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  • 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.




  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:36 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    Please review the below UCLA School of Law Job Posting - Clinical Supervising Attorney and Project Director.  For full details click here or go to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03385

    Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment: Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic: Clinical Supervising Attorney and Project Director

    The UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic individual with environmental litigation practice experience to serve as Clinical Supervising Attorney and Project Director for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic.

    The Director will contribute to advocacy-oriented service and teaching programs and projects as well as the Institute’s research programs. The attorney will manage legal work, including litigation and administrative advocacy, and supervise students in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and other experiential learning contexts; develop and implement strategic research; supervise interns and volunteers; and perform other tasks in support of the Emmett Institute and the Wells Clinic, as necessary.

    At the direction of, and in collaboration with, the Emmett Institute co-executive directors and co-faculty directors, the Director will develop and execute advocacy-related service projects; be responsible for existing public service projects and programs; participate in designing and advancing a range of policy and legal initiatives; assist in developing curriculum as well as teach; develop and select clients and cases with sound pedagogical value; mentor and provide support and guidance to students in the Clinic; act as a case manager and attorney within the Clinic; act as case manager for public service advocacy projects; foster relationships with lawyers and organizations, including environmental and environmental justice advocacy organizations to build and continue the work of the Clinic and the Institute in Los Angeles and nationwide; and meaningfully engage with communities and advocates on important issues.

    The Emmett Institute is dedicated to creating and advancing legal and policy solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and to training the next generation of leaders to address these issues. The program fosters informed debate and analysis to educate the public, policymakers, business leaders, and others on critical environmental issues. The Wells Clinic, a program within the Institute, trains law students in environmental lawyering. Under the supervision of experienced environmental lawyers, students work on behalf of environmental and community groups on litigation and regulatory matters. Both the Institute and the Clinic rely on advocacy, in collaboration with partners, as one of the tools to accomplish their goals.

    The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in environmental law and climate change or in related fields. Previous experience teaching in a law school clinical setting is also desirable but not required. Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, plus admission to the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar.

    This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)

    Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, January 5, 2018 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03385 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and addresses for at least three professional references.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy  http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.


  • Monday, November 27, 2017 5:30 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    As a general practice attorney, you figured out the art and science of practicing law in areas such as family law, trusts & estates, real estate, personal injury, and criminal law, and it’s the reason you’re considered a skilled professional.  But client expectations are shifting and competitive pressures have increased; it’s harder now to find the right balance between practicing law and running a small business.  It has become apparent that not only do you need to be an excellent lawyer . . . you also need to be a savvy entrepreneur capable of building a successful small business.

    Learn how today’s successful small law firms are able to balance attracting and retaining clients, practicing law and managing the business to set themselves up for long term success.  Click here to link to Webcast. 



  • Thursday, November 02, 2017 3:02 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)


  • Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:20 PM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    Assistant Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinical Program

    Deadline:  Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Part-time Instructor for the Spring 2018 semester

    Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017


    Click the linked positions above to apply or get more information.  



  • Sunday, October 01, 2017 5:42 PM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    You can donate here:  https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E9886&id=16

    Inner-City Arts (www.inner-cityarts.orgis an organization based out of downtown Los Angeles that partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring art education to underserved students.  This award-winning group offers a campus in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood, which gives students a chance to explore their talents and express themselves through art projects.




  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 8:00 AM | Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator)

    Sunday, September 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Century City, 1800 Avenue of the Stars, join the Greater Los Angeles Chapter Association of Legal Administrators (GLA ALA) proudly partnered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles for the 10th Anniversary of the Justice Jog 5K/10K Run/Walk! 

    Get more information and register at www.justicejog.rallybound.org 

     

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 11:12 AM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    The Bar will not have its First Friday Lunch in September.  First Friday monthly lunches will resume in October, with the next one on October 6, thanks to our new Immigration Section.

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 4:24 PM | Jennifer Millier (Administrator)

    Join the SMBA for a moderated discussion with three of the greatest litigators and legal minds of our time: Carl Douglas, Shawn Holley, and Laura Wasser. Carl is best known for his work as the Coordinator of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense. Shawn has represented or currently represents Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, and the Kardashian/Jenner family. Laura is one of the premier family law attorneys and has represented Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Reynolds,Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Maria Shriver. The event includes a reception, the panel discussion, and a private gallery tour. The panelists will answer questions and share some insight about their methods that elevate the critical function of crafting an argument to an art form. Attorneys and non-attorneys alike will be entertained and intrigued by their perspective and insight. These experts have donated their time to an event that will expand the minds of the audience and which supports a wonderful cause. All proceeds will benefit an arts charity that serves underrepresented communities in Los Angeles County.

    To attend, you must register in advance here.  

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