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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dira (email@example.com) if you have any questions or comments!
Bill Robles with Anastasia Alen
(from left) Barristers President Autumn Ronda, Committee for the Arts Co-Chairs Anastasia Alen and Nadira Imam
(from left) BHBA Chief Executive Director Marc Staenberg, Barristers President Autumn Ronda, Bill Robles, Committee for the Arts Co-Chairs Nadira Imam and Anastasia Alen
Bill Robles, signing copies of The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art for guests
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-210-4552.