February 2011 Issue

The Century City Bar Association is holding its 43rd Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on March 1, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to name the 2011 “Lawyers of the Year” and to install the new officers of the CCBA.

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2011-2012 CCBA Officers
Jane Shay Wald, Irell & Manella LLP - President
Fay Arfa, Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation - President-Elect
Francie R. Gorowitz, Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, LLP - Vice President
Loren J. Beck, Russ August & Kabat - Secretary
Steven L. Hoch, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP - Treasurer


President's Message

By Louis R. Dienes, TroyGould PC

This is my last message to you as President of the Century City Bar Association.

I would like to thank the CCBA's Officers, Board of Governors and Orit Arfa, the CCBA's Executive Director, for their support and good fellowship.

The past year has been one of significant accomplishments and I am glad to report a number of successes in our offerings to the local bar, including our well–attended first Entertainment Symposium as well as Distinguished Speaker luncheons with high profile lawyers such as Erwin Chemerinsky, Harland Braun and Thomas Mesereau.

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The Ninth Circuit's Dicta on Dictum

By Linda C. Klein

As attorneys, we know that "[w]hat is at stake in distinguishing holding from dictum is that a dictum is not authoritative. It is the part of an opinion that a later court, even if it is an inferior court, is free to reject." Dicta is often found when "the passage was unnecessary to the outcome of the earlier case," "the passage was not an integral part of the earlier opinion," or "the passage was not grounded in the facts of the case." "All these are reasons for thinking that a particular passage was not a fully measured judicial pronouncement, that it was not likely to be relied on by readers, and indeed that it [was] not . . . part of the decision that resolved the case or controversy on which the court's jurisdiction depended (if a federal court)," and therefore should not bind future courts.

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Dodd-Frank Act Does More Than Reform Wall Street

By Edward T. Swanson

In July of 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act was signed into law. Much of it deals with Wall Street reform, as one might guess, but there are some other provisions in this Act that will significantly affect the practice of many attorneys who have nothing to do with Wall Street. Two examples are private placements under the Securities Act of 1933 and mandatory arbitration clauses.

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Mesereau and Braun on the Art of Cross-Examination

By Orit Arfa

At the distinguished speakers of the Century City Bar Association's February 2 Distinguished Speakers Luncheon on "The Art of Cross-Examining Lay and Expert Witnesses", legendary trial attorneys Harland Braun and Thomas Mesereau told the assembly of lawyers that the main purpose of cross examination isn't merely to contradict testimony, but to advance one's own case and build an alternate narrative.


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Century City After Hours

By Edward T. Swanson

THE BEATLES REMASTERED
I am a hard-core Beatles fan.  I grew up listening to the Fab Four.  I remember the excited talk about the Four Moptops in high school when they first hit the airwaves in late 1963, the stir about the quickly-pasted-over “butcher” cover for Yesterday And Today, playing my Beatles LPs backwards in 1969 (try THAT with a CD!) during the frenzy about whether Paul was dead a few later (was John saying “I buried Paul” or I’m very bored” we wondered).  I still have all of my original Beatles LPs and my Beatles 45 RPM singles (including the jackets for the singles). Heck, I still have a ticket to see the Beatles at Shea Stadium in NYC in August 1965 that I never was able to use.  (A high school classmate went to that concert, I found out many years later, and said that you could barely hear a thing over the screaming.)

 

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The articles herein are not legal advice, and represent the opinions of the writers and are not endorsed by the CCBA. Consult your own attorney for legal advice.


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