September 2010 Issue




The Century City Bar Association presents a dinner program with three distinguished experts on the legal issues involved in the sale and use of medical marijuana.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Lawry’s Prime Rib
100 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
6:00 pm Cocktail reception
6:30 pm Dinner program

For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact rsvp@centurycitybar.com



President's Message

By Louis R. Dienes, TroyGould PC

What’s new this autumn?

With the medical marijuana on the November ballot, now is the time for you to get up to speed on the legal and practical issues involved in the cultivation, sale and use of medical marijuana.

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Increased Litigation in Store for L.A.’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance

by Lloyd Pilchen

A prominent land use topic in the news is the ongoing process to approve storefront medical marijuana dispensaries under new regulations of the City of Los Angeles. The city’s 2010 ordinance is an attempt to gain control over dispensaries that proliferated prior to regulation, and to comply with state law on the subject.

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The Proposition 8 Challenge: Is There Jurisdiction For Appellate Review?

by Mark A. Kressel

On August 4, 2010, the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that amended the California Constitution to declare that “[o]nly marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution...

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Strategic and Legal Considerations of Nonprofit Integrations

by Kent E. Seton, Esq. and Courtney A. Waggoner, Esq.

The proliferation of nonprofit organizations in recent years, combined with the current economic climate, has impacted many charities and resulted in the elimination of vital programs or the closure of operations.

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Have You Met My Pet Peeve?

by Mitchell Stein

In 1911, Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary came up with perhaps the most erudite lawyer joke in history, defining what we do as follows: "LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law."

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Century City After Hours

By Ed Swanson

For two glorious weeks this past August, I was once again on vacation in Pinedale, Wyoming, near the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains. For those of you who love the outdoors, as I do, this part of Wyoming definitely would be appealing.

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