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Mediation: How it Can Work in Your Community

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This class offers an overview of what mediation is and how it has helped LA county residents resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. You will learn basic mediation skills, as well as where to go to request mediation, so that you can spread this knowledge to your community.

Class covers:

  • Mediation techniques
  • When mediation is a good alternative to litigation
  • Mediation in Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer and Civil Limited courtrooms
  • Types of cases that can be mediated
  • Submitting a request for mediation in Los Angeles County

For approval to participate, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) at (213) 974-9662 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated: Friday, 05 September 2014 12:26

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Export U: Business Planning for Export Success

December 11, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The adage, “companies don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” is especially true in the global arena.

Systematic market planning, taking into account the differences between domestic and foreign markets, is essential to exporting and can be instrumental in avoiding costly mistakes.

Class covers:

    • Learn how to develop customized Export Market Plans that fit your export client’s available resources, capabilities and potentials.
    • Develop plans that provide a structured roadmap to export success, with specific recommendations on target markets, and market entry strategies.
    • Develop step-by-step action plans to keep you or your client on track and within budget.

Fees: $25 (non-refundable payment reserves seat)
Pre-registration includes parking and light refreshments

Presented by Maurice Kogon:
Prior to his retirement, Maurice Kogon served as the director of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD). He holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University and did Doctoral work in International Relations at American University. He has over 50 years of experience in the international business field as a U.S. Government official, business executive, educator and consultant. He has written, lectured and trained extensively on international trade and has developed numerous Web-based export tools used throughout the world, including his Exporting Basics guide and Export Readiness Assessment diagnostic. He has taught international business courses at Cal State University Northridge, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. He has consulted for U.S. and international clients, including the Egyptian Government and the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva.

Maurice’s government career spanned over 33 years (1961-94) with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, and strategic planning and program evaluation. He is a past President of NASBITE International and helped spearhead and develop NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential and exam, launched nationally in 2005. For the past several years, Maurice has also worked to strengthen international trade education in LA-area high schools as a Board member of International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and through the LA Chamber’s World Trade Week Education Committee.

After 52 years in federal and state-level trade assistance, Maurice is now mostly retired but stays somewhat active as an export workshop presenter and guest lecturer at local universities.

Last Updated: Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:40

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Export U: Market Research Tools for Export Success

November 20, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Market research provides the analytical foundation needed for sound planning and decision making, particularly as to target markets and customers, market entry strategies, and regulatory compliance. However, needing information and easily finding it are altogether different.

Class covers:

  • How not to be a typical “Googler” and waste too much time searching for just the right nuggets without necessarily finding them.
  • Learn to use a Web portal that has aggregated market information into a more user-friendly, one-stop shop.
  • Complete hands-on exercises to help you find relevant export start-up tools, trade and economic statistics, target-country marketing guides, product market surveys, trade regulations, trade contacts, and more.

Fees: $25 (non-refundable payment reserves seat)
Pre-registration includes parking and light refreshments

Presented by Maurice Kogon:
Prior to his retirement, Maurice Kogon served as the director of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD). He holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University and did Doctoral work in International Relations at American University. He has over 50 years of experience in the international business field as a U.S. Government official, business executive, educator and consultant. He has written, lectured and trained extensively on international trade and has developed numerous Web-based export tools used throughout the world, including his Exporting Basics guide and Export Readiness Assessment diagnostic. He has taught international business courses at Cal State University Northridge, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. He has consulted for U.S. and international clients, including the Egyptian Government and the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva.

Maurice’s government career spanned over 33 years (1961-94) with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, and strategic planning and program evaluation. He is a past President of NASBITE International and helped spearhead and develop NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential and exam, launched nationally in 2005. For the past several years, Maurice has also worked to strengthen international trade education in LA-area high schools as a Board member of International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and through the LA Chamber’s World Trade Week Education Committee.

After 52 years in federal and state-level trade assistance, Maurice is now mostly retired but stays somewhat active as an export workshop presenter and guest lecturer at local universities.

Last Updated: Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:31

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Do-it-Yourself Legal Research (Norwalk)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, November 6,2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Trying to represent yourself in court? Thinking about suing someone? Stuck in a divorce case? Credit card companies hounding you? Facing eviction?

Imagine a FREE interactive computer terminal filled with information to help you decide if you want to go to court, teach you how to draft a custody agreement, deal with credit card companies, file a restraining order, and more!

Come learn how to use the LA Law Library eBranch, located in the Norwalk courthouse just steps away from the Norwalk Public Library.

Class Covers:

  • What/Where/How to Use the LA Law Library eBranch
  • Tips on how to research legal topics on your own
  • How to download and email results
  • On-site, live chat, and other ways to get help

LA Law Library does not provide legal advice:
LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The information presented is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons.

Presented in partnership with Norwalk Public Library, a public library of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:51

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Internet Legal and Investigative Research on a Budget

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Are you an attorney who didn't pay enough attention in your first year Legal Research class and now realize you should have? Or do you know all about the Internet but want to learn how to use new legal and investigative research sites that are free and low-cost (and even established sites that you have yet to try out)? Or, did you attend law school before computers existed, much less the Internet? Then this seminar is for you!

In partnership with Internet for Lawyers, this class will provide instruction and tips from recognized Internet research authorities: Carole Levitt and Judy Davis, co-authors of Internet Legal Research on a Budget (ABA 2014) and Mark Rosch, co-author ofThe Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (IFL Press 2014).

Class Covers:

  • Quickly find and effectively use reliable free (or low-cost) legal and investigative resources online
  • Become less reliant on pay resources (but learn when they are the better option)
  • Search expensive databases for free to gather background and investigative information
  • Locate missing parties, witnesses, and other people
  • Use databases that you might already have free access to (Casemaker and Fastcase)
  • Become an expert searcher using Google Scholar, Congress.gov, FDsys, PACER, public records, and more

This class will be videotaped. By registering for this class you consent to the use of the videotape by the presenters for future educational or commercial purposes.

Two hours general MCLE credit

Fee:
$40 for the class (non-refundable payment reserves spot)
$99 for the class AND a discounted copy of Internet Legal Research on a Budget (the book retails at $89.95 but is available with the seminar for an extra $59)

Presented by Carole Levitt, Judy Davis, and Mark Rosch

Carole Levitt ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the founder and President of Internet For Lawyers (http://www.netforlawyers.com). She is an internationally recognized investigative, legal, and social media research CLE seminar speaker and best-selling ABA author of seven Internet research books. Previously, Carole was a California attorney, a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles, and a Legal Research and Writing Professor at Pepperdine School of Law.

Judy K. Davis is a law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law.  Prior to coming to USC, she worked at the University of San Diego Pardee Legal Research Center. Before becoming a librarian, she also practiced law. She currently teaches legal research to USC law students, works in the law library's Reference Department, and gives lectures and training sessions on legal research and related topics.

Mark E. Rosch, Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers, is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subjects of using the Internet for investigative and background research. He writes, speaks, and tweets extensively about legal technology for firms, and on how to use the Internet for marketing and productivity. Mark is the co-author of six best-selling books on these topics (published by the ABA's Law Practice Division). You can follow him on Twitter @MarkRosch or Facebook.com/Internet.For.Lawyers.

Last Updated: Friday, 15 August 2014 11:34

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