• 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:

  • 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

  • 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:

  • 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

    Dress is Black Tie Only

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


    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  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 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

    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; and

    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 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 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. 

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