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.

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!

Barristers and Other BHBA Board Members To Be Installed

Governor Gray Davis (Ret.) Guest Speaker

Yan GoldshteynAs the BHBA looks forward to the future through its 85th Anniversary year and beyond, Yan Goldshteyn, of the Maven Law Firm, will be installed as President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers at the 2016 Installation and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  Other Barristers officers to be installed include Elizabeth Hall Peterson, of the Law Offices of Peter Lauzon, APLC, President-Elect; Nadira Imam, of Lawrence H Jacobson, APC, Secretary; Jack McMorrow, of Harris-Ginsberg LLP, Treasurer; and William S. Wenzel, of The Law Offices of William S. Wenzel APC, Immediate Past President.

Mr. Goldshteyn advocates on behalf of clients in business and immigration law in both transactional and litigation matters. In immigration law, he represents clients and families in obtaining immigrant visas, green cards and citizenship from U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS), assists in all aspects of immigration proceedings from consular processing to extreme hardship waivers, and appears at removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice. As a business lawyer, Mr. Goldshteyn has advised on business formation for foreign investors, and incorporated profit and non-profit business entities.

Mr. Goldshteyn received his BA in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in statistics and worked in the private sector before attending law school, earning his Juris Doctorate at Western State School of Law. Dedicated to pro bono work, he assists with answering legal questions at the Monthly Pro bono Roxbury Park Legal Clinic, serves hot meals at Samoshel Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica, and participates in Teen Court.

Honors for Outstanding Service

Since 1984, the BHBA has acknowledged BHBA members for exemplary volunteer service.  The Barristers Lawrence J. Blake Award will be presented to Jeremiah G. Livesay.


The 28th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event is TOMORROW!

With names like Angel City Brewery, the Macallan, Lawry’s, and Hansen’s on the list of all-you-can-eat-and-drink vendors for this year’s Vintage Bouquet, attendance is basically mandatory!  If you haven’t done it already, get your tickets now at bhba.org/vb.

Ticket sales go toward great Barristers programs like Teen Court, the Roxbury Free Legal Clinic, and feeding the homeless at Samoshel:


(SaMo)Shel’ing Out a Lot of Love

On the second Saturday of every month, the Barristers visit the Santa Monica Shelter (map), where we cook together in an industrial kitchen to bring a delicious meal to as many as 60 residents.  Check out the pictures of past visits below, and join us on Saturday, September 12 (tomorrow) at 3 p.m., when we get a Back to School-themed menu:


June 2015 Pro Bono Newsletter

Dear Barristers,

Greetings from your Pro Bono Committee!  This is your June 2015 Pro Bono Newsletter.  We hope that you will take the opportunity to review the following important charitable opportunities, and even better, participate in one or more of them.


Volunteer at our very own BHBA Monthly Free Legal Clinic at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills, where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions presented by the public!  Join us Saturday, July 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, or want more information, please feel free to contact co-chairs Will Wenzel or Danielle E. Grabois.


SoCal Pro Bono Managers and the LA Law Library presents “How Pro Bono Cases Can Build Strong Legal Skills”. This event will be held on June 10, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Los Angeles Law Library at 301 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Registration is free. To reserve your spot, please contact Pamela Marx.


For 80 years, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) has been providing civil legal services to low-income residents of Los Angeles County.  LAFLA would love for you to participate in one or more of their upcoming pro bono projects to help domestic violence victims, as well as members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  For more information, or to volunteer for one of the listed opportunities, please contact LAFLA’s Pro Bono Director, Phong Wong.

Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach Unit

LAFLA is looking for attorneys to conduct client interviews, provide counsel and advice, draft court pleadings, conduct legal research and writing, attend hearings and trials, as well as develop, conduct, and coordinate educational materials and outreach. Bilingual attorneys, especially those who speak Asian languages are highly encouraged to apply. The Unit operates out of the West Office located at 1102 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019, and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa Monica Domestic Violence Clinic

LAFLA needs attorneys and law students to volunteer at their Domestic Violence Clinic in the Santa Monica courthouse, which is held every weekend morning. Volunteers at the DV clinic conduct client interviews, provide counsel and advice under supervision, draft domestic violence restraining order applications and provide guidance and support to people trying to survive and endure one of the most difficult times in their lives.


