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  • 05 Jun 2013 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

    It is hard to believe, but Summer is almost here and we will be having our last MCLE program next week, before our Summer MCLE break. The year has been passing quickly but our Board has been getting things done and there is more to come.

    Work is progressing on the printed membership directory, which had been held up by the large number of new members who have joined the Association as a result of the successful membership drive which was held in the Spring. If everything goes well, the new directory should be in print by the time we have our next MCLE meeting in September.

    In the meantime, our entire membership directory is availa- ble on our website at http://culvermarinabar.org/roster2.php, so if you need to locate a legal specialist outside of your practice are- as, you can do so by checking that on-line directory.

    Also, all Members should check the on-line directory to make sure that the information in the directory about them is current and correct, since that directory will be used to prepare the printed di- rectory. If you find that any changes or corrections need to be made, please notify Cynthia at Hali Ziff’s office by calling her at 310-342-2818 or emailing her at cynthia@gzzfamilylaw.com.

    Board Member Mark Tseselsky and President Leslie Baker have been working on a Summer social event which has been scheduled for July 16, 2013. As soon as the details have been worked out, an Evite and an announcement will be emailed to all Members. Keep that date open.

    -Michael Fate Executive Director

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    2013 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Olivia Sanders

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Ron Ziff

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2013 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    John Glovka
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Mark Tseselsky
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Cafe, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    June, 2013 Newsletter

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    Congratulations to Hali Ziff on the graduation of her eldest from UC Santa Bar- bara this month. Also, congratulations to Michael and Francia Fate on the birth of their Grandson, Porter Tesla Fate

    JUNE, 2013 MEETING

    WHO: Mark A. Ozzello, Esq.
    WHAT: Consumer Legal Remedies Act – An Overview WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 6:00 pm
    WHERE: Truxton’s American Cafe, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los

    Angeles, CA 90045 (In Westchester, off Manchester Avenue) HOW: much does it cost? $40 members / $50 nonmembers
    WHY: Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit

    SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE LAW CONCERNING CONSTRUCTION-RELATED DISABILITY ACCESS CLAIMS

    Many of our Members have had clients who have been threatened or sued for disability access claims which were being asserted by disabled persons who made a living as full time plaintiffs by litigating with numerous businesses for such violations.

    In an effort to address what appeared to be abuses of the system, Senate Bill No. 1186, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), made significant changes to the law, some of which impose State Bar disciplinary consequences on lawyers. The bill con- tains an urgency clause, which means it was effective immediately upon enactment Sept. 19, 2012, but some of its provisions didn’t go into effect until Jan. 1. The bill in- cludes the following provisions, all of which govern construction-related disability ac- cess claims:

    A general prohibition against sending a demand letter that includes a request or demand for money or an offer or agreement to accept money, effective immediately A revision to the existing mandatory written advisory that must be provided with

    a demand letter or complaint, effective immediately
    A requirement that a lawyer send a copy of a demand letter to the State Bar and

    the California Commission on Disability Access, effective Jan. 1.
    A requirement that a demand letter sent by a lawyer include the lawyer’s State

    Bar license number, effective Jan. 1.
    A requirement that a lawyer send a copy of a complaint to the California Com-

    mission on Disability Access, effective Jan. 1.
    A requirement that demand letters and complaints contain plain language suffi-

    cient for a recipient business or property owner to determine the basis of alleged vio- lations, including: specific identification of each access barrier encountered; the date of the incident; and a description of how each barrier interfered with full and equal access, effective Jan. 1.

    CONGRATULATIONS

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    A requirement that a complaint be verified by the plaintiff, effective Jan. 1. A complaint filed without verification is subject to a motion to strike

    A reduction of statutory damages if specified conditions apply, effective immedi- ately

    The establishment of procedures for a mandatory evaluation conference, effec- tive as to claims filed on or after Jan. 1.

    CALIFORNIA COURT BUDGET CUTS -- WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS

    CMBA is joining with the Open Courts Coalition, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California State Bar and numerous other legal and business organiza- tions and individuals to express concerns about the draconian budget cuts that have crippled California’s Court system.

    An email with a proposed letter to state legislators that was sent by LACBA to its members is being attached to this newsletter. All CMBA Members are encouraged to also express their dissatisfaction with these cuts to their state legislators and to Gover- nor Brown.

    June 18, 2013 June 21, 2013

    July 16, 2013

    Editor: Michael Fate

    Continued . . .

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    MCLE Dinner – Mark A. Ozzello, Esq., with a review of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act - Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Summer Solstice – Grab an ice cream cone or a margarita when it gets hot and remember that we have no MCLE meetings in July or August

    Summer Event – Save the date – further details to be an- nounced soon

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    California Court Budget Cuts


  • 05 May 2013 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

    We are well into the new year and have had a busy schedule of MCLE events since the Holidays. In January, Member, James Kamanski, gave an excellent ethics program on how to avoid en- tanglements with the State Bar.

    In February, we got a view from the other side of the issue when State Bar President Patrick Kelly gave another ethics pro- gram, with a written quiz called “Ethics Jeopardy,” and fielded a lot of questions and comments from our members about the State Bar.

    It was clear that we made an impression on Mr. Kelly be- cause his column in the March, 2013 State Bar E-Journal ad- dressed many of our Members’ questions in an article entitled “What is the State Bar and what does it do.” It can be found at (http://www.calbarjournal.com/March2013/Opinion/FromthePresid ent.aspx)

    Our March speaker was Scott Wyant of Information Systems Analysis and Design LLC, who gave a great power point presen- tation about technology for small businesses, with an emphasis on law practices.

    We also have been busy with other things. We had a mem- bership drive which raised the number of our Members to close to 100. We also want to express our thanks to Board Member Mark Tseselsky for putting together a Facebook page for CMBA (https://www.facebook.com/CulverMarinaBarAssociation). Please take a look at that page and “Like” CMBA.

    The CMBA website is also being updated and the online membership directory is now current as to all Members who wanted to be in the directory. Please check out your directory list- ing at http://culvermarinabar.org/roster2.php to make sure that it is correct, as we will shortly be finalizing our 2012-13 written directo- ry, which will be distributed to all paid members.

    -Michael Fate Executive Director

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    2013 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Olivia Sanders

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Ron Ziff

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2013 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    John Glovka
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Mark Tseselsky
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Cafe, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    May, 2013 Newsletter

    May, 2013 MEETING

    WHO: Mark L. Tseselsky, Esq. and Alex Grager, Esq. CFLS
    WHAT: One Family, Two Courts -- The intersection of Family Law and Juvenile

    Dependency Law
    WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 6:00 pm

    WHERE: Truxton’s American Cafe, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (In Westchester off Manchester Avenue)

    HOW: much does it cost? $40 members / $50 nonmembers WHY: Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit

    OFFICE FOR RENT

    Ron Coombs has asked the Board to tell all of our Members that a corner office with an enclosed patio, as well as a secretarial space, if needed, are available for rent at the Coombs & Coombs Law Building, 11100 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232, The office is approximately 12 feet by 16 feet in dimension.

    For further information or to make an appointment to see the available space, please call Ron’s daughter, Heather Coombs Perez, at 310-254-7419.

    CONDOLENCES

    It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of long-time Member and former Culver Bar President, Jack Shoichi Nomura. Jack was admitted to the State Bar in 1962 and prac- ticed in West Los Angeles. He regularly attended our MCLE meetings and will be sorely missed. Jack passed away suddenly on April 28, 2013. A memorial service is scheduled for May 25, 2013, at 10:30 A.M., at the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church, 1913 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 479-1379.

