Law Practice Management and Technology Section

News from the Section

  1. Chair's Message
  2. Did You Know . . . Tech Tips?
    1. Doodle.com – Event Scheduling
    2. Emerging Technologies - Data Privacy
  3. Did You Know ....Articles?
    1. Risk Management for the Law Office Owner
    2. Harvard Law School Launches "Free the Law" Project
    3. Estate Planning-Powers of Attorney
    4. Solano – Court Sanctions No-Show Jurors
    5. Six Tips to Working Smarter
  4. State Bar News
  5. The Bottom Line/eTBL
  6. Educational Opportunities
  7. Executive Committee News
  8. Future State Bar Annual Meetings
  9. Member Benefits

1. Chair's Message

LPMT Section Chair Kurt Obermeyer Welcome to the November/December issue of LPMT’s eNEWS. As I begin my tenure as the Chair of the Law Practice Management and Technology Executive Committee, I quickly realize how much work and effort goes into this publication each and every month. Without the tireless efforts of Cynthia Mascio and Mike Fenger (Co-Chairs of The Bottom Line sub-committee) and Patty Miller (Executive Committee Secretary and Chair of ENews sub-committee), we would not be able to publish this worthwhile information for our members.

As we enter this new year, we are continuing to strive to find articles and information that is more necessary and worth reading to all of our members. We will continually ask for your input and advice as we go forward so that each eNews publication is one that is valued and puts out the information most needed.   Also, thank you to all of you have submitted articles, some of you multiple articles, to be published for our members’ benefit.  Finally, I want to thank Nyanza Shaw, our immediate past chair of LPMT for the tireless work she has done this past year to make sure this publication, as well as others, were done in the most efficient and content worthy way possible. She has done a great job creating this road of which we will continue. 

As we have stated multiple times, The State Bar Sections are here to serve their members.  We try our best to present articles, information, and programs that we feel have value to you.  I hope that we can continue to present information in all facets that will allow our members to better manage or even enhance your law practice, as well as your daily life.

Again, as always, we want to hear from you!!  If you want to write an article, submit a tech tip, or have questions, please contact us!!!  Feel free to email me at kobermeyer@lms-legal.com. We are truly here to serve you.

Thank you,

Kurt Obermeyer
Law Practice Management and Technology Chair

2. Did You Know . . . Tech Tips?

a. Doodle.com — Event Scheduling

How About Never – Is Never Good for You?

By Peter Brewer

Scheduling a "mutually convenient" time for an event with multiple participants can sometimes cause more brain damage than a career in the NFL. This is even more true in situations like a contractually compelled mediation, where at least one of the parties is a reluctant participant. One person is only available in the afternoons, another only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and still another has to pick up his kid at day care by 4:00. So, how to overcome these difficulties?

Enter Doodle.com, the web-based scheduler. The folks at Doodle say, “Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else.” And from personal experience, I agree. Doodle is a PCMag Editors' Choice productivity app, and is receiving rave reviews.

I do a lot of court-referred or bar association-referred pro bono work, such as early settlement conferences, fee arbitrations, and the like. My office manager, who is in charge of scheduling and rarely complains about anything, is occasionally given to grumbling about the similarity between scheduling multiple parties and herding cats. This is a perfect application for Doodle.

I have told quite a few people about Doodle.com and for the most part they seem intimidated to use it. In the next few paragraphs I will do my best to convince the reader that it is extraordinarily easy, does not require technical expertise, and is manifestly intuitive.

Open the Doodle.com website and you are immediately greeted by a screen that invites you to “Schedule an Event” or gives you other options. You want to “Schedule an Event” and all you will need are the e-mail addresses of the participants or invitees.

From there you are taken to a screen for “Title, Location, and Description.” Here you fill in your name, your e-mail address, and optional information about the event such as a title and description.

Then you are taken to a calendar from which you nominate proposed dates, presumably dates on which you, the organizer, is available. You can propose as many or as few alternative dates as you wish. The next screen allows you do nominate times. You can propose different times for each of the alternative dates you have suggested, or you can elect the same time on each of the dates.

From there you enter the e-mail addresses of each of the participants. You can include an introductory message if you wish. You will have an opportunity to preview the message. Then send it.