Bet Tzedek provides aid to all eligible residents throughout Los Angeles County who are in need of legal assistance, regardless of racial, religious, or ethnic background.  Bet Tzedek’s pioneering projects combine direct legal representation with outreach, education, and legislative advocacy, resulting in equal access to justice for over 15,000 low-income Angelinos last year alone.  For more information, or to volunteer for one of the listed opportunities, please contact Bet Tzedek’s Pro Bono Director, Diego Cartagena.

Pro Bono Placement — Real Property and Probate

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney to serve as pro bono counsel to help a client gain title to property conveyed to him in 1985.  The matter may involve a probate proceeding.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.

Pro Bono Placement — Estate Planning

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney with some estate planning experience to draft an estate plan for a 69-year-old woman who is an Israeli immigrant.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.

Pro Bono Placement — Estate Planning

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney with some estate planning experience to draft a will and healthcare directive for a 68-year-old woman with limited assets.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.


As many of you know, the BHBA was a founder of Public Counsel, which is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, and helps more than 30,000 people every year through the power of law.  Public Counsel’s activities are far-ranging, and impact a wide array of people who live at or below the poverty line.  Volunteer lawyers, law students, and legal professionals have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects.  For more information on Public Counsel, please contact their Pro Bono Director David Daniels at (213) 385-2977 x101

Pro Bono Placement — Limited Scope / Research Opportunity

For years, Public Counsel has been seeking pro bono attorneys to help victims of the Zepeda brothers.  Now incarcerated, the Zepedas stole title to hundreds of homes.  The District Attorney entered a stipulation and order, by which each of the fraudulent deeds is voided.  Public Counsel seeks pro bono assistance to draft a self-help packet that we can distribute to the homeowners whose title is still in David Zepeda’s name.  If you would like, you may also use your research to do a “trial run” with one or two of our current clients who have this problem.  Contact Adelaide Anderson for more information.

Pro Bono Placement — Gym Forces Out Members Who Are Paying Lower Rates

Both Client and his father are longtime members of a national-name gym.  They paid approximately $100 a year for membership at the gym, which is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood.  A few years ago, Gym told Client’s father that he no longer was welcome at the facility, and it terminated his membership.  Now the same thing has happened to Client.  Both times, Gym gave reasons for terminating the membership that appear to be false.  Both times, Gym then said the person could rejoin, but only at a much higher rate. Contact Adelaide Anderson for more information.

Pro Bono Placement — Small Business Owner’s Contractor Will Not Uphold Warranty

Client is a small business owner.  Since Client has rented the storefront from landlord, Client has had trouble with a leaky roof.  Client’s landlord claims he is not responsible for fixing it.  Frustrated with water-damaged goods, Client hired a contractor who provided a one year guarantee for the roof repair.  After making the repair, the roof starting leaking again.  Contractor will not respond to Client’s calls to uphold the warranty.  Contact Natalie Klasky for more information.


We hope you find this newsletter valuable, and look forward to the Barristers taking active roles in these incredible opportunities!

Very truly yours,

Elizabeth Hall, Pro bono Committee Co-Chair,

Jack J. McMorrow, Pro bono Committee Member, and

Autumn Ronda, Pro bono Committee Co-Chair and Immediate Past Barristers President


SaMoShel Thanksgiving

A lot of Barristers showed their support at November’s SaMoShel, preparing and serving a meal for as many as 60 shelter residents, proving there can never be too many cooks in THIS kitchen!

The residents of the Santa Monica Shelter (SaMoShel) have experienced difficulties that caused them to lose everything. SaMoShel provides food, a bed, work-life skills and helps people find jobs and housing to get them back on their feet. Come join the Barristers at 505 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica on December 13 (the second Saturday of the month) and make a real difference! You’ll be glad you did!

