December 2018
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 140th Anniversary Gala LACBA Celebrates 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community

More than 300 judicial officers, attorneys, government officials, and other dignitaries came together to celebrate the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 140-year legacy of leadership in the Los Angeles legal community at the its 140-Year Anniversary and Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the beautiful City Club Los Angeles.

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 Diversity Pledge Thumb Invitation to Pledge: LACBA's Renewed Commitment to Increase Diversity in the Legal Profession

LACBA invites law firms, businesses, public legal departments, law schools, public service organizations and governmental agencies to join in its renewed commitment to increase diversity in the legal profession. 

Joining is easy. Adopt the Statement of Goals and Principles for the Legal Profession with Respect to Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion of Attorneys that are Members of Historically Underrepresented Groups and agree to facilitate three actions from the List of Best Diversity Practices. Thereafter, each pledged signatory will be showcased on LACBA’s website and potentially additional means.

The law firms of Crowell & Moring LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Kutak Rock LLP have taken the pledge!

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 Conference of Delegates Thumb Call for Volunteers: Delegates to the Conference of California Bar Associations

You are invited to apply for membership on LACBA's Delegation to the 2019 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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 Dialogues On Freedom Thumb Save the Date: Dialogues on Freedom—March 14-15, 2019
LACBA, in collaboration with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles Superior Court, and Los Angeles Unified School District, is asking judges, attorneys, and law school students to Save the Dates of Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, 2019, to participate in the 18th Annual Dialogues on Freedom. The program challenges high school students to debate the balance of individual freedom and security using volunteer driven prompts on free speech, the right to privacy, and dress codes, among others, to encourage students to consider how the concepts of freedom, law, and justice impact their daily lives.  
 LA Lawyer December 2018 Thumb In the December issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

Getting paid in Bitcoin: California’s new ethics rules on accepting crypto-compensation for legal services; how the Wild West of cryptocurrency enforcement will be won; Compton Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer on the return of LACBA's "Bridging the Gap" program; "On Direct" with employment attorney Rob Hennig; pot-protective employment laws looming in 2019; crafting separate statements in motions for summary judgment; review of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's My Own Words; and much more. 

 alsp-logo AIDS Walk Team Raises $8,000 to Support the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project
LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project AIDS Walk would like to thank the many volunteers, individual donors, team members, LACBA staff, Counsel for Justice Board members and walkers who raised more than $8,000 support vital legal services for people living with HIV.

From a generous donor—“You have made so many lives better by all you have done for people with HIV! Thank you!”

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 dvp-logo #LACBA_DVP#31DaysofAwareness Campaign Raises Over $33,000 to Support DVP

LACBA Counsel for Justice and the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) would like to thank each of the volunteers, firms, and organizations who contributed to the success of #LACBA_DVP #31DaysofAwareness social media awareness campaign. Through their efforts, we raised more than $33,000 to support DVP’s work with domestic violence victims at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

A list of campaign sponsors can be found HERE.

 magnify_1115 The Dos and Don'ts of Witness Compensation
Every so often something occurs in the context of your practice that causes you to revisit an area of the law, leading to a broader understanding of that particular subject. The following scenario is based on a true story, and leads to a broader understanding of the circumstances under which a lawyer may, or may not, compensate a witness.

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 E&O_icon_1115 Be Cautious When Your Client Gives You Possibly Stolen Evidence

The ethics rules of most states do not specifically address the propriety of an attorney’s review and use of materials which may have been stolen or otherwise acquired without permission from their rightful owners. Rule 1.15, however, usually includes the requirement that, if a lawyer receives property in which third persons have an interest, the lawyer must notify these persons and promptly deliver the property to them. 

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LA lawyer Dec 2018The December issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is now available online.

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Tuesday, December 11

Why, When, and How to Bring a Revocable Trust Proceeding
A discussion of the law and strategy of bringing a (proposed) conservatee’s pre-existing trust into a conservatorship proceeding.  Probate litigation attorneys will provide their own perspectives on the tactics and decisions surrounding this process.

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Saturday, December 15
Minor's Counsel Guardianships Training
This program provides the basics for representing children in guardianship proceedings in the Probate Court, as well as giving guidance on legal issues that typically arise for court-appointed minor’s counsel and practical advice for representing minor children.  It is intended to cover some of the requirements of California Rule of Court 5.242(c).

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Fraudulent and Voidable Transfers Update: Bankruptcy and Superior Courts

Industrial Stormwater Litigation: Leveraging Lessons Learned to Avoid Future Risks

It's Not Just Compensation—What Every Real Estate Profesional Should Know About Eminent Domain Litigation


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