Continue (or start!) your New Year’s Resolution of Giving Back at Barristers Legal Aid Clinic! Sat, 2/1, 10am-Noon

Dear Barristers,

Join us Saturday, 2/1, from 10 am to Noon for another exciting and helpful free Barristers Monthly Legal Aid Clinic at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. This is great way to serve the community as well as meet and network with other attorneys! LCCCsign

Wil is going to be leading our clinic tomorrow morning. I hope that as many of you as possible will attend and support him! If you are new to the clinic, we will happily pair you up with an experienced volunteer attorney to learn the ropes. We meet in the community center next to the children's playground. There is free parking in the city structure across the street under the tennis courts. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my co-Chairs, Brian and Wil. Thank you!

Barristers say Buon Appetito! at SaMoShel

The Barristers returned to the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter to dish out some delicious Italian food!

Barristers prepare and serve food to as many as 60 of the city's under-privileged on the second Saturday of every month. Santa Monica Shelter is located at 505 Olympic Blvd. For questions or more information, you can e-mail Jeanine Percival-Wright at jeanine@virb.com or Anton Labrentz at anton@mrduila.com, or feel free to leave a comment below.

Hope to see you next month!

1/21/14: Bankruptcy, Immigration and Tax: Three Fields of Federal Practice for New Lawyers

Learn the basics of bankruptcy, tax, and immigration, and how they affect your current cases. This is also an excellent opportunity for newer attorneys and law students to explore these often overlooked law school electives and map out their career path ahead of time!

Add value to your practice by learning the basics of bankruptcy, tax, and immigration, and how they affect your current cases. This is also an excellent opportunity for newer attorneys and law students to explore these often overlooked law school electives and map out their career path ahead of time!

Also, come and support fellow BHBA Barristers Zev Shechtman, Roshni Gandhi, and LeRoy Williams as they dispense practical and useful information you can immediately apply to get maximum results on your current cases.

Law Students and Attorneys will equally benefit from this presentation, where they will get a tremendous amount of information condensed into one presentation with guides, checklists, and forms.
 

http://bhba.org/index.php/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2014/01/21/334/-/bankruptcy-immigration-and-tax-three-fields-of-federal-practice-for-new-lawyers

 

 

Barristers…An Incubator for New Lawyers | by Autumn Ronda, Barristers President

Autumn-Ronda-2013Each year, law schools continue to produce more and more graduates, and yet there are not enough jobs to employ these young and emerging lawyers. Many newly admitted attorneys are accepting job offers with salaries that do not even allow them to make the minimum payments on their student loans. Some new attorneys have been forced to take jobs outside of legal practice, while others are prematurely beginning solo practices in order to avoid a delay in their careers.

Given these unfortunate circumstances, the good work of the Barristers continues to be one of the most critical functions of the Bar. We offer these struggling new lawyers a place to come together and obtain the support they need to launch their careers, despite the grim state of the job market.

The Barristers is a unique division of the Bar because of the many ways it provides new lawyers with invaluable opportunities that can jump-start their careers, or further enhance their maturing professional practices. Barristers is not a section or committee restricted to a particular area of law, or with a specific mission or set of projects; rather, Barristers is what each Barrister chooses to make of it.

With the support of the Barristers Board, all Barristers have the opportunity to design a Continuing Legal Education program on virtually any legal topic of interest to them. The rewards Barristers can reap from chairing CLE programs are endless. For instance, Program Chairs locate and solicit a prominent professional, knowledgeable on the topic of choice, to serve as speaker for the program, thereby developing a relationship that may have not otherwise been enjoyed. Program Chairs also make themselves known within the Bar and the legal community as practitioners who are integral in the planning of valuable professional education programming. If qualified, they may even serve as co-speakers or moderators for the program.

Even more exciting, if a Barrister has a project that he or she is passionate about, and is willing to commit him or herself, the Barristers Board will provide the Barrister with the necessary support needed to design and form his or her own committee. These resources allow the Barrister to participate in community outreach, pro bono or other projects they personally feel are most important and valuable.

Because the Barristers are a group comprised of such enthusiastic, inclusive, diverse, and supportive Bar members, there is built-in flexibility which allows each member to focus on whatever is most personally meaningful to them, while simultaneously giving back to the legal profession and our community. For this and so many other reasons, I am proud to be a BHBA Barrister!


Autumn Ronda is a Tax and Estate Planning attorney at Valensi Rose, PLC in Century City. You may contact her at ar@vrmlaw.com or 310 277 8011.

BHBA Barristers Monthly Free Legal Clinic a Holiday Hit!

