April 2016
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LACBA Elections Thumbnail LACBA Officer and Trustee Elections
LACBA is currently holding its Officer and Trustee election which will
end on June 10th at 5:00 p.m. Ballots were emailed to LACBA members on May 27, 2016. More information and candidates statements are provided with the ballot.  If you are missing your ballot, please check your junk email folder.  If it’s not there, please contact our election vendor at help+LACBA@election-america.com or (866) 384-9978. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Outstanding Service Award Recap Thumbnail LACBA Honors Volunteers at the Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception—Also Recognizes Newest 50-Year Club Members
Nearly 100 LACBA volunteers and supporters came together at the 2016 LACBA Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception on May 12 to celebrate and honor volunteers who have donated their time and talents to LACBA and its legal services projects.  Without their service, the Projects—AIDS, Domestic Violence, Veterans, Immigration, and Civic Mediation—would not have been able to help more than 18,000 people and provide over $3.7 million in pro bono services last year. 
Lawyers Phil Logo 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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DVP Logo Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks Student Interpreter, Tony Valle

Tony is a new student interpreter from the Southern California School of Interpretation.  Through the years, the school has arranged for their students to receive practical training while assisting victims of intimate abuse at the clinic. After interpreting for a very needy elderly client, Tony said, “I am truly awed and humbled to be serving in a place that remains critically important for people who are desperately hurting.” Without student volunteers like Tony, the clinic would not be able to rapidly assist its monolingual clients. Thank you, Tony.

vets-logo-new3 AIDS Legal Services Project Thanks Immigration Attorneys for Hosting Clinic for Clients with HIV and AIDS
The AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) would like to thank Todd Becraft and Leslie Mahley, active LACBA Immigration and Nationality Law Section members, and long-time volunteers of ALSP, for helping to launch and host a regular immigration clinic for HIV+ clients. It’s a collaborative effort that has so far assisted more than 100 people living with HIV and AIDS, who are often fleeing oppression and discrimination from around the world.

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magnify_1115 An Attorney's Duties and Options When Faced with A Diminished Client: Change On the Horizon?
An attorney who comes to the reasonable conclusion that her or his client suffers from diminished capacity and is no longer able to intelligently participate in decisions relating to the representation may understandably desire to take actions—such as initiating a conservatorship—that the attorney believes to be in the best interest of the client, but which are prohibited by the attorney's ethical duties. What may a lawyer do?

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E&O_icon_1115 Make Sure You and Your Client Know and Agree on Scope of Legal Services
ABA Model Rule 1.5(b) states that the scope of the representation must be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation.

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LACBA members are able to obtain a LawPay Merchange Accounty through the LACBA Member Benefit Program. The LawPay Program is the only payment solution recommended by more than 90 state and local bar associations because it complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds. Unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers. LACBA members save up to 25% off processing fees by accepting credit cards through the LawPay Program. If you are considering accepting credit cards or want to confirm that you are processing credit card transactions correctly,contact LawPay.                       


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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 June issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer is available online.

June 8
View From the Bench
LACBA's Trusts and Estates Section will be hosting its annual View from the Bench lunch program on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. During the lunch program, Los Angeles Superior Court probate judges will provide an update on the current state of affairs of the probate court; what to expect in the future, and other areas of interest to the Probate Bar. 

June 15
Latest Developments on Environmental Enforcement 

LACBA’s Environmental Law Section will provide an update on the latest developments and environmental enforcement priorities at the local and state levels. The panelists include top representatives from some of the leading environmental enforcement agencies as well as from the private sector, including the Environmental Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Natural Resources Defense Council, California Department of Justice, and Environmental Crimes/OSHA Section of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.  

Beneficial Reuse of Oil Field Produced Water: Boon or Bane?  

EB-5 Conference 2016—General Session

EB-5 Conference 2016—The Breakouts

The Force Awakens: Objections to Exemptions after Law v. Siegel

Annual Construction Law Update and Flaig Award



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