Civil Rights: An Overview

Thursday, March 17, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Federal civil rights protections are the basis for many important freedoms in our society. However, few people understand what civil rights laws are and how they work. This class will help you understand the basic civil rights statute 28 U.S.C. § 1983, its constitutional guarantees against abuses by government agencies, how to identify if your rights may have been violated and the potential claims to address the violation.

Class covers:

  • The basic civil rights statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1983
  • The difference between civil rights cases and criminal cases
  • The timeline for civil rights cases
  • Who can bring a civil rights case
  • The types of civil rights cases
  • Who can be a defendant in a civil rights case

Presented by Tiaunia Bedell and Jennifer Rho:
Tiaunia Bedell is an associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department with a practice that focuses primarily on antitrust, breach of contract and transnational cases. She has represented clients in various industries including the medical device, media and entertainment, semiconductor, oil and gas, paper manufacturing and technology conducting industries.

Jennifer Rho is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices in the firm’s Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Group, focusing on representing clients in patent licensing and litigation matters involving consumer electronics, communications, defense, medical device, video game, and social networking technologies. She has litigated significant patent infringement cases in federal courts across the United States.

Registration fee: FREE
Sponsored by the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library through the generous support of the Federal Bar Association.

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, 04 January 2016 12:29

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Gathering Evidence and Testimony: What You Need to Know

Thursday, February 18, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In every court case, there is an important step called “discovery.” During discovery, both sides collect and exchange information about the case and prepare for trial. However, the discovery process is complicated, not always intuitive, and can be daunting to a self-represented litigant. In this class, learn how to navigate the discovery process and best position your case for trial.

Class covers:

  • An overview of the types of discovery available to a civil litigant
  • Initiating and responding to written discovery
  • The preservation, collection and production of documents and other tangible items
  • Noticing, taking and appearing for depositions
  • Planning for the use of evidence at trial

Presented by Kristina Azlin and Michael Boardman:
Ms. Azlin is an experienced civil litigator in State and Federal courts and a partner at Holland & Knight.

Mr. Boardman is an associate at the firm and has also handled cases from inception through trial. Both attorneys are part of the firm’s West Coast Litigation Group.

Registration fee: FREE
Sponsored by the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library through the generous support of the Federal Bar Association.

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.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:44

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MCLE: Animal Law Seminar: Upholding California’s Farmed Animal Protections

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

California is at the vanguard of legal protections for farmed animals, with laws on the books prohibiting force-fed foie gras and confining farmed animals in inhumanely small cages. In this class, attorneys from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) will discuss how animal law advocates have responded to constitutional challenges brought against these laws by the farm industry.

Class covers:

  • Statutory protections for farm animals in California
  • Legal arguments behind constitutional Supremacy Clause- and Dormant Commerce Clause-based challenges to farm animal protections
  • Efforts of animal rights advocates to respond to such challenges in the courts

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit

Presented by Lindsay Larris and Kelsey Eberly:
Lindsay Larris is an attorney and the Regional Director for ALDF in Southern California. . Prior to working at ALDF, Lindsay spent seven years practicing civil litigation in the Los Angeles area, including environmental and trust and estate litigation, and international arbitration. While in private practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Lindsay also litigated animal rights matters on a pro bono basis. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007, where she co-founded the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics.

Kelsey Eberly is a litigation fellow at ALDF, where she assists with cases and projects involving advocacy for animals. She graduated from UCLA Law School in 2014, where she focused on animal, environmental, and administrative law. While attending law school, Kelsey was the chair of the UCLA Animal Law Society. She also holds a graduate certificate in Animal Policy and Advocacy from Humane Society University, and received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Middlebury College.

Registration fees: $45 for this class including vegan lunch
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot.
A portion of registration proceeds go to The Animal Legal Defense Fund.  For more information about the Animal Legal Defense Fund, please go to www.aldf.org.

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: Friday, 20 November 2015 15:29

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MCLE: What Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Retirement Benefits

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

This class will provide the tools and resources to identify complex issues involving Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). Learn best practices when handling cases that involve pensions to be divided, and understand the different types of retirement plans and how they should be split during dissolution.

Class covers:

  • Pre-QDRO planning strategy
  • ERISA plans vs. public plans
  • Recent case law affecting QDRO division
  • Distribution issues
  • Judgment drafting issues to protect the family law attorney

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit

Presented by Louise Nixon:
For over 20 years, Louise Nixon’s law practice has focused on QDROs. Founder of QDRO Counsel Inc., she is a recurrent court appointed expert and a frequent speaker for family law groups and bar associations, employee benefit groups, and local to national CLE organizations.

Registration fees: $35 
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot.
Lunch option no longer available

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: Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:12

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MCLE: A Primer on Trusts

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Starting with a general overview of trusts and fundamental concepts and issues, this presentation will gradually advance to topics like sophisticated gift and estate tax planning and special needs planning. The discussion will also cover various types of trusts, including living trusts, life insurance trusts, foreign trusts and dynasty trusts.

Class covers:

  • Overview of trusts
  • Practical drafting and structuring pointers
  • Sophisticated uses of trusts

Registration includes electronic copy of comprehensive “Everything You Need to Know About Trusts” guide by Jacob Stein.

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit

Presented by Jacob Stein (J.D.; LL.M.):
Jacob Stein (J.D.; LL.M.) is a Certified Tax Law Specialist. He is the author of numerous books, including A Lawyer’s Guide to Asset Protection Planning in California (2011), and his most recent, International Joint Ventures: A Concise Guide for Attorneys & Business Owners (2014). In addition, his manuals on Advanced Tax Planning and Asset Protection Planning have been used by the California CPA Education Foundation for over 10 years. Mr. Stein is a leading tax expert and speaker, an adjunct professor of taxation at the CSU Northridge Graduate Tax Program, and an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation.

Registration fees: $35 
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot.
Lunch option no longer available

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: Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:11

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