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  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    SMBA Member Cynthia Fruchtman is participating on a panel for for the upcoming ABA CLE Webinar 48 Hours: Primer to Posthumous Sperm Retrieval and Reprocuctive Use on 6/27/2018 and has offered her SMBA colleagues a savings of 15% using discount code FACMARK at check out.

    Register click here.  Don't forget to use discount code FACMARK.  

    The program will focus on medical and legal considerations regarding retrieval and use, probate issues, FDA requirements, ASRM guidelings, fertility clinic issues, cryobank standards, ethical concerns, case review, and practical advice regarding how to prepare for these "emergency" cases when you get the phone call. A Q&A session will follow.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018 8:45 AM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    Joint Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson in his "Rally of Support for Temporary Homeless Housing Facilities"

    When:  Friday May 18th at 8:45 am

    Where:  Los Angeles City Hall South Lawn (1st and Spring Street)

  • Sunday, May 06, 2018 10:48 PM | Jennifer Millier (Administrator)

    Join us for our Annual Judges' Night, taking place at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House on May 24, 2018.

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Annual Judges' Night honors our judges serving the Los Angeles County area and thanks them for their continued dedication and contribution to the community and administration of justice. Enjoy a lovely evening with members of our judiciary, meet sitting and retired judges, and mingle with friends and colleagues in a  beautiful setting.

    Early registration is recommended!

    For information, to sponsor or to register, visit: https://smba.wildapricot.org/event-2753205

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 6:30 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    Pepperdine's Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law ("JBEL") is hosting its annual symposium, START-UPS & THE LAW, on March 28 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica.  The symposium features two panels, one on start-ups and the other on intellectual property as it relates to start-ups.  Tickets are $10 and include access to the symposium, hors d'oeuvres, and two MCLE credits.

    CLICK HERE for more details and ticketing. 

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:00 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    Interested in a position at UCLA School of Law?  If so, click on the links below for more information.

    Legal Research and Writing Instructor Positions for 2018-2019 Academic Year -- Next review date: April 16, 2018.  Final date: May 16, 2018.  CLICK HERE

    Part-time Instructor Positions for the 2018-2019 Academic Year -- Deadline: May 16, 2018.  CLICK HERE

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:00 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    The Downtown LA Bar Association has extended a free invitation to attend their Plaintiff & Defense Attorney Mixer in downtown Los Angeles at Exchange LA, 618 S. Spring St. LA 90014, on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Please click the following link for more information and to RSVP for free www.dtlaba.com.

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    March 10, 10am-12pm --- USC Alumni Day of SCervice

    The Santa Monica Bar Association and its members have  been invited to participate in the USC Day of SCervice beach cleanup event on Sat. March 10th from 10am-12noon at Venice Beach at Rose Ave.  USC Gould is partnering with Heal the Bay to do this event.    

    More info:  https://alumni.usc.edu/scervice/

    http://fightonline.usc.edu/s/657/alumni/16/interior.aspx?sid=657&gid=5&pgid=2999&content_id=2515

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:32 AM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    RSVP for the John M. Langston Bar Association’s 42nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Installation Gala:  “Creating Realities through Scholarship and Opportunities” 

    Join this incredible, historic bar association on Saturday, February 24, Cocktail Reception at 5:30pm, Dinner at 7pm at the celebration and in welcoming new Langston Bar Association President Maurice Maurice

    http://www.langstonbar.org/2018gala

    Dress is Black Tie Only

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:26 AM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    VOLUNTEER MOCK TRIAL JUDGES NEEDED!

    UCLA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Program seeks volunteer judges, attorneys or law students to serve as Presiding Judges or Scoring Judges for the two Los Angeles area collegiate mock trial tournaments of 2018:

    1.    The 2018 UCLASSIC Mock Trial Tournament on January 13 – 15, 2018 (at UCLA). Trials will be on Saturday PM, January 13 (Round 1), Sunday AM & PM, January 14 (Rounds 2 & 3) and Monday AM, January 15 (Round 4) at UCLA. 

    2.    The 2018 Opening Round of the National Championship on March 10 – 11, 2018 (at the Santa Monica Courthouse).  Trials will be Saturday, March 10 (AM - Round 1, PM - Round 2) and Sunday, March 11 (AM - Round 3 and PM - Round 4). No law students or non-attorneys can judge in this tournament.

    Please read the information below and sign-up to volunteer one of two ways:

    General Mock Trial Program Information

    The UCLA Mock Trial Teams participate in the American Collegiate Mock Trial Association program.  Over 600 teams from colleges around the nation compete by presenting the Plaintiff (Prosecution) or Defense side of a mock civil or criminal case, including Opening Statements, Direct & Cross Examination of witnesses and Closing Arguments.  Students must follow the rules of evidence of the “State of Midlands” (an imaginary state that follows the Federal Rules of Evidence).  Many California universities field teams at these tournaments, including UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, UCI, USCD, UCSB, Cal-Poly and the Claremont colleges.  Teams from around the nation will also compete at UCLASSIC. 

    2018 UCLA Tournaments Information

    40 teams will compete at the January UCLASSIC Tournament and the top 24 teams in the Western U.S. will compete at the March tournament.  The students will present the Prosecution or Defense side in the case of People v. Hendricks.  This criminal case involves an a defendant charged with the attempted murder of his or her lover’s spouse.

    Trials will be held at the UCLA (UCLASSIC tournament in January) or at the Santa Monica Courthouse (March tournament).  Free parking and meals will be provided to volunteers.  We seek attorneys, judges and law students to volunteer as trial judge and/or scoring judge in each trial.  The trials are a fun and rewarding experience for volunteers.  For attorneys with aspirations to sit on the bench one day, it is a great opportunity to be a bench officer in a very realistic case.  We try to accommodate your preference for serving as Presiding Judge (ruling on evidence & exhibits) or Scoring Judge. You may volunteer for more than one trial.  Please share this flier with other members of your firm or legal organization.

    Volunteer Information

    Trials are strictly timed and typically last 2.5 hours.  Volunteers will receive a link containing the Rules of Evidence, the witness affidavits and the mock trial rules.  You need not prepare or read any documents in advance of the trials.  One trial judge (must be an attorney or judge) will preside over each trial (as the bench officer overseeing the trial and making evidentiary rulings).  The winning team is based on total points received from scores awarded for Openings, Closings, Examinations and Witness Performances.  We will outline these procedures at the training sessions prior to each round and will send e-mails prior to the trials with detailed information.  There is no Pre-Trial hearing, as in high school competitions.

    If you volunteer, we will send you confirmation and detailed tournament information about 2-3 weeks prior to the tournament.  If you can serve as a volunteer for one or more sessions/rounds, please go to the registration link above or contact Prof. Gonzalo Freixes at gonzalo.freixes@anderson.ucla.edu.  We appreciate your support!


  • Monday, December 18, 2017 6:30 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    LACBA is sponsoring an Installation Reception on Monday, December 18, featuring Senator Kamala Harris, at the Biltmore Hotel downtown Los Angeles starting at 6:30 p.m.  For full details click this link or go to www.lacba.org/2017Installation or call (213) 896-6560.

    The proceeds from the event will benefit LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.  For more than 30 years the Domestic Violence Legal services project has helped domestic violence victims through the complex court system to obtain the protection they need.  In 2016, the Project helped over 4,000 victims of domestic violence.  Sponsorship and firm table purchases available, see below.




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