LACBA Update Back Issues - January 2015

Motions to Quash, Unlawful Detainer, Temporary Restraining Order: Not Your Standard Pro Bono Matter

No one would expect handling a pro bono case—which began as a trusts and estates matter—would involve so many twists and turns, revealing a family bully and the victim becoming the victor. That’s exactly what happened in a case recently resolved through the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) by a team of volunteer attorneys and support staff over the course of two years and 800 hours. (more)

Full Circle: Student Mediator Earns Master’s Degree, Returns as Adult Professional to Peer Mediation Program

LACBA Center for Civic Mediation (Center) hired a new college graduate, Amber Ali, to serve as a Youth Services Program Coordinator with its Peer Mediation Program at Maclay Middle School in Pacoima. Amber was inspired to earn her master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding as the result of a journey that began when she was 12. After September 11, 2001, Amber became a victim of social isolation, name-calling, bullying, and violence. She got involved with the Center’s Peer Mediation Program at Andrew Carnegie Middle School, and, as she writes, her path came “full circle” after college when, as an adult, she returned to the program, this time at Maclay Middle School as its Program Coordinator. (more)

Red Flags: Inquiring Further into the Veracity of a Client’s Story

The California Supreme Court stated three decades ago that “[w]hile an attorney may often rely upon statements made by the client without further investigation, circumstances known to the attorney may require an investigation.” But what circumstances warrant going beyond taking a client’s story at face value? How far does the lawyer’s obligation to investigate go? What duties must the lawyer observe in conducting such an investigation? (more)


LACBA members can obtain a LawPay Merchant Account through the LACBA Member Benefit Program. The LawPay Program is the only payment solution recommended by over 80 state and local bar associations because it complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds. Unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers. LACBA members save up to 25% off processing fees by accepting credit cards through the LawPay Program. (more)

Mercury Insurance: Auto and Home Owner Insurance

LACBA members receive up to a 10% discount on top of Mercury's already low auto insurance rates. You could save up to 15% more when you purchase auto and homeowners policies together. Great benefits include repairs guaranteed for life when repairs are completed by a Mercury authorized direct repair facility, 24/7 claims reporting, and online repair tracking. Forbes recently named Mercury one of America's most trustworthy companies. (more)