Each of the participants will receive your message with the proposed dates and times. They need only enter their name, and check the boxes on a grid for as many of the proposed dates as they are available. As each participant joins in, the grid is populated with the dates on which each participant is available, and it shows which dates remain mutually available to all participants. If the “poll” is closed with multiple options remaining available, the organizer selects one and a final scheduling e-mail is sent.

It’s easy. Really! I find that meetings get scheduled within a few hours or a day, depending on how e-mail-tethered your participants are. Try it for your next meeting but before you do, consider what you will do to enjoy all the spare time you will create for yourself by using this efficient scheduling tool.

About the Author: Peter N. Brewer has been a lawyer for over 35 years, and is also licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate as a real estate broker. Peter started his own firm in 1995. The firm has grown to five attorneys, practicing real estate and lending law. The firm serves the legal needs of homeowners, purchasers and sellers, real estate and mortgage brokers, agents, brokerages, title companies, investors, other real estate professionals and their clients. Peter and his firm also represent clients in debt collection, creditor representation in bankruptcy, breach of contract matters, and other litigation and transactional work.

Peter obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1979 and is also licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Idaho and certain Federal Courts in Michigan and Iowa (and probably in other states he no longer recalls). He loves dogs, hates kids, and is generally considered to have an insufferable disposition.

Peter N. Brewer, Esq.
Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer
2501 Park Blvd, 2nd Flr.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 327-2900 x 12
www.BrewerFirm.com
BayAreaRealEstateLawyers.com
Cartoon Picture of Peter N. Brewer, Esq

b. Data Privacy

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Mari Frank 

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are busy compiling our wish lists. Unfortunately, this year’s hottest items may violate your privacy!

Case in point: In just the first six pages of Target's Black Friday ad, there were 16 different devices with a built-in camera. New drones, phablets and wearable devices are equipped to capture photos in astonishing resolution. Meanwhile, smartphones and laptops are expanding in size, taking on many of the capabilities of traditional desktops. With this technology surrounding us, we all need to take extra precautions for ourselves and our clients to not become victims of visual hacking.

Here’s a sneak peek at the hot technologies that could soon be invading your data privacy:

  • The Parrot drone is controlled remotely by a smartphone or tablet. It hovers nearly 200 meters high and 250 meters around the pilot. The drone can share 14 megapixel photos with a 180-degree “fisheye” lens and high definition video on social sites with the touch of a button.
  • The term “phablet” (phone + tablet) was born in the techie industry and can do anything these days. The difference between a smartphone and a tablet is just a few inches. The iPhone 6S camera features faster autofocus, image stabilizing technology, full HD video, a front-facing camera that can snap 10 photos per second and 12 megapixels of resolution. Meanwhile, the new LG V10 smartphone has two front-facing cameras for wider selfie shots. These fantastic cameras can take images of you and your documents in a nanosecond without you even knowing it.
  • New wearable devices are making their debut as well, thrusting mobility and top-camera quality even further into the spotlight. The new Apple Watch can remotely trigger a smartphone camera with an instant photo and timer option. GoPro action cameras can mount to just about anything, capturing 12MP images and 45MB videos. This technology enables anyone to partake in their own surveillance and covert missions to capture sensitive information and intellectual property.

There is going to be a sizeable number of early good intentioned technology enthusiasts who will embrace this exciting technology, but there is also going to be ill intentioned people who will wish to invade your client privacy, steal your valuable information or rob you of your good name. Criminals will find ways to use these new cameras to capture data and use it for their own financial gain.

These devices with increasingly powerful – and incredibly discreet – camera technology provide new opportunities for visual hacking, which is the viewing or capturing of private, classified or sensitive information for unauthorized use.

This isn’t the total destruction of privacy. But it does require that we take new steps to protect our personal and work-related data. You, your staff and clients need to be aware and take precautions to protect your computers, smart phones and tablets with privacy screens. Your mobile devices can access networks and email systems. Given the growing amount of sensitive information we view on our mobile devices – from financial statements to intellectual property to medical records and more, you should consider securing all your devices with filters, which are available from major online retailers.

