June 2011 Issue




Following last year’s success, Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will deliver what promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening discussion of recent US Supreme Court decisions.


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President's Message

Jane Shay Wald, Irell & Manella, LLP

This is the summer
Issue of our newsletter
We hope you like it

Ok, that's enough with the haiku.  On with the Message.

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Ben Simler Aarti Wilson

The Supreme Court Holds the Federal Arbitration Act Trumps State-Law Public Policy

By Amy T. Brantly and Oleg Elkhunovich

In AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), the United States Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision, held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California’s rule that arbitration provisions containing class action waivers in  adhesion contracts are generally unconscionable, and thus unenforceable.  The likely practical result of this decision is the end of many, if not most, consumer class actions.

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To Be (A Broker) Or Not To Be (A Broker):

by Edward T. Swanson

In May of this year, the California Corporations Commissioner adopted Rule 260.004.1 to provide clarity regarding when corporate officers, directors and other “associated persons” of an issuer are required to be licensed as broker-dealers. 

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Century City After Hours

By Ed Swanson

On most days, I thoroughly enjoy being a lawyer.  It is exciting, challenging, and introduces me to some very interesting people (both clients and attorneys). However, there are days when I look at some of my colleagues who have left the law for a different profession, and their choice can seem quite enticing. 

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CCBA Members Honored by "Food from the Bar"

The Century City Bar Association ("CCBA") is proud to have participated in the 3rd Annual “Food from the Bar” campaign organized by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to unite the legal community in providing food and assistance to those facing hunger in Los Angeles. The campaign raised over $300,000 and donated over 1,600 volunteer hours at the Food Bank. Read More »

Former Justice Carlos Moreno and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella LLP accepted the “Platinum Partner” award on behalf of their firm at "Food from the Bar" closing reception and awards ceremony on June 9.  Pictured from left are Carlos Moreno, Brian Hennigan, Orit Arfa (CCBA Executive Director) and Michael Flood (President/CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank).

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"Food From the Bar" Volunteer Day in Santa Monica

On May 14, 2011 CCBA board members assisted over a hundred volunteers in packing food products at the Food Bank’s Santa Monica branch. Pictured from left are CCBA Board Member Mary S. Jones (Law Offices of Mary S. Jones); CCBA Executive Director Orit Arfa; CCBA Board Member Mitchell Stein (Silver Freedman). Click here to view a photo gallery from the wonderful day.






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