristers officers, and the presentation of two of LACBA's highest honors: the Outstanding Jurist Award, which will be given to Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein, and the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, which will be given to Ronald L. Olson. (more)



Justice Joan Dempsey Klein to Receive LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award 

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) has selected Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein as the recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Jurist Award. The award will be presented during LACBA's Installation and Awards Dinner on June 25 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. (more)


Ronald L. Olson Named Recipient of LACBA's Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award on June 25

The Los Angeles County Bar Association will present one of its highest honors, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, to Ronald L. Olson for his extraordinary career of serving clients of national and global importance while improving and developing alternative methods to achieve resolutions in our justice system and increasing access to justice.  (more)



Now Available for LACBA Members: Credible Student Loan Refinancing 

Credible is a free service that will allow many LACBA members to quickly and easily refinance their student loans and save thousands. Credible is a quick, three-step process: find out how much you could save, receive multiple offers by filling out one form, and compare your offers. (more)


New Member Benefit: MyCase Web-Based Case Management Software 

LACBA members can receive a 10% lifetime discount on MyCase, a comprehensive, intuitive, web-based legal practice management software that helps thousands of solo and small law firms more efficiently manage the day-to-day functions of their business. In addition to the discount, LACBA members receive a free 30-day trial. (more) 



LACBA Outstanding Service Awards Presented at May 15 Reception 

The presentation of LACBA's Outstanding Service Awards on May 15 culminated in a special evening of celebration where award recipients were recognized and congratulated for their contributions to LACBA, the legal profession, and the Los Angeles community through their work on the board of trustees, sections, committees, Counsel for Justice, and LACBA legal public service projects. New members of the 50-Year Club, marking a half-century of LACBA membership, were also recognized.



LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project and Immigration and Nationality Law Section Host May 1 Immigration Fair in Observance of Law Day 2015 

Twenty-two volunteer attorneys provided free consultations to nearly 200 persons seeking legal advice on their immigration cases at an Immigration Fair on Law Day 2015, held at Olvera Street on May 1. The fair, now in its 25th year, plays an important role in providing the immigrant community with accurate information about obtaining U.S. citizenship, thus avoiding falling prey to notarios who oftentimes provide costly misinformation that could result in deportation. (more)



Daily Journal Names 100 Leading Women Lawyers in California 

Congratulations to LACBA President Linda L. Curtis and Immediate Past President Patricia Egan Daehnke who were named to the Daily Journal's 100 Leading Women Lawyers in California. Click here for a full list of LACBA members who made the list. (more)



LACBA Counsel for Justice Golf Tournament Tops $115,000 in Fundraising

The 6th Annual LACBA Counsel for Justice Golf Tournament on May 4, 2015 at TPC Valencia raised more than $115,000 to help fund LACBA's legal public service projects: Domestic Violence Project, Veterans Project, Immigration Legal Assistance Project, AIDS Legal Services Project, and Center for Civic Mediation. View photos from the tournament here. (more)



Tidings Profiles the Work of LACBA Veterans Project

The Tidings newspaper recently highlighted the services and programs provided by LACBA Veterans Project to veterans at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To read the full article, please click here



Veterans Project Thanks Legal Team from NBCUniversal

LACBA Veterans Project thanks the legal team from NBCUniversal for its generous assistance at the project's May 20 legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 110 attorneys from firms and legal departments have volunteered their time and talents to help veterans work through legal barriers to their employment, such as clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, and expunging criminal records for employment, and have made a tremendous difference to Los Angeles County's veterans. 



Malpractice Action by One Client Destroys Attorney-Client Privilege of Jointly Represented Client

In a case that addressed the often-vexing situation of the attorney-client privilege as it applies to jointly represented clients, the California Second District Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that: “In a lawsuit between an attorney and a client based on an alleged breach of a duty arising from the attorney-client relationship, attorney-client communications relevant to the breach are not protected by the attorney-client privilege.” [Anten v. Superior Court (Weintraub) (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 1254, 1256.] For attorneys who find themselves in litigation with one former joint client, this case provides long overdue guidance. (more)



Protecting Communications with Law Firm In-House Counsel

In Palmer v. Superior Court, the court has held that the attorney-client privilege may apply to intra-firm communications with a law firm's in-house counsel concerning a present client threatening a malpractice claim. Palmer provides guidance on establishing a genuine attorney-client relationship with in-house counsel that enjoys the protection of the privilege should a claim later materialize. (more)
 


The Truth about Your Student Loan Debt

Student loans can be a minefield. The average lawyer leaves law school with a student debt of $140,000. Many graduates put off refinancing their student loans simply because they don't understand the process. Here are the most common misconceptions and the true information you need to make an informed decision about your student loan debt. (more)



Bank of America: Cash Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card
Apply for the LACBA BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature® credit card that rewards customers with up to 3% cash back on certain purchases, all while supporting LACBA initiatives. Features include: 1% cash back on all purchases, 2% cash back on grocery store purchases, and 3% on gas station purchases. The 2% cash back on grocery store purchases and 3% cash back on gas purchases applies to $1,500 in combined purchases in these categories each quarter. After that, the base 1% earn rate applies to those purchases. Get a $100 cash rewards bonus after making $500 in purchase(s) within the first 90 days. For information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, or to apply, click here and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit application.



LawPay Merchant Account

LACBA members are able to obtain a LawPay Merchant Account through the LACBA Member Benefit Program and can save up to 25% off processing fees by accepting credit cards through the LawPay Program. The program is the only payment solution recommended by more than 80 state and local bar associations because it complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds. Unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers. (more)