April 2018
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 Phil-Lam-Photo LACBA Establishes VP-Level Officer Position to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Officer and Trustee Philip H. Lam has been appointed as LACBA’s first-ever Vice President of Diversity/Affiliate Outreach and will work to increase diversity and inclusion of lawyers of various backgrounds in the Association’s membership, sections, committees, Board of Trustees, and Executive leadership. He will also serve as the dedicated outreach officer for Affiliate Bar Affairs, and oversee LACBA’s new Leadership Training Academy, which will create a pipeline of leaders for the Association and the legal community.

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 Bridging The Gap Thumb Register Today for Bridging the Gap 2018: From Books to Billables—A Primer for Success!

On Saturday, April 7, Judicial officers and experienced attorneys will share their insights into the practice of law

First- and second-year attorneys are invited to join LACBA at Loyola Law School for a special program specifically created to help in making the transition from law school student to legal professional—BRIDGING THE GAP 2018: From Books to Billables—A Primer for Success!

This complimentary full day program will feature judicial officers and seasoned lawyers sharing their insight and experience across numerous practice areas, including: Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Federal Practice, Government/Public Interest Law, Immigration Law, Labor/Employment Law, Personal Injury, Probate Law, and Real Estate (Transactional), among others. 

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 IJDP Thumb LACBA's Independent Juvenile Defender Program Receives National Recognition from the ABA

LACBA congratulates its Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJDP), which will be recognized as an 2018 Exemplary Defense Project by the American Bar Association at its 13th Annual Indigent Defense Summit on April 20, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Since it was founded in 2017, IJDP has represented clients in more than 1,600 cases in Los Angeles County and is one of three programs recognized nationally this year for this prestigious honor.

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 Dialogues on Freedom Thumbnail Dialogues on Freedom Challenges Students to Debate the Balance of Individual Freedom and Security

More than 120 judges, attorneys, and law school students visited high school classrooms throughout Southern California as part of LACBA's Annual Dialogues on Freedom fostering lively debates among nearly 2,800 students to encourage them to consider how the concepts of freedom, law, and justice impact their daily lives.

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 Bring A Guest Thumb LACBA Encourages Members to "Bring a Guest" to CLE Programs

LACBA encourages its members to “Bring a Guest” (a non-LACBA member) to a regular section CLE program not exceeding three hours in duration for a discounted price. A special rate of $25 applies if the program is held at LACBA’s downtown Los Angeles office; $50, if the program takes place at another venue; and only $10 if the event is held at a courthouse. “Brown Bag” CLE programs will also be free to non-member guests as part of this program. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce non-members to LACBA’s sections and CLE programs in the hope they will see the value of joining our Association.  

To register non-member guests for such CLE programs, LACBA members need to call LACBA’s Member Services at 213.896.6560. Please note that some sections, at their own discretion, may not offer the “Bring a Guest” promotional rate on all programs.  Call LACBA Member Services to verify availability.

 Immigration-Project-thumb Volunteers Needed: LACBA Immigration Pro Bono Representation Panel

Over the past 20 years, LACBA’s Pro Bono Representation Panel volunteer attorneys have helped more than 4,000 immigrants remain in the United States with their families. Many persons in the Immigration Court are often represented by “notarios” and legal consultants who often deprive immigrants of their legal rights and benefits under the law. Attorneys can make a difference by volunteering their services for this worthwhile panel.

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 la-phil-lyre Legal Musicians Wanted for Disney Hall Concert

Do you play an instrument or sing? The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq., and His Big Band of Barristers are looking for musicians and singers who are lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff. The orchestra and chorus will be gearing up for its 9th Annual Disney Hall Concert Extraordinaire. The mission of the organization, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to bring the legal community together and to raise funds for those who cannot afford legal services through LACBA's Counsel for Justice and other charitable causes. They are auditioning ALL instruments and vocalists. If you would like to try out for any of these ensembles, please email audition@LALawyersPhil.org. Take a look at an audition flyer: http://bit.ly/lalp253.

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 LAL-This-Month-0418-Thumb This Month In Los Angeles Lawyer

Coming in the April issue: Shake, rattle, and roll! Emergency public works contracting in disaster-prone California; 2017 Ethics Roundup; LACBA's new executive director; Los Angeles Superior Court renascence; a blockbuster history of legal aid; Col. Adam Siegler (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corp; plus your semiannual Guide to Legal Experts.

