Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, August 29, 2008


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LACBA Invests in Equipment To Broadcast CLE


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Members of the legal community will be able to participate in the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminars online in the near future as a result of the association’s decision to invest over $100,000 in new audio/visual equipment.

In a vote Wednesday night, the association’s Board of Trustees voted to spend $127,550 on equipment which would allow the association to record, broadcast and catalogue its training sessions and seminars on the Internet.

Associate Executive Director Bruce Berra and Continuing Legal Education Department Director Marjorie Diaz, said in a presentation that the equipment, which will be installed at the association’s new headquarters, could be fully operational by the time the association changes locations early next year.

In other news, the board also voted to submit an amicus brief in Chavez v. City of Los Angeles, S162313, which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.

The case addresses whether Code of Civil Procedure Sec. 1033 permits a trial court to deny attorney fees to the prevailing plaintiff in an action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act if the judgment was obtained in a court with jurisdiction over “unlimited” civil cases and could have been rendered in a court with jurisdiction over “limited” civil cases.

The board voted to submit a brief in favor of fee shifting in order to encourage plaintiffs to access the courts.

Two members of the State Bar Board of Governors—Rex Heinke and retired State Bar Court Judge Michael D. Marcus—also address the board. Marcus told attendees that members of the Board of Governors “want to hear from you,” and both he and Heinke encouraged members of the legal community to communicate with the Board of Governors.

Marcus also suggested that any comments to members of the Board of Governors be addressed to the entire panel to ensure timely receipt of all materials sent.


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