January 2019
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 cle-countdown CLE Compliance Group (A-G) Deadline is February 1, 2019

Still in search of hard to get CLE? Need to fulfill all your hours?  LACBA has many products to help you meet this year’s deadline, including: 25-Hour CLE-in-a-Box (includes 6-Hour Required Subjects), CLE Bundle (6-Hour Required Subjects-only), live programs, On-Demand, and Los Angeles Lawyer self-study articles and CLE tests. 

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 Bench-Appointments-Thumbnail LACBA Members Appointed to Bench

LACBA congratulates the following members who were appointed as California Superior Court Judges by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.: Daniel M. Crowley, Mary E. Kelly, Jeffrey S. Cohen-Laurie, David K. Reinert, and Jessica A. Uzcategui. 

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 Bridging The Gap Thumb Save the Date: Bridging the Gap—Saturday, March 30, 2019

If you are a recent law school student graduate or young attorney, you will not want to miss Bridging the Gap 2019 – From Books to Billable – A Primer for Success on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  This one-day program is designed to help first- and second-year attorneys make the transition from law school student to legal professional.  Bridging the Gap features prominent “faculty” with specific area expertise sharing their insights for new attorneys.  We encourage you to take advantage of this free program to expand your professional network with LACBA’s Barristers/Young Attorneys and other section leaders.  Event registration will open in early 2019.  

 UCLA Mock Court Thumb Volunteer Attorney Judges for Civil Mock Trial Tournament
UCLA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Program is seeking volunteer judges, attorneys, and law students to serve as Presiding Judges or Scoring Judges for the only two Los Angeles area collegiate mock trial tournaments of 2019. The Mock Trials will be held at UCLA on January 19–21, 2019, and the opening round of the National Championship on March 9–10, 2019, at the Santa Monica Courthouse. 

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 LAL_Jan2019Cvr_UpdateThumb In the January issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

The Ninth Circuit's pending review of the Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy decision en banc; status of criminal tax liability after Marinello v. United States, deciphering real estate financing jargon, construction defect liability, a six-month state of LACBA report, "On Direct" with Los Angeles Conservancy CEO Linda Dishman, disruptive technology litigation, Agustin Olvera, Los Angeles County's first judge, and much more.

 cfj thumb The R. Gerald Markle Memorial Endowment

LACBA Counsel for Justice gratefully acknowledges the longstanding contributions of The R. Gerald Markle Memorial Endowment for its support of CFJ and LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veteran’s Legal Services, AIDS Legal Services, and Immigration Legal Assistance Projects. The Endowment has donated more than $18,000 to support LACBA’S pro bono projects since it was established 14 years ago by Ellen A. Pansky.  Last year alone, the projects helped more than 17,000 clients obtain essential legal services, in support of a more just Los Angeles.

 dvp-logo DVP Needs Volunteers Like you to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) is in immediate need of volunteers to help victims of domestic violence at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Our clients need your help to prepare complicated and lengthy legal documents, which are required in order to file a Temporary Restraining Order and other legal protection from their abuser. No prior experience is necessary, and onsite training is provided. 

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 magnify_1115 New Rules of Professional Conduct Include Much Broader Rule Regarding Civil Rights
The new California Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules) include significant changes to the rule regarding civil rights. New rule 8.4.1 replaces old rule 2-400 and significantly expands the prohibitions in the areas of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Rule 8.4.1 is fairly lengthy, and there are six official comments to rule 8.4.1, all of which provide clarification of the rule or interpretive guidance regarding its application.

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Document a Client's Direction to Act Contrary to Lawyer's Advice

ABA Model Rule 1.2(a) and similar rules adopted in many states require that a lawyer abide by a client's decisions concerning the objectives of representation and consult with the clients as to the means by which they are to be pursued.

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 LPMP-Thumb LACBA's Law Practice Mediation Program
LACBA’s Law Practice Mediation Program (LPMP) gives lawyers a confidential forum to resolve a wide range of practice issues privately and expeditiously. Parties can resolve disputes that may arise within an attorney's practice or in relation to another law firm. Mediators for the program have experience in resolving business, partnership, and employment matters. Parties interested in participating in the Law Practice Mediation Program must pay an administrative fee and pay an equal share of the mediator’s hourly rate.

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Lawyer Referral Service
Make it your objective to build business in 2019! LACBA members immediately save $350 on 2019 Lawyer Referral Service membership. In 2018, members of LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service billed over $10,000,000 in attorneys’ fees. The Lawyer Referral Service, SmartLaw, is a great way to generate prescreened referrals and build business. Membership available to attorneys in the following counties: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. For details, contact SmartLaw by calling (213) 896-6571 or by sending an email to SmartLaw@lacba.org


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Californians save an average of $628 when they switch to Mercury, the Preferred Auto and Home Owner Insurance Provider of LACBA. (Savings info based on 2017 CA Department of Insurance rate comparison profile 38B. Individual savings may vary.) Benefits include repairs guaranteed for life (when completed by a Mercury authorized direct repair facility), 24/7 claims reporting, and online repair tracking.

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 LA Lawyer Cover - January 2019The January issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is now available online.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Top 10 Things Landowners and Their Lawyers Need to Know
Prior to acquiring land or pursuing any sort of land use or regulatory permit from a local, state or federal agency, one needs to consider several issues.  This interactive workshop will walk you through the key items to consider. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Barristers/Young Attorneys Bench Meets the Bar Reception
LACBA’s Barristers/Young Attorneys Section is proud to host a cocktail reception at the Jonathan Club for our local state and federal judiciary. This will be a great opportunity for LA's young attorneys to spend an evening mingling with the judges who work so hard each and every day in our courtrooms.

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Current Issues in Equitable Easements 

New Rules of Professional Conduct Go Into Effect Later This Year—Are You Ready?

Coping with the Trauma from Criminal Cases



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