May 2019
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 ShattuckPriceOutsdngJurist.2019 LACBA to Present its Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to Patrick M. Kelly and the Outstanding Jurist Award to Administrative Presiding Justice Elwood G. Lui

The awards will be presented during LACBA’s Installation & Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2019

LACBA is pleased to announce that it will present its two highest honors—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to Patrick M. Kelly and the Outstanding Jurist Award to Administrative Presiding Justice Elwood G. Lui—at its 2019 Installation &Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Mr. Kelly is being recognized for his extraordinary dedication to the high principles of the legal profession and to improving the administration of justice; and Justice Lui is being honored in recognition of his contributions from the bench through judicial ability and experience, knowledge of the law and the practice of law.

To purchase tickets or firm tables, please call LACBA Member Services at 213.896.6560. Sponsorships are available by contacting Jason Ysais at or 213.896.6558.

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 DIVERSITY AWARD Call for Nominations: LACBA's Inaugural Diversity Impact Award 
Deadline for Submissions is Friday, May 10, 2019

LACBA is currently seeking nominations for its first annual Diversity Impact Award which will recognize those who have tirelessly sought to increase diversity and inclusion in the practice of law and inspire others to do the same. The Award will be given to an individual, bench officer, government legal office, public-interest law organization, law firm, corporation, or other legal service organization for their long and distinguished history of increasing inclusion and diversity in the practice of law. The inaugural Diversity Impact Award will be presented at the 2019 LACBA Installation & Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

To learn more about the Diversity Impact Award and how to submit a nomination, CLICK HERE.
 BROWN-BAG-LUNCH Open House: Discussions With Complex Civil Judges

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Please join us for an informative brown bag lunch discussion and open house with judges from the Los Angeles Superior Court's Complex Civil Litigation Program, who are prepared to address your questions regarding complex litigation practice. Registration will occur in Room 229 of the Spring Street Courthouse. Once you have signed in, you may attend any of the informal discussions taking place with participating judges in their new courtrooms.

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 LABJ-Women-Attorneys-List LACBA Congratulates its Members Named to the LABJ's List of Most Influential Women Attorneys
The Los Angeles County Bar Association congratulates its members who made the 
Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 list of Most Influential Women Attorneys. CLICK HERE to see which LACBA members were selected.  
 LTCI-Thumb Introducing LACBA's Newest Affinity Partner: LTCI Partners Long-Term Care Insurance
The consequences of needing extended care can compromise the emotional and financial well-being of most families as such care is not covered by health insurance or Medicare. As a result, LTCI Partners, LLC was chosen as LACBA’s preferred long-term care insurance agency to help members own meaningful insurance benefits.  Highlights of this program include:
  • Free telephone consultations with an experienced specialist whose sole focus is long-term care insurance. 
  • Access to 10 different insurance companies to help find you the best value—with special member pricing on some plans.
  • Tax qualified plans could provide additional value if premiums are paid from your practice.

To learn more or request a quote, visit or call (844) 349-5405.

 la-phil-lyre Legal Professionals-Musicians Wanted for Disney Hall
Do you play an instrument or sing? The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq., and His Big Band of Barristers are looking for musicians and singers who are lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff. The orchestra and chorus are gearing up for their 10th Annual Disney Hall Concert Extraordinaire on Saturday, June 29. The mission of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is to bring the legal community together and to raise funds for those who cannot afford legal services and other charitable causes. They are auditioning ALL instruments and vocalists. If you would like to try out for these ensembles, please email Take a look at an audition flyer: For more info, visit

 LA Lawyer May 2019 Issue Coming in the May Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
The 35th annual Entertainment Law issue continues its tradition of examining significant developments in the entertainment industry, including legal issues arising from the explosive growth of esports, how Netflix is changing talent compensation, the Music Modernization Act, tax concerns, privacy issues for public figures, "On Direct" with Los Angeles Dodgers EVP and GC Sam Fernandez, Hollywood and the #MeToo movement, and much more.
 veterans legal project logo Wells Fargo Donates $50,000 to LACBA's Veteran's Project
LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank Wells Fargo for its continued generous support. In April, Wells Fargo again selected the project as a recipient of a $50,000 grant. This grant will aid the project in funding its existing services for veterans: clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, expunging criminal convictions and assisting with discharge upgrades. It will also support planned expansion to provide legal assistance for veteran entrepreneurship. Thanks in large part to this grant, the Veterans Project can continue to grow in 2019, and beyond, to assist veterans in clearing legal barriers to employment so that they can take that new step forward toward a brighter future.

