This February marks the 25th anniversary of the Barristers’ Roxbury Park Legal Clinic. It was the brainchild of both Christopher Bradford (a former Association President and my Uncle) and Richard Kaplan during their tenure together as President and Vice President of the Barristers Board of Governors.
The Clinic began in 1993 as a way to help local seniors with the unique legal matters that affect them most. The project began as a response to a recognized need in the community for seniors to have access to free legal advice without having to travel far.
Initially, the Clinic also included a Speakers Program featuring local attorneys presenting informative talks on a variety of legal subjects which affect the senior community. Since then, the focus of the Clinic has expanded to include all local residents in need of legal advice on a range of issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, trust and estates issues, family law, and general civil litigation.
The Roxbury Park Legal Clinic is a cornerstone of the Barristers’ pro bono efforts and one of our longest running programs. This year, we wish to thank Richard and Christopher for their ingenuity and foresight in spearheading such an important and enduring program for the Barristers. Their legacy continues as we look forward to another year of giving back to our local community through Roxbury Park and all of the other Barrister programs. We look forward to honoring their legacy at the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration to take place on April 18, 2018. Please mark your calendars!
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Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP. Her practice is dedicated to dissolution cases and dependency law. She can be reached at 310 626 1383.
The Barristers’ Roxbury Park Legal Clinic takes place on the first Saturday of almost every month, from 10 a.m. to noon, and we are always seeking volunteers. Click here to add this to your calendar. Please call the BHBA at (310) 601-BHBA for more information on this and the many other ways to join the Barristers in giving back.
Over the course of my term as Barristers President, I have wanted to acknowledge and thank the leadership, bar association members and staff for all of their encouragement and support. It has been a rewarding and humbling experience to serve with dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to give back to the community. In the years past, I was fortunate to work with previous bar leaders on event and program planning. My prior experience taught me the importance of working as a team. I am proud to say that the Barristers have faced challenges throughout this year, but did not hesitate to rise to the occasion and come out on top.
It is truly a blessing that our selfless members strive to make Barristers committees grow and thrive. We continue to provide pro bono legal services at the Roxbury Legal Clinic every first Saturday of the month. Our Law School Outreach program is finding new ways to connect with law school students and faculty. The Social Media committee has been doing a fantastic job of connecting new followers to the Barristers programs and events. Our Barrister Happy Hour has attracted attention not only from the local law firms, but also with young professionals from real estate, finance and other industries. And let’s not forget that we continue to prepare hot meals for those less fortunate at the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter every second Saturday of the month. I am especially proud to have the Mentorship Initiative Program active, where young lawyers are matched up with senior practitioners for one-on-one mentorship opportunities.
When my term as President began last year, I wasn’t sure how much could be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. Over the course of a year, I have seen first-hand that there is no limit to what the Barristers team can achieve. I would like to extend my personal gratitude for the relationships, friendships and mentorship from everyone at the Bar who helped me get through this year. I urge the incoming Barristers President to continue to test the limits and achieve what seems impossible.
Yan Goldshteyn is a Principal attorney at Maven Law Firm, with a concentration on immigration and business law practice areas: 310 363 0240 or Yan@mavenlawfirm.com.
This is my last piece in Bar Brief as the President of the BHBA Barristers. Accordingly, it is important to reflect on the successful and jovial year we have had as Barristers and express our deepest gratitude to our beloved Barristers BOG members for their profound dedication and sacrifice.
Even though it is rather impossible to bestow individual accolades on more than 20 committees and many MCLEs we spearheaded, here is a summary of our notable activities this past year.
Roxbury Park – Every first Saturday of the month William S. Wenzel, our wonderful President-Elect, along with ebullient Danielle Grabois, Co-Chaired this event to provide free legal services.
Samoshel – Every second Saturday of the month, our chef extraordinaire, LeRoy Williams, joined by amiable past President of Barristers, Jeanine Percival Wright, and superb Jeremiah Livesay prepared eclectic food and served around 60 homeless people at the Santa Monica Shelter.
Vintage Bouquet – Like previous years, our indomitable Co-Chairs, Dira Imam and Danielle Grabois, spearheaded another electrifying Vintage Bouquet along with our invaluable Elizabeth Peterson, Jeremiah Livesay, Eseigbe Omofoma, Lauren Gabbaian and Yan Goldshteyn. Special thanks to Leigh Leshner, John Grimball and Nicholas Francescon for their efforts during past years.
Pro Bono Committee – On a Saturday, during Law Week at L.A. Law Library, Autumn Ronda along with Elizabeth Peterson, Rachel Balchum, and Dira Imam, provided free legal advice to more than 100 people. In addition, with the diligence of Jack McMorrow and other members of this great Committee, we succeeded in continuing to inform the public of noble pro bono activities in our neighborhoods through our meticulously prepared Pro Bono Newsletters.
Power Lunch – Nearly every month Yan Goldshteyn and Brian Schaller planned a “Power Lawyer” lunch with legal titans for an intimate roundtable discussion.
Committee for the Arts – Anastasia Alen and Dira Imam brought to fruition an ethereal evening of memorable art, music and food at the former House of Blues.
Tolerance Through Education – Liana Yoon and Eseigbe Omofoma taught elementary school children the meaning of love, respect and tolerance through educational activities.
Meet the Judges – Megan Peitzke deftly assembled eight judges and two commissionaires for a private and rare evening at the Santa Monica Courthouse.
Brunch for Eight – Ariadne Giannis executed four separate Brunch for Eight programs with UCLA, USC, Loyola and Whittier law schools.
Mentorship Committee – Our tireless Zev Shechtman, Autumn Ronda and Diana Ovsepian sought to continue matching qualified mentors with receptive mentees.
Social Media Committee – Special thanks to Lauren Gabbaian for her expertise in supervising our Social Media.
Happy Hour – David Paletz, our convivial Chair, ensured every Thursday of the month that we all had a classy place to go to for professional networking.
Join me in my heartfelt thanks of our beloved and blessed BOG.
Doron F. Eghbali is a Senior Partner at Law Advocate Group, LLP. He practices Business, Real Estate and Entertainment law. Contact him at DoronEghbali@LawAdvocateGroup.com, or 310 651 3065.
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!