Barristers Committees and Projects
For more information on how to get involved in Barristers projects and committees, we welcome you to attend our monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the BHBA headquarters beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come 15 minutes early for a quick orientation. Alternatively, please feel free to go to the Barristers Board of Governors webpage and email the Secretary or the Chairperson for the Barristers Committee of your interest.
Thank you for your interest and hope to see you at a Barristers event soon!
Barristers Softball Team
Bench Bar Ride – A bi-annual social event at which lawyers and local Judges enjoy a leisurely bike ride and breakfast in one of our local beach cities.
Committee For The Arts (CFTA) – This committee coordinates cultural activities for Barristers to help expose attorneys and the community to the Arts while raising funds for the BHBA in support of its events and community programs.
Community Outreach – This committee sponsors community service activities to promote civic participation, including advocacy work and educational programs for the general public. The committee focuses on serving the needs of the underrepresented, including kids, the elderly, the homeless, the very poor, and victims of violence and crime. One of its regular events is planning, preparing and serving a meal for sixty shelter residents the second Saturday of each month at the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter. It also regularly raises funds, recruits volunteers, and collects supplies for a domestic violence shelter called Rainbow Services.
Communications and New Media – Charged with all Barrister communications with the young lawyers of the Association and the maintenance of the content of the Barrister pages on the BHBA Website and all Social Media outlets and the Barristers Blog.
Courthouse Orientation and Walkthrough – This is the annual Barristers orientation program designed for attorneys where judges and courthouse staff provide a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at Municipal and Superior courts.
Kid’s in the Courthouse – A program for elementary school children, where a judge and the courthouse staff give kids a behind-the-scenes introduction to the Municipal and Superior court system, including a question and answer session, a guided tour through the courthouse, a mock trial and a visit to the lock up.
Law Day – Each May, in conjunction with the American Bar Association's National Law Day, the Barristers host a day of celebration of the law through an entertaining and educational event in the local community.
Lunch With… – A mini mentoring program where a successful and esteemed attorney has lunch and a candid conversation with a small group of Barristers to share his/her experiences and answer questions.
New Admittees Reception – The annual reception for new California State Bar Admittees to celebrate their accomplishment, provide an opportunity to meet other new lawyers and members of the BHBA, and to introduce them to Barristers events and programs.
Monthly Free Legal Clinic – A monthly Barristers Legal Aid Clinic held on the first Saturday of each month at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills, where volunteer attorneys provide referrals, guidance on various legal issues and basic legal rights to the general public.
Social Committee – The committee in charge of planning social and networking activities for young lawyers and other professionals. One of the Barristers’ hallmark monthly events is the Barristers’ Monthly Happy Hour Mixer, held on the third Thursday of each month at a prominent venue in Beverly Hills.
Student Brunch – An event at which Barristers and distinguished BHBA Officers host a brunch for a 8 selected law students and their Dean from each local law school in an effort to reach out to the next generation of lawyers.
Tolerance Through Education – A program for elementary school children which brings awareness regarding matters of diversity, respect, consideration and kindness in order to help them negotiate the social challenges they face daily as well as the ones that lay ahead in the final years of childhood and the early stages of adolescence.
Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event - The Barristers signature annual charity food and wine event held at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, which features hors d’oeuvres by the area’s top chefs, pouring by California’s premium wineries, as well as live entertainment and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event support the charitable causes of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation and Public Counsel.
Wills For Heroes – This committee coordinates pro-bono estate planning events for First Responders and their families and other underserved members of the community in need of pro bono estate planning services. At these events, volunteer attorneys, notaries, and witnesses prepare a basic will, a durable power of attorney for financial affairs, and an advanced health care directive.