March 2019
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 CommitteeVolunteersThumb Call for LACBA Committee Volunteers

Whether the issue affects the law, the profession, the justice system, or society, LACBA committees have earned a respected reputation for playing a leading role in the study and analysis of these matters. If you would like to be considered to serve on a committee, the deadline to complete and submit your application is April 26, 2019 for bar year 2019-20.

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 BridgingTheGapThumb Register Today! Bridging the Gap 2019, Saturday, March 30

Please join us for this special one day program featuring prominent attorneys and judicial officers with specific practice area expertise sharing their insights targeted at helping first- and second-year attorneys make the transition from law student to legal professional. This program includes lunch, a perfect opportunity to expand your professional network with LACBA’s Barristers/Young Attorneys and other section leaders. Topics will include the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Labor/Employment, Family Law, Probate, Criminal, Public Interest, Immigration, Entertainment and Civil.

Featured Keynote Speakers:

  • Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon

    Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 3

  • Hon. Kevin C. Brazile
    Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

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 Brian Sun Photo Brian Sun to Receive the Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award at Bench Meets the Bar on Wednesday, March 20
This year’s prestigious Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon features the annual bestowment of the Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award to Brian A. Sun, a distinguished trial lawyer in complex business litigation and white collar defense.

The Award is given annually by LACBA’s Litigation Section to a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm and collegiality as the award’s namesake, Jim Robie.

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 LACBA-Office-Space-for-Lease LACBA Office Space Available for Lease
We hope that you have had the opportunity to attend programming or other events at LACBA’s downtown offices at 1055 West 7th Street, where we currently occupy the 26th and 27th floors. This has been our professional home since 2009. The world has changed in the intervening 10 years and so has LACBA! We are in the midst of efforts to improve the efficiency of your association, and that includes better utilization of our staff, including relying on remote workers for many of our call center-based departments. These efficiencies create the opportunity to sublease our extra space at headquarters.  

We are excited to offer our 26th floor (19,000 square feet) for sublease at a competitive rate. The sublease could last as long as the master lease, which ends March 31, 2026. Please contact our Chief Financial Officer Bruce Berra at with any questions or if you’d like to tour the space.

We are excited to transition some of our staff to a remote work model that better serves the needs of our members and will result in a smaller physical footprint for LACBA, while maintaining the same positive member experience. Thank you for your membership and support as we continue building a better bar for all!
 Los Angeles Lawyer 0319 In the March Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

Pros and cons of buying bankruptcy assets, an insider's guide to writ dispositions, legal implications of a cashless economy, retroactive application of Dynamex, "On Direct" with Los Angeles County Public Defender Ricardo Garcia, consumer protection laws and self-driving cars, and much more.

 veterans-logo Farmers Insurance and Foley & Mansfield Help Veterans with their Legal Needs
The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank the attorneys and staff from Farmers Insurance and Foley & Mansfield for providing pro bono legal assistance to our veterans for the January and February legal clinics.  It is through the support of our pro bono attorneys that a difference can be made in the lives of veterans, like Vickeisha.

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 magnify_1115 I Cannot Tell A Lie—Attorneys and Rules Regulating Truth Telling

Many of us were exposed in school to the story of George Washington and the cherry tree: Young George, when asked about a cherry tree which had fallen victim to his hatchet, said, "I cannot not tell a lie" and therefore admitted that he had felled the tree. Historians doubt that this ever occurred but it remains an enduring parable in American culture.

With apologies to "Honest Abe" Lincoln, members of our profession sorely lack a good parable about honest lawyers. We have instead a number of Rules of Professional Conduct which mandate that attorneys be truthful. Unfortunately, the reality of modern practice suggests that at least two of these rules reflect a reality no more factual than young George and his tree.

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 E&O_icon_1115 Communications with Multiple Clients

The Rules of Professional Conduct require certain kinds of communications with clients. When attorneys represent multiple clients, they will sometimes communicate directly with one client who is designated to inform the other clients of any information provided by the lawyer. 

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AHERN Insurance Brokerage
AHERN Insurance Brokerage, LACBA's preferred Professional Liability insurance broker since 2008, is one of the largest and most respected full-service brokers in the country specializing in insurance for law firms. As part of one of the top 10 insurance brokerages in the world, Acrisure LLC, AHERN is nationwide in their presence and are endorsed by five major bar associations including LACBA. Together they insure over 7,500 law firms ranging in size from 1 to 1,100 attorneys.

In addition to Professional Liability, AHERN offers a wide variety of comprehensive insurance products including a Workers’ Compensation program with The Hartford (LACBA member discounts apply) and Employment Practices Liability insurance (wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment coverage) with specific law firm enhancements.

For a Quick Quote, submit an online application today.

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AI for Attorneys by Thomson Reuters

Artificial intelligence technology is in the news and on lawyers’ minds as they consider how advancements in machine learning and automation will affect their industry. Will it become standard? What is “good” legal AI? And how are attorneys using it? 

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The March issue of 
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is now available online.

Tuesday, March 12

Top Ten Cases in Real Estate for 2018
The program examines the impact that California courts and the U.S. Supreme Court 2018 rulings will have on the practice of real estate law in California, and provides an overview of important developments in the law that California real estate lawyers need to know.

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Saturday, March 16
Civil Litigation Walk-Through Program—L.A. Superior Court
Join LACBA for this year’s civil litigation walk-through program to learn about case filing to trial verdict; gain valuable insight about case management, law and motion; discovery, pretrial and trial and more at the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

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Elder Abuse Claims and Challenges to Real Estate the Risks Associated with Real Estate Sales/Loans When Dealing with Senior Citizens or Dependent Adults

Immigration Law Case Strategies and Policy Updates: I-9 Enforcement Under the Trump Administration

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


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