March 2017 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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by Duane Kumagai, Kumagai Law Group PC

Greetings to all new and returning CCBA members and sponsors! Your Board of Governors has been hard at work. Allow me to update you.

We welcome to the Board our newest Governor, Brett Taylor. Brett practices complex and commercial litigation with Cozen O’Connor. Along with past president Amy Alderfer, Brett will serve as co-editor of this Newsletter and support other Board programs throughout the year.

I hope to see all of you on March 30, 2017, at our 49th Annual Installation Ceremony and Awards Banquet.  The Honorable Christine Byrd will once again preside over the installation of the Board and its newly elected officers:
·       Rob Freund, President
·       Stefan O’Grady, President-elect
·       Lucas Messenger, Vice President
·       Nina Hong, Secretary
·       Lori Werderitch, Treasurer


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Los Angeles Lawyer's Philharmonic
Gary Greene, Conductor

Legal musicians wanted!

“LA’s Only Legal Orchestra, Chorus and Big Band” are looking for lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff who are talented musicians to join the ranks

By day, they are civil litigators, trial attorneys, deputy district attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, in-house counsel, sole practitioners, partners at large law firms, Superior Court judges, California Court of Appeal justices, paralegals, law students and the like. But, by night, the concert stage is their “courtroom.” The members include conservatory graduates, professional musicians and some hobbyists who are dusting off instruments they played in their youth. Others are harmonizing using their voices that are more commonly heard in courtrooms than on the concert stage. Nevertheless, the music prevails. In addition to practicing law and adjudicating, they perform music -- from the great classics to Broadway musicals and more – in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans.



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Stop The Press — Trademark Coverage’s Mess by Jane Shay Wald , Irell & Manella LLP


Reprinted with permission of Law360

When Law360 In-Depth invited Jane Shay Wald to write an op-ed on a topic of her choice, the Icon of  IP said she would be happy to discuss the problem of
how the mainstream media frequently misunderstands (and misrepresents) trademark issues. As chair of Irell
& Manella's trademark practice group and a practitioner of nearly 40 years, she certainly has seen her share of botched press coverage. From Rolling  Stone to The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times, the examples are prevalent, she said. Wald even mentioned the time years ago when she applied to register "YOU’RE FIRED" on behalf of a new reality show starring a certain businessman currently running for president. "The press went crazy," she said. In short, it was clear that Wald had a lot to say about precision of language in the mainstream media. Little did we know she would say it in verse...


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Litigation Civility a poem by Jane Shay Wald, Irell & Manella LLP

Litigation Civility

By Jane Shay Wald, Irell & Manella LLP

A strategy too oft' ignored?

Civility. I'm often floored