March 2017
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 Margaret P Stevens Thumbnail LACBA President's Statement on Judicial Independence
As lawyers and citizens, we are deeply disturbed by the recent spate of attacks by elected officials on the role of our courts in determining issues of law, including personal attacks on judges whose rulings they disagree with. Almost as if predicting this potential situation, Alexander Hamilton argued in the 78th paper of “The Federalist” that only an independent judicial branch of government would be able to impartially check an excessive exercise of power by the other branches and thereby preserve the rule of law in a constitutional democracy.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association reaffirms its unwavering support for the bedrock principle of the separation of powers that protects our democracy, for the principle of judicial independence that is indispensable to that separation, and for the respect for the judicial system that safeguards these principles. We urge the bench, bar, political leaders and the community at large to recognize the importance of authentic civil discourse when we engage in challenging discussions. In doing so, we stand together with the judiciary who are the vital check against abuses of power by other branches of government.

–LACBA President Margaret P. Stevens
 LACBA Election Nominees Thumbnail LACBA Officers and Board of Trustee Nominees
The nominations for the LACBA 2017-18 Officers and Board of Trustees are available HERE. President-Elect Michael E. Meyer will ascend to the position of LACBA President.
 LACBA Election Rules Thumbnail LACBA's 2017 Election Rules Available
LACBA’s Election Rules are available HERE. Upcoming key dates: anyone who wants to vote in a potential election must be a LACBA member by March 15; and petitions and written nominations for office are due March 22. 
 HonMargaretMorrow Honorable Margaret Morrow to Receive the Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award
LACBA’s Litigation Section has selected the Honorable Margaret Morrow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Counsel, and a former Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, as the recipient of its 2017 Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award. She was chosen for demonstrating the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the award’s namesake, Jim Robie. The Robie Award will be presented to Judge Morrow on Thursday, March 16, 2017 during the section’s Bench Meets the Bar program, which brings together prominent judges and lawyers from the Los Angeles legal community in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the court. The award was created in memory of past LACBA Trustee and Litigation Section Chair Jim Robie, an accomplished trial lawyer and consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system.
 Law Practice Mediation Program Thumb LACBA'S Law Practice Mediation Can Help Mediate Attorney/Law Firm Disputes
For those attorneys who need help resolving disputes arising within their practice and/or in relation to another law firm, LACBA’s Law Practice Mediation Program (LPMP) offers a confidential forum to address a broad range of practice-related issues privately and expeditiously. 

To learn more about the program, CLICK HERE. 
 Immigration Training Course Thumbnail Immigration Law Training Course
LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project is hosting a two-day training course which will focus on immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects, as well as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. The program is designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration or have been practicing in the field for less than one year.

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 veterans legal project logo Foley & Mansfield Helps Veterans

Foley & Mansfield partner and pro bono coordinator Louis Klein has marshalled the firm’s attorneys to headline LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project five times in the past three years. Each legal clinic at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles sees a group of approximately 30 veterans, who bring on average five outstanding matters each—tickets or criminal convictions, or both.  

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 dvp logo The Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Recognizes Decades of Dedication
Sara Rondon, Project Coordinator and Paralegal, began her work helping victims of intimate abuse in 1994. During that time, she has provided professional services to thousands of people, frightened, injured and terrorized victims. Her experience, patience, and devotion make her the most valued member of the Project’s staff and an example of Los Angeles County Bar Association’s commitment to pro bono legal services.

 ALSP logo The AIDS Legal Services Project Stands by HIV+ Immigrants Every Step of the Way—Thanks to the Dedication of our Pro Bono Immigration Panel
There are many immigrants in Los Angeles who are living with HIV and AIDS. Some are new arrivals, often fleeing persecution in their home countries. Others have lived here for a long time and contracted HIV in the U.S. To assist HIV+ immigrants gain legal status, LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project and Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project coordinate regular clinics in the Pico Union area staffed by experienced pro bono attorneys. We want to thank them for the invaluable assistance they are providing: Brigit Alvarez, Veronica Barba, Olga Badilla, Todd Becraft, David Ilions, Leslie Mahley, Margarita Manduley, John Perry, Lori Schoenberg, Joseph Shepherd, Sohar Quinteros, and Vera Weisz.
E&O_icon_1115 Avoid Disqualification by Ethical Screening
Generally, every lawyer in a firm is imputed to have knowledge of the confidential information of every client in the firm. When a lawyer moves from one firm to another, a conflict of interest can be created if a client of the former firm is adverse to a client of the lawyer's new firm, resulting in the disqualification of the lawyer's new firm.

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 mycase logo thumb MyCase
LACBA members receive a free 30-day trial AND a 10% lifetime discount on MyCase. MyCase is an affordable, intuitive and powerful legal case management software designed for the modern law firm. Give your law firm the advantage of a complete case management software solution—get organized with contacts, calendars, cases, documents, time tracking, and billing. MyCase customers can now accept online payments from clients using both credit cards and checking accounts seamlessly through their MyCase account.

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 Law Pay logo Thumb LawPay 
LawPay is the preferred payment solution for attorneys. Backed by over 90 bar associations and designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay offers a secure and convenient tool for receiving online credit card payments. One major benefit of LawPay is the ability to correctly separate earned and unearned payments. LawPay protects your firm from commingling client funds. LawPay is proud to be recommended by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and offered as a benefit to their membership. If you’re interested in learning more, contact a LawPay representative at 866.376.0950.

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LA Lawyer March 2017 Issue

The March issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer is currently online.

March 18
Civil Litigation Walk-Through Program—LA Superior Court
The Los Angeles Superior Court cordially invites attorneys to this year’s civil litigation walk-through program at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.  Attendees will learn the civil litigation process at the Los Angeles Superior Court from master trial lawyers and judges; gain valuable insight about case management, law and motion, discovery, pretrial and trial; and witness trial skills demonstrations.


Collecting From the Dead—Remedies Section

Inn of Court: Dealing with Judicial and Attorney Bias—Litigation Section

Don't Get Taken Twice: Contamination Issues in Eminent Domain Cases—Real Property Section

2016 Limited Conservatorship—PVP Training—Trusts & Estates Section



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