February 2019
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 Brian Kabateck Photo Thumb LACBA President Brian S. Kabateck Named a Metropolitan-News Person of the Year for 2018

LACBA congratulates its President Brian S. Kabateck, R. Rex Parris and Alice A. Salvo who were selected as Metropolitan-News Enterprise Persons of the Year for 2018.  Please click on each of the honorees names to view their profiles on the Metropolitan News Enterprise Website:  Brian S. KabateckR. Rex ParrisAlice A. Salvo.

 LRS-Smartlaw-thumb Join LACBA and Save $100 on Your Lawyer Referral Service Panel Dues

LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has reduced its membership dues for LACBA members from $300 to $200. Now, LACBA members can get the same valuable service from LRS at an even greater value. Non-LACBA members can still join LRS at an annual rate of $550. In recent years, attorneys on the LRS panel have collectively billed over $10 million in attorneys’ fees annually.

LRS members receive prescreened client referrals to insure that clients are solvent, willing to hire a lawyer and generally have an actionable legal issue. LACBA’s LRS saves you time and money on your marketing efforts and client screenings by taking care of that work for you! 

The service refers clients in every substantive practice area and operates in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.

Contact LRS  for details: Email: SmartLaw@lacba.org, Website: SmartLaw.org, telephone: (213) 896-6571. To join or renew your LACBA membership, please contact Member Services at (800) 456-0416.

 Shattuck Price Nominations Nominations Sought for Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award
LACBA members please submit your nominations for LACBA’s 2019 Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award by March 1. The Board of Trustees selects the recipient from a confidential list of nominees submitted by the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award Committee. Established in 1968, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in the Los Angeles County. The contributions may be the result of the person’s own efforts or the result of providing leadership or inspiration to others. 

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 Outstanding Jurist Nominations Thumb Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award
LACBA encourages its members to submit nominations for LACBA’s 2019 Outstanding Jurist Award by March 1. Each year, the Board of Trustees selects the recipient from a confidential list of nominees submitted by an award committee. Established in 1979, the Outstanding Jurist Award is presented to a current or past member of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County. The award is viewed as recognition of a distinguished career on the bench as well as for contributions to the community and the practice of law.

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 Dialogues on Freedom Thumb Register Now to Moderate Dialogues on Freedom

LACBA, in collaboration with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles Superior Court and Los Angeles Unified School District, is currently seeking judges, attorneys and law school students to serve as moderators to lead high school students in debating the balance of individual freedom and security. Utilizing real-world examples on free speech, right to privacy, and dress codes, among others, moderators will encourage students to consider how the concepts of freedom, law and justice impact their daily lives. If you would like to serve as a Dialogues on Freedom moderator on either Thursday, March 14, or Friday, March 15, 2019, please CLICK HERE.  

 Bridging The Gap Thumb Registration Open—Bridging the Gap—Helping Young Attorneys Make the Transition into the Legal Profession
Recent law school student graduates and newer attorneys are invited to join us for Bridging the Gap 2019, a one-day program designed to help first-and second-year attorneys make the transition from law school student to legal professional. The program features leading lawyers from various practice areas sharing their expertise and insights. The program will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2019, at LACBA's downtown Los Angeles offices. 

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 ec19 Cover Thumb Check Your Mailbox—Exclusive Member Benefit: 2019 Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants Arrives Soon
LACBA's 2019 Southern California Directory of Experts & Consultants is the most comprehensive registry of legal expertise in the region with hundreds of pages of medical, technical, scientific, and forensic witnesses. This month, only LACBA members will find it in their mailbox along with Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. The directory is an exclusive benefit that members can refer to all year long.
 la-phil-lyre Lawyers & Judges in Harmony: Big Band Bonanza—Gary S. Greene, Esq. and His Big Band of Barristers on Saturday, February 9, 7:30 PM at the Moss Theater
Popular songs and classic big band tunes will be featured at this Big Band Bonanza concert where lawyers, judges, law students, and legal staff come together in harmony on Saturday, February 9, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Gary Greene, Esq. and His Big Band of Barristers, aka “America’s #1 Legal Band,” will perform favorites including “Sing, Sing, Sing,” "Body and Soul," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," “Copacabana,” “Eleanor Rigby,” "Over the Rainbow," “Beauty and the Beast,” "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me," a Gershwin medley, and more. The Singers In Law, Roxy Darr and Mary Stanford will perform with Gary's Big Band. CONCERT TICKETS are $20 to $45. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
 Write for Los Angeles Lawyer 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 department, as well as its continuing legal education features. 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 Pettit, at spettit@lacba.org.

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 February cover of Los Angeles Lawyer In the February Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

Newly enacted Senate Bill 1421, California's landmark police transparency law; executive coaching for lawyers; cost factors in Section 998 offers; "On Direct" with Robert Ragland, Los Angeles County public health counsel; legal consequences of failing to manage stress; statutory constrains on partnership agreements; Notorious RBG at the Skirball, and much more. 

 cfj thumb LACBA Counsel for Justice Thanks its Law Firm, Corporate and Foundation Donors

Through Counsel for Justice (CFJ), LACBA’s pro bono projects provide critical legal services to thousands of clients every year—over 18,000 in 2017—in the areas of: Domestic Violence, AIDS, Immigration and Veterans.