For questions or more information, feel free to leave a comment below or on Facebook.

The Barristers Monthly Samoshel Homeless Project is a community service program of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, 9420 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Barristers Holiday Community Outreach Project


Grant a wish for a boy at Hathaway-Sycamores: For over 110 years, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services has provided a loving home and compassionate care for abused and neglected children in Los Angeles County.  Send gifts to the boys at Hathaway-Sycamores through our Amazon Wish List!

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but for children who are abused and neglected, and living in out-of-home care, it can be a very sad, difficult time.  This holiday season, the BHBA Barristers is joining forces with Hathaway-Sycamores to fulfill the special wishes of the thirty-nine boys, ages 11-18, who are currently residing in their group home.

Help us to support Hathaway-Sycamores, and ensure that the boys in their care greet the holidays with joy and anticipation.

With great care we have discovered the individual holiday wish of each boy living in the group home.  For example, Robert, age 14, expressed that he wants a Marvel Legos set, and Sean, age 17, wants a New England Patriots blanket.  We have already done the legwork by locating the products that most closely matched the boys’ wishes (factoring pricing and shipping options). We then created an Amazon online wish list where you can purchase these items (which average $35), and have them shipped directly to Hathaway-Sycamores! All you need to do to fulfill a holiday wish for a deserving child is browse the Amazon Wish List, select a child, click to purchase their special gift, pay, and have it sent directly to the home! For detailed instructions see the top of the Amazon Wish List, or click here.

Your support will ensure a brighter season for the boys living at Hathaway-Sycamores, who, with your help, will receive gifts they might not otherwise enjoy during this joyful season.

Please contact one of us at the following email addresses if you have any questions: Autumn Ronda ar@vrmlaw.com and Rachel Balchum Rachel.Balchum@gmail.com

More about Hathaway-Sycamores: Hathaway-Sycamores (Federal Tax I.D. #95-1691005) is a not-for-profit agency providing an array of services including residential treatment, therapy, special education, foster care, and in-home family support for emotionally disturbed children and their families. They are one of the largest private children’s mental health and welfare agencies in Los Angeles County, providing care and treatment of over 7,000 children and families a year. For more information visit their website at http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org/.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week Volunteer for the Lawyers in the Library Clinic

The Barristers are proud to announce the official sponsorship of the L.A. Law Library's Lawyers in the Library event to be held in conjunction with the Library's annual Pro Bono Week.

Lawyers in the Library offers complimentary 20 – 30 minute consultations to members of the public who are in need of legal advice, and is held at the L.A. Law Library on a monthly basis. The special Pro Bono Week edition of the clinic will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The BHBA has pledged to serve the 100+ members of the public attending the clinic, so we need YOU to volunteer for this fantastic opportunity to give back!

Each volunteer only needs to commit to a one-hour time slot on Saturday, October 25th between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (though you are able to volunteer for the entire four-hour clinic, or any portion thereof, if you so desire).

For more information about the clinic and to sign-up, please visit www.bhba.org/lawyersinthelibrary.

Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
– Author Unknown

Barristers Backpack Drive Supporting the Children’s Law Center


Drop-off backpacks and school supplies at the Bar until 8/22!

It is back to school time and the Barristers Pro Bono Committee is holding a Backpack Drive to benefit the Children's Law Center of California (CLC)!  

Abused and neglected children in foster care move from one placement to another an average of four times. Many of these children do not have any bags to carry their textbooks to and from school, and are forced to carry their belongings in tattered plastic bags.  Make a difference in the life of one of these foster children with a simple donation. 

BHBA members can drop off new backpacks and school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons and notebooks to the BHBA headquarters for donation to CLC, any time prior to August 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. If you plan to be at the Bar for a program or meeting, that is the perfect opportunity to bring in a donation! 

Children's Law Center of California is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. For more information please visit www.clccal.org. If you would like a receipt for your backpack donation, please include your name, address and the value of your donation along with your backpack. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to email Barristers Pro Bono Committee co-chairs Rachel Balchum, Elizabeth Hall or Autumn Ronda.