August 2016
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immigration law logo LACBA Introduces its New Board of Trustees

LACBA is pleased to introduce its new Officers and Board of Trustees who took office July 1. We'd like to welcome those Officers and Trustees who were selected to serve through the election and appointment process, along with the returning Trustees.

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 PreOrder CLE-in-a-BoxThumb Get an Early Start on your CLE! Preorder LACBA's 2017 CLE-in-a-Box and Save $25.00 Starting August 15!
LACBA is offering a limited time discount of $25.00 for those who preorder its 2017 CLE-in-a-Box between August 15 and 31, 2016. The box features 25 hours of CLE credit, including 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour Competence Issues (formerly Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness), 1 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, and 19 hours of General credit. For a complete list of CLE programs included in the box, Click here for more information.

Please note: Compliance Group 3 (N-Z) your deadline is February 1, 2017 

 Center For Mediation Civic LogoThumb LACBA Civic Mediation Project Resolves Landlord-Tenant Dispute 

The LACBA Civic Mediation Project (CMP) provides conflict resolution services to residents of Los Angeles County. The disputes mediated by CMP range from neighbor-neighbor disagreements to litigated cases with hundreds of thousands of dollars in dispute. 

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Domestic Violence Project logo LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks Ann Fromholtz
On July 5, 2016, Ann Fromholz, a volunteer with the clinic and a member of LACBA’s Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, limped in for her morning session. Her knee was swollen from a recent fall while hiking. Ann did not want to leave the clinic short-handed after the long 4th of July weekend, wherein there is normally an uptake in drinking and violence resulting in an increase of victims needing pro bono legal services. With her leg elevated and ice packs to reduce the inflammation, Ann hammered out three Temporary Restraining Petitions before hobbling out the door at the noon hour. That is a show of dedication to the thousands of victims we serve per year!

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LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project Thanks Two Long-Term Volunteer Immigration Attorneys—Ally Bolour and Brian Schield

Immigration attorney Ally Bolour has represented “LN,” an HIV+ pro bono client, for the last 13 years in his quest to become a U.S. citizen.  In 1989, LN fled El Salvador with his mother and sisters. While his family became U.S. citizens, LN’s petition stalled and was later denied because he tested HIV+. Still hoping to legalize his status, LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) referred LN to Bolour, who in his usual and very thorough way, proceeded to try and help the client receive immigration relief.  

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 veterans project logo Veterans Legal Services Project

LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank the attorneys and staff from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for their generous assistance at the Project's June 15th legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Together we helped 26 clients overcome legal barriers to employment.

The Veterans Project also thanks Mark Spalding of LACBA’s Family Law Section for delivering a terrific new workshop at Patriotic Hall in June. This workshop, which focused on veterans with family law matters, is part of a new collaboration between the Veterans Project and the Family Law Section. We look forward to continuing this partnership and providing vital information to veterans with family law matters.

magnify_1115 Preserving Former Clients' Confidentiality in Successive Representation of Clients with Conflicts of Interest
An attorney’s duty to preserve his or her client’s confidences is paramount and does not end with the matter in which the attorney may have been employed.  Rather, an attorney must refrain not only from divulging a former client’s confidences but also from acting for
others in matters in which such confidences can be used to the former client’s disadvantage, thus violating the duty of loyalty to the client.  

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E&O_icon_1115 Beware of Risks Resulting From Use of Social Media
Use of social media can pose legal and ethical resist to a law firm and its clients or damage the firm's reputation or business interests. Social media tools include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, AWO, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Periscope, Snapshot, Foursquare, Google hangouts, blogs and wikis.

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Clio is an invaluable tool for law firms of all sizes. From basic features such as matter and document management, time tracking, and billing, to helpful enhancements such as credit card processing, marketing analysis, and over 50 integration partners, Clio has everything you need to optimize your firm.

LACBA members receive a 10% lifetime discount to Clio as well as a free trial!

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LA Lawyer July-August 2016 Issue Cover

The July-August issue of Los Angeles Lawyer is available online

Tuesday-Friday, August 22-26
30 Hour Basic Mediation Training

LACBA’s Civic Mediation Project will be hosting a 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training that introduces the core principles and methods of alternate dispute resolution, providing a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing.  


Wednesday, August 31
Launch Your Mediation Practice
This Interactive Workshop is designed for the fully committed new mediator who is serious about going into private practice and desires to learn the best practices to do so. The goal of the Workshop is to provide participants with the necessary tools to launch a financially successful mediation practice in a highly competitive market. 


Eighth Annual LACBA-LACMA Symposium: Evolving Issues in Healthcare Law

The Future of Music Featuring Experts: Jeffrey Harleston, Donal Passman and Troy Carter: A Discussion on How Record Companies and Artists are Navigating a Transforming Industry

Telehealth In 2016—Opportunities and Challenge 

Breakfast at the Bar: Judging Summary Judgment: Best Practices from a Judicial Perspective
Breakfast with the Experts: Injunctions, Receiverships, Attachment, and Post-Judgment Remedies


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