Improving visual privacy in the era of invasive technology also requires that we change our behaviors. This should be reflected in clean desk policies, complex passwords, time outs and more. In our personal lives, we need to be mindful of how and when we view sensitive information, whether it’s checking email on a plane or at the courthouse or accessing online bank accounts from a coffee shop.

These steps are only a start but important to helping keep your data off criminals’ wish lists this holiday season.

Mari FrankAbout the Author: Mari Frank is an attorney, mediator and special advisor to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section and a member of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council. She mediates privacy disputes in her office in Laguna Niguel. She hosts the radio show Privacy Piracy on 88.9 FM in Irvine, California; www.kuci.org/privacypiracy.

3. Did You Know....Articles?

(a) Risk Management for the Law Office Owner

Risk Management for the Law Office Owner

By Neil Pedersen

As a law office owner or manager, risk management should be at the forefront of your thinking.  In this litigious and complex business environment in which we place our firms, preventing and minimizing the effect of liability-creating events should be a priority of any prudent business owner/operator.  To not prioritize managing risk is simply foolish.

Risk management for a law office, like many other businesses, involves three levels of protection.  Together the three layers of protection, if properly managed, should give most law firms a satisfactory shield against catastrophic loss.

The three levels of law firm risk management are as follows: 

Level One: Prevention – steps taken to prevent liability creating events from occurring in the first place.

Level Two: Mitigation – steps that should be considered to reduce the gravity or amount of the loss associated with a liability-creating event, if one occurs.

Level Three: Shielding – measures put in place to assure that when liability-creating events occur, the majority of the financial exposure is paid for by others and never by your own personal assets.

Level One:  Prevention involves several aspects of your practice, all of which are based on the idea that we need to make a priority of avoiding liability.  These aspects include:

  • Continuing development of competency in the law and process of your practice area;
  • Establishing, implementing, training and maintaining solid policies and practices in the law office such as redundant calendaring, conflict checking and sound communication practices with clients;
  • Active vigilance;
  • Established checks and balances put in place related to banking, trust accounting, calendaring, conflict checking and work product going out the door;
  • Solid intake practices that identify problem clients and problem situations before taking on the engagement, including assessing unreasonable expectations and other possible client issues; and
  • Knowing and complying with the various laws that apply to your business, such as the literally dozens of statutory schemes that apply to any business that employs workers of any kind.

Level Two:  Mitigation involves reacting to liability-creating events, or the prospect of such events, in a level-headed, business manner, leaving emotion and ego at the door.  Mitigation includes:

  • Exhaustion of all avenues to change a bad outcome before it becomes an unchangeable liability-creating event; and
  • Negotiation using sound business principals, and not emotions or ego, to minimize and head off a liability-creating event before it becomes costly and time-draining litigation

Level Three:  Shielding involves two critical safety nets that should be put in place and maintained.  Those safety nets include:

  • Sufficient enforceable insurance products to address defense and indemnity for the most predictable forms of liability-creating events in the business; and
  • Intelligent asset protection strategies in place to prevent catastrophic loss that evades insurance coverage or is larger than insurance limits, both for the firm, but more importantly, related to personal assets that be otherwise exposed.

Each of these levels of risk management should be regularly assessed by the law business owner to be sure that each is firmly in place.  The press of business can cause the business owner to ignore some or all of these protections.  However, when the catastrophic loss occurs, you will be very glad you took the time to prepare for it.

Neil Pedersen About the Author: Neil Pedersen teaches Law Practice Management and Technology at Western State College of Law in Fullerton, and he is the principal of Pedersen McQueen APLC, an Irvine, California law firm primarily dedicated to assisting employees against their employers in matters of discrimination, harassment, termination, wage and hour, and leave issues. Neil is also a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section. He can be reached at npedersen@pedersenlaw.com.

(b) Harvard Law School Launches "Free the Law" Project.

Harvard Law School Launches "Free the Law" Project with Ravel Law to Digitize US case Law, Provide Free Access

Anne Bernardo, Director of the Tulare County Public Law Library, submitted the following item regarding Harvard Law School’s new project with Ravel Law to ultimately provide free access to U.S. case law.

Harvard Law School announced 10/29/15 that, with the support of Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform, it is digitizing its entire collection of U.S. case law, one of the largest collections of legal materials in the world, and that it will make the collection available online, for free, at www.ravellaw.com to anyone with an Internet connection.

