Facing the Challenges Ahead Together | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

These days, it seems like everything is in flux.

Whether it’s our nation’s political landscape, our planet’s climate, societal changes or technology, we truly do live in a world where the only constant is change.

As young attorneys, we are perhaps more in tune with and affected by these changes on a more personal level.

In particular, this year has presented the Barristers with our own set of challenges in attracting new members and keeping our current members active and engaged.

We have spent much of the first half of my term re-evaluating and reinventing our strategies to keep young lawyers engaged and excited about our projects and mission. Throughout the first half of my term as your Barrister President, I have often found myself asking: “What do young lawyers really want in today’s climate?” I have come up with many answers and have started a meaningful and exciting dialogue among our Board and the Association’s leadership.

I am excited about where this discussion will lead us and would love to start a broader dialogue with all of our members. I am inspired by Margaret Mead’s famous quotation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

While we may not be faced with world-changing decisions, I feel our work to address the issues of engagement and retention of young lawyers is vital not only to the success of the Barristers but also to the longevity of the Association.

I am very confident in our current Board to continue the great work we do and, in looking far beyond my tenure as President, I feel it is invaluable for us to start this dialogue now so that the Barristers may remain an essential part of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the community at large.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you one-on-one and hear your ideas and thoughts. I invite anyone who might be interested to attend our monthly board meetings in an effort to continue this dialogue.

We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the BHBA office at 9420 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Join us as we continue to plan for the success and longevity of the Barristers Section!


Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP. Her practice is dedicated to dissolution cases and dependency law. She can be reached at 310 626 1383.

Looking Forward | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

With 2018 now in full swing, the Barristers are looking forward to an exciting spring and summer filled with events and activities in keeping with our mission of giving back and community involvement.

We’ve reinvigorated our monthly happy hours with a new location at Rock & Reilly’s on Sunset in trendy West Hollywood and continue our monthly programs at Roxbury Park and the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter. We have partnered with other sections to offer relevant MCLE programs, which have been well attended across the board.

As I continue to mention, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Roxbury Park Pro Bono Legal Clinic, which we celebrated in April with a fabulous fundraising event at US Bank in Beverly Hills. We honored the clinic’s original founders, Richard Kaplan and Christopher Bradford, as well as all past chairs and the current chair of the clinic, Jonah Grossbardt.

We also welcomed many of the new admittees to the California Bar at an exclusive shopping event at Theory on Melrose, where we offered the new barristers an opportunity to buy, at a discounted price, their first designer suit as a licensed attorney while enjoying esteemed remarks from our local bench officers, as well as various section chairs and bar leaders.

Looking toward the summer months, we are working on some exciting fundraising events in and around LA, such as the Hollywood Bowl and other landmarks that we hope you will attend with us! I continue to be impressed and humbled by the dedication of our board members who never cease to find new and exciting ways for the Barristers to raise money for the Bar Foundation and help those in need.  Donate to our GoFundMe today!

As I enter the second half of my term as Barristers President, I hope to continue the work we have done in the first few months, welcome new board members and deepen the strength of our leadership.  Attend an upcoming Board Meeting!


Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP. Her practice is dedicated to dissolution cases and dependency law. She can be reached at 310 626 1383.

Giving Back | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

This February marks the 25th anniversary of the Barristers’ Roxbury Park Legal Clinic. It was the brainchild of both Christopher Bradford (a former Association President and my Uncle) and Richard Kaplan during their tenure together as President and Vice President of the Barristers Board of Governors.

The Clinic began in 1993 as a way to help local seniors with the unique legal matters that affect them most. The project began as a response to a recognized need in the community for seniors to have access to free legal advice without having to travel far.

Initially, the Clinic also included a Speakers Program featuring local attorneys presenting informative talks on a variety of legal subjects which affect the senior community. Since then, the focus of the Clinic has expanded to include all local residents in need of legal advice on a range of issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, trust and estates issues, family law, and general civil litigation.

The Roxbury Park Legal Clinic is a cornerstone of the Barristers’ pro bono efforts and one of our longest running programs. This year, we wish to thank Richard and Christopher for their ingenuity and foresight in spearheading such an important and enduring program for the Barristers. Their legacy continues as we look forward to another year of giving back to our local community through Roxbury Park and all of the other Barrister programs. We look forward to honoring their legacy at the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration to take place on April 18, 2018. Please mark your calendars!

Details to follow…


Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP. Her practice is dedicated to dissolution cases and dependency law. She can be reached at 310 626 1383.

The Barristers’ Roxbury Park Legal Clinic takes place on the first Saturday of almost every month, from 10 a.m. to noon, and we are always seeking volunteers.  Click here to add this to your calendar.  Please call the BHBA at (310) 601-BHBA for more information on this and the many other ways to join the Barristers in giving back.

