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Civil Lawsuit Basics: Interrogatories and Requests for Admission

Thursday, December 11, 2014
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Class Covers:

  • The purpose of interrogatories (questions to another party regarding contentions, facts, witnesses and documents in the case)
  • The purpose of requests for admissions (statements another party must deny or admit)
  • Common uses for these discovery tools
  • How to use form interrogatories and requests for admission, and when to bring motions to compel responses
  • How to respond to these discovery requests, including appropriate objections

Presented by Sandra Levin
Sandra Levinis the Executive Director of LA Law Library, responsible for the conduct and oversight of its operations, including direction and implementation of programs, activities and policies. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ms. Levin was a civil litigator for more than 25 years, practicing in administrative, state and federal courts. Ms. Levin was a founding principal of Colantuono & Levin, a law firm specializing in the representation of local government agencies. While at the firm, she served as the City Attorney of several local municipalities and as special and general counsel to other public agencies, including the Law Library. Earlier in her career, Ms. Levin also served as Mayor, Councilmember and Planning Commission Chair for the City of Culver City. Ms. Levin received her J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987 where she was a member of the California Law Review.

Registration fee:
$20 for the class (non-refundable payment reserves seat)
Parking and lunch options available during registration

Last Updated: Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:10

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Holidays Around the World: Take Your Product or Service to the International Marketplace

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This seminar is designed for business owners who want to export but just do not know where to start. Business owners will be introduced to the combined market opportunities worth about $7 trillion throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the resources needed to enter those markets.

Class covers:

  • Free trade agreements
  • How to transport your goods overseas
  • Export financing

At the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Name the laws that provide opportunities for U.S. businesses in specific overseas markets
  • Identify the right market(s) for your specific product or service
  • Name three common modes of overseas transportation
  • Meet international trade specialists in the areas of market research, transportation of goods and export financing

Presented by:
Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. is the founder, president and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), a think-tank/consulting firm. She conducts market competitive analyses for clients and helps organizations develop international trade programs. She also teaches Fundamentals of International Trade at UCLA Extension. Dr. Jackson has published numerous scholarly articles both nationally and internationally and is currently drafting a book on international trade competitiveness in the 21st century. Dr. Jackson serves on the Board of Directors of Women in International Trade-Los Angeles (WIT-LA) and is a member of the National Association of Small Business International Trade Executives (NASBITE).

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish at the University of Southern California and a Master’s and Doctorate in political science at Brown University.

Pellson Lau joined the U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of International Trade in 2011 as the Regional Manager of the Export Solutions Group. He currently covers Southern California and the State of Arizona from his office at the U.S. Export Assistance Center – Los Angeles (USEAC). Prior to the SBA, he amassed over 25 years’ experience in the banking industry, specializing in international trade operations, commercial lending, credit review and administration, and various government loan guarantee programs through the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and the SBA.

Pellson holds a banking diploma from ifs School of Finance, United Kingdom, a certificate in personal financial planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He is an enrolled agent licensed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Pellson is also a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

Lynda Wilson-Bey is President and CEO of South Los Angeles Logistics, FPC, a 3PL company that integrates and manages all logistics services of a complex supply chain. The Company’s mission is to facilitate the exchange of goods and service between Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. through trade and investment. Her extensive experience with detailed coordination of complex operations involving many people, facilities and suppliers began 35 years ago as a Legal Secretary. The knowledge involved in learning to navigate federal, state and local court jurisdictions while also having to manage the flow of documentation from origin to disposition, has given her the foundation, skills and expertise to lead her company into the 21st Century global economy. Today, she uses that same knowledge as a business planning frame-work for the management of materials, service, information and capital flows. She serves as Director of Global Logistics Education for Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Registration Fee:
$25 for the class (nonrefundable, payment reserves spot)
Parking options available during on-line registration.

