September 2019
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 Diversity and Inclusion Conference LACBA's Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference—Friday, September 27, 2019

Please join us at Loyola Law School for LACBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference which will bring together law firm leaders, in-house counsel, judges, attorneys, bar associations and law students to discuss important issues related to diversity in the legal profession. During the conference, we will explore the business case for diversity; the retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in law firms and in the public sector; diversity on the bench; and growing the pipeline for diversity in the profession.    

Speakers will include Tim McNeal, Vice President of Talent Development and Diversity, Disney ABC Television, L. Song Richardson, Dean of the UCI School of Law, and Hon. Kevin Brazile, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. MCLE credit will be provided.   

For more information, a tentative schedule and list of speakers CLICK HERE.

To register, CLICK HERE.

 Ron Brot Photo Ronald F. Brot and Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis to be Honored at the LACBA Family Law Section's Celebration Dinner & Installation of Officers Saturday, September 28

LACBA’s Family Law Section will bestow its highest honor—The Spencer Brandeis Award—on former section chair and current LACBA President, Ronald F. Brot, at its Celebration Dinner & Installation of Officers on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Hotel Indigo Los Angeles. Mr. Brot is being recognized for his extraordinary impact upon the advancement of family law through creative legal advocacy and commitment to the service of the family law community. The Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge to the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Division, will also be honored for his commitment to the family law community throughout his career as a judge and attorney.

Tickets are available HERE. 
Read the press release HERE. 

 MY LACBA App Download the MY LACBA Mobile App Today!

We are excited to announce that LACBA has launched its “My LACBA” mobile app which will enable LACBA members to register for programs and access their account information from their iOS and Android mobile devices. The app will serve as  LACBA’s mobile hub for content, collaboration and events all year round. Members will have access to dedicated news feeds and forums, a member directory with in-app messaging, one-click event registration and easy membership renewal all in one place!

To download the app, search for “My LACBA” in the App Store (for iPhones) or the Google Play Store (for Androids). Launch the app, and it will ask you to log in. Enter your LACBA user name (for most people, that will be your state bar number) and password. If you need help with this log-in or need a new password, please call our Member Services Department at (213) 896-6560.

A video overview and user guide are available HERE.

 LACBA-Logo-Thumb LACBA Survey on the State Bar Proposals Concerning the Practice of Law
The Los Angeles County Bar Association is taking an active role in representing how our members want to respond to the State Bar proposals concerning the practice of law. On August 27, 2019, LACBA presented a program live and by webcast with speakers from the State Bar and LACBA discussing the proposals. Members in attendance also participated.

In order to present the views of LACBA members, we ask that you please participate in LACBA’s survey on the State Bar proposals. The information collected will not be stored as part of any user data and will be treated as anonymous self-reporting. Anonymous statistical data may be presented in tables. This information will help LACBA analyze the standpoint of its members with respect to the State Bar proposals. We will utilize this information in preparing LACBA’s response to the State Bar. 

If you have questions regarding the collection or use of this survey data, please contact LACBA’s Executive Director, Stan Bissey, at

Thank you for your participation.

CLICK HERE to take the survey.  

 veterans project logo Save the Date: Armed Forces Ball to Support the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project on Saturday, October 19, 2019
You are invited to join us for a very special evening as we celebrate those who have served and raised funds to support LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project and its mission to assist veterans in overcoming legal barriers to their success. This year’s honorees include: Wells Fargo for Outstanding Corporate Service to Veterans; Foley & Mansfield and Proskauer who will both receive the Patriotic Hall Legal Clinic Award; Jodi Galvin, Beth Warner-Sterkenburg and Evelyn Zneimer who will receive the Alan K. Steinbrecher Volunteer Leadership Award; and Ron Bae who will be honored for Special Service to Veterans by an Individual.
 RAND-Institute-for-Civil-Justice Well-Being in the Los Angeles Legal Community: From Promise to Practice
Recognizing that many lawyers struggle with substance abuse or mental health disorders, the American Bar Association recently launched an initiative to improve the well-being of those in the legal profession. The ABA pledge, as well as the related efforts of law firms and law schools throughout the country, reflect a commitment to improving the environment in which many lawyers operate.

Please join the RAND Institute for Civil Justice as we seek to enhance the evolving dialogue around attorney mental health and uncover actionable steps law firms and others can take to move the needle in the right direction.

There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited, and advance registration is required.

to learn more and register for the program. 

 immigration-training-course Immigration Law Training Course—September 26 and 27

Registration is now open for LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project’s two-day training course that is designed for attorneys who are new to the field of immigration law or who have been practicing in the field for less than one year. If you are interested in immigration law, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about immigration legal concepts, procedures, and practical aspects, as well as USCIS and Immigration Court policies in the Los Angeles District Office. 

