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Omni Los Angeles Hotel Downtown
251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; TEMPLE STR
From Burbank Airport / Glendale / Pasadena: Take I-5 South to I-110 South. Exit 4th Street
and follow (this is a one-way street) for about 1/3 mile of a mile. Turn left on Olive Street
and the hotel is on the left. SECOND STREET
From Harbor Freeway North / San Pedro: Take the Harbor Fwy. I-110 North toward down- THIRD STREET
town. Exit on 4th Street and follow (this is a one-way street) for about 1/3 mile. Turn left on
Olive Street and the hotel is on the left. FOURTH STREET
From Santa Monica / West Los Angeles: Take the Santa Monica Freeway I-10 East and trans-
fer to the Pasadena Freeway I-110 North toward downtown. Exit on 4th Street and follow
(this is a one-way street) for about 1/3 mile. Turn left on Olive Street and the hotel is on the SIXTH STREET
From Valencia / Burbank / Glendale: Take the Golden State Freeway I-5 to the Harbor Fwy.
I-110 South. Exit on 4th Street and follow (this is a one-way street) for about 1/3 mile. Turn SEVENTH STREET
left on Olive Street and the hotel is on the left.
From East Los Angeles / San Bernardino: Take the San Bernardino Freeway (5) North to Los
Angeles. Transfer to the Hollywood Freeway I-101 North. Exit on Grand Avenue. Turn right
on Grand Avenue. Turn left onto 1st Street heading east. Turn right on Olive Street. After
approximately 1 1/2 blocks, the hotel will be on the right.
Valet parking is available at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at the Conference Rate of $12.00. Self-parking is available at California Plaza (next door) at the rate
of $11.00 per day. There are additional self-parking lots throughout the Downtown Los Angeles area at varying rates.
7:30 – 8:20 am – Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Legal Products & Services Exhibits fellow LAPA members. Ms. Devenny specializes in workers’ compensation, serious emphasizes estate planning, transactional tax planning, and tax controversies.
injury and wrongful death cases. She has also provided litigation support on His typical clients are family business owners, wealthy individuals, athletes, and
8:20 – 8:55 am – Welcome and Opening Speaker medical malpractice and employment cases, including class action wage and entertainers. He has provided tax and estate planning for a world-renowned life
hour claims and a class action sexual harassment case. She has worked in the coach and motivational speaker, negotiated and drafted equity participation
9:00 – 10:15 am – Morning Legal Education Seminars legal field since 1986, and has an A.A. in Paralegal Technology and a B.A. in arrangements for a CEO of a multi-billion dollar private equity fund, and provided
English Literature. She is a former adjunct paralegal instructor at Forsyth tax and transactional planning for a large real estate based family business.
10:30 – 11:30 am – Legal Products & Services Exhibits Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. BANKRUPTCY — What’s In It for Me? Representing Creditors and Creditors
Committees in Today's Bankruptcies
11:35 – 1:15 pm – Lunch; Keynote Speaker; Lifetime Achievement Award; Door Prize Drawings KEYNOTE SPEAKER Katherine C. Piper, Esq., Associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP
KEYNOTE — Holly J. Fujie, Esq. In today's economic climate, more and more companies are liquidated
1:30 – 2:45 pm – Afternoon Legal Education Seminars Ms. Fujie is President of the State Bar of California and a Shareholder in the firm through the Chapter 11 process. This seminar will explain the changing
of Buchalter Nemer LLP where she focuses her practice on complex litigation, with dynamics in the increasing number of liquidating cases where there are little
3:00 – 4:00 pm – General Legal Education Seminar an emphasis on insurance and surety industry related litigation. Ms. Fujie was sworn to no unencumbered assets for unsecured creditors, as well as provide insight on
in as the 84th President of the State Bar of California by Chief Justice Ronald how to deal with these changing dynamics. Ms. Piper is a member of the Business
OPENING SPEAKER Wildman Harrold. He counsels his clients on contractual transactions, intellectual George on September 27, 2008. Prior to being elected President of the State & Financial Restructuring Group in the Century City office of Steptoe & Johnson
OPENING — Lynne Devenney property, regulatory compliance, financing, licensing, distribution, acquisitions, Bar, Ms. Fujie served for two years as a Governor of the State Bar representing LLP. Her practice has included representing debtors, trustees, creditors, creditors’
Ms. Devenney is a huge fan of social media and thrilled to be included in joint ventures and strategic alliances. Ms. Derwin-Weiss is a partner in the Los Angeles County and one year as Vice President of the State Bar. She also committees and other parties-in-interest in all aspects of Chapter 11 restructurings.
