February/March 2020

Legal Community Bands Together To Share Info Amidst Crisis
LACBA is sharing crucial information from local, regional and national courts as well as announcements and resources during this unprecedented time. In addition to emailing out crucial press releases from our courts system and providing useful links on our COVID-19 Updates page, we are sending out a Weekly Response Newsletter email each Monday with updates and announcements from LACBA, the courts, and relevant legal and community organizations.
If you wish to share information with members of the legal community, please send to lfloren@lacba.org.
LACBA President Ronald F. Brot Speaks at 'Legal Up' Virtual Conference, Hosted By One Legal
The free conference is available to view until April 9, 2020. Register today and be sure to watch the Networking in the Legal Profession panel with our very own Ronald F. Brot.
LACBA Officer and Board of Trustee Nominations
LACBA's 2020 Election Rules Available
The nominations for the LACBA 2020-2021 Officers and Board of Trustees are available  HERE
President-Elect Tamila C. Jensen will automatically become LACBA President.
Election Rules are now available. Here are important dates to note. The deadline for petitions and written nominations for office is April 15, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Anyone interested in voting in a potential election must be a LACBA member no later than April 20, 2020. 
Call for LACBA Committee Volunteers
Are you passionate about making a difference in a particular area of law or law related issue?
Serving on a LACBA committee is an opportunity to make a difference in the legal profession and practice of law by addressing issues and challenges facing attorneys and the community today. If you would like to be considered to serve on a committee, the deadline to complete and submit your application is April 30, 2020 for bar year 2020-21.

LACBA Mediation Training Sponsorship Opportunity
LACBA’s 40-Hour Mediation Training program has a long-standing history in the legal profession and is well-respected within the community in Southern California as a resource to assist both lawyers and non-lawyers with skills to solve problems outside of court and in a way that accommodates low-stress and low-cost problem solving. Those interested in sponsoring this LACBA event, click here for details and contact information.
LACBA's Independent Juvenile Defender Program Shares Holiday Gift Drive Donations with Juvenile Hall Youth
Just before the end of 2019, IJDP program coordinators dropped off the donations from our gift drive to Central and Sylmar Juvenile Halls.
In total, we received 72 blankets, 46 books, and 34 games. In Central, the gifts were distributed to the boys care unit, girls care unit, and unit CD. In Sylmar, the gifts were given to the all-girl units of R, S, and Q (the “Hope Center”). We got word from a few of the girls in Sylmar that they were excited and grateful, especially for the new books and blankets. 

Ahead in the April 2020 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine:
Cover Article: Sports attorney Jeremy M. Evans examines the ramifications SB 206, California's "Fair Pay to Play Act" - plus:
  • LAL's 2019 Ethics Roundup
  • Regulating "surprise" medical billing
  • New parentage laws for the modern family
  • Conducting proper evidence collections
  • Día de los Muertos in Mexico
  • Improving lawyer health and well-being 
A Message from Counsel For Justice President Brian Condon
Dear LACBA Members,
I wanted to let everyone know of the extraordinary efforts by our CFJ Projects staffs and the folks at LACBA to keep our projects operating during this citywide shutdown. We can all be proud of their efforts. We want to thank LACBA, the Board of trustees, and the Counsel For Justice and all of our sponsors for supporting our Projects, which truly show their value in times of need.  

2019 Year End Statistics - $4.412M in Pro Bono Legal Services
LACBA Counsel for Justice and its four pro bono projects had another banner year in 2019. According to the annual report, in 2019 CFJ improved upon all 2018 figures, providing 14,438 hours of pro bono legal services.

As a precaution, LACBA and our Sections have postponed or cancelled our live events for the next several weeks. For the most up-to-date information on these postponements, please visit the LACBA Events Calendar or call our Member Services Department at (213) 896-6560 for more information.

In better news, the Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section is presenting virtual programming:
April 2nd at 11am, presented by our benefit partners at MyCase.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the focus of this month’s Ethics Update is on new Rule 1.8.10, which governs sexual relations with clients.
The rule that was in effect prior to November 2018, Rule 3-120, prohibited attorneys from either demanding sexual relations with a client as a condition to professional representation, or employing coercion, intimidation or undue influence in entering into sexual relations with a client. In other words...

When Does a Representation Against a Subsidiary of a Current Client Constitute a Conflicted Representation?
Does the representation of a client against a subsidiary of a current client constitute a conflicted representation? Not surprisingly, the answer to this question is … it depends. As with so many ethics questions, there is no bright line rule... 

Do Not Put Off Problems to the Last Minute
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Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Membership Benefit:
Reduced Lawyer Referral Service Dues
Lawyer Referral Services (LRS) are a smart resource for small firms and solo practitioners and LACBA's LRS is the best. In 2019, LACBA LRS members billed over ten million dollars in attorneys’ related to referrals from the service and LACBA’s LRS is the highest volume LRS in the country with over 15,000 prescreened referrals each year from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Get better referrals due to our high-touch live intake and let us attract clients for you. LACBA Members now pay a reduced price of $200/year, less than half of the $550 nonmember price.

Clever RX - Prescription Discount Card
Over 70% of people can benefit from a prescription savings card due to high deductible health plans, high copays, and being underinsured or uninsured. With the Clever Rx card or mobile app you can experience savings of up to 80% at your local pharmacy.

While the situation with COVID-19 evolves and you work through your own business continuity plans, we understand if you’re a bit unsettled by the uncertainty of current circumstances, as well as the possibility of missing out on cash flow. Our member benefit partners at LawPay understand the critical role that electronic payments will play as this situation evolves, and that’s why they’re offering a $100 credit on processing fees if you want to get started with a new LawPay account. Their team is fully operational and here to support you however they can.