    May 21, 2013

    May 27, 2013 June 6, 2013 June 18, 2013

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    MCLE Dinner - on the intersection of family law and juvenile dependency courts - Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Memorial Day – Wave a flag and thank a veteran
    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant

    MCLE Dinner – Mark A. Ozzello, Esq., with a review of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act - Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

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    June 21, 2013 July 16, 2013

    Editor: Michael Fate

    Summer Solstice – Buy Suntan Lotion and remember that we have no MCLE meetings in July or August

    Summer Event – Save the date – further details to be an- nounced soon 


  • 05 Dec 2012 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    It’s hard to believe that this is the last newsletter that I’ll write in 2012. I’ve barely gotten used to typing the 12 and soon it will be 13 - a sure sign that I’m getting older.

    It’s been a great year for CMBA. We’ve had some really terrific MCLE speakers. And we’ve got a great lineup so far for 2012. I mean, 2013 (see what I mean). In January, our own Jim Kamanski will enlighten us on ethical issues. (Yes, I know we had ethics in November, but my compliance period is coming up and I want to make sure I have enough ethics credits). And in Febru- ary, Patrick Kelley, President of the State Bar, will be our special guest. After that, we will be discussing employment issues for small businesses.

    If you weren’t at The Proud Bird on December 15th, you missed a good party. The food was fantastic and the entertain- ment superb. And Mike Fate, as our Master of Ceremonies, did a great job. I didn’t win any of the prizes, but c’est la vie. Plus I was sworn in for my 4th term as President!

    Happy Festivus everyone!

    -Leslie M. Baker President

    JANUARY, 2013 MEETING

    WHO: CMBA Member, James Kamanski
    WHAT: ETHICS TOPIC: How To Avoid Entanglements with

    the State Bar
    WHEN:
    THURSDAY January 17, 2013, at 6:00 pm

    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (In Westchester off Manchester Avenue)

    HOW: much does it cost? $40 members / $50 nonmembers WHY: Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING WILL BE ON A THURSDAY THIS MONTH DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT.

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    2013 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Olivia Sanders

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Ron Ziff

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2013 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    John Glovka
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Mark Tseselsky
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    December, 2012 Newsletter

    OFFICE FOR RENT

    Ron Coombs has asked the Board to tell all of our Members that a corner office with an enclosed patio, as well as a secretarial space, if needed, are available for rent at the Coombs & Coombs Law Building, 11100 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232, The office is approximately 12 feet by 16 feet in dimension.

    For further information or to make an appointment to see the available space, please call Ron’s daughter, Heather Coombs Perez, at 310-254-7419.

    WEIRD LAWS IN CALIFORNIA

    Here’s a little knowledge combined with a touch of humor, as we review some of California’s more unusual ordinances:

    Arcadia
    Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.

    Baldwin Park
    Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

    Belvedere

    City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.

    Blythe
    You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.

    Burlingame
    It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds.

    Carmel
    A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.

    Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)

    Women may not wear high heels while within the city limits.

    Chico
    One must obtain a permit from the city to throw hay in a cesspool.

    Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal.

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    It is illegal to plant a garden in any public street.
    Persons detonating a nuclear device within the city limits are subject to a $500 fine.

    Dana Point
    One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open.

    Downey
    It is illegal to wash your car in the street.

    El Monte
    Sandboxes may not be used as ashtrays.

    Fresno
    No one may annoy a lizard in a city park.

    Skipping rocks in a city park is not allowed.
    It is against the law to hold a private Bingo game. Permanent markers may not be sold in the city limits.

    Remember, as members of the State Bar of California, you are officers of the Court and should obey all laws and ordinances, so close your restroom windows, wear a jacket and pants that match, stop for all peacocks, keep your bicycle out of the swimming pool, spit only on baseball diamonds, and, by all means, do not annoy lizards when you are in a park by skipping rocks, or otherwise.

    December 25, 2012 December 25, 2012

    January 10, 2013

    January 15, 2013 January 31, 2013

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Christmas - Listen to Bing Crosby

    Kwanzaa begins - I don’t know who you’re supposed to lis- ten to

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant (rescheduled from January 3, 2013 for those of you paying attention)

    MCLE Dinner - James Kamanski on Ethics Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Deadline for reporting MCLE (last names A - G)

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    CMBA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR MEMBERS FOR THEIR INTEREST, INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT THIS YEAR AND WANT TO SEND EVERYONE OUR BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS, A SPECIAL HOLIDAY SEASON AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER THAT THIS MONTH’S MEETING WILL BE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, NOT ON TUESDAY.

    Editor: Michael Fate 


  • 05 Nov 2012 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    I’m sorry for the lack of newsletters over the last few months. After taking the summer off, I’ve found it difficult to get my groove back. (It’s much harder being funny in print than you might think)! So instead of amusing, I’m going to be sincere this time around. And since it’s Novem- ber, that means it’s time to give thanks. So here goes...

    Thank you to all of the wonderful speakers we have listened to over the last 12 months. That includes Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James of Act of Communication who entertained us in June. Thank you to Board member Monica Castagnasso who once again arranged a great day at Hollywood Park in July. Monica does this every year and it’s al- ways fun. Thanks also to Patience Agbenyadzie who set up our very first Happy Hour at the Culver Hotel in August. We had a great turnout and it was a blast. We hope to do it again in February or March. In September, we had Lisa Miller talk to us about inexpensive ways to market ourselves. If you missed it, you’ll have another chance to hear Lisa since I hope to have her speak again in the Spring. It will be a different topic, though. Thanks Lisa. And thanks to Marcus Risso who educated us in October about intellectual property. It was the first IP presentation we’ve had since I’ve been president and it was long overdue. Marcus graciously an- swered all of our questions (and there were a lot!) and I thank him. I also owe big thanks to Anthony Salerno, who is always willing to pitch in when we need a speaker. He will be our November speaker (more about that below), but in the past, he has spoken on bias in jury trials and what to do when your client calls from jail (and you’re not a criminal defense attor- ney).

    But most of all, I want to thank all the members of the Board for their service. Thanks to Maryanne Golsan, Ron Ziff and Hali Ziff for all the work that their staff does for us. Maryanne is our current treasurer and Ron is our incoming treasurer and I really appreciate that because the accounting is something I really don’t want to have to do myself. And Hali has spearheaded our website changes and overseen membership lists. Thanks to David Shaby, past president, for all the work that his as- sistant, Karena, does for us (and thanks to Karena for her hard work and patience). Thanks to Mike Burstein and his staff for their help in getting out large mailings. Lastly, special thanks go to Mike Fate, Executive Di- rector, because without him, I’m not sure I could do this job. I know for sure that I wouldn’t want to. Thanks Mike.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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    -Leslie M. Baker, President

    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    November, 2012 Newsletter

    NOVEMBER MEETING

    WHO: CMBA Member, Anthony Salerno WHAT: “Ethics in the Courtroom”

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    HOW: WHY:

    (In Westchester off of Sepulveda Boulevard)
    much does it cost? $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit

    DECK THE HALLS...

    November 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    It’s time for CMBA’s Annual Holiday Party. For the past few years, we have held it at Tony P’s, but this year, we’re doing something different. The party will be at The Proud Bird which is near the airport. (The bird referred to is fighter planes, not poultry, by the way). We will be able to watch planes landing at LAX while we eat, drink and are merry.

    The date is December 14, 2012. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm and end whenever we want so long as that is by midnight. The cost is $50 per person, which appetizers, your choice of entree, dessert, tea and coffee, games (maybe prizes) and professional entertainment. Yes, we’ve hired a singer/musician to perform. And she may even bring her ukulele!

    To reserve your place, send your check for $50 per person (made payable to Culver Marina Bar Association) to Golsan, Ziff & Ziff, c/o MaryAnne Golsan, 5840 Uplander Way, Suite 102, Culver City, CA 90230. Please note your entree selection when you mail in your payment. See the attached flyer for more information about en- trees and other details.

    The event is limited to the first 30 people who send in their payment. All pay- ment must be received at Golsan, Ziff and Ziff by December 5, 2012 so that we can give the restaurant a final count.