OnlineBestCollege’s “100 Top Twitter Feeds for Law Students.” Her blog is Intellectual Property department of Wildman Harrold. She has practiced new serves on the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, APPELLATE PRACTICE — Tricks & Traps regarding Appellate Calendaring
titled “Practical Paralegalism” at www.practicalparalegalism.com. In July of media and Internet law since the early 1990s, first in private practice and then sits on the Boards of Directors of Bet Tzedek, the Federal Bar Association, The and Records
2009, she co-hosted the first “Paralegal Voice Podcast” about Hot Jobs in at Paramount Pictures Corporation from 2000-2006. California Bar Foundation and the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, and serves on the Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq., Partner with Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Today’s Market. She offers this advice: “Educate yourself regarding internet CORPORATE — Mergers and Acquisitions
Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles. Most litigation lawyers and paralegals work with the state Court of Appeal or
networking and use it - starting now.” Eric B. Sloan, Esq., Managing Principal with the Passthroughs Group of Deloitte Federal Court of Appeals only infrequently. This seminar addresses two topics of
Tax LLP and Stephen D. Rose, Esq., Partner with Munger Tolles & Olsen LLP A F T E R N O O N L E G A L E D U C AT I O N S E M I N A R S special concern to attorneys and paralegals: appellate calendaring and record
M O R N I N G L E G A L E D U C AT I O N S E M I N A R S This panel will discuss recent and notable transactions, focusing on the nuts INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY — A Discussion of Intellectual Property in the preparation for writs and appeals. Miscalculating appellate deadlines can have
PROBATE — Demystifying the Probate Process: Discussion of the Probate and bolts of M&A transactions from both a buyer’s and a seller’s perspective. Fashion Industry fatal consequences to an appeal. Learn about the most dangerous traps and the
Court Policies and Procedures The topics addressed will include the commercial, legal, and tax reasons for the Staci Riordan, Esq., Partner with Fox Rothschild LLP most helpful tips to avoid calendaring errors. Also, learn how to prepare user-
Sandy Riley, Esq. and Karen Blank, Esq., Probate Attorneys with Los Angeles chosen structure and structural components, including form of consideration, Contrary to many other industries, there is little to no intellectual property friendly appellate records that not only comply with the rules, but also exceed
Superior Court “direction” of transaction, and location of control. In addition, this panel intends protection afforded to fashion. Names and logos qualify for trademark protection; the expectations of anyone having to use them. Mr. Shatz is a member of
Ms. Riley and Ms. Blank will answer questions pre-submitted by conference to review a “checklist” and then review an interesting transaction document fabric and some embellishments qualify for copyright protection. The creative Manatt’s Appellate Practice Group. He has briefed hundreds of civil appeals,
attendees related to clearing Probate Notes and other policy and procedures in with the checklist in mind as a means of learning about the “deep structure” of process of designing clothing, however, has virtually no protection. Yet, Fashion writs and petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals,
the Probate Court. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is considering deal documentation. Mr. Sloan specializes in the use of partnerships and limited Design is a thriving, global industry. Ms. Riordan will talk about the current California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal, covering areas of law
a transition to this field of specialty to learn more about the often misunderstood liability companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, methods available for protection and the case of Trovata v. Forever 21 where including entertainment, copyright, trademark, employment, land use, banking,
Probate process and for those who are already experienced in the field to obtain financing transactions, and restructurings. He received his B.A. from Trovata almost succeeded in using trade dress protection to protect its designs. insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive
answers to the more difficult issues that arise in handling estates. Sandy Riley, Northwestern University, his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, She will also discuss the pros and cons of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, new damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition.
Esq. is currently the Supervising Probate Attorney at the Los Angeles Superior and his LL.M., in taxation, from the Georgetown University Law School. Mr. legislation introduced to the Senate on April 30, 2009, which attempts to give PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT* — A Higher Standard: the CLA/CP program
Court Central District. She has been practicing law since 1980. Karen Blank, Rose’s practice concentrates on the structuring and taxation aspects of complex the designer three years of copyright protection for “fashion designs.” Ms. Catherine R. Durgin, ACP, Corporate Paralegal with Loeb & Loeb LLP
Esq. began her legal career in 1995 and has considerable experience working business transactions (both domestic and international). He received a B.A. Riordan’s practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation, Want to enhance your skills? Looking for a competitive edge? Consider the CLA/CP
in the Superior Courts of California. Aside from her current position as a Probate from the University of California, San Diego, an M.B.A. from the University of fashion law and client counseling. She has extensive experience in both federal (Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal) program. Professional certification
Attorney at the Los Angeles Superior Court, she also worked for the Yolo County California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of and state court with trademark and copyright infringement, cyber-piracy, unfair is a time honored career development tool. It is helpful to professionals who are
Superior Court for four years. the Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. competition and unfair business practices, trade secrets, and breach of contract. looking to enhance their skills and career options. This presentation will discuss
LITIGATION — Using Exhibits Effectively at Trial EMPLOYMENT LAW — Discussion of Updates and Issues
She counsels clients on licensing, enforcement of copyright and trademark the impact of the CLA/CP program, eligibility requirements, examination subject
C. Michael Alder, Esq., Law Offices of C. Michael Alder Jeffrey Mayes, Esq., of Silver & Freedman LLP rights and general business practices as well as negotiating and drafting numer- matter, and study methods and tips for successfully completing the CLA/CP program.
