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!
-Leslie M. Baker, President
Leslie M. Baker
President - Elect
David M. Shaby II
Michael Burstein Monica Castagnasso Michael Fate
Tuesday, November 20, 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
November, 2012 Newsletter
WHO: CMBA Member, Anthony Salerno WHAT: “Ethics in the Courtroom”
WHERE: Truxton’s Bistro, 8611 Truxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(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.
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.
“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)