    WE LOVE DEBATES

    Once again, CMBA sponsored the Culver City Mock Trial Team. For the first time in many years, the kids did not work on a murder case. A hit and run case, even one caused by texting while driving, is just not the same as a good old-fashioned mur- der. But what can you do? The team is coached by our own Ron Ziff and he reports that the kids had trials on November 5 and 19th. They lost the prosecution trial by less than 1⁄2 of a percent and they won the defense trial. Unfortunately, you have to win both trails to advance. The team had a lot of newcomers and so will be in great shape for next year.

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    CONGRATULATIONS

    We’re pleased to congratulate CMBA member, Gregg Martin, who has been listed again in the 2012 Super lawyers Business Edition.

    WHAT YOUR BAR DUES GOES TO PAY FOR...

    In addition to the disciplinary system. This time it’s an addition to the State Bar’s website to help members navigate the often complex issues that arise when ethi- cal obligations run head long into new technologies. To access this new information, go to the general Ethics Information page at the website and click on Ethics and Tech- nology - a collection of resources that address professional responsibility issues raised by the use of Internet websites, email, chat rooms and other technologies. The re- sources include advisory ethics opinions, articles and MCLE programs.

    Most of the resources are internal links to other pages on the bar’s website and some are external links to local or specialty bar associations. The new page is orga- nized both by the type of resource (ethics opinion, article, etc.) and by subject matter (law firm websites, electronic files, social networking, etc.).

    The new service focuses on providing basic legal research leads on how the rules apply to new technologies rather than specific law office systems, hardware or software options. For the latter, the resources of the State Bar’s Law Practice Man- agement & Technology Section can be considered.

    THE AUDITORS ARE COMING, THE AUDITORS ARE COMING

    We have been asked by the State Bar to distribute the following press release to our membership. Even though your eyes may start to glaze over, read through to the end, because this is serious stuff folks.

    FIRST DISCIPLINARY CHARGES FILED AS A RESULT OF MCLE AUDIT

    San Francisco, Oct. 3, 2012 – The State Bar announced today that it has filed disci- plinary charges against three attorneys as a result of stepped up enforcement of Mini- mum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements.

    The attorneys falsely reported to the bar that they had fulfilled the requirement to complete 25 hours of MCLE, according to charging documents filed Monday in State Bar Court. The three cases mark the first disciplinary action to result from the State Bar’s increased scrutiny of MCLE compliance. More charges are expected in coming weeks. A total of 27 lawyers were referred to the Office of Chief Trial Counsel as a re- sult of last year’s random audit of 635 lawyers.

    Charges were filed against Hal Erwin Wright, 58, of Davis (bar #157814); Leah Singer-Lamstein, 45, of San Rafael (bar #161413); and Jeffrey J. Parish, 68, of Alamo (bar #47046). Because the offense charged involves moral turpitude, it carries with it the possibility of actual suspension or disbarment, according to the bar’s disciplinary standards.

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    “It is truly unfortunate that we need to take this action against any lawyer,” State Bar Executive Director/CEO Joe Dunn said. “Lawyers can easily avoid this problem by simply meeting the well-known MCLE requirements that have been in place for 20 years.”

    The State Bar requires active attorneys, except those statutorily exempt, to take 25 hours of continuing education courses every three years, including four hours of le- gal ethics and an hour each of elimination of bias and detection and prevention of sub- stance abuse or mental illness. Lawyers must keep documentation for at least a year after their compliance is due.

    In July, the State Bar expanded its audit to 2,600 attorneys whose last names begin with the letters H through M. That audit, which represents 5 percent of attorneys whose MCLE requirements were due this year, is still in progress. Next year, the bar plans to audit 10 percent of attorneys whose MCLE requirements are due. Those at- torneys’ names begin with the letters A through G.
    For more information about MCLE requirements and reporting, visit the State Bar’s MCLE web page.

    November 20, 2012

    November 22, 2012

    December 6, 2012 December 8, 2012 December 14, 2012

    December 25, 2012 December 25, 2012

    January 10, 2013

    January 15, 2013 January 31, 2013

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Annual Meeting and Elections, plus
    Anthony Salerno on “Ethics in the Courtroom” Truxton’s at 6:00 pm.

    Turkey Day, otherwise known as the start of the holiday shopping madness!

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant Hanukkah begins - Listen to Adam Sandler

    Holiday Party at The Proud Bird Restaurant 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    $50 per person, payable in advance

    Christmas - Listen to Bing Crosby

    Kwanzaa begins - I don’t know who you’re supposed to lis- ten to

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant (rescheduled from January 3, 2013 for those of you paying attention)

    MCLE Dinner - Topic to be announced Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Deadline for reporting MCLE (last names A - G) 


  • 05 May 2012 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    At last month’s dinner, Richard Lysle discussed debt collection issues, primarily focusing on the FDCPA. It was a great presentation and I thank him for it. I asked Richard to speak because his topic dovetails with my own practice (I’m a bankruptcy attorney if you don’t know) and I thought it would be interesting.

    Some members may have chosen to skip the meeting because the subject had no bearing on their own practice area, but I think when you do that, it’s a mistake. (I go to every dinner, because I’m the President and I kinda, sorta, have to). But I would go even if I didn’t “have” to do so. Because if you’re picking and choosing meetings based on the topic, you’re missing one of the major points of our monthly meetings. I joined CMBA not just because it was a great way to pick up my MCLE credits, but also as a means for business development. And the most effective tool for business development is networking. It’s also one of the most inexpensive; website design and search engine optimization do not come cheap!

    The best way to network is to SHOW UP. You can’t out-source it; you can’t phone it in. You have to show up and mix and mingle. And you have to do it repeatedly. Because as every professional networker will tell you, people refer business to people they like. And they can’t get to like you unless they meet you and get to know you.

    That said, I hope to see a large turnout for our dinner on May 15, 2012. Our speaker will be Leonard Levy and he will teach us “How to Negotiate Like the Winners.” Teach is the operative word, since Mr. Levy teaches two courses at Loyola Law School. He spent 30 years as a litigator and now is a mediator with ADR. I have been told, by more than one person, that Mr. Levy is a dynamic speaker so I am looking forward to it. See you there.

    -Leslie M. Baker President

    AND THE AWARD GOES TO

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President
    Ron ZiffPresident - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    May, 2012 Newsletter

    The Culver Marina Bar Association has awarded a $500 scholarship through the West Los Angeles Community College to Jane

    Molina-Juarez. Ms. Molina-Juarez is working on completing her certificate in paralegal studies at WLACC and hopes to eventually become an immigration attorney. Congratulations to Ms. Molina- Juarez and thanks to Gerry Sallus who interviewed the top candidates for the scholarship.

    MAY MEETING

    WHO: Leonard Levy, Attorney/Mediator WHAT: “How to Negotiate Like the Winners”

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    HOW: WHY:

    (In Westchester, off Manchester Avenue)
    much does it cost? $40 for members/$50 for nonmembers Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit

    ALL THE WORLD IS A STAGE

    May 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Our June Meeting will feature a presentation by Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James of the Act of Communication, which is a trial consulting firm specializing in litigation consulting and readiness for attorneys. Even if you are not a litigator, you are going to want to attend because Alan and Katherine train people in the art of advocacy. And whether you are a litigator or a transactional lawyer, we are all of us required to advocate for our clients. As an added bonus, when you see Alan in person, you will realize that you have seen him in countless movies and television shows and you’ll have one of those “ah hah” recognition moments. Both Katherine and Alan are actors, writers, producers and teachers. For almost 40 years, they have been conducting workshops for attorneys and their clients throughout the country. The date will be June 19th so mark your calendars now.

