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.

5/16: Barristers Happy Hour

BHBA Happy Hour May 16

Click here to go to the event page, where you can send the event to your electronic calendar.

Bench and Bar Mixer

Save the date to mix and mingle across the boundaries of experience and bar associations at this NO-COVER event for judges and young lawyers at the Jonathan Club's Cabrillo Room. BHBA Barristers has teamed up with LACBA Barristers and the Young Lawyers Division of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers to host a unique event that will bring people together for a night of networking and fun.

WHERE
Jonathan Club, Cabrillo Room, 545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California

WHEN
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
6-8 p.m.

REGISTRATION
Space is limited to 75 people, so register ASAP at http://bit.ly/YUV9Oq

FOOD AND DRINK
Free appetizers will be served and young lawyers' first cocktail is on us

PARKING
Valet parking available for $10.00 at the Jonathan Club

Bench and Bar Mixer

Barristers Happy Hour is Back! Thompson Hotel – Thurs. Oct. 18th, 6-9

Join us for another fantastic happy hour at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Bar in Beverly Hills on October 18, 2012 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Drink and App specials all night. Mingle with 100+ young professionals in one of the hottest spots in town.

Check Out the Barristers Happy Hour on Facebook

The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Happy Hour Mixer has a facebook page.  Click here to visit the facebook page to "like" the happy hour, get invites, and see pictures. We hope to see you at our next event, the third Thursday of each month, from 6 – 9pm at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills!