November/December 2015
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e4L-icon-112415 LACBA's Online Expert Witness Directory Provides Access to Hundreds of Forensic Experts in More Than 500 Specialty Areas
Looking for an expert for an upcoming case?—LACBA’s free online directory for expert witnesses, legal consultants, litigation support, lawyer-to-lawyer referrals, and dispute resolution providers—draws from its comprehensive database to supply attorneys with information about qualified experts across five major areas: Expert Witnesses & Consultants; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals; Litigation/Legal Services; and Expert Witness Referral Services.

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CMP-logo-new1115 The Next 100 Years of ADR at Home and Abroad
The 10th Annual Weil Lecture on November 17 featured Ambassador (ret.) David Huebner, currently a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s international arbitration, public international law, and national security practices. Previously, he served as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and held several other senior positions in the Asia Pacific region. As Ambassador, he was honored for innovative statecraft, social media communication, science and technology policy efforts, and whole of society outreach. He was the first openly LGBT person confirmed as Ambassador by the Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution has taken certain of his materials into its permanent collection of American history. Ambassador Huebner presented lively, engaging remarks, followed by sweeping, detailed responses during the Q/A period. LACBA Civic Mediation Project (CMP) thanks Munger Tolles & Olson for hosting the lecture at its downtown Los Angeles office. Event proceeds benefit CMP’s community and youth peer mediation programs.
LALawyersPhil-icon-1115 LA Lawyers Philharmonic Donates Portion of Concert's Net Proceeds to Counsel for Justice
LA Lawyers Philharmonic generously donated a portion of the net proceeds from its summer concert extraordinaire at Disney Hall to LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) in support of LACBA's legal services projects in five key areas: domestic violence, support of our veterans, immigration assistance, AIDS legal services, and civic mediation. Do you sing or play an instrument? LA Lawyers Philharmonic is looking for advanced singers and musicians who are lawyers, judges, legal assistants, and law students. Find out about auditions here.

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AIDS-logo-new1115 Counsel for Justice—on Behalf of LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project—Receives Donation from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
The law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is generously donating attorney’s fees it was paid by the Department of Justice under the Equal Access to Justice Act to LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP). The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded fees to Manatt following a successful case Manatt handled on behalf of a pro bono asylum/withholding referral from ALSP.

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DVP-logo-new1215 Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Thanks Attorneys and Staff from Kolodny Law Group
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Kolodny Law Group for their generous financial donation to the project. Kolodny is a three-year major donor and also provides lunch gift cards for the clinic’s petitioners. In addition, its attorneys and paralegals provide legal assistance at the project. Since the beginning of 2015, 97 attorneys from various firms and as sole practitioners have volunteered 3,034 hours to help victims of intimate abuse protect themselves and their children from family violence.
vets-logo-new3 Veterans Legal Services Project Thanks Sheppard Mullin and LACBA Barristers (October Legal Clinic) and Proskauer Rose (November Legal Clinic)
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks Sheppard Mullin and LACBA Barristers for their generous assistance at the project's October 21 legal clinic, and Proskauer Rose LLP for its generous assistance at the project's November 18 legal clinic, both at Patriotic Hall. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 190 attorneys from firms and legal departments have volunteered nearly 1,000 hours to help veterans work through legal barriers to their employment, such as clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, and expunging criminal convictions—making a tremendous difference to Los Angeles County's veterans.

magnify_1115 Penalty Called on Zealous Advocacy
The recent reversal of the National Football League’s suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the “Deflategate” scandal is a timely lesson on the perils of overly zealous advocacy. In National Football League Management Council v. National Football League Players Association, __ F. Supp. 2d __ (S.D.N.Y. 2015), the NFL’s lawyers turned a rush to judgment into a rout. Recently, the collapse of Deflategate was echoed by an overly zealous prosecution in California, with repercussions for a local lawyer and his client.

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magnify_1115 You’re Outta Here! Avoiding Disqualification When Representing Small Organizational Clients
Disputes between shareholders or partners in closely held organizations are not uncommon. When there are only two 50% shareholders in a corporate entity, or two equal partners in a partnership, the question often arises whether the organization and one of its members can be represented by the same lawyer, whether there is a conflict of interest between the organization and the individual member, and if there is, can the conflict be waived and by whom?

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E&O_icon_1115 Disbursing Disputed Escrow Funds
When the parties to the escrow both claim the funds, what does the escrow holder do? Sometimes, to complicate matters, one of the parties to the escrow is the escrow holder's client.

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E&O_icon_1115 Heading Off Future Conflicts with Waivers
When you are engaged by a new client, is there anything you can do to keep the option of representing the party adverse to your new client in the future?

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clio_1115 Clio: Cloud-Based Practice Management System
Clio is the most widely used cloud-based practice management system. Tens of thousands of lawyers use Clio to organize their cases, invoice clients, track time, and manage their practice. Working on Mac and PC, and through iPhone, iPad, and Android apps, lawyers can easily access and manage their practice from any location and on any device. Clio is the only practice management platform that integrates with other LACBA member benefits such as LawPay for credit card processing. Los Angeles lawyers can plug these services together for seamless syncing of information. Clio also integrates with other popular software such as Dropbox, Quickbooks, Google Mail, and Google Apps, letting law firms design their perfect practice from their favorite tools. LACBA members receive a 10% discount on Clio..

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credible1115 Credible: Student Loan Refinancing
Credible is a simple, free service that can help LACBA members and their families save money by comparing their student loan refinancing options. With Credible, student debt holders can submit a single form and receive offers from multiple lenders. The average law school graduate who refinances with Credible saves over $40,000, and it only takes 20 seconds to get a savings estimate. You can also check out Credible to learn more about important student loan topics.

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mercury-112515 Mercury Insurance: Auto and Home Owner Insurance
Californians save an average of $498* on their auto insurance with Mercury, the Preferred Auto and Home Owner Insurance Provider of LACBA. When you choose Mercury, you will also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are protected by a company Forbes named as one of America's most trustworthy companies. And you will also get great benefits, too, like repairs guaranteed for life (when repairs are completed by a Mercury authorized direct repair facility), 24/7 claims reporting, online repair tracking, and personalized service and expert advice from your own local agent.   *Savings info based on 2015 CA Dept. of Insurance rate comparison profile 38A. Individual savings may vary.

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thomson-logo-112515 Thomson Reuters
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