September 2018
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 CLE Box Thumb LACBA's 2019 CLE-in-a-Box is Now Available on CD, On-Demand, and for the First Time, Flash Drive! 
Compliance Group 1 (A-G) your deadline is February 1, 2019

LACBA’s 2019 CLE-in-a-Box features 25 hours of CLE credit, including 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour Competence Issues (formerly Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness), 1 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, and 19 hours of General credit. Available in three formats: On Demand, CD, and new this year on Flash Drive.

We also offer a Specialty Credits only CLE-Bundle featuring 6 hours of required subject on CD and On-Demand. 

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 NewBoardThumb LACBA Introduces its New Board of Trustees!

LACBA is pleased to introduce its new Officers and Board of Trustees who took office July 1:  Assistant Vice President, Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, Barristers President-Elect, Victoria Monica McLaughlin, Gary A. Farwell, Amos E. Hartston, Daniel T. Huang, Richard L. Kellner, and Eve Lopez. CLICK HERE for a complete list of LACBA’s Officers, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.

 juvenile-defender-thumb Independent Juvenile Defender Program Progress Report

The Independent Juvenile Defender Program at LACBA closes out its first two years of operation with a reflection on our development, our successes, and our hope for the future.  

Since 2016, IJDP has added 29 new attorneys to our ranks and our panel’s caseload has grown to more than 2,000 petitions. With this increase, we have had the opportunity to evaluate our own progress and have seen our philosophy of holistic and zealous representation produce tangible results for our clients. 

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 Calif State Bar Input Thumb Attorney Input Requested: Legal Malpractice Insurance Study by the State Bar of California

The State Bar of California invites members of the public, including licensed attorneys, to provide input as it undertakes a statutorily mandated study of issues related to legal malpractice insurance. Business and Professions Code Section 6069.5 directs the State Bar to study the following issues:

  • The availability of lawyers’ professional liability insurance;
  • Measures for encouraging attorneys to obtain professional liability insurance;
  • Recommended ranges of insurance limits;
  • The adequacy of the current disclosure rule regarding insurance; and,
  • The advisability of mandating professional liability insurance for licensed attorneys.

A report on the findings of this study will be made to the California Supreme Court and Legislature on March 31, 2019.

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 magnify_1115 New Rules of Professional Conduct go Into Effect Later This Year—Are You Ready? 

More than 75 attorneys attended LACBA’s recent “New Rules of Professional Conduct go Into Effect Later This Year—Are You Ready?” program on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Association’s downtown headquarters. The MCLE program examined the California Supreme Court’s approved of the most comprehensive rewrite of the Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly three decades.  These new Rules will go into effect on November 1, 2018.  Additional programs will be offered throughout Southern California in the coming months.

 Fingerprinting Party SOLD OUT! Fingerprinting Party and Networking Reception

LACBA’s Small and Solo Section’s first Fingerprinting Party and Networking Reception quickly sold out with 120 attorneys visiting LACBA’s downtown offices on Thursday, August 16 to fulfill the requirements of California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5. The rules statethat most attorneys licensed in California must be re-fingerprinted, and those fingerprints must be submitted to the State Bar of California by April 30, 2019.

 Sparks-Thumb LACBA and WLALA Members Take in Sparks Game in Support of #WeAreWomen Empowerment Campaign

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women Lawyers teamed up with the Los Angeles Sparks to offer members free tickets to a basketball game at the Staples Center on August 5, 2018. The partnership between the Task Force and the Sparks was created to promote the #WeAreWomen empowerment campaign.

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 Civil Jury Project Thumb The Civil Jury Project: Jury Improvement Lunch 

The Civil Jury Project is organizing a Jury Improvement Lunch in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 3 at 12:00 noon at the CAALA Offices, 888 West 6th Street. The purpose of the lunch is to honor the jurors and to learn from them about what can be done to improve civil trials.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

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 Weil Lecture Series The 12th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture: Issues in the Blending of Mediation and Arbitration—Public and Private

The Los Angeles County Bar Association and Western Justice Center invite you to the 12th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture on Thursday, September 27, 2018 where UC Irvine School of Law Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow will explore “Issues in the Blending of Mediation and Arbitration – Public and Private.”

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 Los Angeles Lawyer magazine September issue In the September issue of Los Angeles Lawyer

International provisions of the new federal tax reform act; how the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision impacts independent contractors; the government's war on the Dark Web; employee privacy and Amazon's worker-tracking wristbands; "On Direct" with spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein; equity deals for celebrity influencers; LACBA’s Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee; substance abuse in the legal profession; inside Counsel for Justice; the discoverability of social media; and the latest from around LACBA.

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He pointed a gun at me and screamed “I am going to end this now!”

LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) helps thousands of Angelinos every year who are victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders from the Los Angeles Superior Court. Last year alone, more than 4,200 victims came to DVP seeking help.  Many were granted Temporary Restraining Orders, which not only provide life-saving protection to victims, but also assists the LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s Department by providing another tool to deal with the numerous domestic violence calls they must handle on a daily basis. That is why police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and County hospitals regularly send victims to the courthouse and to our DVP to seek help.

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 ALSP-logo Support LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project—2018 AIDS Walk Los Angeles, October 21

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

Join LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) AIDS Walk team and raise money to support vital legal services for people living with HIV. A recent survey of over 400 affected people showed that 98% needed legal help in the past year and that most people had more than one legal need in different practice areas.

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 GOLF-SAVE-DATE-10th-Annual Register Today! LACBA/CFJ 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner—Monday, April 8, 2019

TEE IT UP!!! On April 8, 2019, at MountainGate Country Club and help celebrate the LACBA/CFJ 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner. Join with friends, family and colleagues as together we help raise the funds necessary to provide annually legal assistance to 18,000+ needy Los Angeles residents. Sponsorships, golf slots and dinner reservations are now available.

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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.

E&O_icon_1115 Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry Continues to Be Risky
Clients The federal prohibition of marijuana under the Controed Substances Act creates thorny ethical issues for attorneys representing clients in the cannabis industry in the twenty-nine states that have legalized medical marijuana and the eight states that have legalized recreation marijuana.

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Wednesday, September 12

Workplace Investigations: What Works and What Doesn't
Workplace investigators and attorneys Ann Fromholz (defense) and Curt Surls (plaintiff) discuss best practices for conducting a workplace investigation.  The materials and discussion will provide practical pointers on a wide variety of topics including: tips for representing your client during a workplace investigation; deposing the investigator; mistakes made by employers during an investigation; and the impact of the current #MeToo climate upon investigations.

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Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21
Immigration Law Training Course
LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project is offering a two-day training course 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. The training will focus on 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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Representing Physicians in Evolving and Ongoing Issues

Crimes & Immigration: New Strategies in an Increasingly Challenging Climate

Pro Bono Representation Panel: Make a Difference


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