    A HEAD’S UP

    Regular readers of this newsletter know that CMBA is dark in July and August, in that we don’t have MCLE Dinners those months. But for July, by popular demand, we are working with Hollywood Park to set up another day at the races. We’ll let you now the exact date as soon as we can. And in August, instead of MCLE, I’m hoping that our newly formed Social Committee will be able to plan something casual and fun. All our meetings are fun, but I don’t want to wear a suit in August unless I’m in Court.

    I GET MAIL

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    1. From the Solo and Small Practice Section of the State Bar comes the following: “The Myer J. Sankary Lawyer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has exercised notable leadership or shown a contribution to the development of greater justice in a field of law. The award is presented annually to an individual who is a sole practitioner or a member of a small firm and who has demonstrated years of faithful service and leadership to the community or his or her fellow attorneys. To be eligible, the individual must be a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California.” If you would like more information or to nominate someone go to www.calbar.org/solo/award. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2012.

    2. The California Bar Foundation’s Diversity Scholarship seeks to support newly admitted law students from groups historically under-represented in the legal profession who have committed to attend a California law school. Candidates apply for the Scholarship at the beginning of the summer prior to commencing their law school studies. The Scholarship helps pay the costs of obtaining a law school education, including tuition, fees, books, and related education expenses. Awards of up to $7,500 recognize incoming first year law students with financial need who demonstrate a desire to make a positive impact as a community leader. Since 2008, the Foundation has supported more than 90 law students with awards totaling more than $600,000 through the Diversity Scholarship. All 2012 Diversity Scholarships will be awarded in person at a reception to be held in early October 2012 in Los Angeles. For more information about the scholarship, including an application, please see the Foundation’s website: http://www.calbarfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/diversity.html . All portions of the Application must be received by the Foundation by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

    TAXES, TAXES, TAXES

    The 2012 California Tax Practitioner’s Conference will be held on May 24, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Millennium Hotel Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles. The Conference is sponsored by Jerome Horton, Chairman of the State Board of Equalization and the Los Angeles County Bar Association in partnership with the California Society of Enrolled Agents, The Taxation Section of the California State Bar and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Partnering Organizations include the IRS, the FTB and CMBA! This is billed as the premiere conference attracting California’s most powerful and respected tax professionals to a day of unparalleled continuing education seminars and interactive dialogue. The list of speakers is too long for me to type here so for m ore information or to register go to www.calendar.lacba.org or call 213-896-6560.

    ALSO FROM LACBA

    The Center for Civic Mediation (a non-profit division of the LA County Bar Association) will be conducting a CLE program this summer in Long Beach. The course, which begins June 5th, is a 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training, worth 26.75

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    hours of CLE (including 2.75 Ethics, and 1 Bias). This course is fully DRPA compliant and provides a solid foundation in mediation for attorneys and lay-persons wishing to enter the field. Additionally, many members combine this Basic training with the Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum to satisfy the classroom training requirements of most court ADR panels. For more information, contact Andrew Culberson at (213) 896-6536 or aculberson@centerforcivicmediation.org .

    May 15, 2012 May 19, 2012

    June 7, 2012 June 19, 2012

    Editor: Michael Fate

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Attorney/Mediator Leonard Levy: Negotiate Like the Winners, Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Armed Forces Day - Hug a soldier. If you don’t know one, dig out your old G.I. Joe doll and give it a salute. And then sell it on EBay.

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant

    MCLE Dinner with Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James of Act of Communication 


  • 05 Apr 2012 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    Thank you to Anthony Salerno for his presentation on “What To Do When the Client Calls From Jail” at last month’s MCLE dinner. It confirmed my suspicion that if a friend or client called me from jail, the best thing I can do is give them Anthony’s phone number and then tell them to keep quiet until he tells them otherwise.

    This month, we have another of our own members stepping up to entertain (er... inform us). Richard Lysle will discuss debt collection issues. If you’ve ever gotten a call from a debt collector (as bankrupt- cy counsel I get them all the time) or know someone who has gotten such a call, you know that many of them have no qualms about lying, cursing, threatening or otherwise trying to intimidate their target. I can’t tell you how many people don’t realize that we no longer have debtors’ prisons in this country! Anyway, I think Richard’s presenta- tion will be informative and I’m sure that he has some great war sto- ries. Future MCLE events will include a presentation on negotiation tactics and trial and witness preparation.

    -Leslie M. Baker President

    SOCIALLY SPEAKING

    I am looking for a few good men (and women) to join our Social Committee. These are the people who will be planning our July/August social event and our Holiday party. Also, if there is interest, I’d like to start some informal happy hour type events. If you interested in getting involved, please give me your card at the March dinner or drop me an email at lesliebaker@earthlink.net.

    SERIOUSLY, THIS IS THE LAST CALL

    If you want to be included in the printed directory that we plan to pro- duce, you absolutely, positively MUST get your Membership Application and dues check ($40 payable to CMBA) in the mail to the Culver Marina Bar Association, c/o Michael Fate, 11100 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232-3988 TODAY. We are in the process of preparing the Directory so we may still be able to squeeze you in.

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    April, 2012 Newsletter

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW ON-LINE DIRECTORY

    We still have members that have not paid their dues for 2012 and who have not turned in the new membership application form identifying their areas of practice and the status of their affiliations with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The application is available at our website, at the following web address:

    http://culvermarinabar.org/newsletters/11cmbaapp&practiceareas.pdf

    We are in the process of updating our on-line Directory prior to preparing a new printed Directory and members who have not paid their 2012 dues or turned in the new application forms may not be listed in the directory when it is completed, so we need to get everyone to submit their application along with their bar dues so that we can update the on-line and print directories. Please follow the instructions to complete the form and send in your form and your dues ASAP.

    APRIL MEETING

    WHO: CMBA Member, Richard Lysle, Esq., Fellow CMBA Member WHAT: “Fair Debt Collection and Abusive Debt Collection Practices”

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    WHY: HOW:

    (In Westchester off of Manchester Boulevard)
    Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit
    much does it cost? $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers

    STATE BAR PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE TO ALL ATTORNEYS ABOUT INCREASED MCLE COMPLIANCE AUDITS

    April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    We have been asked by the State Bar of California to bring to our Members’ attention the following notice about the State Bar’s plan to conduct increased audits for attorney compliance with the State Bar’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements:

    To: Cc:

    From:

    Presidents, California Local Bar Associations Executive Directors, California Local Bar Associations

    Jon Streeter, President The State Bar of California

    I am writing to alert you that the State Bar is taking a more aggressive approach to auditing MCLE compliance than it has historically. All California lawyers need to be aware of this change in the Bar’s MCLE auditing process.

    The result of the State Bar’s recent 2011 MCLE audit of one percent or 635 law- yers has confirmed the need for increased auditing. Of the 635 audited attor- neys, 539 provided the necessary documentation showing full compliance. Of

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    the remaining 96 attorneys, five have been suspended due to their inability to show any compliance. Most of the remaining 91 attorneys had minor reporting deficiencies and received a cautionary letter from our MCLE compliance group about future compliance. Approximately 25 of the 91 are being referred to the Office to Chief Trial Counsel for disciplinary action. Using simple math, we see that 15% of this reporting group were not in compliance.

    This result is troubling and reaffirms the action being taken by the State Bar. In 2012, California attorneys can expect that five percent or roughly 3,000-4,000 lawyers to be audited. In 2013, the goal is to audit 10% which translates to 7,000- 8,000 lawyers. Letters requesting proof of compliance for 2012 will be mailed in June.

    The message is clear. California lawyers must fulfill and accurately document and report their MCLE requirements. No California attorney should be surprised if their compliance certificate is audited. For more information regarding MCLE requirements and reporting, visit the State Bar’s MCLE web page.

    If you have any questions, please send an email to Carol Madeja, Managing Di- rector of Bar Relations Outreach at carol.madeja@calbar.ca.gov.

