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Newsletter, May 2012

05 May 2012 9:41 PM | Anonymous


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





Leslie M. Baker

Ron ZiffPresident - Elect

Edgar Saenz


Maryanne Golsan


David M. Shaby II


Michael Fate

Executive Director


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


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


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.


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

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


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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 .

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June 7, 2012 June 19, 2012

Editor: Michael Fate


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 

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