April 2019
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 LACBA Election Nominees 2019-20 LACBA Officer and Board of Trustee Nominations
The nominations for the LACBA 2019-2020 Officers and Board of Trustees are available HERE.  President-Elect Ronald F. Brot will automatically become LACBA President.
 JudicialOfficerReceptionThumb LACBA to Co-Sponsor New Judicial Officers Welcome Reception

New judicial officers are invited to join LACBA and its co-sponsoring organizations at the New Judicial Officers Welcome Reception on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles in celebration and recognition of their service.

We are also proud to welcome and recognize, as our Special Guest of Honor, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Judicial Appointments Secretary, Justice Martin Jenkins. This evening will be a wonderful opportunity for your friends and colleagues to celebrate the next great chapter for each of you and to hear from the new administration in Sacramento, as we all strive to proudly serve the people of California. 

This event is free for Judicial Officers. Click here to register.

 LACBA-App-thumbnail COMING SOON! MY LACBA Mobile App
We are excited to announce the LACBA mobile app “My LACBA” officially launching on Monday, April 8, 2019! Available for both iOS and Android, you’ll love LACBA’s mobile hub for user generated content, member to member interaction, section and committee collaboration and event registration and promotion year round. Users will be able to access dedicated news feeds and forums, a member directory with in-app messaging, one-click event registration and easy membership renewal all in one place!

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LACBA Introduces New Immigration Legal Services and Veterans Legal Services Project Directors

Last month LACBA welcomed two new Project Directors for our Immigration and Veterans Legal Services Pro Bono Projects 

Silvia_UpdateLeading our Immigration Project is Silvia Martinez. Ms. Martinez began her legal career as a staff attorney with San Pedro Community Legal Services.  She opened her own firm in 2008 and continued to practice exclusively in immigration law.  Ms. Martinez is also an active member of LACBA and has served on our Immigration Law Section’s Executive Committee.  In 2009 she was the recipient of the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award for her community service with the LACBA’s Immigration Project.  

Tara_updateLeading our Veterans Project please welcome Tara Hunter. Ms. Hunter has devoted most of her legal career to providing advocacy and representation to the underrepresented.  Prior to her work with the Project, Ms. Hunter worked to aid the families of victims of police misconduct, penning legal briefs that were critical in supporting claims for civil rights violations and the use of excessive force.  She received her JD from the University of San Diego, School of Law. 

 Dialogues on Freedom Thumb Dialogues on Freedom Challenges Students to Debate the Balance of Individual Freedom and Security with Judges, Attorneys and Law Students
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Joshua Groban and Federal Public Defender Hilary Potashner were among the nearly 150 judges, attorneys and law students who visited with more than 3,600 students in over 90 Southern California classrooms as part of LACBA’s 18th Annual Dialogues on Freedom to ask students whether teachers, principals, city officials or police have the right and/or obligation to intervene in situations students view as an infringement on their individual freedom.

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 Immigration-Project-thumb Volunteers Needed: LACBA Immigration Pro Bono Representation Panel
For more than 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.

If you would like to participate, please join us for orientation on April 23, 2019. Remember Pro Bono representation is only for the first master calendar appearance. Immigration Court experience is preferred, but not necessary.

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 LAL-Flip-Book-Thumb Experience the New Digital Interface of LACBA's
Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
Launched with the March 2019 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, the digital interface of our award-winning magazine has been refreshed and enhanced. The magazine now presents as user-friendly digital flip book which also includes an on-the-go edition that is optimized for smart phones and tablet devices. Los Angeles Lawyer’s new, rich interactive platform includes full features like search, sharing, archive, active hyperlinks, bookmarking, and issue indexes. What hasn’t changed? Every issue of Los Angeles Lawyer includes a MCLE Self-Test where you can earn MCLE credits and useful and relevant content to help lawyers practice smarter.  

Click here to experience these enhancements today.
 Golf Thumb NEW DATE/LOCATION: Counsel for Justice Annual Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner

Counsel for Justice (CFJ) has announced a new date and venue for its annual Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner, which has been moved to Monday, May 13, 2019, at the prestigious Wilshire Country Club.

Founded by Harry Field in 2009 and celebrating its 10th anniversary, the golf tournament has become one of the most important fundraising events of the year. 

Last years event was a great success, netting over $66,000 to support the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s four legal services projects, which provide pro bono and low cost services to people throughout Los Angeles County.
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 magnify_1115 Dating Your Co-Workers? Considering the Effect of Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8.10 for In-House Counsel

In 2018, California overhauled its Rules of Professional Conduct for the first time in decades. The new rules, which took effect on November 1, 2018, more closely align California's rules with the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct—and, in turn, with the many states that have modeled their rules on the ABA's. Among those new rules is Rule 1.8.10, which prohibits a lawyer from "engag[ing] in sexual relations with a current client who is not the lawyer's spouse or registered domestic partner, unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the lawyer-client relationship commenced." 

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 E&O_icon_1115 Do Not Give Advice When Declining to Represent a Prospective Client 

When declining to take on a prospective client’s legal matter, some lawyers want to provide at least some assistance to the individual. Some lawyers might want to provide an opinion about the client’s legal matter. Either of these impulses should be resisted and no advice of any kind should be given to the rejected prospective client.

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Los Angeles Lawyer 
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Friday, April 12

33rd Annual Environmental Law Spring Super Symposium
This 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, including Common Law Claims to Combat Climate Change; RECLAIM Sunset: Swiftly Come the Landing Rules; and CEQA Meets Sustainability: Climate Change, among others.

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Wednesday, April 17
Privacy Laws and the Entertainment Industry
This panel will address the rapidly evolving legal requirements for the collection, use, sharing, and protection of sensitive information of consumers and employees, and how those requirements present issues of particular concern to the entertainment industry. The panelists will address the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, other proposed state privacy legislation, industry self-regulation, and the forecast with respect to a federal comprehensive privacy law.

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Introduction to Healthcare Leasing

Legal Ethics: Empower Your Immigration Practice

Internet, Mobile, and Digital Law: Latest Trends and What to Know for 2019



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