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 ACMAS-Thumb Arbitrator Training
Expand your practice. Obtain arbitration training and experience from LACBA. This course, on September 19, will provide the basic training required to serve on LACBA’s fee arbitration panel. Non-lawyer (lay) arbitrators, in addition to attorneys, are encouraged to attend this training and join LACBA’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program. Attendees will receive full reimbursement of registration fees upon completion of one arbitration, within 24 months, for LACBA’s fee arbitration program.

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 Los AngelesLawyer cover Coming in the September Issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
Patent protections for blockchain-related innovations; the compelling evidence of “Me Too”; cautionary tales of indy film financing scams; “On Direct” interview with Patrick M. Kelly; book review of Justice John Paul Stevens’s memoir; third-party trust equalization financing for property tax preservation; judicial evaluation maxims; Corporate Counsel’s Guide to California Law Firms and Attorneys special pullout, and much more.  

 Century City Chamber Casino Night Thumb Roll the Dice to Benefit LACBA's Legal Services Projects—Thursday, September 12, 2019

You are invited to a Monte Carlo Casino Night on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Lexus Santa Monica, hosted by the Century City Chamber of Commerce to benefit Counsel for Justice and LACBA’s Legal Services Projects. Don’t miss this amazing night of casino games, live music, DJs, dancing, beer & wine, food by Crateful, Bandero Tequila Bar, magic, and more!

To register, CLICK HERE.

 ALSP-logo Support LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project—October 20, 2019 AIDS Walk Los Angeles

To join or donate to our team today, CLICK HERE.

Thirty years.  Hundreds of volunteer attorneys. Thousands of testamentary documents for people living with HIV.  From every walk of life. Parents, singles, young and old, from hospice rooms, hospital beds and even jails. No matter the size of the estate, all were given the gift of self-determination thanks to the generosity and compassion of volunteer trusts and estates attorneys. 


Join LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) AIDS Walk team and raise money to support vital legal services for people living with HIV.

Decades into the epidemic, the need is still present. A recent survey of people living with HIV (PLWH) in Los Angeles found that 92 percent did not have any advance planning documents including a will or healthcare directive.   

Today, nearly 60,000 people are living with HIV in Los Angeles, almost half are over 50. Drained of their finances and their health, most are disabled and living on Social Security. They need legal assistance to help them preserve their autonomy and otherwise make informed choices on treatment options, end of life decisions, property dispositions and who should manage their affairs.  

 magnify_1115 The Perils of Flat Fee Agreements Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct

With the adoption of the new Rules of Professional Conduct in November 2018, California joined the vast majority of jurisdictions which require attorneys to deposit all client monies, including advanced attorney fees, into a client trust account (CTA). 

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 E&O_icon_1115 Understand Limits on Clients' Requests for Files

When responding to a request for "the file" by a client or former client, do not assume that you know what you need to give to the client. It is important to become aware of the requirements of your jurisdiction and to comply with those requirements.

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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 or call 1 (888) 474-1959 to get a quote.

 ruby-logo Ruby


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 Searchable Civil Register Thumb Searchable Civil Register

LACBA’s Searchable Civil Register enables users to search court summaries for general and limited jurisdiction civil cases based on customizable criteria including bench officer, keyword or phrase, case type, and more. The Searchable Civil Register contains a description of the type of case as well as a list of the parties, law firms, referees, mediators and arbitrators who are involved. Information about how a judge rules on challenges, demurrers and motions is entered as well as the number of trial days. The Searchable Civil Register is free for solo practitioners who are LACBA members and $100 for solo practitioners who are not LACBA members. Law firms can also sign up to use the Searchable Civil Register for a fee based on the number of attorneys in the firm.

CLICK HERE to learn more.


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 Los Angeles Lawyer cover September 2019The September issue of 
Los Angeles Lawyer 
is available online.

 Jobs Board_0919 Update

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Nuts & Bolts of Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure
Are you prepared for the next real estate downturn? Real estate is cyclical and the majority of major real estate markets are well below pre-recession levels. Whether you represent borrowers, lenders, or investors or are looking to expand your practice in the next foreclosure surge you will want to join the real estate finance subsection as we explore a substantive overview of the process and procedures of a successful foreclosure. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment: Issues Facing the Practicing Lawyer
Practicing law is a high-risk profession as evidenced by the fact that approximately 25 percent of all lawyers experience some form of substance abuse and/or depression.  The program will feature legal and healthcare experts sharing legal issues connected with addiction issues facing attorneys; addiction rehab issues; and addiction treatment.

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Nuts And Bolts: Attachment—A Powerful Remedy

Introduction to Federal Opportunity Zones

Records of Survey and the Land Surveyor’s Act


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