MCLE: Cram Day

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

6 PARTICIPATORY CREDITS IN ONE DAY
Elimination of Bias * Legal Ethics * Competence Issues

Do you need last minute participatory MCLE credits? California attorneys whose last names begin with the letters N-Z are required to report their MCLE credits to the State Bar by February 1, 2017. If you need participatory MCLE credits before the deadline, join us for current video presentations covering all three required subject areas: elimination of bias, legal ethics and competence issues (formerly “substance abuse”).

Earn 4.0 hours Legal Ethics, 1.0 hour Elimination of Bias, and 1.0 hour Competence Issues participatory MCLE credit.

Registration fees: All for only $95 and includes: morning coffee, light snack and lunch

Topic includes:

MCLE Video: Hot Topics in Legal Ethics

What’s new in conflicts of interest and disqualification, and what are the latest trends in legal malpractice and third party liability cases? For instance, may a lawyer avoid disqualification in representing multiple clients with differing interests without having a conflict waiver? Are there new limitations on accepting advance fees? When can a demand letter result in discipline? When can defending an employee of a corporate client at the employee’s deposition result in civil liability? When may courts edit the content of lawyer web sites? What are the consequences of a lawyer appointed as a guardian ad litem? What duties do partners and associates have upon dissolution of the law firm? Is a lawyer entitled to prevailing party fees for compelling arbitration or being represented by an employee or associate of the firm? Can a lawyer compel arbitration if the former client can’t afford it? What is the limitations period for malicious prosecution actions and claims based on fraudulent concealment? When does a civil litigant have the right to effective assistance of counsel?

Answering these questions and much more, this three-hour program surveys the most recent developments for lawyers practicing law in California and provides practical risk management tips and predictions of legal ethics trends for 2015.

Earn 3.0 hours Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

Presented by:
MARK L. TUFT Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
ELLEN R. PECK Former Judge, State Bar Court

MCLE Video: The Ethics of Multi-Client Representation

This one-hour program discusses representation of multiple clients in a single matter and in related matters involving transactions, as well as litigation in which class certification is denied or improbable. Topics focus on practical solutions and include: joint vs. individual multiple clients; conflicts of interest, disclosure and consent; preserving client confidentiality and privilege; fee-splitting among multiple lawyers representing multiple clients; handling aggregate settlements; and CRPC 1-500 issues (restrictions on right to practice).

Earn 1.0 hour Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

Presented by:
MARK L. TUFT Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
ELLEN R. PECK Former Judge, State Bar Court

MCLE Video: Elimination of Bias

Implicit and explicit bias can adversely affect every decisionmaking process in the justice system. Identifying the forms of inappropriate bias that may arise in various circumstances, and exploring ways to eliminate their potentially negative influence, is the subject of discussion by our experienced panel of judges - with the goal of heightening our individual understanding of the issues involved and our effectiveness in coping with bias where it occurs.

Earn 1.0 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit.

Presented by:
JUDGE CHARLES W. “TIM” McCOY (Ret.) Los Angeles Superior Court/JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator
JUDGE ERICA R. YEW Santa Clara Superior Court

MCLE Video: Competence Issues (formerly “Substance Abuse”)

The practice of law has always been a rewarding but often extremely challenging profession. Win or lose, the legal field inevitably involves significant stress as lawyers battle over high stakes for their clients and important issues. This stress can become unmanageable. Rather than seeking professional help, overtaxed attorneys sometimes turn to substance abuse. Self-medication often becomes an important part of a campaign of denial and avoidance of growing mental disorders, including major depression, anxiety and related conditions. Hear how one lawyer suffered from severe depression and crippling anxiety, and struggled with alcoholism, but eventually attained sobriety and launched a recovery toward mental health. Suggestions will be given for techniques, therapies and organizations that offer significant resources to attorneys who are threatened by similar conditions and the potential consequences to career, family and sometimes life itself.

Earn 1.0 hour Competence Issues MCLE credit.

Presented by:
BRUCE S. ROSS Private Practice Moderator CAMERON G. STOUT Private Practice

Last Updated: Monday, 31 October 2016 16:19

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Overcoming Adversity: Real Stories

Thursday, December 15, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Whether we like it or not, adversity is part of life. Yet, some people manage to overcome challenges and achieve great things. What can we learn from them?

LA Law Library is pleased to present a one-of-a-kind film screening featuring judges, justices and other legal professionals who have overcome incredible odds to achieve success. These remarkable individuals will share their personal experiences and explore questions such as:

  • What obstacles to success and attainment exist in today’s society?
  • Which doors have been opened? Which is still closed? Which has yet to be explored?

