July 2019
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 Installation Recap Thumbnail Installation and Awards Dinner

LACBA welcomed more than 560 state and local officials, judicial officers, LACBA members, and other special guests to the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel to celebrate the installation of Ronald F. Brot as LACBA’s 2019-20 president. 

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 Pro Bono Services Award Sidley Austin LLP Receives LACBA's First Annual Pro Bono Legal Services Award
On Thursday, June 27, the Los Angeles County Bar Association presented its first annual Pro Bono Legal Services Award to the team of Doug Axel, Anand Singh, Nisha Chandran and Sean Collins from Sidley Austin for their work on behalf of LACBA’s Independent Juvenile Defender Program.

Notwithstanding recognition by the ABA as one of three exemplary defense programs in the United States in 2018, because of the novel approach to providing legal services, a Los Angeles judicial officer refused to appoint attorneys from LACBA’s program.

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 Jacqueline-Real-Salus-Thumb Jackie Real-Salas Receives the 2019 Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine Samuel L. Lipsman Service Award

Los Angeles Lawyer  is proud to present its 2019 Samuel L. Lipsman Service Award to editorial board member Jackie Real-Salas. The award was established in memory of the publication’s late Editor and Publisher, Sam Lipsman, to honor an editorial board member or author who has provided exemplary service on behalf of Los Angeles Lawyer­­—specifically, an individual who has made a long-standing commitment and material contribution to the magazine. 

 Power Act Presention The Power Act: Promoting Pro Bono Legal Services to Empower Survivors of Domestic Violence
On July 11, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at the First Street U.S. Courthouse, Chief Judge Virginia Phillips of the U.S. District Court will moderate a 1-hour panel presentation pursuant to the 2018 Federal POWER Act, which promotes pro bono legal services that empower survivors of domestic violence. The panel will feature Hon. Thomas T. Lewis of the Los Angeles Superior Court, as well as representatives of LACBA’s Counsel for Justice and Domestic Violence Project, the LA City Attorney’s Office, Neighborhood Legal Services and Legal Aid Foundation, all focused on delivery of legal services to domestic violence victims and the availability of pro bono opportunities for members of the bar to help these victims. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND—NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, ADMISSION IS FREE, AND 1-HOUR OF MCLE CREDIT WILL BE PROVIDED.  

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 Judicial-Diversity-Summit SAVE THE DATE: Judicial Diversity Summit—Saturday, September 21, 2019

Justice Martin Jenkins (Judicial Appointments Secretary for Governor Gavin Newsom) and Catherine Valerio Barrad (Chair of LACBA’s Judicial Appointments Committee) will be among the guest speakers at the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Judicial Diversity Summit, which will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Newly appointed judges will also be discussing their judicial positions, their experience and tips on making it through the appointment process.

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 CCG-Cvr-Thumbnail Registration Opens for 2019 Corporate Counsel's Guide to California Law Firms and Attorneys

Specialized guide will appear in September issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

Nothing is as important—or as difficult—as gaining the attention of in-house counsel when it comes to business development strategies. This September, LACBA and Los Angeles Lawyer will provide a unique advertising opportunity to reach this elusive market.

Los Angeles Lawyer is now accepting registration for the annual Corporate Counsel’s Guide to California Law Firms and Attorneys, a specialized guide that will be inserted into the September 2019 issue as a pullout section.

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 ACMAS-Thumb Become a LACBA Fee Dispute Arbitrator
One of the many ways LACBA provides value to lawyers and the profession is the administration of fee disputes. Here, lawyers with arbitration experience have a great opportunity to conduct hearings and issue awards related to Mandatory Fee Arbitration under Business and Professions Code §6200 and other fee arbitrations.

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 UpdateYourContactInfo-thumb Update Your Contact Information
We want to be sure that your contact information and communication preferences are correct. Please take a few moments to log onto your LACBA account HERE to review and update your information. If you have any questions about updating your contact information and communications preferences, please contact LACBA Member Services at 213.896.6560 or msd@lacba.org
 July-August Issue 2019 Los Angeles Lawyer Coming in the July/August Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
New LACBA President Ronald F. Brot underscores the many ways LACBA continues to benefit its lawyer members, the administration of justice, and the community at large; what's new in California's new Rules of Professional Conduct; the 20 percent pass-through deduction of the 2017 federal tax act; how the IRS uses "big data" in civil and criminal tax enforcement; the troubled history of California’s business transactions rule; and much more. 
 Century City Chamber Casino Night Thumb SAVE THE DATE: Century City Chamber of Commerce Monte Carlo Casino Night, Thursday, September 12

A portion of the proceeds to benefit Counsel for Justice

You are invited to a Monte Carlo Casino Night on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Lexus Santa Monica, hosted by the Century City Chamber of Commerce to benefit Counsel for Justice and LACBA’s legal services projects: domestic violence, veterans, immigration and AIDS. You won’t want to miss this amazing night of casino games, live music, DJ, dancing, beer & wine, food from some of your favorite restaurants, magic, and more!

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 GOLF-Tournament-Thumb 2019 CFJ Golf Fundraiser—a Smashing Success

The 10th Annual LACBA Counsel For Justice Charity Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner was truly a celebration of giving. During its first 10 years, this annual fundraiser has netted $500,000 for LACBA's pro bono legal service projects (Domestic Violence, Veterans, Immigration, and AIDS). Our projects assisted over 18,000 clients in 2018 to obtain critical legal services.

This year the CFJ Golf Fundraiser was moved to the beautiful Wilshire Country Club. One hundred and twenty golfers and over a dozen major sponsors participated and were greeted by an energetic events team for breakfast and a putting contest before 30 foursomes teed off for an afternoon of golf and interaction with our on-course sponsors and games.

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 LAW Rocks Thumb Down By Law Rocks for LACBA's Counsel for Justice
The Eighth Annual Law Rocks Los Angeles battle of the bands concert fundraiser was held at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on March 21 & 22, 2019. The event was emceed by KROQ’s Stryker (DJ), who got the crowd going and on their feet.

This year, the line-up consisted of 14 amazing bands, all of which gave an outstanding performance on behalf of the non-profit organization they selected to sponsor. Among them was Down by Law, with legal talent from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; Reed Smith, who rocked for LACBA Counsel for Justice and raised $7,818.

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 magnify_1115 Think Before Tweeting: An Overview of an Attorney's Duties With Respect To Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool for networking and communication, allowing users to publish information with ease. But the ease and accessibility provided by the platform poses risks, as the ill-considered use of social media may raise ethical and/or liability concerns vis-à-vis 1) current or former clients, 2) prospective clients, and 3) third parties. An attorney using social media should be mindful of how the attorney's duties of confidentiality, loyalty and care may be implicated.

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 E&O_icon_1115 Lawyers Should Not Admit to Malpractice Liability Even If an Error Was Made

Sometimes lawyers are too quick to admit that they have committed malpractice. Sometimes, even if an error has been made, however, the error does not constitute malpractice.

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 LTCI-Thumb LTCI Partners Long-Term Care Insurance

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Cvr_JulAug2019UpdateThe July-August issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is available online.


July 11, 12, 18, 19, 26
40-Hour Mediation Training: July 2019
Expand your practice as a mediator or as a temporary judge, or just get better at problem solving. LACBA’s 40-Hour Mediation Training is a great place to start. This training begins on July 11, is Dispute Resolution Programs Act compliant, is great for lawyers and non-lawyers, and is exceptionally affordable by comparison. This training covers the core principles and methods of ADR as well as the foundations of mediation skills. Attendees who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion. 

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