    THE COURT REPORT

    The Commission on Judicial Performance is “charged with maintaining the high standards for which our judiciary is noted.” The Commission publishes its Annual Report every April detailing the Commission’s activities and statistics from the previous year. In order to reduce printing and mailing cost, the full report is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.cjp.ca.gov . I know I can’t wait to read it!

    April 17, 2012

    May 3, 2012 May 13, 2012

    May 15, 2012

    June 7, 2012 June 19, 2012

    Editor: Michael Fate

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Attorney Richard Lysle: Fair Debt Collection and Abusive Debt Collection Practices, Truxton’s at 6:00 pm

    Board of Directors Meeting - Warehouse Restaurant, Noon Mother’s Day - if you’re lucky enough to still have your Mom

    with you, send her some flowers or chocolate. Or at least

    call her!
    Attorney Leonard Levy: Negotiate Like the Winners,

    Truxton’s at 6:00 pm
    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant MCLE Dinner on Trial Presentation and Preparation of

    Witnesses, Truxton’s at 6:00 pm 


  • 05 Feb 2012 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    I hope that everyone’s New Year is starting out with a bang. I am try- ing to remember to write 2012 on my checks (I know, I’m a dinosaur, still writing checks). And January is already gone.

    A huge thank you to Judge David Wesley for speaking at our Janu- ary meeting. As Assistant Presiding Judge of the L. A. Superior Court (the largest court system in the country), Judge Wesley is immersed in the court funding issue (or rather the lack of funding) and brought us up to speed on the budget issues, how the Court is dealing with the current cutbacks and what we can all expect if further cuts are enacted. Judge Wesley was extremely generous with his time and answered our numer- ous questions.

    I hope you’ll all join me at Truxton’s on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 for dinner and a discussion with Patsy J. Cobb, Deputy Chief Trial Coun- sel for The State Bar of California. Every year, the State Bar hosts a Discipline Day when new and current members of the Board of Gover- nors are educated on the ins and outs of the disciplinary system. I asked if a shorter version of the program could be presented to our members, a mini Discipline Day, if you will. So, if you’ve ever wanted to know how the disciplinary system works, without actually experiencing it yourself, now is the opportunity. Bring an extra business card to be in- cluded in the raffle we’ll be holding.

    Leslie M. Baker President

    FEBRUARY 2012 MEETING (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE)

    WHO:
    WHAT:
    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    Patsy J. Cobb, Deputy Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar The State Bar’s Disciplinary System

    February 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    90045 (In Westchester off of Manchester Boulevard)
    WHY: Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit
    HOW: much does it cost? $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    February, 2012 Newsletter

    I’M THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS OF .....

    our Membership Drive and want to thank everyone who helped, including Mike Burstein and his staff, Gerry Sallus, and especially Chasca (at Golsan, Ziff & Ziff) and Karena (at Dave Shaby’s office) for all their hard work. Chasca and Karena (and their respective employers) really make my job much easier and leave me with time to produce these amusing little newsletters. (Hey, comedy is hard and snarky is time-consuming. If you don’t believe me, try it yourself). We have 75 paid members and are hoping for a few more, so if you know anyone who might like to join, let us know and we’ll contact them. Or you could do the hard work yourself and shoot them an email with the Membership Application (on the website) and give them a nudge. Which leads me to my next item....

    LAST CALL

    If you want to be included in the printed directory that we plan to produce, you absolutely, positively MUST get your Membership Application and dues check ($40 payable to CMBA) in the mail to the Culver Marina Bar Association, c/o Michael Fate, 11100 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232-3988 so that it is received no later than February 28, 2012. So, if you’ve been procrastinating, you really need to get it in gear now.

    SPEAKING OF BOOZE

    Of course, the caption “Last Call” led me to think about booze, which reminded me that we have a few bottles of wine left over from the Holiday Party. Rather than drink it ourselves, the Board decided to use one of the bottles as a door prize at our next meeting. Sort of a thank you for those who attend even though we switched the date up on you. I’m told that it is very good wine, so that should be even more incentive to join us on February 28th. Personally, I think the good food, scintillating company and MCLE credit should be enough, but some people also like a little vino when they’re out.

    CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

    If you are a graduate of Southwestern Law School, you probably know this already but as someone from “back East”, I was not aware that Southwestern is celebrating its Centennial. As President of CMBA, I have been invited to a special Centennial Event in honor of distinguished Southwestern Alumni who have served in the judiciary. From the invitation comes the following: “A century ago, Southwestern Law School opened its doors to all qualified applicants at a time when women and minorities were essentially locked out of the legal profession. The wisdom of the institution’s early commitment to fairness and diversity can be found in its extraordinary list of alumni and in the ideals of the talented men and women it graduates each year. The judiciary especially has been a beneficiary of Southwestern’s policies.” -Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California.

    The dinner is February 24, 2012 and will feature the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor as the Special Guest Speaker. Although I would greatly enjoy hearing Justice O’Connor speak, the tickets are $250, which is a little rich for my blood. But if you’re interested, go to

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    www.swlawjudgestribute.org . And congratulations to the Faculty, staff, students and alumni on this momentous occasion.

    CONDOLENCES

    We are sad to have to announce that long-time CMBA Member, OWEN RAFFERTY, passed away on December 31. 2011. He was 91 years old. Owen was the Patriarch of a law firm that has always supported our Association and which provided us with at least one Past-President, Mary Bueno Flores. Everyone in the Association would like to express our deepest condolences to Owen’s sons, Frank, Mark and Philip, to the other members of his family, to his good friend and long time associate, Mary Bueno Flores, and to the members and staff of his law office.

    I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER

    Ever since I was published in a children’s literary magazine when I was 8 years old, I thought I’d be a writer. It never occurred to me that I’d be writing legal briefs; I thought I would be doing something a little more, well, creative. If you’re like me (or if you always envisioned yourself as the next Scott Turow, Steve Martini or John Grisham), now is your chance. The Journal of Legal Education in conjunction with Southwestern Law School, has announced the first JLE Legal Fiction Contest. Submissions must be original short works of fiction related to law school or the practice of law, and winning entries will be published in a future issue of JLE. More exciting than that (because seriously, do you know anyone who reads the JLE?), the judges of the competition include Michael Connelly (who needs no introduction), Denise Hamilton (another great mystery writer and author of “The Jasmine Trade”), Marshall Goldberg (writer on “L.A. Law,” “Paper Chase”) and Charles Rosenberg (legal consultant to the aforementioned shows). Now that’s exciting!

    The contest is open to anyone setting a fictitious story in a legal setting or focusing on a law- related character. Submissions must be in prose form, previously unpublished, under 5,000 words and submitted by March 15, 2012. For more details go to www.swlaw.edu/jleweb/legalfictioncontest/. So get your inner David Kelley on and start writing!

    I GET MAIL......

    1. The State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California State Board of Equalization are holding the 2012 California Tax Practitioner’s Conference on May 24, 2012 at The Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Conference will provide an educational and networking opportunity for tax practitioners. Topics to be covered include: what’s new in legislation and litigation; tax agency updates; redevelopment agency issues and changes in ownership law for tax practitioners and estate planners. The conference is by invitation only. If you are interested, contact Mr. Juan Flores at (323)980-6839 or Juan.Flores@boe.ca.gov.

    2. The Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law will be presenting an MCLE event at Loyola Law School on March 2, 2012 focusing on “Making California Family Code section 3190 Counseling Order Work for Your Clients.” The deadline for registration is February 24, 2012. Contact

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    Ecastillo@hbcfl.org. And if you’re not familiar with the great work that the Harriett Buhai Center does, check out their website at www.hbcfl.org.

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW ON-LINE DIRECTORY

    We still have members that have not paid their dues for 2012 and who have not turned in the new membership application form identifying their areas of practice and the status of their affiliations with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The application is available at our website, at the following web address:

    http://culvermarinabar.org/newsletters/11cmbaapp&practiceareas.pdf

    We are in the process of updating our on-line Directory and members who have not paid their 2012 dues or turned in the new application forms may not be listed in the directory when it is completed, so we need to get everyone to submit their application along with their bar dues so that we can update the on-line directory. Please follow the instructions to complete the form and send in your form and your dues ASAP.

    WARNING ABOUT SCAMS DEFRAUDING LAWYERS

    The following report is being reprinted from the January E-Journal of the State Bar of California:

    Counterfeit check scams continue to target law firms

    A lawyer receives what appears to be a legitimate solicitation email from a prospective client seeking representation in a debt collection matter. The terms of a relationship, including a fee agreement, may be negotiated. The lawyer then receives what appears to be a valid cashier’s check, supposedly a settlement check from a debtor, from a reputable bank. After the money is deposited in the lawyer’s client trust account, the “client” asks that the funds, less the fees, be wired to a foreign bank.

    The cashier’s check was fraudulent and the lawyer is left holding the bag.
    This scenario continues to be replayed as part of a sophisticated Internet scam that often targets collection lawyers. The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office recently was alerted by a local law firm that was contacted by a “client” who said his east coast company provided materials to a local medical company that hadn’t paid its bill. The out-of-state company provided legitimate-looking documents, such as contracts and invoices, to support its claim, and the law firm found a website for the client’s company. A retainer agreement was executed.
    The client said it would make a last ditch attempt to collect the debt before authorizing a lawsuit. Two days later, the firm received a $270,000 cashier’s check from the medical company. The client told the firm to withhold its fee, plus a little extra, and wire the remaining funds to an account that turned out to be overseas. Despite pressure from the client for the money, the law firm waited for the check to clear.
    That never happened.

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    The alleged debtor was a real company that was not involved with the “client,” who remains unidentified and may be located overseas. According to Santa Clara County Deputy district Attorney Mike Fletcher, the suspects “generated very authentic-looking documents, created a website and are executing a sophisticated scheme with the potential to significantly harm law firms.”

    But in addition to winding up with an overdrawn bank account, victims can face State Bar discipline and damage to his or her reputation. In order to help lawyers avoid being taken in, the bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibil- ity and Conduct (COPRAC) issued an ethics alert earlier this year describing both how the scams work and how lawyers can protect themselves.
    The scam leaves the lawyer appearing to have retained a client, triggering various ethical duties governed by professional responsibility rules. The ethics alert offers both a warning and suggestions for how lawyers can protect themselves.
    “If it is too good to be true, it usually is,” the alert concludes. “Hitting the delete button may be the best course of action for the attorney, not to mention those caught up in the cascade of adverse consequences of a successful scam.” The FBI reports the debt collection scam is well-known and occurs nationwide. Another scheme has the fraudulent client posing as an ex-wife “on assignment” in an Asian country and pursuing collection of divorce settlement funds from her ex-husband in the U.S. Once a law firm agrees to represent the wife and contacts the ex-husband, it receives a “certified” settlement check. As with other scams, the wife instructs the firm to wire the funds, less its retainer fee, to an overseas bank account.
    If funds are sent before discovering the check is counterfeit, the firm is left in the lurch.
    The FBI urges firms or victims of an internet scam to file a complaint with the
    Internet Crime Complaint Center

    February 21, 2012 February 28, 2012

    March 1, 2012 March 11, 2012 March 20, 2012

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Fat Tuesday. You can eat anything you want and it won’t have any calories!

    Patsy J. Cobb, Deputy Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar on Discipli- nary Process, Truxton’s, 6:00 pm. Warning: the dinner you eat will con- tain calories.

    Board of Director’s Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant at noon. Daylight Savings Time begins. (It feels like it just ended!).
    Monthly meeting. Topic will be criminal law.

    Editor: Michael Fate 


  • 05 Jan 2012 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

    I am pleased to announce that, at President Leslie Baker’s sugges- tion, the Board authorized a mass mailing to all attorneys listed with the State Bar in the 90045, 90230 and 90232 zip codes in December, inviting them to join our Association. Trustee, Michael Burstein, took the laboring oar on that task and sent out over 500 letters from Leslie, with membership applications. We also sent out over 100 let- ters and applications to former CMBA members and have to thank Gerry Sallus for handling that job. Responses to the mailings are continuing to come in and it appears that as of this date, the mailings have brought in around 15 new members and have encouraged around 15 former members to rejoin the Association. Some of the new and renewing members have RSVP’d for our January MCLE meeting and I urge all members to welcome these new and renewing members. Thanks to Leslie, Gerry and Michael for the great job that they did.

    JANUARY 2012 MEETING

    WHO: LASC Assistant Presiding Judge David Wesley WHAT: Update on the Los Angeles County Superior Court

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    WHY: HOW:

    90045(In Westchester off of Manchester Boulevard)
    Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit
    much does it cost? $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW ON-LINE DIRECTORY

    January 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    We still have members that have not paid their dues for 2012 and who have not turned in the new membership application form identifying their areas of practice and the status of their affiliations with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The application is available at our website, at the following web address:

    http://culvermarinabar.org/newsletters/11cmbaapp&practiceareas.pdf

    We are in the process of updating our on-line Directory and members who have not paid their 2012 dues or turned in the new application

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    January, 2012 Newsletter

    forms may not be listed in the directory when it is completed, so we need to get every- one to submit their application along with their bar dues so that we can update the on- line directory. Please follow the instructions to complete the form and send in your form and your dues ASAP.

    “STAND UP FOR JUSTICE” RALLY

    We have been asked by Jon Streeter, President of the State Bar of California to send to all of our members the attached flyer from the Open Courts Coalition inviting all State Bar members to attend a “Stand Up For Justice” Rally to support adequate fund- ing for California’s courts.

    The Rally, sponsored by the Open Courts Coalition, will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Grand Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets in downtown Los Angeles (in front of the Disney Concert Hall). A partial list of speakers and a location map are included with the flyer.

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to CMBA trustee, Michael Burstein, for his excellent article on Cali- fornia’s Caregiver Statute in the November 2011 issue of the State Bar’s California Lawyer. That article can be viewed at http://callawyer.com/Clstory.cfm?eid=918781.

    WARNING ABOUT LAWYERS ASSISTING ILLEGAL MONEY LAUNDERERS

    The following report is being reprinted from the January E-Journal of the State Bar of California:

    Into the Breach: Voluntary Compliance on Money Laundering Gets a Boost from the ABA and Treasury
    By Michael A. Lindenberger
    It was early April 2006, and attorney Scott D. McCreary had an uneasy feeling about the $38.5 million sitting in his firm’s escrow account awaiting transfer to the seller of a long-range Gulfstream G-V jet. McCreary, who leads the aviation practice group for McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City, knew that the owner of the firm seeking to buy the jet was Teodoro Obiang, the son of the dictator who has ruled the small west African state of Equatorial Guinea for more than three decades, and he wanted to know more about the source of that money.

    McCreary sent an email to Obiang’s agents stating that the firm would return the money unless they could satisfy his misgivings. The documentation he requested was never delivered, and back went the money—all $38.5 million of it.

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    Obiang, the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation for corruption that includes illegally passing more than $100 million of his country’s wealth into the United States, found another escrow agent to handle the transaction, and within two weeks the plane was his.
    Nevertheless, McAfee’s handling of the matter, despite the lack of any mandatory requirements govern- ing his actions, was hailed as model behavior four years later during a U.S. Senate hearing focusing on how actions—or inactions—by lawyers and other professionals can facilitate illegal money-laundering ef- forts by international criminals and terrorists. Indeed, the aborted jet deal was exactly the kind of big- dollar transaction by high-risk foreign nationals that the Justice Department, and Congress, want law- yers to do more to prevent in the future.

    At the hearing in February 2010, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., expressed concerns about the role of lawyers and other nonfinancial gatekeepers. “Those engaged in large-scale corruption want access to U.S. banks, and it is our job to stop them, to keep foreign corruption out of the United States,” Levin said. “It is not an easy job. With the help of U.S. lawyers, real estate and escrow agents, lobbyists and others, politically powerful foreign officials—and those close to them—have found ways to use the U.S. financial system to protect and enhance their ill-gotten gains.”

    There is widespread support in government, legal organizations, other gatekeeper professions and the financial industry for efforts to prevent money laundering by criminal and terrorist groups. In August 2010, for instance, the ABA’s policymaking House of Delegates adopted a recommendation stating in part that the association “acknowledges and supports the United States government’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.”

    The question for the ABA and other bar groups is whether they can encourage lawyers to carry out

    enough voluntary diligence regarding money laundering by clients to satisfy policymakers, or whether

    pressure to impose government rules that have been implemented in some other nations will become re-

    ality in the U.S. as well.

    Although Levin and some other members of Congress have favored mandatory anti-money-laundering

    rules for lawyers, there appears to be a general willingness, for now, to give voluntary efforts a chance to

    work.

    PLENTY OF GUIDANCE

    The ABA House of Delegates endorsed the voluntary approach in its policy action in August 2010, which adopted recommendations developed by the Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in collaboration with several ABA sections and specialty bar associations.
    The policy supports a “risk-based” approach grounded in the premise that limited resources available to combat money laundering and terrorist financing “should be employed and allocated in the most effi- cient manner possible so that the sources of the greatest risks receive the most attention,” states the re- port supporting the task force’s recommendation to the House.

    To help lawyers implement a risk-based approach to conducting client due diligence and other anti- money-laundering steps, the task force developed the Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to

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    Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing—the Good Practices Guidance (PDF) for short—which the House adopted.
    The risk-based approach is in accord with guidelines developed by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering created by the U.S. and other leading industrialized nations. The FATF issued an ac- tion plan for combating money laundering, known as the
    40 Recommendations. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FATF issued nine special recommendations for dealing with terrorist financing. The com- bined 40 + 9 Recommendations are considered the international standard for anti-money-laundering ef- forts. In 2008, the FATF adopted a Lawyer Guidance to provide a broad framework for implementing its recommendations. (Similar guidelines have been published separately for other gatekeeper professions.) The goal of the Good Practices Guidance “is to assist members of the legal profession in the United States in designing and implementing effective risk-based approaches consistent with the broad contours of the Lawyer Guidance,” states the 2010 report by the gatekeeper task force to the House of Delegates.

    But the report also states that a key purpose of the Good Practices Guidance is to encourage voluntary actions by lawyers against money laundering, “thereby negating the need for federal regulation of the le- gal profession.”
    The idea of mandatory due diligence, and especially that of reporting on clients without their knowledge, has met significant resistance from the U.S. legal profession, which is worried about the impact on attor- ney-client privilege and client confidentiality.

    The Good Practices Guidance represents a serious effort by the ABA to encourage lawyers to do more to prevent money laundering, says Kevin L. Shepherd of Baltimore, who chairs the gatekeeper task force. “We are working with the U.S. Treasury and believe this is a sensible approach to this issue of combating terrorism financing and money laundering,” says Shepherd, who co-chairs the real estate practice group at the Venable law firm. “Lawyers already perform some level of client due diligence, such as the client’s ability to pay and whether conflicts exist, so this is an extension of the client intake review process.”

    The new guidance urges lawyers to assess the money-laundering risk from three vantage points: the na- ture of the client, the nature of the legal work involved, and where the business is taking place. “That will be a change to be sure,” Shepherd says, “but it’s a practical step given the possible unattractive alterna- tive of federal law imposing mandatory anti-money-laundering obligations on the legal profession.”

    A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR

    The Treasury Department has encouraged ABA efforts in the area. “In the course of facilitating a range of legitimate commercial transactions for their clients, legal professionals may be at risk of facilitating seri- ous crimes, including the money-laundering activities of illicit actors who seek to exploit such services,” says Daniel L. Glaser, the assistant secretary for terrorist financing in Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “We welcome the American Bar Association’s recognition of this threat and the need for greater action to protect the legal profession from this threat as part of our broader efforts to protect the financial system from abuse. We look forward to continuing our cooperative efforts with the legal profession to address this ongoing challenge.”

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    The Treasury Department and the ABA also are working together to boost the legal profession’s aware- ness of how lawyers can sometimes become involved in international financial crimes and developing educational programs to help them recognize and deal with those situations.
    In April, then-ABA President Stephen N. Zack of Miami sent a
    letter (PDF) to other bar presidents ask- ing them to urge their members to follow the ABA’s Good Practices Guidance. He said those measures are “the most effective means of both combating money laundering and avoiding the passage of federal legislation or adoption of rules that would impose unnecessary, costly and burdensome new regulations on lawyers and the legal profession, and adversely affect the clients that we serve.”

    Without a strong voluntary commitment, mandatory government measures still could come into play, caution experts in the field.
    “Where I am with this is that it’s reality, so we have to deal with it,” says Laurel S. Terry, a law professor at Pennsylvania State University. “The profession really has a stake in wholesale embracing of the volun- tary guidelines.” Otherwise, she says, “the government could decide to intervene and do something more drastic.”

    Reprinted with permission from the October 1, 2011 issue of ABA Journal. Copyright 2011, ABA Journal. All rights reserved. License # ABA24068

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    January 18, 2012 -

    February 2, 2012 - February 17, 2012 -

    Editor: Michael Fate

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    HAPPYNEWYEAR!!!
    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant

    Dinner and MCLE with David Wesley, the Assistant Presiding Judge of the L.A. Superior Court.

    “Stand Up For Justice” Rally

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant Dinner and MCLE at Truxton’s. Speaker TBA. 


  • 05 Dec 2011 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    The Officers and Board of Directors of the Culver Ma- rina Bar Association would like to wish all of our Mem- bers a safe and joyous Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    JANUARY 2012 MEETING

    WHO: LASC Assistant Presiding Judge David Wesley WHAT: Update on the Los Angeles County Superior Court

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    WHY: HOW:

    90045(In Westchester off of Manchester Boulevard)
    Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit
    much does it cost? $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW ON-LINE DIRECTORY

    January 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    We still have members that have not paid their dues for 2012 and who have not turned in the new membership application form identifying their areas of practice and the status of their affiliations with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The application is available at our website, at the following web address:

    http://culvermarinabar.org/newsletters/11cmbaapp&practiceareas.pdf

    We are in the process of updating our on-line Directory and members who have not paid their 2012 dues or turned in the new application forms may not be listed in the directory when it is completed, so we need to get everyone to submit their application along with their bar dues so that we can update the on-line directory. Please follow the in- structions to complete the form and send in your form and your dues ASAP .

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2012 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Edgar Saenz

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2012 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Olivia Sanders
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    December, 2011 Newsletter

    URGENT ACTION REQUEST

    The Conference of California Bar Associations has asked our Association to bring the follow- ing information to the attention of our Members:

    Have your clients or your practice suffered as a result of budget cuts? The Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts is gathering reports on the effects of judicial branch budget reductions on legal practitioners, their clients, and court users. The Council is seeking reports of the impact this budget crisis is having - in human terms; detailing specific incidents. Your submission should include enough information to enable the Judicial Council to aggregate similar stories and present a picture of the cumulative effects on the public.

    Your report should include, at a minimum:

    1. The trial court at which the incident you are describing occurred;
    2. The type of case you or your client brought before the court;
    3. The specific reduction in programs or services that impacted you or your client; and,
    4. The immediate, subsequent or residual effect that the reduction had on you and your client, and what that means in terms of access to and the delivery of justice.
    5. Your contact information should the Judicial Council need to follow up with you on your submission.

    It is not enough to say the lines are long, or that there is a backlog in processing judgments, but if that is the effect you are reporting, please articulate how that impact is felt by your client, what the result of it is on your client's life or well-being.