The “Free the Law” initiative will provide open, wide-ranging access to American case law for the first time in United States history. “Driving this effort is a shared belief that the law should be free and open to all,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Using technology to create broad access to legal information will help create a more transparent and more just legal system.”

Harvard Law School’s collection comprises 40,000 books containing approximately forty million pages of court decisions, including original materials from cases that predate the U.S. Constitution. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of American law and cases available anywhere except for the Library of Congress, containing binding judicial decisions from the federal government and each of the fifty states, from the founding of each respective jurisdiction. The Harvard Law School Library—the largest academic law library in the world—has been collecting these decisions over the past two hundred years.

Digitizing these materials will make them broadly accessible to nonprofits, academics, practitioners, researchers, and law students—anyone with a smartphone or Internet connection. The material will be added to—and will be searchable through—Ravel’s platform, which uses data science, machine learning, and visualization to help people sift quickly through millions of court opinions.

In the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (a unit within the Harvard Law School Library), bound volumes are being scanned by high-speed imaging equipment capable of scanning 500,000 pages per week, and the text of each decision is then extracted into machine-readable files made available to Ravel Law and to Harvard – and ultimately the public at large.

Case law for California jurisdictions went online in November. The full collection of nationwide case law is expected to be digitized and searchable for free by mid-2017, Harvard and Ravel have agreed to release the entire database for bulk use by anyone within eight years.

According to et seq, the Harvard Law School Library Blog, Ravel Law "pays total costs of digitization" for the materials and "is responsible for converting scanned images to text files."  Also according to et seq, the resulting text files will not include "headnotes and other editorial content."  Other terms of the relationship include Harvard getting, "a 4% equity interest in Ravel, with any proceeds going to a sustainability fund to support the project."

(c) Estate Planning -- Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney

By Mary S. Rocca, CCLS

For most of us, our personal and professional lives keep us so busy and preoccupied we have very little time remaining to think about or plan for our personal and financial well being. That is something we will get to .....some day. But, it is something we must find time to do, to protect ourselves and our family.

Estate planning is not as onerous as it sounds. An estate plan consists of several basic documents: a trust, will, durable power of attorney for finances, and an advance health care directive. These documents protect and administer your assets, and appoint people you trust to make financial and health care decisions should you be unable to do so.

For now, let’s concentrate on financial and health care powers of attorney - two very important documents to protect you and your estate. A financial power of attorney is called a “durable power of attorney for financial management,” and a health care power of attorney either an “Advance Health Care Directive,” or “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.”

Financial Powers of Attorney

A financial power of attorney may be durable or non-durable, depending upon your need. When powers of attorney are used as a tool for planning for incapacity, a durable power is necessary. Without that power, your agent cannot act on your behalf if you become incapacitated.

Financial powers may be narrow or broad. A broad power is usually appropriate when the power of attorney is used as a tool for planning for incapacity. And it is useful for trustees who are powerless to deal with problems arising outside of the trust administration. A broad financial durable power of attorney grants the agent all of the powers he or she may need to address the problems that may arise should you become incapacitated.

Health Care Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney for health care authorizes your agent to make health care decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make these decisions on your own. Your agent may grant, refuse, or withdraw consent for medical procedures and make decisions to begin, continue, increase, limit or discontinue medical care. The scope of your agent’s power is determined by the language contained in your power of attorney. However, an agent under a durable power of attorney for health care may not make medical decisions if you are capable of making those decisions yourself.

The California Medical Association publishes an Advance Health Care Directive that contains a medical durable power of attorney. This form allows you to designate an agent, express personal health care preferences, and indicate whether you want to be an organ donor. This form is recognized by all health care providers in California and by many in neighboring states. You may avoid unnecessary delay in an emergency by using this form which is well recognized by all health care providers in the state.

Keep in mind that care should be exercised in granting a power of attorney. Whether a financial power or a health care power, the decisions made by your agent may profoundly affect your life. Choose an agent who is completely trustworthy, and will not impose his or her own desires on you.

Also, be careful when accepting a power of attorney, especially a financial power. An agent under a financial power of attorney owes the principal a duty to manage the principal’s affairs as a prudent person would. Fulfilling this duty often requires taking actions and precautions that would be unnecessary when managing your own affairs. An agent who breaches his or her fiduciary duty to the principal may be liable to the principal, or the administrator of his or her estate, for that breach. If you are asked to serve as an agent under a durable power of attorney, you would be wise to seek legal advice about your duties to the principal.

You might think you are too busy to have an estate plan created for you. However, at the very least it is important to take the time to protect yourself and your family by having financial and health care powers of attorney prepared, until you can make time to do the rest. You will be amazed at the peace of mind it provides you.

Your next step - finish the project. Prepare your Will and Trust!

Mary RoccaAbout the Author: Mary S. Rocca, CCLS, is a native Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area. She began her law office employment just two weeks after graduation from high school. Initially, Mary worked in general practice law firms, however in 1990 she selected the probate/estate planning field as her main focus. Mary has worked with Margaret M. Hand for the past 20 years as a legal secretary/paralegal and office manager. The specialty areas at Hand & Little, PC are probate, estate planning, trust administration, and probate/ trust litigation. Mary has been a member of Alameda County Legal Secretaries Association since 1986 and served as President of Legal Secretaries, Incorporated from 2004 - 2006.

(d) Solano – Court Sanctions No-show Jurors

The Superior Court of California, County of Solano, urges all citizens to perform their civic duty and report for jury service when summoned.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes this responsibility seriously. Because the Court must protect the integrity of the county master jury pool, the court took action on November 4, 2015, to sanction no-show jurors.

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 209, individuals who fail to respond to a jury summons may be held in contempt of court, incarcerated or sanctioned up to $1,500. The Court held its second Order to Show Cause hearing for this calendar year for 128 individuals that have failed to respond to their jury summons notice. Of the individuals that responded to the Order to Show Cause, fifteen agreed to perform jury duty within the next thirty days; fourteen were excused from jury duty for qualifying reasons exempting them from jury service – such as no longer being a resident of Solano County, not being a U.S. citizen, or having a disability documented by a letter from a treating physician. Those who did not respond were sanctioned $250.00.

Before disregarding a jury summons, people should consider the beneficial aspects of jury service. The very heart of our democratic process relies on every citizen to play his or her part to ensure equal access to justice. As stated by Presiding Judge E. Bradley Nelson, “one of the most important components of our judicial system is the right to a trial by jury. Jurors provide fair and just results for those who come before the court.” Unlike the voting in general elections, each trial juror’s vote on a possible verdict has a direct and immediate influence on the outcome of a case.

As stated by Sabra Forbes, Jury Services Operations Manager, “after serving jury duty, many jurors describe their service as interesting and enlightening. Most jurors find they enjoy being part of something so important.”

Citizens need to understand that failure to appear not only impacts the timely administration of justice, but those who fail to appear for jury duty without a valid reason could face serious consequences. If you receive a jury summons and you are ineligible, it is your responsibility to complete the jury summons checking the reason you are ineligible, signing it under penalty of perjury and returning it to the court.

For more information about jury duty, visit the court website. (Source.)

(e) Six Tips to Working Smarter

work smart iconDo you typically come in early each day and/or stay late at night to finish up work? Then, like so many people, you’re not working smart enough! Here are simple secrets used by the most productive administrative professionals. These tips will help you get great results while wasting less time and energy.

Make a plan

Planning ahead is crucial to ramping up your productivity. Between juggling multiple projects and running from meeting to meeting, you’re busy. Plan ahead by adding your assignments and their deadlines to your calendar as soon as you get them. You’ll now have an at-a-glance view of where you stand—and so will your boss.

Check off small goals

This may seem counterintuitive. However, accomplishing tiny wins—even a few returned phone calls—will give you a feeling of accomplishment. And that will spur you to focus on more crucial tasks. In line with this strategy, try starting the day by tackling something you’d rather not work on. Get it done and feel the relief wash over you!

De-Clutter

Clutter has a way of making us feel out of control, even when we know exactly where to find everything on our desks. So clean your desk at the end of each day, and stack important papers to one side. Going forward, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer you’ll feel and how much more you’ll get done.

Schedule regular meetings with your boss

You can meet at the start/end of each day, or even at the start/end of each week. You can meet face-to-face, via Skype, or on the phone. Your meeting can run 10 minutes, or as long as necessary. Use this time to make sure you’re both aware of and agree on priorities. (Don’t forget to refer to your at-a-glance plan!)

Find daily blocks of quiet time

Research reveals that in just one hour with no interruptions, most of us can accomplish tasks that would normally take up to four times as long with distractions. So close your door (if you have one). Make a certain period of time off limits each day. And politely inform colleagues that you’re too busy to chat.

Work faster—literally

If you have a 2 p.m. deadline for an assignment, pretend it’s due at 11 a.m. Do this with as many projects as you can. It might be hard to push yourself at first, but as the Nike ad says, “Just do it.” You’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll accomplish in a shorter amount of time!

Source: American Society of Administrative Professionals - See more here.

4. News from The State Bar

(a) State Bar Releases Spanish-Language Senior Guide

State Bar Releases Spanish-Language Senior GuideThe State Bar of California has released a Spanish-language version of the popular "Seniors and the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians." The free publication is now available for ordering by the public.

Up to 200 copies may be shipped for free to Californians who fill out the online order form.

The publication is one of a series of consumer education guides produced by the bar’s Office of Communications with the help of a grant from the California Bar Foundation. Newly updated, “Seniors and the Law” addresses a number of issues confronting seniors, including finances and debt, housing and caregiving, elder abuse/elder fraud and estate planning. The latest version incorporates changes in the law since 2012, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage.

In June, the State Bar debuted a new series of pamphlets for consumers who are seeking legal advice or have a problem with their attorney. The single-issue pamphlets explain the bar’s core consumer protection activities and offer basic legal information on various topics.

Available online in Spanish are: “Finding the Right Lawyer,” “A Lawyer Referral Service Can Help You,” "Having a Fee Dispute With Your Lawyer?” and “Having a Problem With Your Lawyer?” and “The Client Security Fund Can Help You.”

Also available online in Spanish is “Tenga Precaución con los Notarios.”

Those who do not have access to the Internet may call 888-875-LAWS to order. Although the guides are free, donations are gladly accepted to help cover shipping costs. Checks may be mailed to: The State Bar of California, Office of Communications – Consumer Education Donations, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

For additional information contact Laura Ernde, 415-538-2283, barcomm@calbar.ca.gov

(b) Public Comment

The State Bar of California currently has the following items posted for public comment. Do check the Public Comment section on The State Bar’s website for new postings.

Feb. 29 Deadline: Proposed amendments to Rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California

Feb. 3 Deadline: Proposed Amendment to Rule 5.44l(A) of the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California Relating to the Filing Requirements for Reinstatement Proceedings

If you feel that the LPMT Executive Committee should submit comments on behalf of the LPMT Section members to a particular item out for public comment, please contact Amy Williams, Chair of the Rules Subcommittee at aawlaw@earthlink.net.

PLEASE NOTE: Publication for public comment is not, and shall not be, construed as a recommendation or approval by the Board of Trustees of the materials published.

5. The Bottom Line/eTBL

December Issue

All of the articles scheduled to appear in the December issue of The Bottom Line/eTBL will offer MCLE self-study credit.  The issue will provide over 5 hours of MCLE credit, including the specialty areas.  Watch for the issue which will contain timely and informative articles.  The following articles (and others) will appear in the upcoming issue:

There’s a Thief in Your Office:  The Hidden Cost of No-Business-Related Internet Use and Texting, by Neil Pedersen

Tech Tip:  PACER Apps for iPhone and iPad, by Chrsiti McGowan

Articles for publication are welcome.  Send them to mike.fenger@ceb.ucla.edu or to Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (Kristina.Robledo@calbar.ca.gov), to be reviewed by the editorial committee.  Obtain the Guidelines for submitting articles from the Section Coordinator.

Archived Articles: Archived issues of The Bottom Line can be found in the Members Only section of the LPMT website going back to October 2011. Prior to that date, you will find only a table of contents for past issues.  Some past issues may still be available. Contact Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (Kristina.Robledo@calbar.ca.gov).

6. Educational Opportunities

(a) CYLA 10-Minute Mentor

The California Young Lawyers Association has assembled a series of mentoring videos which are posted HERE. New videos are being added all the time.