Roxbury Pic 12-2013The word is spreading that the first Saturday of each month the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers host their Monthly Free Legal Clinic at La Cienega Park. Volunteer and visitor numbers continue to climb as the Barristers spread holiday cheer this year to those in legal need!

Join us next month on Saturday, January 4th, from 10am-Noon for a New Year of helping our community!

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please feel free to contact co-chairs Brian Smith at bsmith493@sbcglobal.net, Anton Labrentz at anton@MrDuiLa.com or Wil Wenzel at wsw@wswlegal.com.

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

Celebrate a Holiday meal with us at SaMoShel, Sat Dec 14, 3-5pm!

IMG_3783 (2)Want to try your hand as a sous or master chef? Join us inside a working professional kitchen this Saturday, December 14th, as we prepare another original and authentic dinner for about 60 of the City’s homeless at Santa Monica Shelter (SaMoShel).

Anticipated menu items for this Saturday include Brisket, Root Vegetables, Latkes, Matzo Ball Soup, Kugel, Challah Bread, Salad, Spiced Apple/Pear Sauce and Sugar and Spice Doughnuts!

We need your help! Saturday, December 14th from 3:00-5:00 pm at SaMoShel Homeless Shelter – 505 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you there!

For questions or more info, contact the Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Jeanine Percival Wright (jpwright@mediatemple.com), Anton Labrentz (anton@MrDuiLa.com) or Roshni Gandhi (roshnigandhi305@gmail.com).

Monthly BHBA Barristers Legal Clinic @ La Cienega Park, Sat, 12/7/13, 10 am – Noon

Come to La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills tomorrow for the Monthly BHBA Barristers Legal Clinic! Help the community and get to know your fellow Barristers! Brian and Wil will head up the fun with our great group of volunteer attorneys! 10 am – Noon, Saturday, 12/7/13 at Olympic and S. La Cienega Blvds.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please feel free to contact co-chairs Brian Smith at bsmith493@sbcglobal.net, Anton Labrentz at anton@MrDuiLa.com or Wil Wenzel at wsw@wswlegal.com.

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

Tips for Negotiating Anything! – December 17 MCLE

Top 12 Tips for Negotiating Anything: How to Win Your Case Without Going to Court
 
Join our distinguished speaker
  • Jan Frankel Schau, Neutral, ADR Services
Daily Journal Top 50 Neutral in California, Jan Frankel Schau of ADR Services will present her top 12 tips for becoming a smooth negotiator. The discussion will include tips and pointers on using your mediator to achieve  optimal outcomes in litigated cases as well as communication techniques for achieving the best results in every negotiation.

 

 

 
WHEN - Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 6 pm to 7:30 pm 
WHERE -  Beverly Hills Bar Association Center (Directions

  

1.0 Hours of General MCLE Credit 
 
Barristers Program Chair: Lawrence W. Freiman, Esq.

Special CLE on 12/16 at 6:00 p.m. Bet Tzedek Training Session: Representing Clients in Pro Bono Probate Guardianship Matters

This CLE will cover the basic aspects of a guardianship case providing the requisite training to participate in Bet Tzedek's Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program. Training includes completing the court forms, filing the forms with the Los Angeles Superior, providing notice to relevant parties, and what to expect at the court hearing.

WHEN - Monday, December 16, 2013, 6 p.m to 8 p.m.

WHERE - Beverly Hills Bar Association Center (Directions)

As a special training opportunity bonus, the program will be complimentary for attorneys who are willing

to commit to a Bet Tzedek pro bono matter. Volunteers will be contacted within the year following the date of the CLE to honor their commitment with Bet Tzedek.

In order to receive your complimentary MCLE credit, please call (310) 601-2422 or email events@bhba.org Be sure to indicate in your R.S.V.P. your willingness to sign up for a Bet Tzedek pro bono case.

1.5 Hours of General MCLE Credit 

For more information, and to register please click this link: http://www.bhba.org/intus/event3/signup.asp?event_id=3404

Barristers November Pro Bono Newsletter

Dear Barristers,

In an effort to keep you informed of all the wonderful pro bono legal services opportunities available for your participation, this is the second installment my new monthly series of newsletters highlighting some of the many volunteer options available at various legal aid organizations in Los Angeleas County. 

In addition to the organizations highlighted below, we encourage you to volunteer at our very own BHBA Barristers Monthly Free Legal Clinic at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (and every first Saturday of the month thereafter)! If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please feel free to contact co-chairs Brian Smith, Anton Labrentz or Wil Wenzel

Bet Tzedek

Bet Tzedek provides assistance to all eligible needy residents throughout Los Angeles County, 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 Angelenos last year alone.  Barrister Rachel Balchum is our Liaison to Bet Tzedek and she can help you navigate your way through the various opportunities.