We are fortunate to have the strong support of LACBA and hundreds of lawyers, law firms and companies who provide essential financial support and volunteer their time to deliver critical pro bono legal services to the residents of Los Angeles County. WE WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR LAW FIRM, CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION DONORS who donated at least $5,000 to CFJ or LACBA's 2018 Installation and Awards Reception, with net proceeds supporting the projects, as well as those longstanding supporters who contributed at least $2,500 in 2018.

CLICK HERE for a list of donors.

 Golf Thumb Golf, Dine and Network at MountainGate Country Club in Brentwood on Monday, April 8
We work 80 hours a week and sometimes more. We balance work, family, relationships, exercise and health issues. We get by on four or five hours of sleep a night because there is just no more time in the day, and yet we truly love what we do. However, periodically we look in the mirror and recognize that we as individuals need to kick back, enjoy life, celebrate our uniqueness, and recharge our spirit for ourselves and our families. 

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 dvp-logo Volunteers Needed: You Can Make a Difference 
Arnold & Porter's Karen Rigberg Shares Why She Volunteers

One of the most rewarding aspects of my professional career are the Monday mornings I spend at LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project. When I started at the clinic, I had no particular experience or expertise in family law. I only knew I wanted to support and protect victims of domestic violence. As an attorney volunteer, I work one-on-one with people who have made the very painful decision to obtain restraining orders against people they love or once loved, including a parent, spouse or child. Many have quietly endured years of abuse and when they walk in to the clinic they often feel tired, ashamed, unsure and very afraid. One of my personal goals is that when they leave with their paperwork they feel more empowered and supported than when they walked in. If you want to make an immediate impact on someone’s life, I encourage you to volunteer your time with the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.

To become a DVP volunteer, CLICK HERE.
 magnify_1115 Public Protection 2.0
"Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the State Bar of California and the board of trustees in exercising their licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount." Business and Professions Code section 6001.1.

At first glance, it was a plan like any other plan, unlikely to stir the hearts of anyone but its framers, until January 2018. At its annual planning meeting, the State Bar of California's board of trustees added to its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan[i] Goal 4, Objective d, which required a study to review online legal service models and determine if any regulatory changes are needed to better support access to justice through the use of technology. The purpose of the study was to balance the dual goals of public protection and increased access to justice. It implied that if public protection and access to justice require balancing, they may be competing goals. Under Business and Protection Code section 6001.1, if rules and statutes regulating the legal profession protect the public but inhibit access to justice, public protection comes first, and access to justice trails—or fails.


Make Record of Client's Direction to Take Action

In most states, the Rules of Professional Conduct require that lawyers abide by their clients' decisions concerning the objectives of representation. Lawyers who violate these rules face exposure to disciplinary proceedings and to claims by clients that the attorney's unauthorized action caused some financial harm. 

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Recommended by 48 state and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the trusted payment partner of more than 50,000 law firms. Designed specifically for attorneys, LawPay protects IOLTA accounts and correctly separates earned/unearned fees. LACBA members benefit from competitive rates, no startup costs, no minimum processing requirements, no annual subscription fees, and PCI compliance included.

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Casetext is a legal research platform that saves attorneys time and money through cutting-edge research tools, including artificial intelligence technology, and affordable pricing. A recent study showed that attorneys researching on Casetext spend 24.5% less time researching and find 20.8% more relevant results. The service normally costs $65/month on legal research, but LACBA members get a 15% discount, bringing it to $55.25/month.

You can find more information and sign up for a 14-day free trial at https://casetext.com/lacba, and join Casetext for 15% off HERE.

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 Los Angeles Lawyer February 2019The February issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is now available online.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Transgender and Nonbinary Youth: Improving Legal Access for the Vulnerable
The Los Angeles Superior Court Access and Fairness Committee and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee present a two hour cultural sensitivity training on issues affecting transgender and nonbinary youth in juvenile dependency proceedings.  The training will address implicit biases in serving the needs of gender non-conforming youth and will include a medical and psychological component that focuses on trauma and how such experiences can impact interactions in the courtroom. Attendance is limited.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Representing Health and Technology Startups
This program highlights key legal issues for health care startup companies through their life cycles, and the unique challenges that health care entities face in translating innovation into commercial and clinical practice. Real-world examples will be used to address corporate formation/governance, FDA regulation, corporate practice of medicine, fraud and abuse, privacy, Intellectual Property (copyright, trademark and patent) and enhanced licensing strategies.

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Prop. 65 Update: Latest Evolutions of California’s Toxic Warnings

Introduction to Healthcare Leasing

Legal Ethics: Empower Your Immigration Practice



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