Last Updated: Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:47

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Practical Lawyering: Secondary Sources and Effective Legal Research

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Consulting a secondary source is an important first step for most legal research projects, yet it is also one that many practitioners neglect, leading to frustration, wasted time, and possibly unreliable work product. This hands-on, in-depth class will help attorneys to become familiar with major practice-oriented secondary sources and to learn how to use them to become more efficient at legal research.

Class covers:

  • Recognize major practice-oriented secondary sources for researching California and federal law, and locate them on Westlaw, LexisNexis, CEBOnlaw, and in print;
  • Differentiate between practice guides, treatises, and legal encyclopedias, and when to use each;
  • Use different methods of finding information in secondary sources;
  • Use Practice Guides, Treatises, and Legal Encyclopedias to find primary sources;
  • Evaluate a client’s situation by using secondary and primary sources.

Earn 2 hours general MCLE credit

Presented by Jodi L. Collova and Ryan Metheny
Jodi L. Collova is a reference librarian and adjunct faculty member at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. After earning a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2008, Jodi became a member of the California bar and moved to San Francisco to practice employment litigation with the law firm of Nichols Kaster, LLP. Two years later, she transitioned from law practice to a law library career, earning a master’s degree in library Science from San Jose State University. She was a reference librarian and adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate University for three years prior to joining Loyola Law School this July. Jodi loves teaching legal research to law students and lawyers.

Ryan Metheny is the Members Program and Educational Partnerships Librarian at LA Law Library. After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Ryan practiced First Amendment law at a public interest firm in Berkeley. He then transitioned to librarianship to focus on his passions of research and education, and earned a master in library and information science from the University of Washington. When not on the reference desk, Ryan coordinates many programs at the library, including the Members Program, the MCLE program, tours and workshops for high school students, and the law student internship program. He also teaches legal research at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Registration Fee: $40 for the class (nonrefundable payment reserves seat)

Last Updated: Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:20

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Civil Lawsuit Basics: Subpoenas and Production Demands

November 20, 2014

This class is intended to give participants the tools to draft subpoenas and production demands to permit discovery of documents or other property.

Class covers:

  • Types and scope of requests
  • Responding or objecting to requests
  • Obtaining records from parties vs. non-parties
  • Drafting requests and forms
  • Pre-trial discovery vs. trial subpoenas
  • Obtaining documents from foreign countries

Presented by Neel Agrawal
Neel Agrawal is the Librarian for Global Law, primarily focusing on research and reference, collection development, and marketing the library’s global law services. Neel completed his M.L.I.S. with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. Prior to that, he worked at the National American Civil Liberties Union Criminal Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz, CA. Neel received his undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, where he specialized in international law. Additionally, Neel interned at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Open Society Foundations, and South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:32

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Child Custody 101 (Torrance)

Friday, November 7, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This program will help parents navigate, understand and approach different stages of the child custody process. Parents who have never married, are going through or have completed the divorce or separation process will learn about court procedures and processes involved when making decisions about children.

Class Covers:
• Which forms to fill out and why.
• How to modify existing custody orders.
• How correct forms can help streamline the paperwork involved in child custody.
• Transform an informal custody agreement into a document enforceable under the law.

Torrance Branch, LA Law Library
Torrance Courthouse, 1st Floor
825 Maple Street Room 110
Torrance, CA 90503
(424) 201-0748

Registration Fee:
$10 for the class (nonrefundable payment reserves seat)
Free parking in the Torrance Civic Center parking lot.
Walk-ins welcome! Forms of payment accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX (no checks or cash please!)

Presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the South Bay Bar Association
Ms. Stednitz
is an active member of the South Bay Bar Association and she often volunteers her time to the Los Angeles County Bar Association domestic violence project. She has her own practice in Torrance, California which focuses 100% on Family Law matters.

Ms. Kim served as judicial intern for the Honorable Commissioner John A. Slawson in the Torrance courthouse before opening her own Family Law Practice in the South Bay. She sits as a chairperson for the South Bay Bar Association and volunteers her time at the Torrance Courthouse Self-Help Center.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:27

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