LACBA Update Back Issues - October 2015

Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project (LA HLPP) Receives State Bar President’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award
Congratulations to the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project (LA HLPP) being named recipient of the State Bar President’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. Launched in 2013, LA HLPP is a unique collaboration between LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP), Disability Rights Legal Center, Inner City Law Center, and UCLA School of Law to provide access to legal services to people living with HIV and/or AIDS in Los Angeles County. In 2014, 85 pro bono attorneys contributed more than 2,600 hours and joined staff attorneys to assist more than 500 clients. Pro bono services included counsel and advice, brief service, and full scope representation in administrative hearings, immigration court, bankruptcy matters, and state, federal and appellate court actions. (more)

LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) Provides Training for LAPD DART Program 

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will increase its Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) program from four stations to all stations in response to the recent increase in aggravated assaults, of which nearly one-third were attributed to domestic violence. LACBA DVP Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly participated in the Officer Orientation program on September 3, 2015, to instruct sworn officers regarding temporary restraining orders (TROs). (more)

LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) Assists Gunshot Victim  

She moved slowly while walking into Room 235, LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP), at Stanley Mosk Courthouse. She had reason: her torso had three bullet wounds. One week prior, her former boyfriend hopped the security fence of her apartment building and telephoned her, demanding that she come outside to talk to him. She refused, and being afraid, called his sisters who live next door for help. Her ex called her repeatedly, insisting that her current boyfriend open the gate so he could leave the premises. Tired of the calls, her boyfriend handed her a gun to protect herself and went outside to open the gate. (more) 

Veterans Legal Services Project Thanks Attorneys and Staff from the Yahoo Legal Team

LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Yahoo for their generous assistance at the project's September 16 legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 170 attorneys from firms and legal departments have volunteered over 800 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.

Attorney Billing Statements: Are They Privileged or Not?

A recent Second District opinion, now superseded by the California Supreme Court’s grant of review, has highlighted the ongoing controversy in California courts over whether or not law firm billing statements to clients are protected communications. The Supreme Court’s future decision in County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court will hopefully settle open questions about the extent to which attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine apply to law firm billing statements. In the interim, lawyers must remain cautious when making the decision whether or not to submit billing statements in the public record, or produce them in discovery, and the extent to which steps should be taken to prevent waiver. (more)

Avoiding Liability for Cases Taken by Attorney Departing from Your Firm

When a lawyer leaves your firm and takes one or more client matters pending before a tribunal, take appropriate actions to avoid liability for any malpractice committed by the departing lawyer after he or she left the firm. (more) 

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Insurance Specialists, Inc.: Long Term Disability Insurance

Help protect an important part of your financial future. If an unexpected illness or injury prevents you from earning an income, LACBA Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance can help. This new benefit of your membership can help pay for bills, the mortgage, and more if you were to become disabled. In fact, you can think of it as income protection. Benefits are flexible, so you can get paid whether you are disabled and not working, or disabled and still working. The plan also features competitive group rates, which help make coverage affordable. Learn more about LTD insurance and how it can help protect your future today. (more)