April 2016
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Shirley-Hufstedler Hon. Shirley M. Hufstedler Passes Away at 90
The Los Angeles County Bar Association is saddened by the passing of Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler, who left the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to become the first U.S. Secretary of Education.  Judge Hufstedler was the recipient of LACBA's highest honor--the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award--in recognition of her lifelong and significant contributions to the bench, the practice of law, and the community at large.  She, along with her husband, Seth M. Hufstedler, also received the Counsel for Justice Vanguard of Justice Award for their commitment to public service.  Judge Hufstedler will be greatly missed by the LACBA community along her family, friends, and colleagues.
LACBA Advisory and Standing Committees Participate on LACBA Committees
Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system, or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a leading role in the study and analysis of these matters.
Please click here to learn more.  Deadline to submit is April 30, 2016, for bar year 2016-17.
LACBA Lawyer Referral Service LACBA Lawyer Referral Service Expands Limited Scope Representation Services
In order to expand access to justice for those in our community who cannot afford to pay an attorney for full-scope representation, LACBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has launched a limited-scope representation initiative to connect interested panel members with clients of limited means who cannot afford full representation but who would benefit from legal counsel on specific aspects of their case.

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LACBA Immigration Project Logo MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Immigration Attorneys needed for LACBA's Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel
LACBA's Immigration Court Pro Bono Representation Panel has helped more than 4,000 people remain in the United States with their families over the past 19 years. Many persons in the Immigration Court are represented by notaries and legal consultants--prevalent in almost all the ethnic communities--who can deprive people of their legal rights and benefits under the law.

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Amie Medley Headshot DVP Volunteer Amie Medley Receives County of Los Angeles Volunteer of the Year Award
LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project is pleased to announce that Amie Medley, an associate with Arnold & Porter, is the recipient of the County of Los Angeles Volunteer of the Year in association with the County of Los Angeles Volunteer Appreciation Week.
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OutstandingSrvAward LACBA Names Recipients of Outstanding Service Awards:  May 12 Reception
The Los Angeles County Bar Association will honor the recipients of its Outstanding Service Awards at an evening reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at LACBA. The awards will be presented to the honorees in recognition of their service to LACBA and our five public service projects. In addition, LACBA will congratulate our newest 50-Year Club members. 

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LA Lawyers Phil Legal Musicians Wanted!
Do you play an instrument or sing? The LA Lawyers Philharmonic and its chorus, Legal Voices, are looking for advanced singers and musicians to perform its 7th Annual Concert Extraordinaire at Walt Disney Concert Hall in June.  Net proceeds from the concert help support Counsel for Justice and LACBA's projects.   If you are a lawyer, judge, legal assistant, or law student, don't miss this opportunity to perform fabulous music, including Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and a retrospective of music by the Sherman Brothers of Disney fame, with Richard Sherman as a special guest. Auditions are for ALL instruments and vocalists, and especially for those playing clarinet, bassoon, trombone, violin, viola, cello, string bass and for vocalists singing tenor and bass. To set an audition, email audition@LALawyersPhil.org.   For more info on the LA Lawyers Phil, visit www.LALawyersPhil.org.
LACBA Counsel for Justice LACBA's Legal Services Projects Impacted More Than 18,000 Lives in Los Angeles Last Year
Your impact is astonishing! In 2015, LACBA's legal services projects assisted more than 18,000 people. These projects gave access to justice to thousands of people who needed a lawyer but could not afford one, right here in Los Angeles.   More than 800 attorneys volunteered over 18,000 hours to assist people through LACBA's five projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services, Immigration Legal Assistance, AIDS Legal Services, and Civic Mediation. The value of this pro bono work is over $3.7 million.

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vets-logo-new3 Thank You from LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Foley & Mansfield for their generous assistance at the Project's February 16th legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. So far this year, more than 50 attorneys have donated over 200 hours to help veterans overcome 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.
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project

Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks Attorney Jonathan M. Weisberg
Sole practitioner Jonathan is a new volunteer and donates his time twice per month at the clinic. He brought his enthusiasm and IT skills to the project. On his own time, he created templates that make completing the Temporary Restraining Orders forms easier for those victims who have larger families, making sure that the judicial officer is able to clearly read all the names of family members who need protection. The project thanks Jonathan for his commitment and innovation.

magnify_1115 Open-Ended Attorney-Client Relationships
A lawyer generally may not concurrently represent two clients with interests adverse to one another. (Flatt v. Superior Court (1994) 9 Cal. 4th 275, 284-285 (Flatt).) This principle arises out of the duty of loyalty attorneys owe their clients and is embodied in California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-310(C), which states...

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E&O_icon_1115 Be Careful How You Use Text Messages to Communicate with Clients
Many of today's phones allow you to send a text by speaking the message to your phone rather than typing it.  The speech-to-text feature is fast, easy, and convenient.

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Insurance Specialists, Inc.
Now, LACBA member have access to life insurance at a group rate. Did you know that 67 percent of Americans say they need life insurance, but think it's too expensive? Well, thanks to your LACBA membership, Insurance Specialists, Inc. has been able to use the member purchasing power of LACBA members to get you a discounted rate on life insurance. To apply, click here.                       


LACBA members receive a free 30-day trial AND a 10 percent 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 is the only legal software that also includes an integrated client portal so everyone stays informed and connected. To learn more, click here.


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New Admittee Reception Invitation

Installation and Awards Dinner 2016

LAL Cover April 2016

The April issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be available online soon.

April 8
30th Annual Environmental Law Section Spring Super Symposium: Thirty Years of Environmental Law – Understanding Today's Challenges and Planning for a Sustainable Future
You are invited to join the 30th Annual Environmental Law Section Spring Super Symposium: Thirty Years of Environmental Law – Understanding Today's Challenges and Planning for a Sustainable Future on Friday, April 8, 2016.  The program will reflect on the current status of a wide array of environmental issues facing our clients, while also look forward to a more sustainable future.


The CEQA Guidelines: Proposed Amendments

Limited Conservatorship Training

Ethics - All You Need to Know – 2015



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