Persuasion is the point of trial. The use of well thought out, yet simple, Mr. Mayes takes recent changes in employment law and transforms them into a
ous business contracts, with particular emphasis on licensing agreements.She Catherine R. Durgin, ACP, is a past member of NALA’s Certifying Board and
demonstrative exhibits is critical to winning. Mr. Alder will discuss the use fun and informative discussion. He will explain recent decisions in class action
received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from Emory University. currently serves on NALA’s Advanced Paralegal Certification Board. She has been
of technology in the courtroom, as well as provide guidelines for best practices litigation (including modifications to class notice and class members settlement ENTERTAINMENT LAW — Music Licensing a member of the Board of Directors of the Commission for Advanced California
when showing exhibits at trial and demonstrate persuasive ways to utilize agreements), changes to discrimination and harassment law (such as modification Debbie Fingerman, Attorney with THQ Paralegal Specialization, Inc. since 2004 and is currently serving as President.
demonstratives effectively with the jury. As the youngest winner ever of the of the standard for federal Age Discrimination claims), as well as a discussion Music licensing is a unique area of business with a very specific set of challenges, She is a director and past officer of LAPA and earned a B.S. Summa Cum Laude
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ prestigious Trial Lawyer of the of wage and hour laws, including topics like tip pooling, exempt/non-exempt including determining appropriate rights, tracking and paying royalties, in paralegal studies and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Year award, Michael Alder has distinguished himself as one of the top trial attorneys issues, Private Attorney General Act claims and independent contractor issues. union/guild ramifications, and more. This seminar is ideal for those who want to
in California. Mr. Alder grew up in southern Louisiana, attended Louisiana State Don't miss it! Mr. Mays represents and counsels employers in all aspects of learn the nuts and bolts of music licensing and will focus on key issues, such G E N E R A L L E G A L E D U C AT I O N S E M I N A R
University and graduated from LSU Law School in 1992. Mr. Alder has given employment and labor law, including defending employers in wrongful termination as those related to negotiating and drafting music licenses. Debbie Fingerman
ETHICS — How to Make Ethical and Winning Use of California Legislative History
nationwide seminars on litigation and published multiple articles on litigation and discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, arbitration proceedings, oversees music, talent, and IP licensing matters from the legal and business
affairs side for THQ. In addition to working on THQ’s ever-growing roster of video Carolina C. Rose, J.D., President and co-founder of Legislative Research
strategy and practice. He has been a speaker at multiple continuing education collective bargaining agreements, Cal/OSHA appeals, employee grievances and
games, she has almost two decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Incorporated
seminars and regularly speaks at CAALA’s annual Las Vegas convention on topics independent contractor issues. He received his B.A. from the University of
Receive straightforward guidance on (1) how legislative history can be used
ranging from advanced trial skills to the use of technology in the courtroom. California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. from USC School of Law. A long-time celebrity broker, she has extensive knowledge in branding, licensing,
ethically and confidently in presenting potent legal arguments and (2) how to
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY — Evolution of Digital Marketing: Intellectual PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT* — Networking and Career Building with
and artist relations and promotions. She has a B.A. in politics and public affairs
recognize the misuse of legislative history records by opposing counsel. Using a
Property and Regulatory Issues Social Media
with a minor in communications.
hypothetical case where both sides utilize extrinsic evidence of legislative intent to
Alan Friel, Esq. and Nancy Derwin-Weiss, Esq., Partners with Wildman Harrold, LLP Lynne Devenny, a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with Elliot ESTATE PLANNING — Family Limited Partnerships, Formation and Operation support their opposed conclusions, this seminar will help participants understand
Marketing and promotion in the digital world continue to evolve methods of Pishko Morgan P.A. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina William Weintraub, Esq., Partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP the ethical implications involved in both parties’ use of the legislative history at
marketing to, and interacting with, consumers. Social networking and its various An interactive presentation of the best ways to use social media to develop your This seminar will cover the topics of choice of entity, forming the partnership, key issue. Ms. Rose is a graduate of Stanford University and qualifies as an expert
techniques present intellectual property issues and regulatory hurdles. The networks and resources effectively, including LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, and listservs. provisions in the partnership agreement, transferring property to the partnership, in reconstructing California legislative history. She has submitted written expert
speakers will use real life examples of digital marketing techniques to illustrate Join us to learn how to use these powerful resources. Look for information coming operating the partnership, transferring partnership interests, and audit issues. witness opinions regarding the reconstruction of legislative history and the
cutting edge digital marketing and promotional practices and their legal soon about the LAPA Group that will be set up on LinkedIn. The LinkedIn group This is the seminar for legal professionals to attend in order to obtain additional surrounding public policy discussions in over 80 cases at the administrative
implications. Mr. Friel is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of will provide a great opportunity to practice your new skills and network with your knowledge in these important areas of estate planning. Mr. Weintraub’s practice hearing level and at the Superior, District Appellate and Supreme Court levels.
*Not for MCLE Credit.