December 2017
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 Stanley Bissley Photo Stanley S. Bissey Named LACBA's Executive Director

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has selected Stanley S. Bissey to serve as LACBA’s next Executive Director, effective January 16, 2018. Bissey joins LACBA having served as the Executive Director and CEO of the California Judges Association (CJA), the largest private association of active and retired judicial officers in the country, since 2003.

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 Member Private Policy Update Thumbnail LACBA Updates its Privacy Policy

LACBA’s Board of Trustees has adopted an updated privacy policy for its members which will go into effect on January 8, 2018. The privacy policy describes how LACBA collects, uses, and shares your information.  

Read the updated privacy policy HERE.

 Section Chair Email Policy Section Chairs Emailing Existing LACBA Members
At the request of several Section Chairs and many Section members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to LACBA’s privacy policy to allow LACBA to disclose to each Section Chair the names, email addresses and other professional contact information of members of his other Section whose addresses are in the United States. The purpose of this change is to facilitate communication by the Section Chairs with Section members about matters of perceived interest to the Section.

Because this is a change from the policy in effect when your current membership began, you have the right to opt out of this information-sharing arrangement or emailing LACBA’s member services department on or before January 8, 2018.

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Apply now for the 2018 Delegation

LACBA members are encouraged to apply for positions on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2018 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA).

CCBA brings together attorneys from across the state representing diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to seek, debate, and promote creative, nonpartisan legislative solutions to law-related issues for the benefit of all Californians. Following the annual conference, CCBA works to mold the legislative agenda in Sacramento by having its lobbyist work with California legislators on bills based directly on the resolutions passed at the conference.

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 ACMAS-Thumb Mediating Law Partnership Disputes Concerning Compensation—It's a lot About Attitude

Few things can derail the working relationship among law partners (including LLC members) more than disputes over distributions (partner compensation). These disputes often involve substantially more than a mechanical application of contract provisions.

Compensation is a symbol of status, contribution, and value in and to the partnership/enterprise. These disputes can be intensely personal. Their resolution, or non-resolution, will likely have profound implications for working relationships among partners, associates, and staff.  So the process of resolving these disputes requires special sensitivity to personal relationships. And the discussions must be covered by “cone of silence” confidentiality protections. 

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 GOLF-SAVE-DATE Save the Date: LACBA Counsel for Justice 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

FORE!!! Join us on Monday, May 21, 2018, at MountainGate Country Club for 18 holes at this world-class golf course in support of LACBA’s Legal Services Projects at CFJ’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. In addition to golf, you’ll also enjoy refreshments on and off the course, dinner and a chance at wonderful raffle prizes. Sponsorships are still available!

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 ALSP-logo Twenty-Two Year Odyssey to US Citizenship for Cuban Born Immigration Living with HIV

It took Cuban immigrant Jose Picarrera, 57, 22 years to become a U.S. citizen because he had to overcome the U.S. ban on HIV+ immigrants and visitors. The ban began in 1987, under the Reagan Administration and remained in force until 2010, when this intensely homophobic and HIV phobic restriction was finally removed under President Obama.

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 CFJ Thumb CFJ Welcomes Exciting New Additions to its Board
Joining the CFJ Board of Directors are Natasha R. Chesler, Derek R. Flores and James (Jimmy) A. Santiago. "All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community service and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to serve our community by providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, provide immigrants with accurate information about their legal rights, help veterans clear tickets and warrants so they can find employment, and stand up to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS,” Brian Condon, CFJ President-Elect said.

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Donating One Billable Hour Can Help Those With the Greatest Need in Los Angeles

Your donation will help LACBA’s legal services projects provide a first line of defense to victims of domestic violence; provide immigrants with accurate information about their legal rights; help veterans clear tickets and warrants so they can find employment; and stand up to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Every billable hour you contribute provides thousands of dollars in pro bono legal services.

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 Wells Fargo Logo Thumb Wells Fargo Community Support Team

A heartfelt thanks goes out to the amazing staff in the Wells Fargo Legal Department. Their commitment to support LACBA’s legal services projects is truly aweing and humbling. We simply cannot continue to help people in need in our community without the loyal and generous support of donors like the team at Wells Fargo. Thank you!

magnify_1115 Conflict Checks: When, Who and What
We all know that we need to run conflict checks before accepting an engagement. But is that the only time we need to run a check? Who should be run through the check? What constitutes a sufficient conflict check? It is worth reviewing these rules from time to time.

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E&O_icon_1115 Are There Persons Who Believe That They Are Your Client When You Think They Are Not?
When a lawyer declines to accept a legal matter, it is best to communicate that declination to the declined client in writing, by a non-engagement letter, to avoid any misunderstanding. Non-engagement letters should expressly inform the prospective client that the law firm has not provided any advice regarding the legal matter and will not represent the prospective client in that matter.

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Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect™ allows you to expand your knowledge and confidently respond to your clients on their legal issues. It gives you immediate access to the most up-to-date material, not just within your practice area, but also within Bankruptcy, Commercial, Corporate, Finance, Labor & Employment, and many others you might not specialize in. You can view Practical Law Connect as another member of your team, offering you the support for the expanded legal know-how you need to attract and retain your clients.

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Thursday, December 14
Ethical Issues for Healthcare Lawyers

Whether you represent or work with health plans, health care providers or patients, attorneys practicing in the health care and life sciences fields face daily ethical questions. This two hour program will examine ethical questions related to regulatory compliance, corporate codes of conduct and ethics, and corporate social responsibility considerations, and more. This program qualifies for 2.0 hours of Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

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Saturday, December 16
Hitting a Moving Target...BALCA Cases, Updates and Hot Topics
Join the LACBA Immigration & Nationality Law Section and a panel of experts to sharpen your skills on labor certification and keep you up-to-date with new strategies on PERM.  Speakers will cover critical drafting nuances, traps in the process, what's new, and two special topics: Special Handling Labor Certification for Colleges and University Professors and Scholars; and Schedule A, Group II Exceptional Ability Cases in the Science and Arts.

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Recent Developments in Real Estate Finance

The Ins and Outs of Shopping Center Ground Leases

Practicing Immigration Law before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. district Court


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