August 2018
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 juvenile-defender-thumb LACBA Independent Juvenile Defender Program Recognized for its Work by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Congratulations to Cyn Yamashiro, directing attorney of LACBA’s Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJDP), and the entire IJDP team who were recognized by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis at last month’s Board of Supervisors meeting for being named an American Bar Association Exemplary Defense Project for 2018.  IJDP was one of only three programs recognized nationally.

 ACMAS-Thumb Internal Law Firm Dispute? LACBA's Law Practice Mediation Program Can Help

The Law Practice Mediation Program gives lawyers a confidential forum to resolve a wide range of practice issues privately and expeditiously. Parties can resolve disputes that may arise within an attorney's practice and in relation to another law firm. General sample of the types of cases mediated include the following:

  • Internal office disputes involving partners, associates, staff attorneys, and support staff
  • Fee allocation matters
  • Disputes concerning firm names
  • Partnership dissolution, firm break, or retirement; firm to firm disputes
  • Litigation disputes arising from the employment of expert witnesses
  • Liability for sanctions, expenses incurred, or other issues

For more information, contact the LACBA Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Service by calling (213) 896-6541 or send an email to

 immigration-training-course Upcoming Immigration Law Training Course

On September 20 and 21, LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project is offering a two-day training course that is designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration law or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year. The training will focus on immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects, as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. 

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 Experts & Consultants 2019 Thumb LACBA's Directory of Experts & Consultants—the Perfect Vehicle to Share Expertise with Colleagues

LACBA’s 2019 Directory of Experts & Consultants contains a special section, Lawyer-to-Lawyer (L2L) Referrals, providing an opportunity for attorneys who hold themselves competent in certain practice areas of law to share expertise with their colleagues for networking, collaborating, outsourcing, and mentoring. The directory enjoys the largest distribution of any legal resource in the region—received by all LACBA members and numerous other southern California bar associations, law and public libraries, trial courts, legal centers, government agencies, corporations, and the media. Deadline to register is October 1.

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 CFJ Thumb LACBA Counsel for Justice Honors its Pro Bono Volunteers with Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Public Service Awards

What better way to voice our support for pro bono legal services than to honor the volunteers who make it happen. LACBA Counsel for Justice provides the means for hundreds of LACBA members to use their legal skills (and bring their compassion) to help people in Los Angeles County who cannot afford legal services and would not have access to lawyers without the Counsel for Justice. 

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 magnify_1115 New Ethics Rules Address Law Firm Managers and Supervisors
New Rules of Professional Conduct Effective November 1, 2018, California's new Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), will become applicable to all California attorneys. The new RPCs include both significantly modified rules and entirely new rules. One new series of rules applicable in California for the first time includes Rules 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3, governing law firms and associations and addressing responsibilities of managerial, supervisorial, and subordinate attorneys.[i] Rules 5.1 and 5.3 bring a new focus to established ethics concepts. Law firms large, medium, and small,[ii] should reassess their operations to assure compliance.

E&O_icon_1115 Billing Statements Can Help Avoid Claims
Clients in any legal malpractice case (and often in an investigation into a Bar grievance,) the lawyer's file and billing records will be used to show what the lawyer did or failed to do.

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 One Legal Thumb How to Prepare your Office for Electronic Filing
Most of the largest Superior Courts in California are moving to require electronic court filing, including Los Angeles Superior Court.  According to current plans, attorneys will eFile in all major civil case types by 2019. One Legal, which offers easy-to-use, fast, and reliable eFiling and eService, shares its insight into preparing your office for eFiling.

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1 Savings info based on 2018 CA Department of Insurance rate comparison profile 38B. Individual savings may vary. 2 Discounts subject to qualification requirements. 3 As long as you own your vehicle when repairs are completed at a Mercury authorized direct repair facility. 


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Thursday, August 16

Fingerprinting Party and Networking Reception
Under California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5, most attorneys licensed in California must be re-fingerprinted, and those fingerprints must be submitted to the State Bar of California by April 30, 2019.

The Small Firm & Sole Practitioner Section invites you to join us for this easy and convenient opportunity to fulfill the new fingerprinting obligation and network with fellow practitioners.

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to reserve your spot!


Tuesday, August 21
New Rules of Professional Conduct go Into Effect Later This Year—Are You Ready?
For the first time in nearly three decades, the California Supreme Court has approved a comprehensive rewrite of the Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to California attorneys.  This MCLE program will help you prepare for the implementation of the new Rules, which will go into effect on November 1, 2018.

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Representing Physicians in Evolving and Ongoing Issues

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Crimes & Immigration: New Strategies in an Increasingly Challenging Climate


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