    Please submit reports to: Donna Hershkowitz
    Assistant Director donna.hershkowitz@jud.ca.gov

    Office of Governmental Affairs
    Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts 770 L Street, Suite 700
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Tel: 916.323.3121
    Fax: 916.323.4347

    CONGRATULATIONS

    We are pleased to announce that CMBA Member, Gregg A. Martin, a Partner in Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin LLP, has been included in the Business Litigation section of the 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition.

    Please join us in congratulating Gregg Martin on his achievement.

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    January 1, 2012 - January 12, 2012 - January 17, 2012 -

    Editor: Michael Fate

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ! !

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant

    The day after my sister turns 50! No wait, it’s Dinner and MCLE with David Wesley, the Assistant Presiding Judge of the L.A. Superior Court. 


  • 05 Nov 2011 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    Who knew that we had such thespians in our midst? Ron Ziff gave a knock-out performance at last month’s MCLE Dinner on Family Law, play- ing Mr. “I Want To Keep It All” to Maryanne Golsan’s knowledgeable attor- ney advising on prenup agreements. And in a separate vignette, Mar- yanne played Ms. “My Husband is a Deadbeat” in consulting with attorney Ron about a post-nuptial agreement. It was an informative and entertain- ing presentation. Many thanks to Ron and Maryanne.

    I hope you’ll all join me at Truxton’s on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 for a delicious dinner and discussion on probate law. Our speaker will be Alan Davis, who will present “Probate: A to Z” (He wanted to call it “Every- thing You Ever Wanted To Know About Probate, But Were Afraid To Ask”, but I had used that last month for the family law program). I first met Alan in a bar in Costa Mesa and he’s a good guy and fellow Rutgers Alum. Af- ter leaving the great state of New Jersey and serving in the military, Alan ended up in California where he got his law degree from Western State. He has a solo practice specializing in probate, guardianships and conser- vatorships. Since he will be driving up from Santa Ana to join us, I hope we have a large turnout to make it worth his while. And if you want to know why I was hanging out in a bar in Costa Mesa, you’ll just have to come on November 15th and ask me.

    Leslie M. Baker President

    IT’S TIME TO VOTE

    And I don’t mean for Republicans or Democrats. It’s time for our Annual Meeting of Members and Election of Officers and Directors. That’s right...if you want me to continue to produce these amusing lit- tle newsletters, you have to reelect me as President. The Notice of the meeting along with a Ballot and Proxy were mailed to each mem- ber this week. There were a few typos in the Proxy: the meeting date should be November 15, 2011 and the termination date of the Proxy should read November 16, 2011. (This is what happens when you do things at the last minute or late at night). In any case, if you can’t make it to the meeting on November 15th, please mail your Proxy to the Culver Marina Bar Association, c/o Michael Fate, 11100 Washing- ton Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232-3988 so that it is received no later than November 14, 2011.

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    Culvermarinabar.org

    2011 OFFICERS

    Leslie M. Baker

    President

    Ron Ziff

    President - Elect

    Olivia Sanders

    Secretary

    Maryanne Golsan

    Treasurer

    David M. Shaby II

    Past-President

    Michael Fate

    Executive Director

    2011 DIRECTORS

    Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
    Harold Gould
    Rick Pearce
    Gerry Sallus
    Hali Ziff

    NEXT MEETING

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at: 6:00 p.m.

    Location

    Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA. 90045 310-417-8789

    To RSVP, call Karena at 310-827-7171

    November, 2011 Newsletter

    DECK THE HALLS....AND ALL THAT JAZZ

    Once again, CMBA will be throwing a fabulous Holiday Party at Tony P’s in Marina del Rey. Although Hanukkah doesn’t start until December 20th and Christmas isn’t until...well, you know when Christmas is... our party is scheduled for December 3, 2011 (early enough that it won’t conflict with other holiday party plans). The fun starts at 6:00 pm so don’t be late. There will be wine, games, food, wine, revelry....did I mention the wine?!? There may even be magician! And the thrills don’t stop there - we will be installing new officers during the party and you KNOW that you don’t want to miss that!! Seriously folks, I went to the party for the first time last year and had a blast. The cost is $50 per person for a 3 course meal (4 courses if you count the appetizers, which I helped select), entertainment (aforementioned magician, singer or a combo), games and prizes, and holiday cheer. The Evite will be going around soon, but you can beat the rush by sending your RSVP and check to Culver Marina Bar Association, c/o Golsan, Ziff & Ziff, 5840 Uplander Way, Suite 102, Culver City, CA 90230, Attn: Chasca,

    NOVEMBER MEETING

    WHO: Alan Davis, Esq. WHAT: Probate A to Z

    WHEN :
    WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    WHY: HOW:

    (In Westchester off of Manchester Boulevard)
    Good food, good conversation and MCLE credit
    much does it cost? $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers

    GOT MILK?

    November 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Speaking of thespians, our very own Hal Gould has another commercial airing. I’ve seen it twice on the local Fox station while watching “Raising Hope” and reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” (which is seriously one of the funniest shows on television!). Anyway, the new “Got Milk” ad is set in a dark and gloomy boardroom where a bunch of old men . . . er, elderly gentlemen . . . sit around brainstorming about how to waste money. Hal’s the guy who sug- gests trying to convince the public that milk can be made out of something other than cows . . . Like beans or something. If you see the ad, raise a glass (of milk, or your beverage of choice) to Hal. Congratulations Hal!

    I GET MAIL......

    1. The State Bar is accepting applications to serve on a broad range of committees, special boards, and commissions. The final date for applications is February 1, 2012. More information regarding the specific vacancies and instructions on how to apply may be found here: http://cc.calbar.ca.gov From that page, you will see links to the appointment application and to information regarding the various committees, special boards, and commissions.

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    2. The State Bar will hold its annual hearings on attorney discipline, admissions and competence on December 7, 2011 in San Francisco and on December 13, 2011 in Los Ange- les. The purpose of the hearings (ostensibly) is to provide an opportunity for members of the public and the legal profession to make proposals or offer comments regarding the attorney discipline process, the admissions process or the maintenance or improvement of attorney competence.

    WANNA BE A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE?

    Senator Dianne Feinstein has established a Judicial Advisory Committee in each federal district to review candidates for the position of U.S. District Court Judge. If you know of a candidate you believe would serve with distinction as a district judge, please encourage him or her to submit an application. These applications and directions are available at this link:

    http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/applications-jud <http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/applications-jud> .

    Although applications will be considered on a rolling basis, the Committee will be working to provide candidates to the Senator as soon as possible. Therefore, please encourage any candidate to submit his or her application by Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW ON-LINE DIRECTORY

    We still have members that have not paid their dues for 2011 and who have not turned in the new membership application form identifying their areas of practice and the status of their affiliations with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The application is available at our website, at the following web address:

    http://culvermarinabar.org/newsletters/11cmbaapp&practiceareas.pdf

    We are in the process of updating our on-line Directory and members who have not paid their dues or turned in the new application forms may not be listed in the directory when it is com- pleted, so we need to get everyone to submit their application along with their bar dues so that we can update the on-line directory. Please follow the instructions to complete the form and send in your form and your dues ASAP.

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    November 15, 2011 - November 24, 2011 -

    December 1, 2011 - December 3, 2011 - January 5, 2012 - January 17, 2012 -

    Editor: Michael Fate

    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Elections for the Board of Directors and Dinner and MCLE (Probate Law with Alan Davis)

    Take a turkey to dinner day. No wait, that’s eat a turkey for dinner day.

    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant Holiday Party at Tony P’s
    Board of Directors Meeting at The Warehouse Restaurant

    The day after my sister turns 50! No wait, it’s Dinner and MCLE with David Wesley, the Assistant Presiding Judge of the L.A. Superior Court. 


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