October 2018
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 Gala Thumbnail LACBA's 140-Year Anniversary & Awards Gala 

You are invited to join us as we celebrate LACBA’s 140-year legacy of leadership in the Los Angeles legal community during LACBA's Anniversary & Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the City Club Los Angeles. The celebration will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards presentation at 7:00 p.m. At the event, LACBA will present the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to past LACBA President David J. Pasternak and former LACBA Trustee J. Michael Hennigan, and the Outstanding Jurist Award to the late Hon. Beverly Reid O’Connell. To purchase tickets or firm tables, please call LACBA Member Services at 213.896.6560. Sponsorships are available by contacting Jason Ysais at jysais@lacba.org or 213.896.6558.

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 Conference of Delegates Thumb Call for Volunteers: Represent LACBA as a Conference Delegate

We encourage LACBA members to apply for membership on LACBA’s Delegation to the 2019 Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). APPLY HERE.

CCBA brings together attorneys from across the state representing diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to seek, debate, and promote creative, nonpartisan legislative solutions to law-related issues for the benefit of all Californians. Following the annual conference, CCBA works to mold the legislative agenda in Sacramento by having its lobbyist work with California legislators on bills based directly on the resolutions passed at the conference.

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 Bring A Guest Thumb Bring a Guest to a LACBA CLE Program for Free

LACBA is encouraging its members to “Bring a Guest” (a non-LACBA member) to a regular section CLE program (three hours or less) for FREE to experience the very best in legal education with friends both old and new! And, if your guest signs up for LACBA membership at the event he/she will receive one FREE section membership ($50 value) for their first year! As a thank you for bringing a guest YOU will receive a future Section program (three hours or less) for FREE as well.

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 40 Hour MediationTrng Thumb LACBA Unveils New 40-Hour Mediation Training Program

LACBA is pleased to introduce its new 40-Hour Mediation Training program which fulfills the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act and builds upon the Association’s experience as a leading provider of mediation services.  Registration for the first installment of the program, which is scheduled for January 2019, is now open at www.lacba.org/40-hour; and is limited to 40 participants. Upon completion of the program, attendees will have met the mediator training and educational requirements to serve as panelists throughout California. The program is open to lawyers and non-lawyers. 

 High-School-Mentoring-Thumb Volunteers Needed: LACBA's High School Mentoring Program

LACBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee is seeking volunteers to participate in its 11th Annual LACBA’s High School Mentoring Program.  This year’s mentoring programs will occur at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. LACBA's High School Mentoring Program allows attorneys, judges, law students, and others in the legal profession to serve as mentors to encourage high school students to pursue legal careers. 

Speakers, who include former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Rico (a Wilson H.S. graduate), former MABA President Elizabeth Uribe (a Wilson H.S. graduate), and Clyde & Co. Partner Craig Barnes, will address the students in the Wilson H.S. Moot Courtroom, with group mentoring sessions in the outside courtyard. In addition, we will be taking the students on a field trip to visit the Los Angeles Superior Court in February 2019. To volunteer or learn more, please contact Diversity in the Profession Committee Vice Chair Ann I. Park at apark@foleymansfield.com

 Los Angeles Lawyer magazine Thumb In the October issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

Peacocks on a Plane? The confusing state and federal regulations on traveling with emotional support and service animals; “On Direct” interview with cannabis attorney Allison Margolin; admissibility of expert opinion testimony; tort liability in divorce; preventing cyber bullying at school; progress on the right to counsel in civil matters; Kavanaugh and the president's emoluments case; and much more.

 dvp-logo #LACBA_DVP#31DaysofAwareness Social Media Campaign
LACBA’s Counsel for Justice would like to thank each of the organizations and law firms who have already answered the call to support the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project during its #LACBA_DVP #31DaysofAwareness social media campaign to raise funds to help women, men and the elderly obtain Temporary Restraining Orders to protect them from their abusers.  Each of these sponsors has adopted a day in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to help support the ongoing work of the Project. 

To learn more about DVP, become a sponsor of the campaign, or donate, CLICK HERE.  
 ALSP-logo Join the AIDS Legal Services Project AIDS Walk Team on October 21st so we can Continue to Help People like "RB" who are Victims of Discrimination

“RB” is a 55-year-old, long-time survivor of HIV and Stage 4 cancer.  She walks with a cane and often needs a wheelchair to get around.  Needing assistance, RB asked her landlord for permission to add a tenant as a live-in aide. He responded to her request by giving her a 60 day Notice to Vacate after she had been a model tenant for six years. 

RB was fortunate to find housing closer to her doctor’s office while her case was under review by the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH). Thanks to the assistance of her Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP pro bono team, who filed the complaint with DFEH, RB received a $12,000 settlement check and the landlords were ordered to attend four years of landlord and anti-discrimination training.

When you raise funds for the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project AIDS Walk Team, you bring vital legal services directly to those who need it most, like RB, along with legal education and outreach to try and prevent legal questions from developing into legal quagmires.

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 magnify_1115 Money Matters: Will the Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct Change the Way You Handle Your Client Trust Account?
Everyone tells us that change is good, but when it comes to revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorneys are wise to proceed cautiously—particularly when it involves money. Handling client trust funds, whether they belong to your client, to you, or to a third party, is an enormous responsibility. As a result, it may be helpful to consider your client trust accounting duties in light of recent changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct which become effective November 1, 2018. The bookkeeping standards, first enacted in 1993, remain part of new Rule 1.15 with only minor changes. However, there have been other substantive revisions which you should know about to avoid problems with your clients, or the State Bar.

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magnify_1115 What Makes A Prosecutor Special?
Unlike lawyers who are duty bound to serve their clients as zealous advocates, a prosecutor is an advocate of justice for all parties, not just one particular side. This dual role—as both the defendant's adversary and a guardian of the defendant's rights—is reinforced by Rule 5-110, which became effective on November 2, 2017.

Entitled "Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor," Rule 5-110 consists of seven sections, (A) through (G), largely mirroring ABA Model Rule 3.8.  On November 1, 2018, Rule 5-110 will be renumbered as Rule 3.8, but will otherwise remain unchanged.

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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 determine 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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 Los Angeles Lawyer magazine October 2018

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

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Thursday, October 18

Arbitration: A Favored Process? 
This program explores the reasons for using arbitration, the perceived risk of potential bias, the limited circumstances under which arbitrators’ decisions make it to the appellate courts, and the impact of arbitration, if any, on the development of the law. It will also examine the differences between federal and state laws governing arbitration, and the recent focus by the media, legislatures, and other organizations on the use of arbitration.

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Friday, October 19
51st Annual Securities and Regulation Seminar
Senior Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice officials, together with representatives of other regulatory agencies and leading private practitioners, will present a comprehensive review of current events and developments in securities and corporate law.

This seminar will include discussions of SEC initiatives, rulemaking and priorities, as well as an overview of judicial, regulatory and enforcement developments, regulatory examination insights from the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, raising capital for small and medium-sized businesses, the SEC whistleblower program, recent developments in mergers & acquisitions transactions, and other matters of interest. 

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Evaluating Claims of Environmental Threat: The Case Study of Beverly Hills High School

The Art of the Archive: Document Retention Issues and Best Practices for Design and Construction Professionals

Initial Coin Offering



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