Barristers from the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Bar Associations went head to head last Saturday in Santa Monica to play an epic game of softball. Sadly, the home team won in the last inning, with a final score of 7-6, but the weather was great, the game was a blast, and both sides came together for a pizza party afterward. Thanks to Jonathan Dennis for organizing, and stay tuned for details about a rematch later this year!
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!
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.
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!
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!
In connection with the L.A. Law Library's Annual Law Week, the BHBA Barristers Committee for the Arts are honored to co-host this free reception, celebrating the rule of law, on April 30, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the L.A. Law Library. Please join us for an enchanting evening featuring the artwork of courtroom sketch artist, Bill Robles and the music of Gary Green Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers.
- Jan Frankel Schau, Neutral, ADR Services
The Barristers really came together this weekend to prepare dinner for about thirty homeless people at SaMoShel. They got a delicious dinner of chicken parmasean, penne bolognese, Italian salad, and garlic bread, along with a healthy serving of vanilla-almond pudding (with a much fancier sounding name) for dessert. We got cooking lessons from Roshni Gandhi, Anton Labrentz, and Leroy Williams. Everyone had a blast!
Join us for the next SaMoShel meeting on Nov. 9!
It was a great year for last year's Board, and such a fun meeting tonight! Next meeting Oct. 9.
And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Barristers member Roshni Gandhi, for being honored with the Barristers' Lawrence J. Blake Award! It will be presented to her officially at the BHBA Installation Dinner on Oct. 1.