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BHBA BARRISTERS LAWRENCE J. BLAKE AWARD goes to Board of Governors Members, Anton Labrentz, Esq. and Brian T. Smith, Esq.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers, the “newer” attorneys, represent dedication, enthusiasm, the desire to help others and to make a difference. The Lawrence J. Blake Award, first given in 1985, was established to help foster greater awareness and recognition of Barristers activities and accomplishments.

This year, the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers are proud to acknowledged and honor two of its Barristers Board of Governors who have co-chaired the Roxbury Park Legal Clinic since 2011 — Brian Smith and Anton Labrentz. They, and the team of volunteer attorneys they have recruited and developed, show up faithfully on the first Saturday of each month ready to tackle a diversity of requests for legal assistance from the public.

Brian and Anton have also increased the awareness and outreach of the Roxbury Park Legal Clinic. Typically, there is a line at the door before the Clinic opens. People hear about the Clinic, visit the clinic then recommend it to friends, come back with other questions and talk about the great service being provided.

Brian Smith practices real estate and environmental law with the Law Offices of Thomas J. Smith in Encino.  He is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

Anton Labrentz is a criminal defense attorney, with a focus on DUIs and driving-related cases, at the Law Offices of Mark Rosenfeld. Anton is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and received his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Congratulations Brian and Anton!

BHBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD goes to Barristers Board of Governors Member, Doron Eghbali, Esq.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers are proud to announce that Doron Eghbali was honored with the BHBA's President’s Award for his active participation since he first joined the BHBA.  In addition to Co-Chairing the Real Estate Section for the past two years, Doron has graciously volunteered on many other projects to expand his involvement with the BHBA. He is always willing to take a leadership role and follows through to do an excellent job.  He developed a very popular Tenants’ Rights program for the public, and also presents MCLE programs on Unlawful Detainer. He is a member of both the Barristers and the BHBA Boards of Governors. He also has played an active role leading our volunteers at the USC BHBA IELB Symposium and other events.  Congratulations Doron!

Doron is a principal at Law Advocate Group LLP in Beverly Hills where he practices business, real estate and entertainment law. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and California Western School of Law.

BHBA / Public Counsel MCLE: “Legal Leaders of the Entertainment Industry Discussing the Do’s and Don’ts of Entertainment Contract Drafting!”

 

Marc Steanberg, Jaison T. Benjamin, Christopher A. Murphy, Theodore A. Russell, Jonathan H. Anschell, David Daniels, Lisa C. Jochums, Hernan Vera, and Zachary S. McGee

Marc Steanberg, Jaison T. Benjamin, Christopher A. Murphy, Theodore A. Russell, Jonathan H. Anschell, David Daniels, Lisa C. Jochums, Hernan Vera, and Zachary S. McGee
 

In a collaborative effort, the BHBA and Public Counsel were pleased to have offered this unique opportunity to hear prominent entertainment legal insiders offering their candid perspectives on drafting and litigating entertainment contracts.  As part of this event, attendees were offered the chance to sign up for a meaningful and discrete pro bono matter that allow them to put into practice some of the important pointers given in the presentation.  Those who signed up for the pro bono experience received their MCLE credit for free.  Another similar opportunity will be offered soon!

BHBA Barristers 2012 LAW DAY Event, with Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon – No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom!

 

In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” Commemorated annually since that date, Law Day programs are conducted throughout the country by bar associations, courts, schools, and civic groups.

In celebration of the 55th annual Law Day, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers hosted a Law Day Event, with very special guest speaker, Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon.  In celebration of Law Day, the Barristers collaborated with LexisNexis in offering free MCLE for attendance at Judge Edmon's discussion on the California State Budget Crisis. 

During the Law Day presentation, Judge Edmon offered insight into the the state budget situation, the two-part plan proposed by the Administrative Office, the judicial Budget Working Group’s approach, and the importance of adequate response to the budget crisis to protect access to justice in California.  To download a copy of Judge Edmon's PowerPoint presentation, please visit http://www.bhba.org/images/pdf/BHBA-Law-Day-Budget-Presentation-2012.pdf.

Barristers Annual Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Extravaganza – A Great Success!

The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers are continually impressed by Immediate Past President, Leigh Leshner and her dedicated committee who once again planned and hosting another greatly successful Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza in April 2012!

Since its commencement in 1988, the Vintage Bouquet has become one of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s premiere events, featuring bites by several of L.A.’s top chefs and tastings by many of California’s premium wineries, along with entertaining live music and fun silent and live auctions. 

Most importantly, proceeds of the Vintage Bouquet support charitable contributions made by the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, including pro bono services, community outreach projects, legal education programs, and access to the justice system.

A sincere thank you to all who volunteered, attended, and donated for this year’s Vintage Bouquet, which may very well have been the most successful Extravaganza so far!  For more information on the event, please visit www.vintagebouquet.com.  Photos by Jamie Pham Photography.

Public Counsel’s 2012 William O. Douglas Award Dinner – Honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Weisel

As the Beverly Hills Bar Association founded Public Counsel over 40 years ago, it was an honor to attend Public Counsel's 2012 William O. Douglas Award Dinner where Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel received Public Counsel's 2012 William O. Douglas Award.   The evening offered special presentations and videos from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, William H. Macy, Natalie Portman, Jon Voight and more.

Visit the Public Counsel website to learn more: www.publiccounsel.org

Sunset House of Blues DJ Benefit for Samoshel Homeless Shelter – April 12, 2012

 

BHBA Litigation Awards Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire

Honoring Presiding Justice Norman L. Espstein, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four, and renowned trial lawyer, Thomas V. Girardi.  The Beverly Hills Bar Assocation has served the Los Angeles region since 1931 and is the fifth largest bar association in California, with over 4,900 members.  Its mission is to serve its members, to lead the legal profession and to advocate for justice in the community. 

February 21, 2012 MCLE: What’s New in Employment Law?

A review of the new 2012 discrimination and wage/hour laws.

The seminar will encompass a review and analysis of new 2012 FEHA and California labor code laws, and how these new laws may impact Plaintiffs and Defendants in future litigation. This seminar is for attorneys who represent Plaintiffs and Defendants in individual or class action matters.

Speaker: Ryan D. Saba, Esq., Partner of Rosen Saba LLP

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Registration/Dinner: 6:00 p.m.; Program: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Beverly Hills Bar Association, Conference Center

300 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 210, Beverly Hills

(Free 2-hour parking at 216 S. Beverly Drive)

Price: $55.00 for BHBA Barrister/Labor Section Members who pay in advance*

$65.00 for BHBA Members who pay in advance*

$35.00 for BHBA Law Students ($10 more for Non-BHBA Law Students)

$80.00 for Non BHBA members in advance* ($10.00 more for each at the door)

*MINIMUM 24 HOURS – Refund with 48 hours notice – Raincheck with 24 hours notice

This event is FREE for members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys

Program Chair: Jonathan S. Dennis, Esq.

MCLE CREDIT: This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar California in the amount of 1.5 hours and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State of California governing minimum continuing legal education.