Summer Fun 2018 at the Conkle Firm

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Sure, we’re serious lawyers but we like to have a little fun too, especially during the summer with our law clerks.  This summer, our law student clerks joined us for a lot of hands-on, real world experience in commercial litigation, intellectual property and transactional practice.  And they still had time for some fun, including an outing to a Dodgers vs. Angels game in the Freeway Series.  We started with a limo stop for dinner at Wurstkuche in DTLA, and ended the evening with fireworks after the game.

Conkle Kremer and Engel at Dodgers vs. Angels 2018

We also attended a special evening at the Hollywood Bowl – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with a live orchestra and even more lively lightsabers.  The evening began with a special private dinner served at the Hollywood Bowl Volunteers Cottage, and ended with a limo ride home for our stormtroopers.

Star Wars at Hollywood Bowl 2018Star Wars at Hollywood Bowl 2018Conkle Firm Light Saber Battle at Star Wars at Hollywood Bowl 2018

Back in the office, our lawyers and summer law clerks joined in a lark of a project that one of our attorneys, Evan Pitchford, dreamed up as an homage to the movie “Inception”.  Rather than dreams within dreams, Evan decided he wanted to create “Shirtception” – T-shirts within T-shirts.  Evan photographed himself wearing successive generations of T-shirts to organically create an infinite mirror effect of image within image of himself in his T-shirt.  When Evan was done, attorneys and our summer law clerks wanted to join in.  This photo of our attorneys and summer law clerks wearing successive generations of the T-shirts followed:

Evan's T-Shirts Within A T-Shirt

One of our clients imports kites and other toys and games, and gave our attorney Desiree Ho a couple of kites as a gift of appreciation.  As summer wound down and fall breezes picked up, a few of our attorneys decided to hold a kite-flying contest – from the roof of our building.

We can’t say exactly what next summer will bring, but we can say that we expect to have more fun.

 

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The Conkle Firm’s Relaunched Website

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Conkle, Kremer & Engel is pleased to announce the relaunch of its website, with improved speed and access.

A new feature in our Conklelaw Blog is industry-specific filtering so visitors can quickly focus on the blog posts most of interest to them.

Conkle, Kremer & Engel began in 1982 as Conkle & Olesten, Professional Law Corporation.  After 25 years, in 2007 the firm changed its name from Conkle & Olesten to Conkle, Kremer & Engel, Professional Law Corporation. Since 1982, the firm has operated continuously without change to its practice, and with complete commitment to service of its clients.

When we created our first website in the mid-1990’s, the Conkle & Olesten homepage featured “The Gavel” to announce recent case developments.  It seems appropriate to bring The Gavel back to announce the relaunch of the CK&E website.  We hope you enjoy the website and find the blog posts and articles interesting.  We welcome your feedback – just use the Contact page.

 

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CK&E Lawyers CRASH Santa Monica Superior Court

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Conkle, Kremer & Engel lawyers John Conkle and H. Kim Sim recently volunteered their time and expertise to the Santa Monica Superior Court, serving as attorney volunteers in the Court’s Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing (CRASH) mediation program.  Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a neutral person (usually an experienced lawyer or retired judge) meets with the opposing parties to discuss the merits and risks of their claims and defenses, to try to reach a negotiated settlement.

The services of John and Kim were in high demand due to severe budget cuts affecting California courts. In an effort to deal with a significant budget shortfall for the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Los Angeles Superior Court announced in March the implementation of a countywide consolidation plan that will create regional hubs for certain types of cases. Personal injury civil cases filed in local courthouses are slated for transfer to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, and when they come up for trial they can be transferred to be tried anywhere in Los Angeles County. The CRASH mediation program took on increased importance as parties in those personal injury cases – in danger of being transferred out of Santa Monica – were sent to participate in mediation conducted by attorney volunteers in a final attempt to settle and avoid a transfer.

CK&E attorneys seldom handle personal injury matters, but they are well practiced in the ways that insurance can be used to help resolve claims.  John and Kim also brought to the table their extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice, including the mixture of law and psychology that is mediation.  But it was a different experience for them to sit at the center as a neutral, rather than as one of the advocates.  The Court and litigants were not the only beneficiaries of their work.  Volunteering for this program enhanced their insight into the mediation process and will enhance their effectiveness as client advocates.

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Announcing Conkle, Kremer & Engel’s New Website

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Conkle, Kremer & Engel started in 1982 as Conkle & Olesten, Professional Law Corporation.  After 25 years, in 2007 the firm changed its name from Conkle & Olesten to Conkle, Kremer & Engel, Professional Law Corporation. Since 1982, the firm has operated continuously without change to its practice, and with complete commitment to service of its clients.

When we created our first website in the mid-1990’s, the Conkle & Olesten homepage featured “The Gavel” to announce our entries about recent case developments.  It apparently was a memorable image because some of our visitors still ask about The Gavel.  It seems appropriate to bring The Gavel back to announce the launch of the revamped CK&E website.

Conkle & Olesten Gavel

Conkle & Olesten Gavel

We hope you enjoy the website and find the articles and posts helpful.  Please let us know if there are any topics that you suggest we address in future posts, or if there are any questions about previous articles and posts.

Conkle & Olesten Homepage

Conkle & Olesten Homepage

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