March 2016
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Roxanne Wilson headshot Roxanne M. Wilson to Receive Robie Award from Litigation Section
The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation Section will present LACBA Trustee Roxanne M. Wilson with its Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award at this year’s Bench Meets the Bar program on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  The award was created in memory of past LACBA Trustee and Litigation Section Chair Jim Robie, an accomplished trial lawyer and consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system. Ms. Wilson was chosen as this year’s recipient because she demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the award’s namesake.
To register for the event, CLICK HERE.
2016 Shattuck Price Award Nominations Sought for Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award
LACBA encourages its members to submit nominations for LACBA’s Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award. Each year, the Board of Trustees selects the recipient from a confidential list of nominees submitted by an award committee. Established in 1968, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, one of LACBA’s most prestigious awards, is presented annually to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in 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.
Sloan_Sheldon Former LACBA President Sheldon "Shelly" Sloan Passes Away
It is with great sadness that the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) announces the passing of Hon. Sheldon “Shelly” Sloan on February 26, 2016.  Judge Sloan was a leader in the legal profession and held a number of federal, state, and bar positions, including LACBA President and Chair of LACBA’s Judicial Appointments and Judicial Elections Evaluation Committees, as well as President of the State Bar of California.

golf-2016 Take a Swing for Charity at LACBA Counsel for Justice Golf Tournament on May 23, 2016, at TPC Valencia: Registration Open
You are invited to join us at the 7th Annual LACBA Counsel for Justice Golf Tournament on May 23, 2016, at the beautiful Tournament Players Club in Valencia. In addition to playing 18-holes on a PGA-certified 18-hole championship golf course, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a number of on-course contests including: putting contest, prizes for a Hole-in-One (on specific holes), longest drive and more! Everyone who participates in a special raffle ticket package will be entered into a drawing to take a shot of a lifetime at a Million Dollar Hole-in-One or $100,000 Hole-in-One. Will it be you?  The proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go to supporting LACBA’s legal services projects which work in five key areas: domestic violence, legal support of our veterans, immigration legal assistance, AIDS legal services, and civic mediation. To register for the event and/or to become a tournament sponsor, CLICK HERE.
PROBONOPOLICTY-Thumb LACBA Pro Bono Policy is Available Online
The Los Angeles County Bar Association Pro Bono Policy and accompanying commentary adopted by the Board of Trustees are now available online.  The pro bono policy encourages attorneys to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year.   Last year alone, LACBA members provided more than 18,000 hours of pro bono legal services through LACBA’s projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services, Immigration Legal Assistance, AIDS Legal Services and Civic Mediation.

EB-5INVESTORTHUMB LACBA Immigration and Nationality Law Section Hosts EB-5 Investor Visa Program Seminar
The Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Section held its third biennial seminar on the EB-5 Investor Visa Program on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, which was created to encourage wealthy foreigners (and their families) to invest money in the United States as a method of obtaining permanent residency. To qualify, individuals must invest $1,000,000 or at least $500,000 in a designated high unemployment or rural area (Targeted Employment Area), creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers, excluding the investor and his or her immediate family.

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gilleo-head Clearing Open Container Ticket for Operation Desert Storm Veteran Provides Path to a Better Life
Ron Gilleo, attorney and volunteer at the LACBA Veterans Legal Assistance Project, vividly remembers Craig, a nine-year Army veteran, who came to the project’s clinic at Patriotic Hall. “He was frazzled, trying to adjust to life in a men’s domiciliary after being homeless for a number of years,” Ron remembers. Craig came to the clinic for help in clearing an open container ticket that he received when he was living on the street. This ticket resulted in the suspension of his driver’s license, severely restricting his ability to obtain employment.

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vets-logo-new3 Thank You from LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Foley & Mansfield for their generous assistance at the Project's February 17th legal clinic at Patriotic Hall. Dedicated Foley attorneys stayed late into the evening to complete consultations for all Veterans in attendance. Last year, more than 200 attorneys volunteered more than 1,000 hours to help veterans work through legal barriers to their employment, such as clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, and expunging criminal convictions—making a tremendous difference to Los Angeles County's veterans.
magnify_1115 Attorneys' Fee Lien Enforcement Traps
Lawyer A represents a client in making a claim for personal injuries arising out of an automobile accident. Lawyer A has a contingency fee agreement with the client that provides for Lawyer A to receive 35 percent of any amount received in settlement if a settlement demand is made prior to the termination of the lawyer-client relationship.

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E&O_icon_1115 Avoiding Risks When Closing Files
Generally, completion of the client's objective ends the attorney-client relationship.  In terms of malpractice avoidance, however, it is prudent for a lawyer to send to the client a closing letter or "disengagement" letter.

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Mercury Insurance
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Outstanding Jurist Award 2016



The March issue of
Los Angeles Lawyer will be available online by March 8

March 16
LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Volunteer Training
Join LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) for its upcoming volunteer training, and earn three hours of CLE credit. Volunteers provide a valuable service to a vulnerable population and gain expertise in the area of family law. No previous experience is required. Attorneys, legal professionals, and law students volunteer for two 3 hour sessions per month for 7 months. In order to volunteer for DVP, LACBA membership is required.

March 24 and 25
Immigration Law Training Course
Please join LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project for this two day training course, designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration or have been practicing in the field for less than one year. The training will focus on immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects, as well as USIC and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. Presented by LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project.
Disclosures Required of Sellers in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Sales

Introduction to Title Insurance

Trusts and Estates Symposium: Ethical Considerations for the Probate Bar and Trust Contest Strategies


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