January 2016
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cle-countdown CLE Countdown: February 1, 2016 Compliance Deadline for Group 1 (A-G)
If you need last-minute CLE credit, LACBA can help. Take a look at our many CLE offerings, including CLE-in-a-Box, CLE Bundle, live programs, online courses, and Los Angeles Lawyer self-study articles and CLE tests.

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ec16-Cover FREE LACBA Member Benefit: 2016 Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants Arrives Later This Month
LACBA's 2016 Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants comprises the most comprehensive registry of legal expertise in the region with hundreds of pages of medical, technical, scientific, and forensic witnesses. LACBA members will find it in their mailbox later this month. In the meantime, visit expert4law.org to find experts, consultants, and dispute resolution professionals.
DVP-logo-new1215 Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project thanks Scott and Susan Lord—three-year major donors—for their generous financial donations to the project. Scott has volunteered at the clinic for seven years. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 5,000 persons have received free legal assistance at the project from volunteers like Scott.

vets-logo-new3 Veterans Legal Services Project Thanks
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the legal team from Herbalife for their generous assistance at the project's December 16 legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 200 attorneys from firms and legal departments have volunteered more than 1,000 hours to help veterans work through legal barriers to their employment, such as clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, and expunging criminal convictions—making a tremendous difference to Los Angeles County's veterans.
DVP-logo-new1215 Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project thanks Ron Yorizane, former Bureau Chief of Central Courts for the Public Defender’s Office. Ron retired in 2006 and has been assisting victims at the clinic two times per month for nine years. Ron’s criminal law expertise helps victims who have overlap matters in family court and criminal court. Our thanks go to Ron for the hundreds of victims for whom he has personally provided legal services.
magnify_1115 Ethical Roadmap to the New Legal Marketplace
Facebook and other social media represent a new legal marketplace. California’s rules governing legal advertising and solicitation are falling behind, becoming barriers to entry for both lawyers and prospective clients. The resultant confusion as lawyers try to fit the square peg of social media into the round hole of 20th century rules is chilling participation in the new legal marketplace and depriving consumers of information needed for responsible decision-making about legal services. It’s time for a roadmap.

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E&O_icon_1115 Be Careful What You Write When Blogging
Lawyers should think twice before they share information in a blog or some other means of electronic communication. Once it is out there, it cannot be taken back.

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ahern 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 independent insurance brokers in the country specializing in professional liability insurance for law firms. AHERN is prepared to provide you with superior service and exceptional counsel. AHERN also provides LACBA members with a comprehensive workers’ compensation program with The Hartford. LACBA members qualify for a 10% premium discount through this proprietary program with AHERN. In addition, a dual policy discount of 5% applies when purchasing Hartford general liability in addition to a workers’ compensation policy. AHERN provides LACBA members with employment practices liability insurance through Berkley Insurance Company, offering members premium discounts and specific law firm enhancements.

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BofA LACBA BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® Credit Card
1% cash back on all purchases; 2% cash back on grocery store purchases; 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.

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

January 9
Ethics: All You Need to Know 2016
LACBA's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee presents its 11th annual ethics seminar on important ethical issues that have a direct impact on the practice of law.

Begins January 11
Thirty-Hour Basic Mediation Training
This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution, and provides a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. The course fulfills the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.

Begins January 12
Introductory TAP
Designed specifically for attorneys who have little or no trial experience, this six-evening course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback (marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundation, opening statements, witness direct/cross exam, closing arguments).

January 28
Barristers' Bench Meets the Bar Reception
LACBA Barristers Section hosts a cocktail reception at the California Club for local state and federal judiciary, creating an opportunity for new attorneys to spend an evening mingling with the judges in our courtrooms.

January 29
Launch Your Mediation Practice Workshop
This interactive workshop is designed for the fully committed new mediator who is serious about going into private practice and desires to learn the best practices to do so while acquiring the necessary tools to launch a financially successful mediation practice in a highly competitive market.



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