Facing the Challenges Ahead Together | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

These days, it seems like everything is in flux.

Whether it’s our nation’s political landscape, our planet’s climate, societal changes or technology, we truly do live in a world where the only constant is change.

As young attorneys, we are perhaps more in tune with and affected by these changes on a more personal level.

In particular, this year has presented the Barristers with our own set of challenges in attracting new members and keeping our current members active and engaged.

We have spent much of the first half of my term re-evaluating and reinventing our strategies to keep young lawyers engaged and excited about our projects and mission. Throughout the first half of my term as your Barrister President, I have often found myself asking: “What do young lawyers really want in today’s climate?” I have come up with many answers and have started a meaningful and exciting dialogue among our Board and the Association’s leadership.

I am excited about where this discussion will lead us and would love to start a broader dialogue with all of our members. I am inspired by Margaret Mead’s famous quotation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

While we may not be faced with world-changing decisions, I feel our work to address the issues of engagement and retention of young lawyers is vital not only to the success of the Barristers but also to the longevity of the Association.

I am very confident in our current Board to continue the great work we do and, in looking far beyond my tenure as President, I feel it is invaluable for us to start this dialogue now so that the Barristers may remain an essential part of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the community at large.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you one-on-one and hear your ideas and thoughts. I invite anyone who might be interested to attend our monthly board meetings in an effort to continue this dialogue.

We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the BHBA office at 9420 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Join us as we continue to plan for the success and longevity of the Barristers Section!


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.

Looking Forward | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

With 2018 now in full swing, the Barristers are looking forward to an exciting spring and summer filled with events and activities in keeping with our mission of giving back and community involvement.

We’ve reinvigorated our monthly happy hours with a new location at Rock & Reilly’s on Sunset in trendy West Hollywood and continue our monthly programs at Roxbury Park and the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter. We have partnered with other sections to offer relevant MCLE programs, which have been well attended across the board.

As I continue to mention, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Roxbury Park Pro Bono Legal Clinic, which we celebrated in April with a fabulous fundraising event at US Bank in Beverly Hills. We honored the clinic’s original founders, Richard Kaplan and Christopher Bradford, as well as all past chairs and the current chair of the clinic, Jonah Grossbardt.

We also welcomed many of the new admittees to the California Bar at an exclusive shopping event at Theory on Melrose, where we offered the new barristers an opportunity to buy, at a discounted price, their first designer suit as a licensed attorney while enjoying esteemed remarks from our local bench officers, as well as various section chairs and bar leaders.

Looking toward the summer months, we are working on some exciting fundraising events in and around LA, such as the Hollywood Bowl and other landmarks that we hope you will attend with us! I continue to be impressed and humbled by the dedication of our board members who never cease to find new and exciting ways for the Barristers to raise money for the Bar Foundation and help those in need.  Donate to our GoFundMe today!

As I enter the second half of my term as Barristers President, I hope to continue the work we have done in the first few months, welcome new board members and deepen the strength of our leadership.  Attend an upcoming Board Meeting!


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.

Giving Back | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

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!

Details to follow…


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.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week: Volunteer for the Lawyers in the Library Clinic

The Barristers are proud to announce their second year in a row of official sponsorship of the L.A. Law Library’s Lawyers in the Library event to be held in conjunction with the Library’s annual Pro Bono Week.
Lawyers in the Library offers complimentary 20 – 30 minute consultations to members of the public who are in need of legal advice, and is held at the L.A. Law Library on a monthly basis. The special Pro Bono Week edition of the clinic will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
The BHBA has pledged to serve the 100+ members of the public attending the clinic, so we need YOU to volunteer for this fantastic opportunity to give back!
Each volunteer only needs to commit to a one-hour time slot on Saturday, October 24th between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (though you are able to volunteer for the entire four-hour clinic, or any portion thereof, if you so desire).
For more information about the clinic and to sign-up, please visit www.bhba.org/lawyersinthelibrary

Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs and Program Chair: Elizabeth Hall Peterson, Jack McMorrow and Autumn Rhonda.
Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
– Author Unknown

Thank You for a Beautiful and Blessed Year | by Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliThis 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.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week: Volunteer for the Lawyers in the Library Clinic