We would also like to thank the attorneys and staff of Proskauer, attorneys from the LACBA Barristers/Young Attorneys section, and students and attorneys from the University of Southern California’s Veterans Legal Practicum for providing needed legal services to L.A. County veterans during our March and April clinics. With the support of pro bono attorneys and volunteers, we are able to provide assistance to hundreds of veterans annually.

The Veterans Project is currently looking for attorneys to assist with drafting and preparing paperwork for our veteran clients. CLICK HERE for more information about the project and to sign up to volunteer.

 Golf Thumb Don't Miss It: 10th Annual LACBA/CFJ Charity Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner

Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Wilshire Country Club

There’s still time to join us for a fun-filled day of golf with friends, clients and colleagues. It doesn’t matter if you don’t golf or even like golf, this isn’t just a golf tournament it’s a fantastic networking dinner for all. Enjoy great food, raffle prizes, a silent auction and an amazing golf course!

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 Jim-McCullaugh-Photo-DVP-Volunteer-of-the-Year DVP Volunteer Jim McCullaugh Named Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year

On April 3, 2019, Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) volunteer, Jim McCullaugh, was honored as a Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year. Until recently he had his own private practice in Sherman Oaks focusing on family law and estate planning. In the early part of his career, he was a journalist/editor for Billboard magazine and was later publisher of American Cinematographer magazine. He still consults in the publishing world. Having volunteered with DVP since 2014, and given over 550 hours of his time, Jim was selected for his dedication to providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. 

“What inspires me about the work is that we can help people on the same day as they come in," Jim said. There is an immediacy about it that is profound and it genuinely feels that we are helping to stop imminent harm. It’s some of the most fulfilling work I have ever done.”

CLICK HERE for information on volunteering with the DVP.

 ALSP-logo AIDS Legal Services Project Team Effort Helps Very Ill Client Become a U.S. Citizen

William J. Barrett, managing associate at Orrick, and immigration practitioners Lucy Avedissian and Maribel Reynoso Blunt, represent the best of LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project’s (ALSP) volunteers. Our volunteers' boundless compassion, kindness, patience, legal skills, and sheer moxie to help people living with HIV who truly have nowhere else to turn, have made a difference in thousands of lives. 

In 2017, a frail, HIV+ cancer ridden man who we will call “Alejandro” turned to ALSP for a second time for immigration assistance. Suffering with throat cancer, Alejandro could barely speak, and he had a full-time caregiver, Andy, who became instrumental in assisting ALSP on Alejandro’s behalf.

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 magnify_1115 Don't Insult the Judge

Many in the public have become inured to the barrage of personal insults from the White House, whose occupant freely shares his disdain for our institutions, including the press, Department of Justice, intelligence agencies, FBI, and Federal Reserve, to name but a few. But when his tweets maligned another recurring target, the federal courts, Chief Justice John Roberts publicly rebuked the president.

 E&O_icon_1115 Exercise Reasonable Diligence in Identifying and Avoiding Common Internet-based Scams 

Internet scams have swindled lawyers and law firms out of an estimated many millions of dollars in recent years. Internet scams targeting lawyers are growing unceasingly sophisticated and are on the rise.

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  ThomsonReutersAnsCoThumb Lawyer Directory—By Thomson Reuters is the premier online destination for Spanish-speaking consumers looking for legal help. The site offers comprehensive legal resources, informative videos, and an extensive Spanish-language attorney directory that enables consumers to get help with their legal needs. With unparalleled visibility in search engines, as well as a rapidly-growing audience, advertising in the Abogado directory allows qualified firms and attorneys to reach and connect with Hispanic legal consumers in ways no other directory can match.

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 LA Lawyer May 2019
The May issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is now available online.

 Jobs Board May 2019
Tuesday, May 14

Winning the Battle of the Experts: Developing and Presenting Economic Testimony
Complex litigation and regulatory matters, especially antitrust and unfair competition cases, often hinge on effective expert economics testimony. This program will feature leading expert economists and counsel discussing the proper and effective use of statistical and economic analyses for litigation success in antitrust and competition cases, including economic opinions concerning price fixing, class certification, damages and mergers. 

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Tuesday, May 28
Using Theme and Mechanics to Make Your Point on Appeal: Effective Writing Techniques
An appellate justice and a senior appellate court attorney will offer judicial and staff perspectives on appellate brief writing.  They will share ideas for capturing and holding the attention of the court and staff using theme, sequence, organizing principals, the record, level of detail, and selection of authorities to more effectively demonstrate the presence or absence of prejudice.

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How to Avoid Malpractice: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Guarantees From Title Insurance Companies

New California Rules of Professional Conduct

Solving the Mysteries of Accounting and Getting Your Fees Approved


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