Happy New Year! | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

As we bid farewell to another year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on all the Barristers have accomplished and what we are looking forward to in 2018. Our Section continued to do great work this year under the leadership of our immediate past President, Yan Goldshteyn, who made sure our projects remained relevant and that the Barristers continued our tradition of community service.

Specifically, we carried out another year of our monthly legal clinics at Roxbury Park, feeding the homeless at Santa Monica Homeless Shelter, diverting minors from the juvenile justice system and staffing the legal clinic at the LA Law Library’s annual Lawyers in the Library event.

We kept our social presence strong with our monthly networking happy hour and other events throughout the year. We also put on a very successful and well attended New Admittees Reception to welcome our newest Barristers and encourage them to join up with the BHBA. We welcomed new Board members who have shown their dedication and excitement for all that we do.

I look forward to redoubling our efforts with our existing programs as well as setting and reaching new goals for the Barristers in 2018. May we all have a joyful holiday season filled with peace and love and a very happy and healthy New Year.


Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP in Brentwood. Her practice has always been dedicated to all aspects of dissolution cases as well as dependency law. Elizabeth can be reached at 310 626 1383.

Test the Limits | by Yan Goldshteyn, Barristers President

Over the course of my term as Barristers President, I have wanted to acknowledge and thank the leadership, bar association members and staff for all of their encouragement and support. It has been a rewarding and humbling experience to serve with dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to give back to the community. In the years past, I was fortunate to work with previous bar leaders on event and program planning. My prior experience taught me the importance of working as a team. I am proud to say that the Barristers have faced challenges throughout this year, but did not hesitate to rise to the occasion and come out on top.

It is truly a blessing that our selfless members strive to make Barristers committees grow and thrive. We continue to provide pro bono legal services at the Roxbury Legal Clinic every first Saturday of the month. Our Law School Outreach program is finding new ways to connect with law school students and faculty. The Social Media committee has been doing a fantastic job of connecting new followers to the Barristers programs and events. Our Barrister Happy Hour has attracted attention not only from the local law firms, but also with young professionals from real estate, finance and other industries. And let’s not forget that we continue to prepare hot meals for those less fortunate at the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter every second Saturday of the month. I am especially proud to have the Mentorship Initiative Program active, where young lawyers are matched up with senior practitioners for one-on-one mentorship opportunities.

When my term as President began last year, I wasn’t sure how much could be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. Over the course of a year, I have seen first-hand that there is no limit to what the Barristers team can achieve. I would like to extend my personal gratitude for the relationships, friendships and mentorship from everyone at the Bar who helped me get through this year. I urge the incoming Barristers President to continue to test the limits and achieve what seems impossible.


Yan Goldshteyn is a Principal attorney at Maven Law Firm, with a concentration on immigration and business law practice areas: 310 363 0240 or Yan@mavenlawfirm.com.

Finding Your Village

To attain professional highs, it takes determination, hard work and it cannot be done without support. It’s important to acknowledge those in your life who provide the much-needed encouragement to help get through the tough times and achieve success. Whether your closest circle of supporters is small or large, as human beings, we all need a village we can count on.

For some, their greatest aid comes from parents. Naturally, parents care for you and your well-being. Mom and Dad know you the best and know what to say when you need words of encouragement. Definitely being able to count on parents is invaluable for future success.

Others turn to their spouse for strength and support. Your significant other is on the journey with you at every step of the way. When the relationship is built on trust, love, and support, you turn to your spouse to help you grow. Having a spouse who can lift you up is someone you definitely need in your village.

Friends can be the biggest support group that you can count on. Good friends are more precious than possessions. As the old adage goes: “it’s better to have four quarters than one hundred pennies.” Friends will tell you when you’re making bad choices and help you make good ones. You should have a few solid friends you can rely on when building your village.

Just as imperative to find in your village is a mentor. A mentor is someone with whom you build a connection and someone to ask for advice. Mentors have a special set of skills and knowledge that may have a greater impact on you professionally… more than anyone. Since mentors have walked the walk and have a deeper level of understanding about the profession as well as life in general, their words of wisdom are invaluable. If you don’t have a mentor in your life, I would suggest finding one at the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

A person is not an island. We all need to build strong villages around us to help us succeed. The earlier we realize what our village should look like, the better off we will be in the long run. It doesn’t matter the size of your village, what matters is who is in it. On your journey through life, think about the people you want to surround yourself with and build your village.


