Celebrating the Convergence of Art and the Law | by Anastasia Alen

For those of you who are passionate about art, theater, film, music, and the like in addition to law, you will be happy to know that this year the Barristers Board of Governors has reinvented the Committee For the Arts (CFTA) with many thanks to our President, Autumn Ronda.  The CFTA coordinates programs and events promoting important legal and social issues through the Arts.  I, together with fellow Board member, Dira Imam, co-chair the committee and to start things off on a no less than fabulous note, we held our first CFTA event, “Sights and Sounds From the Courtroom” this past April 30. 

In connection with the Los Angeles Law Library’s Annual Law Week, CFTA co-hosted a free reception celebrating the rule of law through the extraordinary artwork of courtroom sketch artist, Bill Robles, and the music of Gary Green, Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers.  Bill Robles has sketched some of the most infamous trials of the past several decades including that of Charles Mansion, Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, and Michael Jackson, among many others.  Attendees were treated to a display of over 20 sketches while listening to the tunes of Gary Greene and his Big Band of Barristers as well as enjoying wine and appetizers.  Additionally, Bill Robles himself was at the reception promoting The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art, a recently released book featuring Bill’s art on the cover.  The book has 140 illustrations featuring a range of the most memorable trials of the last 50 years, and Bill was kind enough to sign these for purchasers.

It was an unforgettable evening of art, music, law, and socializing to say the least, and a wonderful way to jump-start the CFTA.  Thank you to all who attended! 

For those interested in helping us plan future events, you are welcome to attend a meeting Dira and I will be having in the next month to brainstorm ideas.  Please feel free to contact me (anastasia.alen@gmail.com) or Dira (dira@lhjpc.com) if you have any questions or comments! 


Anastasia Alen is an attorney who works in Legal and Business Affairs at the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills.  Anastasia is a member of the Barristers Board of Governors.  She is the Co-Chair for the Committee For the Arts, the Liaison for the Entertainment Law Executive Committee, and a member of the Nominating Committee.   She can be reached at anastasia.alen@gmail.com or 310-210-4552.

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.

Law Day 2011 Featured Dean Erwin Chemerinsky at the Hammer Museum

Jaison Benjamin, Erwin Chemerinsky, Amanda Hill

The 2011 annual Law Day event was held at the renowned Hammer Museum in Westwood, and the guest speaker, nationally know Constitutional Lawyer, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Founder of UC Irvine School of Law, was incredible.  Not only did Dean Chemerinsky provide the audience with fascinating insight regarding the history of the Constitution, he was gracious enough to speak individually with many guests after the program.  Law Day Chairperson, Jaison Benjamin did an excellent job planning and hosting the event, and Co-Chair, Amanda Hill was incredibly instrumental in planning and directing the program.  This was definitely an outstanding program put on by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers.