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  Paralegal Association

Upcoming Events

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Hilton Los Angeles North / Glendale & Executive Meeting Center, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California 91202
    • 10

    Benefactor Members:      $550 (by September 14, 2018)
                                             $600 (after September 14, 2018)

    Non-Members:                 $700 (by September 14, 2018)
                                             $750 (after September 14, 2018)

    Schools and Non-Profits: $350 (by September 14, 2018)
    (Only accredited schools and government recognized non-profit organizations are eligible for this discounted rate)

    October Conference Exhibitors will have a 3'x6' table and two chairs.
    Additional items that may be purchased: lunch, syllabus advertising, electrical, WiFi.

    Can't attend the conference? You can still get your company in front of hundreds of paralegals! Check out our BAGSTUFFER opportunity.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Hilton Los Angeles North / Glendale & Executive Meeting Center, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, California 91202

    Attend various legal seminars, meet with GREAT legal service providers, network, and much more!

    Schedule of events:


    Registration / Continental Breakfast / Exhibitors / Resume Tune-up


    Welcoming Remarks


    General Session -- Ethics MCLE 


    Breakout Sessions #1 (choose one AM session)


    Visit with Exhibitors


    Lunch, Keynote Address & Awards presentation


    Breakout Sessions #2 (choose one PM session) 


    General Session -- Ethics MCLE

    Morning Breakout Session Descriptions:

    Corporate Law (UCC Filings)
    Helena Ledic, Esq.

    “Best Practices for Corporate Transactions” Corporate transactions can come with a host of complex compliance and filing requirements that are often necessary to complete under tight time schedules. Therefore, it is critical that practitioners know best practices for these transactions. In this program, we will highlight some meaningful points to consider when working on corporate transactions and discuss relevant recent case law.

    Criminal Law
    Holly Halpern, Esq.

    “You don’t have to say, ‘No’ for it to be a crime…The nuts and bolts of Prosecuting Sex Crimes.”

    Employment Law
    Elsa Banuelos, Esq.

    “Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations” The seminar will cover the basics or conducting internal workplace harassment investigations, including interviewing techniques, report writing and attorney-client privilege issues.

    Immigration Law
    Nikki Jacobson, Esq.

    “Introduction to Immigration Law” Detailed descriptions of the most common visa and immigration classifications.  You will also learn proven strategies for working with the many government agencies and regulatory bodies that oversee, interpret, and enforce immigration law, regulations, and policy.

    Legal Research/Citations
    Ryan Methany

    “Dos and Don’ts of Legal Citation” The technical rules of how to cite cases and statutes can confuse even the most seasoned legal professional. Law firms must follow these rules in every document filed with a court – and so the legal professional with a firm grasp on Bluebook and Style Manual methods of citation can prove extremely valuable. In this class, students will learn to master the fundamentals of citing common types of legal authority.

    Litigation Basics
    Jamie Norman, Esq.

    “Litigation Basics: Key Case-Handling Activities to Obtain a Favorable Settlement or Prepare for Trial” This Litigation MCLE will focus on the key activities that the litigation support team should be performing regarding Depositions, Retention of Expert Consultants, Dispositive Motions, Mediation, and Trial Preparation.

    Workers’ Compensation Law
    Shepard Jacobson, Esq.

    “Workers’ Compensation Law”

    Afternoon Breakout Session Descriptions:

    Appellate Law
    Rick Berger, Esq

    “Appellate Filings:  Fundamentals for Ensuring that Your Briefs and Related Documents are Professional, Compliant and Timely Filed with the Court” Counsel Press will present the fundamentals for filing briefs, appendices and related documents in the California Courts of Appeal.  We will also touch on the CA Supreme Court as well as the 9th and 10th Circuits.  Focus will be on timing, formatting guidelines and both electronic and hard copy requirements associated with filing and serving these documents.

    Body Camera Law
    David Bozaninch, Esq.
    Sean Tyler, ACP

    “Body Worn Technology: The Present & Future State of Criminal Prosecution” Body worn technology is the largest change to criminal evidence since the advent of DNA testing. We will aim to present the future and increasingly the present state of electronic discovery in criminal cases. Body worn cameras, cloud-based storage, and other means of ESI are changing the way in which our office and other prosecuting agencies gather evidence, review evidence, share evidence, and use evidence.  From receiving evidence electronically, to redacting video and audio evidence, to sharing discovery electronically, to presenting such evidence in court along with its transcription, the present and future of discovery and evidence in criminal cases is evolving.

    Environmental Law
    Mitchell M. Tsai, Esq.

    “Tools for Protecting Your Neighborhood” This lecture will discuss key environmental laws and policies in California as well as various elements for building an environmental case.

    David Bobrosky, Esq.

    “Beyond the Basics:  A Case Study Analysis of Liability Issues in Complicated Cases”.  Not every case is a straight forward, rear-end car accident.  Attorneys need to look at all angles to find responsible parties, especially when the injuries are significant.   David will present actual case studies to look at complicated liability issues in what otherwise may seem like a straight forward case.  This will include premises liability cases, dangerous conditions of public property, negligent entrustment, etc.  David will also analyze the different types of automobile insurance coverage and identify the coverage that you must have.

    Probate Law
    Kathleen Duke, Esq.

    “PROBATE – Fiduciary Accounting for Probates, Trusts and Conservatorships (A Practical How-To Guide)” This presentation will describe the process of preparing a fiduciary accounting that similarly applies to accountings prepared in probate proceedings, trusts litigation, and conservatorships. As paralegals often prepare fiduciary accountings under the supervision of a probate attorney, Kathleen will take the mystery out of the process by taking you through the major steps in preparing a fiduciary accounting from the preparation of the initial inventory of assets, to the Summary of Account and accompanying schedules, as well as the preparation of the report that accompanies a fiduciary account. Kathleen will share insights gained by reviewing and preparing “probate notes” for numerous fiduciary accountings in her capacity as a Probate Attorney for the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Kathleen also served as the instructor of the quarterly Conservatorship Accounting class offered by the Los Angeles Superior Court during her tenure as a Probate Attorney. Her information and advice will help you prepare fiduciary accountings that not only comply with the Probate Code, but are also more easily understood and accepted by the court and less susceptible to challenge by beneficiaries and other interested parties.

    Transactional Law
    (Mergers & Acquisitions)

    Eric Sloan, Esq.
    Taylor Hathaway-Zepeda, Esq.

    “Anatomy of an M&A Transaction”

    Professional Development (CLA/ACP) - Doug Kuhn, ACP (NO MCLE)

    (No MCLE Credit) - Learn how you can reach this mark of excellence at this year’s LAPA October Conference with speaker Doug Kuhn, CLA, who will share with you information about this prestigious exam, eligibility requirements, exam subject matter, the new format for this exam effective January 2018, requirements for taking the online exam, study methods and tips for successful completion.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, 16633 Ventura Boulevard, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, California 91436 (Encino)

    To All Attorneys, Paralegals & Legal Professionals
    LAPA’s Probate & Estate Planning Section Presents:


    Presented by
    Kira S. Masteller, Esq.

    Come join this important estate planning seminar, not just for your clients, but for yourself as well. It is important to plan for the administration of your estate during your life if you are ever incapacitated and after your death, to insure your wishes are followed. This presentation will explore estate and gift tax exemptions; property tax reassessment exclusions; how to fund a trust and why it is important to do so, powers of attorney and other miscellaneous planning issues. Learn what you need to know in order to accurately advise clients with respect to the administration of their estate or your own estate.

    Presenter Kira S. Masteller, Esq. is a Shareholder in the Trusts and Estate Planning Practice Group of Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan. Ms. Masteller’s practice focuses on Federal estate and gift tax planning, estate planning, business succession planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, post-death trust administration and probate. She has over 25 years of dedicated work in these areas and has also experience in defending senior clients from adult children attempting to control family assets and in setting up highly specialized trusts to benefit charities, family pets and other alternative beneficiaries.