Yan Goldshteyn is a Principal attorney at Maven Law Firm, with a concentration on immigration and business law practice areas: 310 363 0240 or Yan@mavenlawfirm.com.

Give Back by Funding Scholarships for Law Students

The Beverly Hills Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Foundation have a history of over 50 years of scholarship support for economically disadvantaged law students in Southern California.  The Barrister Board of Governors is working hard to help raise funds for these scholarships, but we can use your help.

These scholarships are given to students who show a financial need during law school and show a commitment to future public service after graduating from law school.  Scholarships are awarded only to deserving and hard-working students who are willing to use their legal education to give back to the community.  The funds will help pay for living expenses like rent, food, gas, utilities, medical expenses and other necessities.

For more information, click on the link below or on your left.  Every little bit counts!

Click above to donate today!

Building Relationships | by Yan Goldshteyn, Barristers President

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Barristers have formed a new committee dedicated to mentorship. As young lawyers are entering the profession and facing challenges, many are in need of sound advice. The Beverly Hills Bar Association is cognizant of that need and wants to build lasting relationships that help newly admitted lawyers reach their full potential.

As with most relationships, it’s important for both participants to find common interests and set ground rules. At the onset, mentors should set clear expectations of their mentees. A mentor’s responsibility is to listen and provide constructive feedback. Mentees must prove to be responsible, knowledgeable, interested in the respective field of law, and willing to appropriately challenge their capabilities. Secondly, mentors need to be sensitive to potential culture and gender issues. Gender and cultural differences can sometimes be seen as obstacles to effective communication. However, by recognizing diversity and respecting individual differences, a meaningful and fulfilling relationship could be cultivated.

Next, preparation is vital. The mentee needs to be clear about the topic of interest and have an agenda that reflects the goals or challenges to be addressed. Finally, mentees should be mindful of the mentor’s time and availability. In order to be respectful of a mentor’s time, it would be prudent to schedule meetings in advance and prepare a list of topics to discuss. I believe that such skills and preparation would bode well for a successful mentorship program.

Speaking from personal experience, the Beverly Hills Bar Association is a wonderful place for networking and professional development. We try to cater to all of our membership and provide a welcoming environment for camaraderie and friendships. At the organization, you are not referred to by a number, but by name. We feel that it is important to serve our membership to no lesser degree that we serve the community or advance the profession.

If you are excited about the opportunity to serve as a mentor or want to be mentored, I welcome you to reach out and learn more about this wonderful program. I believe that what distinguishes one Bar Association from another is not its location or prestige, but its membership and shared objectives. I invite you to see what the BHBA has to offer.


Yan Goldshteyn is a Principal attorney at Maven Law Firm, with a concentration on immigration and business law practice areas: 310 363 0240 or Yan@mavenlawfirm.com.

Spirit of Gratefulness | by Yan Goldshteyn, Barristers President

In these times of political turmoil, social unrest and future uncertainty, the holiday season provides a much-needed distraction from the world, allowing us to spend time focusing on what really matters – a time for reflection and appreciation. I am very grateful to have the support of young lawyers who strive to make a difference not only in the work they do professionally, but also by eagerly and unselfishly volunteering to help others. The Beverly Hills Bar Association has been gracious in recognition of the efforts of Barristers and has rewarded them with various membership benefits.

For example, the recently enacted new dues model makes it affordable to take advantage of networking, opportunities for business development, and free access to continuing education. This new model has been structured to help ease the financial hardship on newly admitted attorneys. New Admittees to the California State Bar receive free regular membership, with special discounted rates given to attorneys in practice under three years, law students and those awaiting Bar results. Membership also includes participation in Sections, Committees and pro bono legal activities. These activities serve as a meeting ground for attorneys who want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our Board is also thankful for the opportunity to support our veterans. We have partnered with “For the Troops,” a non-profit organization dedicated to providing members of the military with “We Care” packages containing basic necessities to show our gratitude for their service to us. We are appreciative of all who have contributed their donations and hope they will continue to do so throughout December. Through this partnership, the Barristers are able to bring aid and encouragement to veterans in times of need. This is especially important during the holiday season when they are far away from the comforts of home, their families and loved ones. We want veterans serving our country to know that their contribution, sacrifice and honor have not gone unnoticed.

So, as we celebrate the holidays, let’s have a thankful spirit and remember the difference that we can make while working together. I am very proud of what we have accomplished this year and look forward to achieving much more in the year ahead. It is a pleasure working with a group of dedicated and determined colleagues. May you all have a blessed holiday season filled with joy and warmth.


Yan Goldshteyn is a Principal attorney at Maven Law Firm, with a concentration on immigration and business law practice areas: 310 363 0240 or Yan@mavenlawfirm.com.