Videos by LPMT Executive Committee members/advisors are set forth below.

The hashtag for the CYLA Mentoring Videos is, #10MinuteMentor, should you wish to retweet any of the videos.

(b) Online CLE

View the Online CLE catalog to find webinars and programs presented by the LPMT Section or which contain practice management topics. Also find articles from Section publications, including The Bottom Line, to obtain self-study MCLE credit.

Please provide your thoughts and suggestions to the Chair of the Education Committee, Jeff Bennion or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov. Let Jeff hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program.

(c) Upcoming Webinars

Watch for announcements of webinars to be presented by the LPMT Section in January 2016, just in time for Group 1 MCLE compliance. Jeff Bennion, Chair of the Education Committee, is coordinating the webinars and has several in the development stages. 

Please provide your thoughts and suggestions for future webinars and educational programs to Jeff Bennion at jeff@jbennionlaw.com or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov.  Let Jeff hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program

7. Executive Committee News

(a) New Executive Committee Members

Five members were appointed to the LPMT Executive Committee and started their terms following the State Bar Annual Meeting. They are Araceli Almazan, attorney, Burbank; Jack Kenefick, public member, Laguna Hills; Cynthia Mascio, public member (paralegal), Cerritos; Christi McGowan, public member (paralegal), San Clemente; and George Seide, attorney, Calabasas. We will be introducing you to these new members in future issues of the eNews. In this issue, we spotlight George N. Seide, attorney at law.

George SeideGeorge N. Seide, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is a sole practitioner in the exclusive practice of family law, including enforcement and defense of spousal, child and family support orders and the litigation of welfare reimbursement and other enforcement through the Local Child Support Agencies. He has a sub-specialty in the prosecution and defense for contempt of court proceedings, and he has been appointed Alternate Defense Counsel for contempt proceedings in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He is a long standing family law section member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association (FL Executive Committee), San Fernando Valley Bar Association (FL Executive Committee), and Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (previous Board of Directors).

George graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He received his J.D. at the University of LaVerne College of Law and is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court (Central District of California), the U.S. Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) and the United States Supreme Court. He is individually AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

George is a ten-year Super Lawyer in Southern California, a Top 100 Attorney for Southern California for 2015 and 2016 and was selected as a Top 100 Family Law Attorney in California by the American Association of Trial Attorneys. He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker; a former Alachua County (Florida) Sheriff’s Deputy; a volunteer for the Harriett Buhai Family Law Center and the Vincent Family Law Center. He also volunteers for the Los Angeles Central District Superior Court Domestic Violence Clinics and is a mediator for the Northwest District Family law Court. George and his Australian Shepard Therapy Dog Boomer also visited pediatric patients in Shriner’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital LA with Love On 4 Paws.

Welcome to the Executive Committee!

George N. Seide, Esq.
Law Office of George N. Seide
23975 Parke Sorrento, Suite 420
Calabasas, CA 91302
Tel: 818-222-0010
Fax: 818-222-0310
Email: georgeseide@gmail.com

(b) News from LPMT Section Members:

Members, let us know what you are doing so we can include your activities and accomplishments in our next eNewsletter. Let us hear from you (LPMT@calbar.ca.gov).

(c) Opening, Growing and Managing a Law Office

Opening a Law OfficePurchase the State Bar’s two publications, The California Guide to Opening a Law Office and The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office (official hash tag #GrowLaw) to assist you in running and growing your law practice. Your Executive Committee members are contributing authors.

8. Future State Bar Annual Meetings

2016: September 29-October 2, San Diego
2017: August 24-27, Anaheim
2018: September 13-16, San Diego

9. Benefits for Members

Make the most of your membership in the LPMT Section by using the following vendors who are offering discounts to LPMT Section members.

  • Time59
  • AB Unlimited
  • Lexology®
  • TechnoLawyer®
  • LawBiz®
  • ShareFile
  • JumpStart Genius®
  • CEB®
  • Inventus

For detailed information about vendor benefits, go to the Members Only Section under Special Offers and Discounts.

Contact Us

Law Practice Management and Technology Section
The State  Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2520
FAX 415-538-2368
lpmt@calbar.ca.gov