I would like to specifically highlight the following opportunities with Bet Tzedek:

Barrister co-hosted Training Session on Representing Clients in Probate Guardianship Matters: 

On December 16th at 6:00 p.m., at the BHBA offices, the Barristers will co-host a CLE providing the training necessary to participate in Bet Tzedek's Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program. This training will cover the basic aspects of a guardianship case, including completing the court forms, filing the forms with the Los Angeles Superior, providing notice to relevant parties, and what to expect at the court hearing. The CLE is free and open to those attorneys who commit to take on a pro bono guardianship case through the Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program.  Matters are heard in the Los Angeles Superior Court, are uncontested, and typically require between 25 and 35 hours to complete, over the course of approximately 2 to 3 months.  For more information and to sign up for the program please contact Pamela Weston.

Individual Pro Bono Estate Planning Cases

The following are two clients that are in need of pro bono representation for estate planning matters. If you are interested in assisting in either matter, please contact Bet Tzedek’s Pro bono Director, Diego Cartagena.

1.       Two developmentally disabled brothers currently live in a home left to them by their deceased parents.   The home was originally left to the two brothers and their older brother.  Older brother has since passed away.  Although high functioning, the two surviving brothers are not capable of managing the estate and would like a family friend to be appointed as successor trustee.  Deceased brother left debts and an account which may have trust assets co-mingled.  Bet Tzedek would like Pro bono assistance to review the trust, have a family friend appointed as the new trustee, and set up an estate plan (possibly a Special Needs Trust) to maintain the developmentally delayed brothers in the home with all possible services and support. 

2.       Dorothy is a lovely, low-income, disabled elderly widower, aged 79, whose Certified Public Accountant drafted a will, revocable living trust, power of attorney for health care, and general power of attorney for her several years ago. She would like to have these documents reviewed by an attorney in order to make sure they are appropriate.  In particular, Dorothy is a homeowner and wants to ensure her home passes to her 7 adult children with minimal taxes.

Public Counsel

As many of you know, the Beverly Hills Bar Association was a founder of Public Counsel. Public Counsel is now the largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Public Counsel’s staff of 61 attorneys and 52 support staff – including five social workers – along with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assists over 30,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year.  Public Counsel has endless opportunities available for you to get involved and help those who are in need.  Former Barrister President, Jaison Benjamin is our Liaison to Public Counsel and she can help you navigate your way through the various opportunities.

I would like to specifically highlight the following opportunity with Public Counsel:

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

Please join us at a Foreclosure Prevention Clinic presented by the California Consumer Justice Coalition (CCJC) on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the downtown offices of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), located at 3655 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90007, to help provide pro bono assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. This event is a collaboration by the following nonprofit legal service organizations: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Bet Tzedek, Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation (LAFLA), and Public Counsel.

Pro bono volunteers will participate in a short training (don't worry, we will provide you all the information you will need) and then meet with homeowners to conduct an intake interview, provide legal advice and counsel as well as targeted referrals. Staff attorneys will be available at all times to provide assistance.

You don’t have to have expertise in this area of practice, and you don’t need to bring anything with you to the clinic –just your great legal mind and your enthusiasm for pro bonoSign up here!  

If you participate, please let Public Counsel know that you heard about this opportunity via the BHBA Barristers!

American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project

Los Angeles Lunch & Learn

Please join your colleagues in the Los Angeles legal community on December 4th or 5th for a lunchtime discussion about current pro bono opportunities that will assist prisoners on death row.  If you've never thought about working on a death penalty matter—or if you've rejected the idea in the past as either too expensive or too time-consuming—our conversation will surprise and inspire you.

There are now many different opportunities for law firms to make significant pro bono contributions, including challenging prison conditions, administrative regulations, and methods of execution; drafting amicus briefs and clemency petitions; and systemic litigation that will improve due process protections for vulnerable groups. Hundreds of mentally ill and intellectually disabled prisoners without counsel are also looking for volunteer lawyers to become their champions. Our new pro bono model means that firms working in some states will have expert assistance that will significantly reduce out-of-pocket costs and travel.

On December 4th, join us at 12:00 p.m. at Morris Polich & Purdy, 1055 West Seventh Street, Suite 2400, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

On December 5th, join us at 12:00 p.m. at Greenburg Traurig, 1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Please RSVP here or email Kaitlin Sandin by Monday, December 2nd.

I hope this post helps you make a difference!

All the best,

Autumn Ronda

Barristers President

Beverly Hills Bar Association