LACBA Update Back Issues - July 2015
Paul R. Kiesel Installed as 2015-16 LACBA President
The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) installed Paul R. Kiesel as its President before more than 500 state and local officials, judicial officers, and LACBA members and guests at its Installation and Awards Dinner on June 25 at the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, swore in President Kiesel along with LACBA’s incoming officers including President-Elect Margaret P. Stevens; Senior Vice President and Treasurer Michael K. Lindsey; Vice President David K. Reinert; the Board of Trustees; and the Barristers President Robert Glassman and Barristers Officers. Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of two of LACBA’s most prestigious awards—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to Ronald L. Olson and the Outstanding Jurist Award to Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. (more)
LACBA Barristers President Robert Glassman Extends Video Welcome to New Lawyers
July marks the beginning of the new bar year, and Barristers President Robert Glassman offers a special invitation to become active with Barristers—LACBA members who are younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to practice for 5 years or less. Learn about involvement opportunities by watching the video here.
Second Appellate District Pro Bono Program Expands to Provide Briefing, Oral Argument in Selected Cases
Since 2007, LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section has partnered with Public Counsel to operate an appellate pro bono program in the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal. The program provides a walk-in self-help clinic for unrepresented civil litigants with cases on appeal, plus screening of the appeals for merit and eligibility for placement with pro bono counsel. Recently, the court's Liaison Committee requested expansion of the program so that certain cases the justices feel require better briefing, or the submission of amicus briefs, can be assigned to pro bono counsel for these purposes.
LACBA Files Amicus Letter Asking California Supreme Court to Depublish or Grant Review of County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (ACLU)
To prevent application of the attorney-client privilege in a way that will create inefficiencies in the adjudication of attorney fee motions, LACBA filed an amicus letter asking the California Supreme Court to depublish or grant review of County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (ACLU of Southern California). The letter states, “[T]he California Court of Appeal held that attorney billing records, once sent to a client, are categorically protected by the attorney-client privilege, even after confidential information has been redacted.” The letter continues, “[T]he Court of Appeal’s decision deprives the trial court and counsel of access to the most probative evidence of whether attorney fees claimed are unreasonable when the client declines to waive the privilege. The legal analysis underlying the Court of Appeal’s holding, moreover, is at best incomplete.” Read the letter here.
Veterans Project Thanks Attorneys and Staff from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
LACBA Veterans Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for their generous assistance at the project's June 17 legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 120 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—making a tremendous difference to Los Angeles County's veterans.
Code of Judicial Ethics Canon 3D(2)—What Attorneys Need to Know
While lawyers must abide by the California Rules of Professional Conduct, judges in California must follow the Code of Judicial Ethics (the Code)—the collection of rules that govern the conduct of judges on and off the bench. (Cal. Const., Article VI, §18(m).) The Code consists of six canons, each of which covers a particular area of ethical responsibility. Why should practitioners care about these rules? While most of the Code’s provisions only indirectly affect lawyers, Canon 3D addresses a judge’s disciplinary responsibilities, including the discipline of attorneys. Further, a new version of Canon 3D took effect in 2013. (more)
Recognize the Danger of Representing Both Sides to a Transaction
It is common for parties to a transaction to want to save money by involving only one attorney. This could arise in the sale and purchase of real estate or a business, or in any kind of contract or agreement. As a general rule, the parties to the transaction have conflicting interests, even if both have a common interest in bringing the transaction to closure. Although most ethics rules permit the representation of both sides with proper disclosure and client consent, it is always risky from a malpractice liability standpoint and should be avoided.
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)
Credible Student Loan Refinancing
Credible is a simple, free service that can help LACBA members and their families save money by comparing their student loan refinancing options. With Credible, student debt holders can submit a single form and receive offers from multiple lenders. The average law school graduate that refinances with Credible saves over $40,000, and it only takes 20 seconds to get a savings estimate. You can also check out Credible to learn more about important student loan topics. (more)
AHERN Insurance Brokerage
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. (more)