September 2016
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 LACBA PREC Thumb A Practitioner's Guide to Proposed Rule Revisions

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee (PREC) is seeking members' input on Comment Letters to Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California by Monday, September 12, 2016. The State Bar will also accept individual submissions through its public comment website until the September 27 deadline. 
In June 2016 the State Bar of California Board of Trustees authorized the release of proposed new and amended California Rules of Professional Conduct for public comment period. The deadline for comments is September 27, 2016. Standing on the shoulders of the first Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct appointed in 2001, the Second Commission (RRC2) produced a critical, from-the-ground-up, no-holds-barred revision of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Every California lawyer has a stake in the outcome.  

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Moved recently? Changed firms? Have a new phone number or email address?  Please take a few moments to update your preferred contact information. We want to make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the great benefits of LACBA membership.

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 Experts & Consultants Directory 2017 Thumb October 1st Deadline—Share Expertise with Colleagues by Registering with "L2L" in LACBA's Directory of Experts & Consultants
LACBA's 2017 Directory of Experts & Consultants contains a special section, Lawyer-to-Lawyer (L2L) Referrals where attorneys can share expertise in one or more of 50 practice areas of law with their colleagues. The directory enjoys the largest distribution of any legal resource in the region. In addition to sending copies to all LACBA members, LACBA also distributes the directory throughout Southern California to numerous bar associations, law and public libraries, trial courts, legal centers, government agencies, corporations, and the media. Deadline to register is October 1. 

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 Domestic Violence Project logo Inspired to Help Those in Need  
My name is Carina Jordan, and I have been a practicing, part-time, volunteer attorney for two years. Nine months after I passed the California Bar Exam, I gave birth to my daughter Olivia and put my legal job search on hold to care for her full-time.  

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 Veterans Legal Service Project logo Veterans Legal Services Project Thanks Attorneys and Staff of Foley & Mansfield
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project thanks the attorneys and staff from Foley & Mansfield for donating their time and talents at the Project’s August 17 legal clinic at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. For several Foley attorneys, it marked their third time volunteering to assist veterans at the clinic. Their assistance is crucial in our efforts to help veterans overcome legal barriers to employment, such as outstanding tickets, warrants and criminal convictions. With confidence and improved employability, our clients are able to rejoin the workforce and move on with their lives.

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magnify_1115 To Copy or Not to Copy: That is the Question
As this article is being written, the biggest news story of the day is the accusation that Melania Trump, in her speech on the opening day of the Republican National Convention, plagiarized some parts of Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. By the time this article is published, this story may have faded from public attention. But the accusation should give lawyers pause and encourage us to consider: What is plagiarism? Is it ever permissible in a legal setting or is it per se unethical? The answer may depend on the circumstances.  

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E&O_icon_1115 When Withdrawing from Representation of a Client, Preserve Confidences and Secrets
Use ABA Model Rule 1.6 requires that lawyers preserve client confidences and secrets. When the matter is before a tribunal, there is no need to disclose any confidential information. 

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Ruby Receptionists is the only virtual reception service dedicated to creating meaningful personal connections with every caller—making your callers feel special while making you look good. We answer all your calls with care, using your custom greeting, transferring calls, taking messages and answering questions about your practice—so you can focus on what you do best.

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The September issue of Los Angeles Lawyer will be available online September 12.

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Thursday and Friday, September 22-23
Immigration Law Training Course

LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project is hosting a two-day immigration law training examining immigration legal concepts and procedures, as well as United States citizenship and immigration services and immigration court policies in L.A.   


Friday, September 23
Trusts and Estates Symposium 2016

This year's symposium will include a look at recent changes in California and federal law that significantly impacts probate litigation and estate planning, as well as offering a scholarly and pragmatic guide for success in seeking fee awards in probate matters.  


Structural Engineering 101

Eighth Annual Symposium on Family-Based Immigration Law

Letter of Credit Overview—Giving Credit Where Credit is Due 

The Fair Use Pendulum Swings: Has It Swung Too Far?


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