Join us for a public reception and screening as we celebrate this film and the individuals whose lives are featured in it.

A few of the individuals featured in the film are:

  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney
  • Martha Carrillo, Deputy District Attorney
  • Craig Barnes, Managing Partner, Sedgwick LLP
  • Betty Boyd, lawyer and legal scholar
  • Luis Rodriguez, Deputy Public Defender and former President, State Bar of California
  • Janeen Steel, Founder, Learning Rights Law Center
  • Deborah Sanchez, Judge and Native American Elder

This film is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. and our partner at the Los Angeles Education Partnership.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:13

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MCLE: How to Assist Unaccompanied Minors: Asylum and Removal Proceedings

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Lawyers in L.A. can help to solve the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence, abuse, and hardship in their home countries. This training will teach you how to defend unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings in immigration court, and how to apply for asylum on their behalf. This training complements the February 8 session on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status finding but can also be attended as a standalone class.

Class covers:

  • Basics of removal proceedings
  • The asylum application process
  • Special issues presented by unaccompanied minor clients
  • Practical advice and tips from experienced practitioners

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit

Presented by:
Patricia Ortiz has been the program director for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project since July 2015. She joined the Esperanza team in August 2013 and was a Managing Attorney for its Representation Program before becoming its new leader. During her time at Esperanza, Patricia has specialized in representation for detained adults with mental illness and has overseen the program’s Asylum Workgroup, which has provided services to hundreds of minors. Patricia received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and her B.A. from UC San Diego.

Miguel Mexicano has been Director for Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project’s Representation Program since July 2015. In his position as Director he has overseen over 500 cases at a time and a staff of over 15 people. Miguel received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from UC Berkeley.

No legal advice:
LA Law Library provides access to legal resources and assistance with legal research. LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

Registration fees:
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot
Reduced-rate parking options available during registration
A portion of registration proceeds go to Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:09

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MCLE: How to Assist Unaccompanied Minors: Obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Lawyers in L.A. can help to solve the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence, abuse, and hardship in their home countries. This training, presented by Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, will explain how to help these clients obtain legal status through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status findings. This training complements the January 11 session on asylum but can also be attended as a standalone class.

Class covers:

  • Purpose of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program
  • Role of state court findings in immigration court
  • How to obtain required findings of abuse, abandonment, or neglect
  • Practical advice and tips from experienced practitioners

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit

Presented by:
Patricia Ortiz has been the program director for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project since July 2015. She joined the Esperanza team in August 2013 and was a Managing Attorney for its Representation Program before becoming its new leader. During her time at Esperanza, Patricia has specialized in representation for detained adults with mental illness and has overseen the program’s Asylum Workgroup, which has provided services to hundreds of minors. Patricia received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and her B.A. from UC San Diego.

Miguel Mexicano has been Director for Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project’s Representation Program since July 2015. In his position as Director he has overseen over 500 cases at a time and a staff of over 15 people. Miguel received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from UC Berkeley.

No legal advice:
LA Law Library provides access to legal resources and assistance with legal research. LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

Registration fees:
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot
Reduced-rate parking options available during registration
A portion of registration proceeds go to Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:26

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Book Discussion Group: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Meet the author and join the discussion as LA Law Library continues its year-long book discussion series exploring themes of social justice. Author Jill Leovy is an award winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The book traces the investigation and prosecution of the 2007 murder in South Los Angeles of 18 year old Bryant Tennelle. By digging deeply into the story of one particular murder, Ghettoside explores the long history of racism, discrimination and poverty that created both the shockingly high murder rate for young black men and the indifferent response to those crimes.
Literary Awards:

  • One of the 10 best books of the year by San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today & Chicago Tribune
  • One of Best Books of the Year by New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Economist, Globe & Mail, BookPage & Kirkus Reviews
  • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • 2016 Audie Award for Non-Fiction

Registration fees: FREE
Classes fill up fast, register today to reserve your seat! All registrants must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to waiting-list and walk-in attendees when classes are full.

The first 20 registrants will be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of Ghettoside, courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Photography / Videography:
If you register for this class, you may be photographed or recorded. By registering for this class you are giving the LA Law Library your consent to photograph, videotape, record and broadcast your picture, likeness, voice and statements.  

No legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The Law Library is pleased to offer our patrons the opportunity to obtain assistance from third party legal service providers at this and other events within the Library. However, the Library does not control and is not responsible for the content or scope of any assistance given by those providers.

Last Updated: Monday, 29 August 2016 14:56

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