 GOLF-Tournament-Thumb Register for Counsel for Justice's Charity Golf Tournament Today!
Fore! That’s what you could be saying on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the 9th Annual LACBA Counsel for Justice Charity Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner. We are excited to announce that the fun has been moved to a new location, MountainGate Country Club in Brentwood. Please take advantage of one of the following participation opportunities:
  • Become a sponsor: Diamond $25,000; Platinum $10,000; Gold
    $5,000; Silver $3,500; or Bronze $2,500.
  • Put a foursome together: $1,400
  • Come out and play: $350
  • Don’t golf? Join us for the Networking Dinner with other LACBA and community leaders from 4:30-7:00PM: $125
  • Not available that day? Put your name tee or green sign: $1,000.

Avoid missing out and sign up before the tournament fills up! Just call LACBA Member Services at 213.896.6560 or CLICK HERE to register. 

 dvp-logo DVP Highlights Volunteers and Supporters

LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project has many wonderful volunteers and supporters, and this month we are highlighting two of them. Stephen Kolodny and the Kolodny Law Group, provide invaluable support as long time volunteers and financial supporters. Steve not only understands and promotes the goals of the Project; he is a generous annual pledge contributor. Derek Wallen has been volunteering for over four years and has given over 300 hours of pro bono time. He is incredibly dependable, is always willing to help out when the Project is shorthanded, as well as assisting the Project with an end of year donation.

Special thanks go to The Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, who recently granted the Project a sizeable donation to support our efforts. Without volunteers and donors, we would not be able to help thousands of people each year get protection from their abusers. Thank you all!

 vets-logo-new3 copy Wells Fargo Donates $50,000 to LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project

We would like to thank the Wells Fargo Foundation for its $50,000 donation in support of LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project. The funds will support the Project’s existing services: clearing outstanding tickets & warrants, reinstating California driver licenses, and expunging misdemeanor convictions, and fund expansion into a new service area: discharge upgrades. 

Since 2014, Wells Fargo has contributed $50,000 annually to the Project supporting its efforts to remove legal barriers to veterans’ employment. By increasing veterans’ employability, the Project helps men and women who served in the U. S. military transition to fulfilling and sustaining civilian careers.

 ACMAS Thumb A Second Bite: Fee Disputes and De Novo Options
Opting to protect your hard work and billings with cost-effective binding fee dispute arbitration? LACBA’s Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Service (ACMAS) is an ideal solution. Through the program, the binding de novo arbitration proceeding produces enforceable awards, in most cases, following a non-binding mandatory fee arbitration. The de novo alternative delivers its prompt resolution by only the most experienced arbitrators. The arbitrator’s compensation can be predetermined by parties prior to arbitrator selection.

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magnify_1115 The Lawyer as Director
Lawyers sometimes are asked to serve as directors of for-profit and nonprofit corporations. Most commentary on this situation addresses a lawyer's service as a director while the lawyer or the lawyer's firm at the same time acts as the corporation's lawyer.[i] This article discusses the distinct topic of the lawyer as director of a corporation when there is no lawyer-client relationship.[ii]

magnify_1115 Thorny Question of Mediation Confidentiality and Legal Malpractice
Mediation confidentiality, mandated by Evidence Code sections 1115, et seq., is designed to encourage settlements by eliminating the fear that statements made during mediation might later be used against a participant. But what happens when a client sues his attorney alleging that the lawyer made misrepresentations, or gave bad advice, during mediation?

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E&O_icon_1115 Scary World of Reporting a Claim
No attorney wants to have a malpractice claim made against them or have their work criticized by a client. When it happens to you, you will likely feel like your competence and worth as an attorney is being challenged.

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The April issue of Los Angeles Lawyer will be available online April 9.

Friday, April 13
32nd Annual Environmental Law Spring Super Symposium
The symposium is the premier general environmental law event in Southern California, bringing together leaders from the private bar, government, academia, non-profits and in-house counsel to address important developments in environmental law.  This year’s topics are: Combating Climate Change in the Trump Administration; California Public Nuisance Actions: Implications of People v. ConAgra’s Billion-Dollar Lead Paint Abatement Fund Opinion; PFAS: Not Your Typical Emerging Contaminant; Cannabis in California: Hot Environmental Issues from Planting to Consumption, and Creative Non-Litigation Solutions to Regional Groundwater Contamination Problems.

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Saturday, April 14
Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era
Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: Fair Pay Issues and New Strategies for Prosecuting and Responding to Sexual Harassment Claims. The first panel will address litigating pay inequality claims under California’s Fair Pay Act; while the second panel will explore new strategies for litigating sexual harassment claims in today’s changing landscape, including the use of press releases and social media, and defendants’ responses to such claims, as well as new developments in or responses to workplace investigations.

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Conflicts of Interest for Real Estate Lawyers

Ethical Considerations of Representing Entities (LLCs and Corporations) and Their Members and Officers in Real Estate Transactions

Anatomy of an Enforcement Action: An Interactive Panel with the State and Regional Water Boards



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