October-November 2019
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 Ronald F. Brot Photo LACBA President's Statement on Judicial Independence
For more than two centuries, an independent judiciary free from improper partisan influence has maintained the rights and liberties of the American people. The Framers of our Constitution recognized that, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist No. 78, “[t]he complete independence of the courts of justice is particularly essential” to the separation of powers and to the proper functioning of our democracy. As Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., recently observed, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

The members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association are dedicated to preserving an independent, impartial judiciary free from outside political influence. We therefore reject efforts from any other branch of government to question the courts’ motives, undermine the legitimacy of their decisions, diminish public confidence in their role, or otherwise hinder them in the discharge of their constitutional duties. We stand on the side of the rule of law and the constitutional independence of the judiciary, and we urge our political leaders, our fellow attorneys, and all our citizens to stand with us.          


  Nuremburg Trip Thumb Travel with LACBA: 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Nuremberg Trials

Join your fellow LACBA members and guests, July 11-20, for a week of reflection, education, history, and the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg, Germany that also includes three days in Krakow, Poland with a full day visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. Please note that actual days out of the office are six.

We have partnered with International Business Seminars (IBS) and Creighton University Law School to offer this amazing travel opportunity to our members and their guests. In addition, members from the California Judges Association (CJA) will also be in Nuremberg and we have planned a joint commemoration ceremony and presentation in Courtroom 600 followed that evening with a special commemoration dinner.

Please review the informational flyer for details, itinerary, pricing and the link to register HERESpace is limited so please reserve your spot as soon as possible! 

 Conference of Delegates Thumb Call for Volunteers: LACBA Conference of Delegates

We encourage LACBA members to apply for membership on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2020 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). APPLY HERE.

Participating in the delegation is not only an opportunity to improve laws and promote justice in California, but it is also an opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and networking with an esteemed community of attorneys who are passionate about a broad cross-section of California law.

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  State-Bar-Thumb LACBA Letter to State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation
LACBA President Ronald F. Brot issued a letter on behalf of LACBA to the State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) taking issue with the changes delineated by the latter group. The letter was intended to reflect a broad set of opinions within LACBA’s leadership, member sections, and volunteer committees. Additionally, the Immigration & Nationality Section, the Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, the Trusts & Estates Section, the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee each authored their own response to the ATILS report. 

Click HERE to read the response.                             
 Los Angeles Lawyer December 2019_Covrr Thumb Coming in the December Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
The impact of California's "split roll" property tax initiatives on Prop. 13; revisiting a legal right to shelter amid California's current homeless crisis; how the Taxpayer First Act brings the IRS into the twenty-first century; Section 998 offers to fee shift in arbitration; inside LACBA's Armed Forces Ball (with photos); why newer lawyers are leading volunteer efforts at LACBA's charitable projects; and much more. 

 dvp-logo #LACBA DVP#IAMAware Campaign Raises Over $44,000 to Support LACBA DVP

LACBA Counsel for Justice and the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) would like to thank each of the staff, volunteers, firms, and organizations who contributed to the success of #LACBA_DVP #IAmAware social media awareness campaign. Through their efforts, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, more than $44,000 was raised to support DVP’s work with domestic violence victims. With their support, the DVP continues to provide services to nearly 5,000 victims each year at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the Family Justice Center in Los Angeles.

CLICK HERE to learn more about DVP. 

 vets-logo-new3 LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project Thanks Collaborators

As the fall season gets fully underway, the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank the many organizations, law firms, and foundations that have collaborated with the project to bring free legal services to the veterans of Los Angeles County. To view photographs from the LACBA Armed Forces Ball, CLICK HERE.

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 magnify_1115 Court Allows Lawyer's Contact with Opposing Party's Employee

Employees of a defendant employer can be an important source of evidence for plaintiff’s counsel in employment litigation. However, a lawyer who contacts an opposing party’s employee may be at risk of disqualification. Therefore, it is important to understand when a lawyer can contact an employee of the opposing party, and when such contact is prohibited.

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 magnify_1115 Litigation Financing: A Focus on the Lawyers Duty of Confidentiality 

The legal profession faces pressure to change, in part because technology and other disruptors are challenging the profession's current framework. One disruptor is litigation financing, meaning for this article, third party financing of litigation, with the amount financed to be repaid out of the client's recovery, if any. 

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 E&O_icon_1115 Do Not Put Off Problems to the Last Minute

Lawyers representation of, and dealings with, clients often involve problems that need to be addressed by the lawyer. The problem could be determining that a client will not pay outstanding fees and withdrawing from the representation before it becomes too late to withdraw, perhaps because it is too close to a trial date.

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 E&O_icon_1115 Supervise the Work You Delegate to Others

Lawyers who delegate task to associates, paralegals or other staff are well advised to make sure the tasks have been accomplished and that they have been completed properly. Both the supervising lawyer and the subordinate lawyer may have exposure for malpractice as a result of the mistakes and omissions of the subordinate lawyer. 

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 ISI-100-Year-Logo-Thumbnail ISI Self-Funded Health Insurance Plan

LACBA members now have access to a Self-Funded Health Insurance Plan through Insurance Specialists, Inc. (ISI). Self-Funding offers employers of a practice of 5 or more attorneys a powerful, practical alternative to traditional insurance. It allows employers to directly fund their actual claim costs while limiting their risk with the purchase of stop-loss insurance. Employers are able to choose from a variety of benefit plan designs. Most firms realize immediate monthly savings.  All of the money left in the claims fund at the end of the year goes back to the employer. CLICK HERE for further information. Contact ISI at sales@isi1959.com or call 1 (888) 474-1959 to get a quote.

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 Los Angeles Lawyer December 2019The December issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
will be available online December 7.

 Oct/Nov 2019 Jobs Board

Monday, November 25
Swearing-In Ceremony 
Special program for anyone who passed the July 2019 bar exam.


Wednesday, December 4
You Stole my Screenplay!


It's a Crime (Maybe): Dealing with Concurrent Workplace and Criminal Investigations

The History of the Zoot Suit Riots; War, Prejudice, Criminal Prosecution, Civil Disturbances and their Effect in the 1940s and Thereafter




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