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan
    16633 Ventura Blvd, 11th Floor
    Encino, CA 91436

    6:15 to 7:00 pm: Check-in, Networking, and Dinner

    7:00 to 8:00 pm:  Presentation

    $25 registration fee for LAPA members (if registered by November 9, 2018)
    $20 registration fee for LAPA student members (if registered by November 9, 2018)

    $45 for non-members and late registration

    LAPA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar is approved for 1.0 hour of credit; No refunds or cancellations. 

    Building Parking ($3.75/hr) or Metered street

Past events

19 Sep 2018 LAPA Dodger Night!
06 Sep 2018 Los Angeles Paralegal Day Celebration
29 Aug 2018 MCLE: Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance Basics
23 Aug 2018 Ice Cream Social
18 Aug 2018 LAPA's Annual Pro Bono Fair
25 Jul 2018 Cocktails and Conversation!
19 Jul 2018 MCLE Seminar: Family Law – How Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Affect Support & Custody
21 Jun 2018 MCLE: Managing Depositions in a Digital World
01 Jun 2018 MCLE: Litigation Basics
14 May 2018 MCLE: Consumer Protection: The Nuts and Bolts of California's Unfair Competition Law
05 May 2018 LAPA Spring Career Conference: GROW Your Career
25 Apr 2018 MCLE: Medical Issues in California Workers' Compensation Claims: The Importance of Substantial Medical Evidence and the Role of the Treating Physician vs. Evaluating Physician
25 Apr 2018 FREE Brown Bag MCLE
11 Apr 2018 MCLE: #METOO Sexual Harassment and the Respectful Workplace
29 Mar 2018 MCLE: Anatomy of DUI and DUID cases
17 Mar 2018 2018 Run for Justice!
07 Mar 2018 LAPA TECH: LAPA's 2nd Annual Legal Technology Expo
08 Feb 2018 Pre-Valentine's Day Mixer
06 Feb 2018 MCLE Seminar: Intellectual Property – Basics of Trademark Law
17 Jan 2018 MCLE Seminar: The California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act
07 Dec 2017 The Los Angeles Paralegal Association's Annual Holiday Benefit Gala
02 Nov 2017 MCLE Seminar: Social Media and Litigation
21 Oct 2017 LAPA's Annual Pro Bono Fair
07 Oct 2017 LAPA's 41st Annual October Conference
20 Sep 2017 LAPA TECH: LAPA's Technology Mixer
14 Sep 2017 MCLE: Franchise & Distribution Law
13 Jul 2017 MCLE: Responding to Complaints: Answers, Demurrers, and More
29 Jun 2017 MCLE: What the Trial Lawyer Needs!
01 Jun 2017 MCLE: California Discrimination Updates Mid Year 2017: Do’s and Don’ts
20 May 2017 LAPA Spring Career Conference: Spring Forward with your Career
04 May 2017 CP Exam Review Single Session: Judgment and Analytical Ability I & II
27 Apr 2017 CP Exam Review Single Session: Substantive Law
20 Apr 2017 CP Exam Review Single Session: Communications
19 Apr 2017 Immigration MCLE: PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS: Immigration Analysis & Practice Pointers
18 Apr 2017 CP Exam Review Single Session: NALA Introduction/Ethics
18 Apr 2017 Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Review Course: 5 Sessions
07 Apr 2017 LAPA's 2017 Spring Mixer
22 Mar 2017 Litigation MCLE: Drafting Complaints
18 Mar 2017 2017 Run for Justice!
22 Feb 2017 PROBATE MCLE: What Happens to an Estate and a Solo Law Practice
25 Jan 2017 ETHICS MCLE: Social Media and Ethics
03 Nov 2016 2016 Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Review Course
22 Oct 2016 40th Annual October Conference
27 Aug 2016 Pro Bono Fair
25 Aug 2016 MCLE: Drafting Great Contracts To Avoid Business Disputes
18 Aug 2016 MCLE: Fiancé/Fiancée & Marriage Visas
21 Jul 2016 MCLE: The Importance of Virtual Assets for Estate Legal Teams
15 Jun 2016 Paralegal Day Mixer
16 Apr 2016 Spring Career Conference
15 Mar 2016 End of Winter Networking Mixer
25 Feb 2016 Walking in the Footsteps of International Shoe; Jurisdiction in Family Law Cases
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