August 2019
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Upcoming Event, August 27:
The Role of Non-Attorneys in Access to Justice

The State Bar of California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) has been charged by the State Bar’s Board of Trustees with recommending changes that seek to address the growing justice gap while balancing the dual goals of public protection and broadening access.

Please join us for a lively one-hour conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of the following questions with a panel of subject matter experts:

• Should regulated non-lawyers, such as limited license providers, and regulated online entities, be allowed to provide legal advice in California?

• Should non-lawyers be allowed to have an ownership interest in law firms so long as they abide by some form of entity regulation?

The State Bar is currently seeking (through September 23, 2019) public comment on proposals for regulatory reforms developed by ATILS, so now is the perfect time to hear from the experts, ask questions, and share your views!

This program is open to all LACBA members and members of LACBA's Affiliated Bar Associations. LACBA members can register online or by phone. If you are a member of an affiliate bar association and would like to attend, please call LACBA Member Services at (213) 896-6560 to register.
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 Privacy Thumb LACBA Announces the New Privacy and Cybersecurity Section
Responding to the needs of lawyers in California and across the country, LACBA's Board of Trustees has approved a new law practice section specifically focused on Privacy and Cybersecurity.
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 Privacy Thumb New Cannabis Section Forming
LACBA is excited to announce that it is forming a new section dedicated to the emerging legal cannabis industry. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and recently adopted a comprehensive and complex regulatory scheme covering the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, and sale of cannabis for both medicinal and adult recreational use. In addition, communities throughout California independently regulate commercial cannabis according to their own priorities. At the same time, possession and commercial production, distribution, and sale of cannabis remain unlawful under federal law. LACBA’s new Cannabis Section will provide top-tier continuing legal education concerning the legal cannabis industry and its many complex issues, including: state and local regulatory compliance, corporate and tax structuring, banking, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property, insurance, litigation, and ethics. LACBA’s Cannabis Section will also provide networking opportunities for legal professionals and industry leaders. If you are interested in joining this new section, please contact: Joshua Mandell, Akerman LLP at, or Ariel Clark, Clark Neubert LLP at, or Alexander Freedman, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles, at

 New Board of Trustees Thumb LACBA Welcomes our New Board of Trustees!
LACBA is pleased to welcome our new Officers and Board of Trustees for 2019-2020. CLICK HERE for a complete list of LACBA’s Officers, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.

 Committee Appointments LACBA 2019-2020 Committee Appointments
LACBA is pleased to announce Committee appointments for the 2019-2020 bar year HERE. Thank you to all those members who are volunteering their time to serve.

 Volunteer Service Awards LACBA Recognizes its 2019 Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award Recipients
LACBA congratulates Jennifer Bonneville, Anthony Bonadies, Suzanne Johnson and Diana G. Vasquez on being named the recipients of its 2019 Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards in recognition of their ongoing support of LACBA’s legal services projects. Without the assistance of these volunteers, and the hundreds of other volunteers who support our projects each day, we would not be able to assist the thousands of people who come to us for help.
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 Immigration Law Training SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Immigration Law Training Course
On September 26 and 27, 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. 
 Superior Court Thumb Unlawful Detainer Mandatory Settlement Conference Training—October 21, 2019
The Los Angeles Superior Court is launching a pilot program to provide Mandatory Settlement Conferences on the day of trial in Unlawful Detainer actions heard at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. This program will be open to current Temporary Judges and attorneys interested in becoming a new Temporary Judge. MCLE credit is provided for this training, and reservations should be received no later than August 16, 2019.  

For additional information, CLICK HERE.
 acmas-thumb The Mandatory Fee Arbitration Update
With the elimination of the California State Bar Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration, which periodically issued Stop Arbitration Advisories to assist fee dispute arbitrators with the law as it applied to the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act (found in California Business & Professions Code §§ 6200 etc.), it is unknown whether any further advisories will be drafted and published in the future.  As such, The Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Services (ACMAS) of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) will be addressing issues of interest to our panel arbitrators through periodic articles which might be found useful.

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 UpdateYourContactInfo-thumb Update Your Contact Information
We want to be sure that your contact information and communication preferences are correct. Please take a few moments to log onto your LACBA account HERE to review and update your information. If you have any questions about updating your contact information and communications preferences, please contact LACBA Member Services at 213.896.6560 or
 July-August Issue 2019 Los Angeles Lawyer In the July/August Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
New LACBA President Ron Brot underscores the many ways LACBA continues to benefit its lawyer members, the administration of justice, and the community at large; what's new in California's new Rules of Professional Conduct; the 20 percent pass-through deduction of the 2017 federal tax act; how the IRS uses "big data" in civil and criminal tax enforcement; the troubled history of California’s business transactions rule; and much more. 
 Veterans Project Thumb Veterans Project Recognizes Volunteers from Gibson Dunn and Farmers Insurance
This summer has been off to a busy start for the LACBA Veterans Legal Service Project, and we would like to thank all attorneys and volunteers who have taken the time to volunteer with the Project so far this year. We’d like to give a special thanks to the attorneys of Gibson Dunn and Farmers Insurance for bringing a full house of pro bono advocates to assist clients in our June and July legal clinics, respectively.  We truly appreciate your continued support over the years.

The Project’s next legal clinic and workshop, covering Outstanding Tickets & Warrants and Criminal Record Expungement, will take place on Wednesday, August 21, at Patriotic Hall. CLICK HERE for additional details.  

 magnify_1115 Cannabis Clients—High Times, or Buzz Kill?
In November 2016, California legalized marijuana for recreational use. The new law created tremendous business opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and others--including attorneys--many of whom jumped into a new practice area of advising operators, growers, distributors, dispensaries, and other participants in the cannabis marketplace.

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 E&O_icon_1115 Document the End of the Attorney-Client Relationship
Generally, completion of the client's objective ends the attorney-client relationship. In terms of malpractice avoidance, however, it is prudent for a lawyer to send to the clients a closing letter of "disengagement" letter.

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AHERN Insurance Brokerage, LACBA's preferred Professional Liability insurance broker since 2008, is one of the largest and most respected full-service brokers in the country specializing in insurance for law firms. As part of one of the top 10 insurance brokerages in the world, Acrisure LLC, AHERN is nationwide in their presence and are endorsed by five major bar associations including LACBA. Together they insure over 7,500 law firms ranging in size from 1 to 1,100 attorneys.

In addition to Professional Liability, AHERN offers a wide variety of comprehensive insurance products including a Workers’ Compensation program with The Hartford (LACBA member discounts apply) and Employment Practices Liability insurance (wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment coverage) with specific law firm enhancements.

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Cvr_JulAug2019UpdateThe July-August issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is available online.

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Thursday, August 29
Dependency System Basics for Delinquency Lawyers
Please join us as attorneys Jaryn Saritzky and Maggie Brandow of Children’s Law Center of California, Los Angeles outline the basics of the dependency system.  During this presentation you will gain perspective about the various stages of dependency cases, the resources available to clients and parents and hopefully provide a familiarity with dependency that will help you in maximizing your effectiveness when working with dual status youth.

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