March 2016 Issue


 


This is a great time to be part of the CCBA!  Our benefits and perks offer our members a fine amenities package, including discounts at local businesses, as well as with the LACBA. The CCBA is better than ever before.

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PRESIDEN'TS MESSAGE

by Duane Kumagai, Kumagai Law Group PC

We are already off to an excellent 2016! The big news at CCBA headquarters is the addition of four distinguished attorneys to our Board of Governors:

• Nina Hong, of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
• Liz Profumo, of D’Alessio Law Group
• Rahsaana Allen, of Sklar Kirsh, LLP
• Stefan O’Grady, of Rich, Intelisano & Katz, LLP

Welcome and thank you to all. The Board is already benefitting from your energy and enthusiasm.

In January, we kicked things off with our Elevator Series MCLE presentation. Hosted by Greenberg Glusker, LLP and our esteemed Treasurer-elect, Lori Werderitch, this year’s program featured the Honorable David Cunningham, III, of the Los Angeles Superior Court, speaking on Elimination of Bias; and William K. Mills, of Parker Mills LLP, speaking on Legal Ethics. A good time, and hard-to-get special topics credits, were had by all.

February 18 was bittersweet.

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WHEAT, WEED, AND PIZZA 

by Rose Kautz, Irell & Manella LLP

Wheat, Weed, and Pizza: What Impacts Interstate Commerce for Trademark Filings? An Evidentiary Tale

by Rose Kautz, Irell & Manella LLP

In a recent nonprecedential opinion, Doctor's Associates Inc. v. Janco, LLC, Opposition No. 91217243 (January 7, 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that a local "Readi Spaghetti" restaurant in Washington state did not operate in interstate commerce, and thus could not obtain federal registration for its FLATIZZA trademark. Does this decision contradict Supreme Court precedent holding that local business activities, including running a restaurant, can impact interstate commerce? Or does it make the point that no matter how logical a position may appear, it is still the job of the litigant to put in evidence to prevail in the TTAB, as with any Court? You decide.

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MARKETING REAL ESTATE WITH DRONES: AN EMERGING TREND by Mitchell Stein, Thompson Coburn, LLP

 

12/8/15

If high end properties could talk, they might say something like Norma Desmond said in the Hollywood classic, Sunset Boulevard: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup.” Thanks to drone technology, residential real estate is indeed ready for a close up. A drone close up. More and more real estate marketing professionals are utilizing drones to capture dramatic footage of properties listed for sale. In the pre-drone days, brokers needed helicopters – and a big budget. Today, the real estate industry has figured out the obvious (as have too many other industries to count), which is that drones can get better footage, with less noise, expense, aggravation, and safety risk than using a helicopter.

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MAN WRONGLY CONVICTED OF RAPE RELEASED AFTER 10 YEARS by Fay Arfa
Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation


MAN WRONGLY CONVICTED OF RAPE RELEASED AFTER 10 YEARS: FORENSIC EVIDENCE PROVES ACCUSER’S WOUNDS SELF-INFLICTED.

Daniel Clarke is a free man at last, serving 10 years of a 26-years-to-life sentence based on a false claim of rape. Forensic evidence proved that Clarke’s accuser took a knife to her own chest, thighs and genitalia, falsely accusing Clarke to keep him from gaining custody of their son.

After conviction, Clarke hired prominent defense attorney Fay Arfa, who fought for Clarke over ten years, two trials and two reversals on appeal. Attorney Arfa uncovered the government’s wrongfully concealed forensic evidence showing that Clarke’s accuser – the mother of his children -- had deliberately cut herself.

“We always believed in his innocence; the crime here is that Clarke lost ten years of his life to imprisonment. We are thrilled with his release,” said Attorney Arfa, former President of the Century City Bar Association.

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