December 2016
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 Conference of Delegates Thumbnail LACBA Seeks Delegates to the Conference of California Bar Associations
LACBA members are encouraged to apply for positions on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2017 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). CCBA brings together attorneys from diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to seek, debate, and promote creative, nonpartisan legislative solutions to law-related issues in California. Following the conference, CCBA works to mold the legislative agenda in Sacramento by working with legislators on bills based directly on the resolutions passed at the conference.

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 Center For Mediation Logo Civic Mediation Project Winding Down
LACBA's Board of Trustees has made the very difficult decision to wind down the Civic Mediation Project. The decision was reached only after many years of attempting to identify appropriate funding sources to help the Civic Mediation Project sustain its operations. LACBA anticipates completing the process by June 30, 2017.

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 Sally Suchil photo LACBA CEO Sally Suchil Announces Her Resignation 

LACBA’s CEO Sally Suchil announced that she will resign her position as Chief Executive Officer effective January 13, 2017. Ms. Suchil will work with staff and volunteers during this transition period. President Margaret P. Stevens commented, “It is with regret that we accept Sally’s resignation. She brought a much-needed business perspective to LACBA when she started in 2009, stepping into a challenging situation at our bar association immediately after the recession. She has worked tirelessly to move LACBA forward, and we have all benefited from her business background and hands-on approach to helping reorganize staff and resources. She will be greatly missed.” Ms. Stevens will appoint a search committee and will retain an executive search consultant immediately.

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 Recurring Giving Thumb LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Now Offers Recurring Giving
As we head into the season of giving, we ask LACBA members and supporters to continue to help us provide pro bono legal services for over 18,000 people each year through a recurring gift.

Counsel for Justice has added the option for you to give a recurring gift to provide support throughout the year. You choose the amount and you can cancel the donation at any time.

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 Wells-Fargo-Thumbnail Wells Fargo Bank Partners with LACBA to Help Veterans

LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project gratefully acknowledges Wells Fargo’s ongoing support of veterans in our community. For each of the last three years—since the Project’s inception—Wells Fargo has provided significant funding to help veterans remove legal barriers to employment.

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 CFJ-Golf-Save-Date-Thumb Golf for Charity 

Save the date for LACBA’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the beautiful Tournament Players Club in Valencia, CA. In addition to supporting life changing work of LACBA's projects: Veterans Legal Services; Domestic Violence Legal Services; Immigration Legal Assistance and AIDS Legal Services, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to play 18 holes on an official PGA course and compete for bragging rights with your colleagues and friends.

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magnify_1115 How to Withdraw From a Superior Court Civil Case
There comes a time in virtually every litigator's career when it will be necessary to make a motion to be relieved as counsel (what we sometimes colloquially call a motion to withdraw). Withdrawing in a professional, courteous, and ethical manner is important to you and to the profession at large. This article discusses how to withdraw from a Superior Court civil action. 

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E&O_icon_1115 Avoid Liability Arising From an "Apparent Partnership"
A lawyer may have exposure to liability for the malpractice of lawyers not in his firm if he allows those lawyers to hold themselves out as if they were his partners. 

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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 prequalified offers from multiple lenders. The average law school graduate that refinances with Credible saves over $40,000. Check out the student loan refinancing guide to see how Credible is helping LACBA members better understand student debt. 

If you have further questions, visit or email Credible's support team at

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The December issue of Los Angeles Lawyer will be available online on December 9

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EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO Edit
Learn to navigate potential conflict of interest issues between U.S. project partners, investors, and immigration consultants.  The program will look at problems created by the “puffing” of consultants and U.S. business partners; identify and troubleshoot compliance issues with the SEC (marketing, referral fees, etc.); red flags of a problematic EB-5 investment; and exit strategies for immigration practitioners; and more. 


Finding the Cancer Cure: Recent Developments, Legal Issues, and Ethical Conflicts Between Patients, Physicians, and Pharmaceutical Companies

The Latest Developments of Environmental Enforcement at the Federal, State, and Local Levels

2016 Fundamental/
Refresher PVP Attorney Training

ICDA Fall Seminar 2016


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