June 2017
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Rick Cohen Photo LACBA Names Rick Cohen as its Chief Executive Officer Through 2018
LACBA is pleased to announce that former Buchalter Managing Partner Rick Cohen has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Rick officially started serving as CEO on Monday, May 22, 2017, and will serve through 2018.

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 LACBA Election Nominees icon LACBA Officers and Board of Trustee Nominees 
The re-nominations for the LACBA 2017-18 Officers and Board of Trustees are available HERE. President-Elect Michael E. Meyer will ascend to the position of LACBA President.

 Juvenile Defender Program Thumb LACBA Establishes Independent Juvenile Defender Program
LACBA is seeking attorneys to participate in its Independent Juvenile Defender Program, the first appointed counsel program in California to provide a full range of social welfare and legal services to support juvenile defendants and their attorneys. The program was established in partnership with Los Angeles County to provide legal services to youth charged with crimes in the juvenile delinquency system. 

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Linda Barker Photo Linda D. Barker Receives LACBA's Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award 
LACBA congratulates Linda D. Barker, general counsel of Los Angeles Capital, who was the recipient of the Corporate Law Departments Section’s 2017 Annual Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award. Linda was selected in recognition of her exceptional performance and career achievement as an in-house corporate counsel. 

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LACBA ACMAS Thumb Fee Dispute Arbitration: Get Trained Online!
The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s long-standing and renowned Fee Dispute program is seeking arbitrators. The Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Service (ACMAS), administrated by LACBA for over thirty years, is a great way to tune up and leverage your arbitration skills with LACBA. This critical program allows clients and lawyer to address fee disputes in a number of contexts.

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LACBA Counsel for Justice Raises More Than $85,000 for LACBA’s Legal Services Projects

On May 22, at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Valencia, golfers took to the greens in support of the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, where more than $85,000 was raised to support the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s legal services projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services, Immigration Legal Assistance and AIDS Legal Services.

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Domestic Violence Project logo Children are Victims of Abuse
A distraught mother and her 14 year-old daughter, Grace, walked into LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.  This is her story:

“My former boyfriend, Peter, only sees our daughter Grace every few years. Yesterday, he left five voice mails, telling me that I better bring our daughter to visit or else I’d be sorry. When I did not respond to his calls, he sent a text message which said, ’Bring my daughter and throw her over the fence, you fat bitch. I’m going to slaughter that stupid little girl.’

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vets-logo-new3 Thank You From LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project
May was a very busy month for the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project and we have many people and groups to thank. First, the Project thanks Wells Fargo’s Community Relations team who brought together volunteers from locations across Los Angeles County to join the Project at Patriotic Hall to offer an evening of free Financial Literacy Workshops for veterans on May 5. The workshops were engaging and informative, ranging from tips to paying off debt and managing investments, to buying a home and starting a business. This was the first in a series of workshops expected in the coming year, and we are very excited to work with Wells Fargo to provide this service to LA’s veterans.

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magnify_1115 New Developments in the Interaction of Sarbanes-Oxley's Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys and California's Ethics Rules
After Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enacted rules imposing mandatory, internal, "up the ladder" reporting requirements on attorneys (Part 205). An attorney representing an issuer of securities must report evidence of the issuer's material violation of securities laws or material breach of fiduciary duty.[i]

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E&O_icon_1115 Be Careful When Entering into Tolling Agreements
A lawyer may be asked by a former client to toll the statute of limitations on claims the client believes he or she may have against the lawyer. Sometimes the former client needs time to investigate the facts, and sometimes the client will not know if he or she is damaged until a certain judicial proceeding has concluded.

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Thomson Reuters: How Small Law Firms Succeed Under the Pressure of Today's Challenges...or Fail
In the State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study, more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders were asked about the challenges they face, how they define success and changes they’ve made, or should be making, to support a long term growth strategy in the ever changing legal marketplace. Of the respondents, 90% recognized that they face at least three challenges that may be impacting the success of their firm, if not now, then in the future. What’s more interesting is that while the challenges were acknowledged, a minority of small law firms are taking proactive steps to confront the challenges they face – which could consequently be devastating for the firm.

How does your firm measure up to the challenges identified in the study? Compare your firm’s challenges and successes to those of other small law firms by downloading a free copy of the State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study Report. Taking this simple step will get you moving down the path to a successful future.

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LACBA's BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Credit Card
Earn 1% cash back on all purchases; 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs; 3% cash back on gas. The 2% cash back on grocery store and wholesale club purchases and 3% cash back on gas purchases applies to the first $2,500 in combined purchases in these categories each quarter. After that, the base 1% earn rate applies to those purchases.

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 LA Lawyer June 2017 Cover

The June issue of Los Angeles Lawyer is now available online.

 Jobs Board June 2017
Thursday, June 15
Bankruptcy Judge Ernest M. Robles: Pet Peeves and Best Practices
Join United States Bankruptcy Judge Ernest M. Robles and moderator J. Scott Bovitz as they discuss Judge Robles’ pet peeves, reveal the best way to handle the most common motions/trials in Judge Robles’ court, and make suggestions for improving practice in consumer and business cases.

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Saturday, June 24
IJD MCLE Summer Training Seminar I—Utilization of IJD Human Capital, Immigration Law, and Juvenile Dependency
IJD staff will address scenarios in which it would be appropriate and necessary to employ the IJD Resource Attorney, Writs and Appeals Attorney, or Social Worker, with special emphasis on referral procedures, services provided, and ethical considerations. Our speakers will cover a range of topics on the subject of juvenile justice, including issues of immigration as they apply to juveniles and understanding juvenile dependency records.

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Ethics—All You Need to Know—2016

Conflicts of Interest for Real Estate Lawyers

Internet, Mobile and Digital Law: Latest Trends and What to Know for 2017



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