The Barristers are proud to announce their second year in a row of official sponsorship of the L.A. Law Library’s Lawyers in the Library event to be held in conjunction with the Library’s annual Pro Bono Week.
Lawyers in the Library offers complimentary 20 – 30 minute consultations to members of the public who are in need of legal advice, and is held at the L.A. Law Library on a monthly basis. The special Pro Bono Week edition of the clinic will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
The BHBA has pledged to serve the 100+ members of the public attending the clinic, so we need YOU to volunteer for this fantastic opportunity to give back!
Each volunteer only needs to commit to a one-hour time slot on Saturday, October 24th between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (though you are able to volunteer for the entire four-hour clinic, or any portion thereof, if you so desire).
For more information about the clinic and to sign-up, please visit www.bhba.org/lawyersinthelibrary

Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs and Program Chair: Elizabeth Hall Peterson, Jack McMorrow and Autumn Rhonda.
Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
– Author Unknown

Love, Bonhomie and Professionalism | By Doron Eghbali, Barristers President

Doron EghbaliThe salient characteristics of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Barristers Board of Governors (BOG) are the bonhomie, love and professionalism it permeates and promotes among its members. These indispensable characteristics suffuse the 20 committees and projects the BHBA BOG have embarked upon.

Vintage Bouquet

Given these noble attributes, the BHBA Barristers’ BOG continued the glamorous Annual Vintage Bouquet event this year on April 26, 2015 with exquisite food and wine. Special thanks to our fastidious Co-Chair’s Dira Imam and Danielle Grabois whose dedication, along with the invaluable devotion of our Barristers’ BOG members Eseigbe A Omofoma, Lauren Gabbaian, Elizabeth Hall Peterson and Jeremiah Livesay, made this event possible. Also it is incumbent upon us to thank our previous Chair of Vintage Bouquet, Leigh Leshner and BOG members Nick Francescon and John Grimball for the past years’ successes.

Meet the Judges

Furthermore, thanks to our indispensable Megan Peitzke and the BHBA Barristers “Meet the Judges of the West District” was held on May 14, 2015 at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Eight judges and two commissioners graciously shared with participants the insight into many aspects of trial practice from ethics to civil discovery to trial work. It was a rare and informal meeting that participants undoubtedly relished.

Brunch for Eight

Again, we had the pleasure of hosting a select group of law students from Whittier Law School on April 12, 2015 at the BHBA, which was our fourth Brunch for Eight event in a month. Our wonderful Ariadne Giannis, the Chair of the Section, successfully arranged it.

Roxbury Park and Samoshel

On the first Saturday of the month in April and May, our efficient President-Elect William Wenzel and invaluable Co-Chair Danielle Grabois provided the public with free legal advice in a loving and welcoming ambience, along with other volunteers.

The second Saturday in April and May, our very own chef extraordinaire Leroy Williams, Jeremiah Livesay and other great volunteers, prepared delicious and eclectic food and served nearly 60 homeless people at the Santa Monica Shelter.

MCLE and Power Lunch

Our dedicated Barristers executed at least six ‘nuts and bolts’ type of MCLEs in the past two months on legal topics as diverse as Immigration, Real Estate, Labor and Employment, Law Practice Management, and Entertainment.

Thanks to Yan Goldshteyn, President-Elect for 2016-2017, and formidable Co-Chair, Brian Schaller, “Power” attorneys in entertainment law continued to share the keys to their success with the participants.

Happy Hour

Like previous months, David Paletz put on another Happy Hour with panache and class. Our Happy Hours are usually the third Thursday of the month at the Hotel Sixty in Beverly Hills.

You are welcome to become a part of us. We will embrace you with love and make you feel welcome.


Doron F. Eghbali is a Senior Partner at Law Advocate Group, LLP. He practices Business, Real Estate and Entertainment law. Contact him at 310 651 3065 or DoronEghbali@LawAdvocateGroup.com.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week Volunteer for the Lawyers in the Library Clinic

The Barristers are proud to announce the official sponsorship of the L.A. Law Library's Lawyers in the Library event to be held in conjunction with the Library's annual Pro Bono Week.

Lawyers in the Library offers complimentary 20 – 30 minute consultations to members of the public who are in need of legal advice, and is held at the L.A. Law Library on a monthly basis. The special Pro Bono Week edition of the clinic will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The BHBA has pledged to serve the 100+ members of the public attending the clinic, so we need YOU to volunteer for this fantastic opportunity to give back!

Each volunteer only needs to commit to a one-hour time slot on Saturday, October 25th between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (though you are able to volunteer for the entire four-hour clinic, or any portion thereof, if you so desire).

For more information about the clinic and to sign-up, please visit www.bhba.org/lawyersinthelibrary.

Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
– Author Unknown