1) A BIG CONGRATULATIONS! to everyone who passed the February Bar Exam! Welcome to the California Bar, and we hope to see you at future events.
2) A BIG CONGRATULATIONS! to everyone who graduated law school!
3) A BIG THANK YOU! to everyone who participated in the Bench Bar Bike Ride this morning! We had a great turn out, with about 21 people, and it was a positively glorious day for a bike ride in the South Bay. We had a blast!
Our next ride will be in August. Keep checking in to learn the particular date!
Do you want to learn:
How you can participate in a Section and its executive committee – and why?
How you can participate in a bar committee – and why?
How you can get to know the members, directors, officers and chairs of the bar – and why?
How you can cultivate sources of referrals and network for "career enhancement"?
How to get the most from your member benefit providers?
How you can maximize your membership?
Come to Bar Camp on Tuesday, May 20! More details here: http://www.bhbaweb.com/barristers/ai1ec_event/bar-camp/
Join the Barristers for our biannual Bench-Bar Bike Ride in Hermosa Beach this Sunday, May 18, from 830am-Noon! We take a group ride along the beach in the cool ocean breeze and then meet up at Good Stuff restaurant for a big, delicious breakfast! Guaranteed to make you smile! Any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or the Committee Chair, Brian Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join us next month at SaMoShel on June 14!
BHBA Barristers are hosting their Free Monthly Legal Clinic at La Cienega Park again this Saturday, May 3rd, at 10 am. This is always a good opportunity to serve the community and meet other members of the BHBA!
If you are a new volunteer, just show up a little early and stop by our welcome table! La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills (Olympic & La Cienega Blvds.) from 10 am – Noon! See you there!
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please feel free to contact co-chairs Brian Smith (email@example.com), Anton Labrentz (anton@MrDuiLa.com) or Wil Wenzel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Have you purchased your tickets yet? It promises to be a beautiful afternoon filled with all the best food, beverages, and company you could ask for. And did I mention there will be auctions? Register today at http://www.VintageBouquet.com!
Matching members of our community who are in need of free legal services with the abundance of young lawyers who are in need of practical legal experience is a simple solution to a pervasive problem.
Law School Transparency recently released data on employment rates for 2012 graduates of the 200 ABA-approved law schools. Only 56.2% of 2012 graduates were employed in full-time, long-term jobs as lawyers. For the 5 ABA-approved schools in L.A. County, this number is 54.1%, which is even more disturbing than the national average.
For me, the problem is as follows: where large firms traditionally hired and trained new lawyers, they are currently not, at least not like they used to. Moreover, small to medium firms lack the resources and/or desire to train those without actual experience. One must be an “experienced new lawyer” — it is seemingly an oxymoron!
So how does a new lawyer gain the requisite skills necessary to secure a stable job? Volunteering for a pro bono legal services organization provides a phenomenal opportunity for a young lawyer to learn how to be a working lawyer. There are an astounding amount of individuals whose financial situations hinder their access to legal services. These individuals must be paired with lawyers willing to provide them with free legal representation. The Barristers provide several services and programs to facilitate said pairing.
For many years now, the Barristers have hosted a monthly Free Legal Clinic, which is open to the public, and provides a venue for any lawyer looking to volunteer. Last year, I created a Pro Bono Committee to promote pro bono work among Barristers, and instituted a monthly newsletter highlighting opportunities at legal aid organizations, including upcoming clinics, as well as details on individual cases that require a pro bono lawyer.
Furthermore, we have strengthened our relationships with local legal aid organizations by assigning Barrister liaisons to interface with the organizations, facilitate joint programming, and assist Barristers in their involvement with the organizations. Specifically, we have enhanced our relationship with Bet Tzedek by hosting free training sessions at our offices, which prepare volunteers to serve both at their clinics, and on individual cases, involving conservatorships, guardianships, and wage and hour issues.
All pro bono programs offer volunteers the mentorship of, and training by, senior lawyers. Thus, inexperienced lawyers need not worry that they will be without guidance. I urge all new lawyers in transition to volunteer for pro bono work. Not only will you gain practical experience, but you will be providing a service that is essential to facilitating equality in our justice system.
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.
Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project is fighting the good fight against injustice in Los Angeles’ low-wage economy. Studies suggest that up to 700,000 people work in Los Angeles’ underground and informal economies, which are filled with low-wage workers – and rife with employment abuse. On April 29, at 6 p.m. at the BHBA offices, the Barristers will co-host a FREE MCLE providing the training to participate in Bet Tzedek's Employment Rights Project, which advocates on behalf of these workers, including garment workers, day laborers, and janitors, to rectify labor law abuse.
The training will prepare attorney volunteers to represent clients on a wage and hour matter, which requires drafting a trial brief and arguing the case at an administrative hearing where the rules of evidence do not apply. The MCLE is offered complimentary to attorneys who commit to taking on a pro bono wage and hour matter through the Employment Rights Project. To sign up for the program please click here!