February 2017
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 Balanced Budget Thumbnail LACBA Offers a Balanced Budget for 2017
After several years of struggling to balance its annual budget, LACBA has succeeded for the 2017 calendar year. 

"Achieving a balanced budget was not easy, and it has taken many months of work,” said LACBA President Margaret P. Stevens “We had to make some very difficult decisions. For example, several months ago, our Finance Committee made the difficult recommendation to wind down LACBA’s 38-year-old Civic Mediation Project, which resulted in a reduction to staff and overhead costs. Last week, we presented a balanced budget. But our work to evaluate the revenue and expenses of our operations must continue. During the next few months, the Finance Committee will make additional recommendations to the board and staff as we continue to evaluate the efficiency of our operations.”

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 LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Thumbnail LACBA Immigration Attorneys Mobilize at LAX Following Trump's Travel Ban
LACBA Immigration attorneys mobilized at LAX to offer pro bono legal representation to travelers who were detained and not allowed to enter the United States following President Trump’s Executive Order travel ban. Today, these immigration attorneys continue to provide free legal counsel to those affected by the ban, and file federal lawsuits on behalf of some green card holders and immigrant visa clients who were illegally detained by U.S. authorities.
 Dialogues on Freedom Image Call for Volunteers: LACBA Dialogues on Freedom
LACBA, in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District, is currently looking for judges and attorneys to serve as moderators for its 15th LACBA Dialogues on Freedom, on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 2017. The program sends volunteers to high school classrooms throughout Los Angeles to conduct discussions on the meaning of “freedom,” and how to balance our Constitutional freedoms with our desire for security by using prompts based on situations these students may face at home, school or in their neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dialogues on Freedom Co-Chair Rasha Gerges Shields at rgergesshields@jonesday.com. To learn more about Dialogues on Freedom, CLICK HERE. 
 Write for LA Lawyer Thumb Call for Writers: Los Angeles Lawyer magazine
Los Angeles Lawyer is currently seeking legal-themed articles for its Barristers Tips, Computer Counselor, Practice Tips, and Tax Tips departments, as well as its continuing legal education features. We are especially interested in topics related to immigration, criminal and environmental law. Whether you are a first-time writer or seasoned professional, Los Angeles Lawyer would like your submission. The magazine publishes articles on substantive law issues across any practice area; no area of law is excluded. To learn more, please contact the magazine’s editor, Susan Petit, at spettit@lacba.org or CLICK HERE.
 9th Circuit HS Essay Contest Call for Entries: 2017 Ninth Circuit Court Civics Contest Not to be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment
The Ninth Circuit Court is sponsoring an essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands, which asks students to consider and describe the relevance of the Japanese internment from the 1940s to today as our nation combats terrorism. Each entry should demonstrate an understanding of the history of the internment and its aftermath; explain what constitutional powers and rights were brought into conflict by the Hirabayashi, Korematsu and Endo cases; and discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch—then and now —in resolving constitutional conflicts involving national security and individual rights. To learn more about contest rules, entry instructions and deadlines, CLICK HERE.
Golf Tournament Thumb Registration Open: Take a Swing at a Million Bucks While Supporting LACBA's Legal Services Projects

Join us on Monday, May 22, 2017 for your chance to take a swing at $1,000,000 at LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the beautiful TPC Valencia. 

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 Immigration Project thumb Helping Educate the Immigrant Community about their Legal Rights
One of the goals of the Immigration Legal Assistance Project (ILAP) is to help educate the immigrant community about their legal rights. By knowing their rights they can help themselves. By helping themselves they can keep their families together. ILAP helps the community in two ways—providing accurate information about the immigration process and law, and by working with the Immigration Court to ensure that persons in deportation proceedings also know their rights. There are many “notarios” and consultants acting as though they are licensed attorneys. These unlicensed, unethical self-appointed immigration consultants illegally present themselves as lawyers and share inaccurate advice with their unsuspecting clients. By working with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court, ILAP has helped the immigrant community counter this wide spread abuse.

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Domestic Violence Legal Services Project logo Thank you for Your Support of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project in 2016
Last year 4,254 intimate abuse victims visited LACBA’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles for pro bono legal services. We thank them for trusting us with their stories of brutality. We thank them for the confidence they have in our advice. We thank them for the opportunity to protect them and their minor children. It is our honor to be part of their healing. To learn more about DVP, CLICK HERE. 
magnify_1115 Attorney Billing Statements Revisited: The California Supreme Court Creates More Uncertainty over Attorney-Client Privilege Than it Resolves
The Supreme Court's controversial 4-3 decision in County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court adds confusion and uncertainty to the controversy over the application of the attorney-client privilege to law firm billing statements.

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E&O_icon_1115 Be Careful When Giving Advice Outside Your Practice Area
Recently, in Commonwealth v. DeJesus, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a lawyer's advice to his client in an Immigration matter was constitutionally deficient because he failed to adequately advise his client about the consequences of his plea agreement to a felony in a criminal case, which were that he would be deported.

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 ahern logo Ahern Insurance Brokerage: Professional Liability Insurance Broker
Ahern Insurance Brokerage, LACBA’s preferred professional liability insurance broker, is one of the largest and most respected full-service  insurance brokers in the country specializing in professional liability insurance for law firms. AHERN is prepared to provide superior service and exceptional counsel. AHERN also provides LACBA members with a comprehensive workers’ compensation program with The Hartford. LACBA members qualify for a 10% premium discount through this proprietary program with AHERN. In addition, a dual policy discount of 5% applies when purchasing Hartford general liability in addition to a workers’ compensation policy. AHERN provides LACBA members with employment practices liability insurance through Berkley Insurance Company, offering members premium discounts and specific law firm enhancements.

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 Firm Central Thomson Reuters Logo Thomson Reuters 
Only Firm Central seamlessly integrates your legal research with your legal business. It's the one cloud-based legal practice management software that integrates your documents, contacts, calendar, time-and-billing, legal research, and more to gain a complete and current view of your entire firm.

For a limited time receive a 10% discount on your Firm Central purchase just for being a valued member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. For more information, call 1-888-287-8537 to speak to a practice management sales consultant and schedule a demonstration today!

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LA Lawyer magazine February 2017 

The February issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer  is available online.


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People on the Move

February 25
You Can't Go Wrong! Ethics+Competence+
Elimination of Bias

LACBA’s Nationality Law Section and the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association are teaming up to create a continuing education program packed with information on Ethics, Elimination of Bias, and Competence. Topics to be covered include the proposed new rule on trust accounting, how to draft an effective fee agreement, the ethical boundaries of using asylum as a means of getting a client into court; when/how you may run into ethical issues in the courtroom, and more.


Anatomy of an Enforcement Action: An Interactive Panel with the State and Regional Water Boards

There's No Such Thing as Boilerplate


Aviva K. Bobb PVP Training




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