September 2017
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 LACBA Exec Dir Search Thumb LACBA Seeks Members Input on its Executive Director Search
LACBA is currently searching for an Executive Director. Not surprisingly, we have received the names of a number of well-qualified candidates from various sources who could fill the position, all without the assistance of an Executive Search Firm. If you know of anyone who you would feel comfortable recommending to the Board of Trustees as a potential candidate, please CLICK HERE to submit their name.  The Board of Trustees will make the final decision.
 Senate Bill 276 Thumb LACBA Opposes Senate Bill 276 which Seeks to Split the Ninth Circuit Court
The Los Angeles County Bar has sent a letter to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein from California in opposition of Senate Bill 276 to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The letter, which was drafted by LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section, can be read in its entirety HERE.
 Monica-Bustos-Photo DVP Welcomes New Project Attorney Monica Bustos
The Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) is pleased to welcome Monica Bustos as its new Project Attorney. Monica will be tasked with providing legal services to the thousands of domestic violence victims that DVP sees each year. Prior to attending Lewis & Clark Law School, Monica was a Victims Advocate with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office before going on to become a law clerk in their Victim Impact Program and Hardcore Gang Unit.  She also interned at the National Crime Victims Law Institute while in law school. Monica brings a vast knowledge of problems that affect victims of violence and the services they may require. Her experience working with victims makes her a valued member of DVP.
 dvp-logo-new1215 DVP Needs Volunteers Like you to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) is in immediate need of volunteers to help victims of domestic violence at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Our clients need your help to prepare complicated and lengthy legal documents, which are required in order to file for a Temporary Restraining Order and other legal protection from their abuser.

No prior experience is necessary, and onsite training is provided.

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 Juvenile-Defender-Thumb Independent Juvenile Defender Program Progress Report
LACBA’s Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJDP) has already taken great strides in serving juvenile defenders since it was founded in November. Since then, IJDP panel members have been appointed to more than 900 cases across its four quadrants. The East Panel alone is responsible for close to 300 cases, with the South Panel close behind with a caseload of over 250. In addition to providing high-quality defense, IJDP is also in the process of assembling juvenile specific Social Worker and Investigator panels in order to support our attorneys in providing the best possible defense for their juvenile clients.

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 LACBA-ACMAS-Thumb Protect Your Billing and Hard Work—Notice of Client's Right to Arbitration
Whether you are an experienced attorney or new to the field, use of the "Notice of Client's Right to Arbitration" is an informal way to resolve a fee dispute with a client.

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 FDJCA Thumbnail Foundation for Democracy and Justice Southern CA Reception
You are invited to the Foundation for Democracy and Justice Southern California Reception at the City Club Los Angeles, honoring the Los Angeles Superior Court for its service to the community inside and outside the courtroom on September 25th, 2017. The Foundation for Democracy and Justice will be recognizing Presiding Judge Daniel J. Buckley, with special remarks by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

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 Colleen Hart Photo CFJ Board Member Colleen Hart to Receive 2017 Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award

LACBA congratulates Counsel for Justice Board Member Colleen Hart, who will be presented with the Century City Chamber of Commerce 2017 Women of Achievement Award, on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m., at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel.

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 ALSP-logo AIDS Legal Services Project Success Story—Bankruptcy
LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) is grateful to have volunteer attorneys like Henry Glowa, who has been an ALSP volunteer for over 20 years, providing desperately needed bankruptcy relief for overwhelmed clients. Mr. Glowa is a sole practitioner who specializes in business law, bankruptcy, and estate planning. 

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magnify_1115 McDermott Will & Emery LLP v Superior Court (2017) 10 Ca. App. 5th 1083 
State Fund Rule Violated and Law Firm Disqualified Over Use of a Client's Inadvertently Forwarded E-mail
In an opinion filed April 18, 2017, the Fourth Appellate District considered several issues relating to a confidential attorney-client communication, including: 1) whether a client (Richard P. Hausman, Sr. ("Dick")) waived the attorney-client privilege by inadvertently forwarding a confidential e-mail from his iPhone; 2) whether opposing counsel Gibson Dunn's use of the e-mail violated the State Fund rule; and 3) whether the trial court erred in disqualifying Gibson Dunn because its attorneys failed to notify Dick or his attorney that counsel had obtained a copy of the communication, reviewed and analyzed the communication, and used it in the lawsuit.

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E&O_icon_1115 Do You "Dabble" in Matters Outside Your Practice Area?
Dabbling is risky. Pressed by economic forces or perhaps the unreasonable expectations of clients, the "dabbler" disregards common sense and strays into areas of the law in which he or she has little or no experience.

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 Mercury-Ins-Thumb Mercury Insurance
Mercury customers in California save an average of $628 when they switch to Mercury! (Savings information based on 2017 CA Department of Insurance rate comparison profile 38B. Individual savings may vary.) Plus, you could save up to 15% more when you purchase auto and homeowners policies together. When you choose Mercury, you’ll also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are protected by a company Forbes named as one of “America’s Most Trustworthy Companies.” And you’ll also get some great benefits, too, like repairs guaranteed for life (when repairs are completed by a Mercury authorized direct repair facility), 24/7 claims reporting, online repair tracking, and personalized service and expert advice from your own local independent agent for all your insurance needs. There are many other discounts available. And more than 9 out of 10 customers renew with Mercury. 

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 Thomson Reuters Answers Logo Thomson Reuters: How Small Law Firms Succeed Under the Pressure of Today's Challenges...or Fail
In the "State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study," more than 300 solo and small law firm leaders were asked about the challenges they face, how they define success and changes they’ve made, or should be making, to support a long term growth strategy in the ever changing legal marketplace. Of the respondents, 90% recognized that they face at least three challenges that may be impacting the success of their firm, if not now, then in the future. What’s more interesting is that while the challenges were acknowledged, a minority of small law firms are taking proactive steps to confront the challenges they face – which could consequently be devastating for the firm.

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Thursday, September 14
Student Loan Debt Refinancing Program
Is student loan refinancing right for you? First Republic and LACBA are partnering to offer a means of refinancing student loan debt with some of the lowest rates in the industry.  Refinancing can help reduce monthly payments and combine outstanding student loans into a single, unsecured personal loan.

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Friday, September 15
2017 Trusts & Estates Symposium
This year’s symposium will explore the effect proposed changes to the rules of professional conduct will have on an attorney’s approach to clients with diminishing capacity; the impact family law issues have on both estate planning and post-death administration; and provide practical advice for navigating California’s complicated property tax rules.

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Ethical Considerations of Representing Entities (LLCs and Corporations) and Their Members and Officers in Real Estate Transactions

Inn Of Court: Dealing with Judicial and Attorney Bias— Litigation Section

Forming and Representing Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organizations


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