BHBA / Public Counsel MCLE: “Legal Leaders of the Entertainment Industry Discussing the Do’s and Don’ts of Entertainment Contract Drafting!”

 

Marc Steanberg, Jaison T. Benjamin, Christopher A. Murphy, Theodore A. Russell, Jonathan H. Anschell, David Daniels, Lisa C. Jochums, Hernan Vera, and Zachary S. McGee

Marc Steanberg, Jaison T. Benjamin, Christopher A. Murphy, Theodore A. Russell, Jonathan H. Anschell, David Daniels, Lisa C. Jochums, Hernan Vera, and Zachary S. McGee
 

In a collaborative effort, the BHBA and Public Counsel were pleased to have offered this unique opportunity to hear prominent entertainment legal insiders offering their candid perspectives on drafting and litigating entertainment contracts.  As part of this event, attendees were offered the chance to sign up for a meaningful and discrete pro bono matter that allow them to put into practice some of the important pointers given in the presentation.  Those who signed up for the pro bono experience received their MCLE credit for free.  Another similar opportunity will be offered soon!

BHBA Barristers 2012 LAW DAY Event, with Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon – No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom!

 

In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” Commemorated annually since that date, Law Day programs are conducted throughout the country by bar associations, courts, schools, and civic groups.

In celebration of the 55th annual Law Day, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers hosted a Law Day Event, with very special guest speaker, Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon.  In celebration of Law Day, the Barristers collaborated with LexisNexis in offering free MCLE for attendance at Judge Edmon's discussion on the California State Budget Crisis. 

During the Law Day presentation, Judge Edmon offered insight into the the state budget situation, the two-part plan proposed by the Administrative Office, the judicial Budget Working Group’s approach, and the importance of adequate response to the budget crisis to protect access to justice in California.  To download a copy of Judge Edmon's PowerPoint presentation, please visit http://www.bhba.org/images/pdf/BHBA-Law-Day-Budget-Presentation-2012.pdf.

Public Counsel’s 2012 William O. Douglas Award Dinner – Honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Weisel

As the Beverly Hills Bar Association founded Public Counsel over 40 years ago, it was an honor to attend Public Counsel's 2012 William O. Douglas Award Dinner where Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel received Public Counsel's 2012 William O. Douglas Award.   The evening offered special presentations and videos from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, William H. Macy, Natalie Portman, Jon Voight and more.

Visit the Public Counsel website to learn more: www.publiccounsel.org

Barristers’ “Party for a Cause” Samoshel Fundraiser Benefit a Hit! Thank you to all!

The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers’ “SOS Party for a Cause” fundraiser at the House of Blues last month was a spectacular hit! Our generous patrons allowed us to raise funds just shy of our $2000 goal! We thank each and every supporter and volunteer for helping us to continue our mission of preparing and serving meals to the residents of Samoshel Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica every month.

Santa Monica Shelter (SaMoShel) is a 70-bed facility that is part of Ocean Park Community Center’s Interim Housing Program and provides temporary residence and a broad range of programs, including life and social skills classes, as guests work toward permanent housing.

We feel very fortunate to be a part of their mission and helping our community each month! We are also very grateful for all the volunteers that come out every month to make it happen! If you are interested in participating, please contact the Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Jeanine Percival Wright (jpwright@rkmc.com) or Anton Labrentz (labrentz@me.com).

If Barrister leaders have additional photos to post of this successful event (this is the only one I have!), please share! A special thank you to the event's main organizer, Gina Tennen, and our entertainer of the evening, DJ Paul Infrared, whom without the night would not have been the success we experienced. Thank you again to everyone who helped and for everyone's generosity!

Press Release Bulletin:

Every month members of the young lawyers section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, called the Barristers, purchase, cook up and serve a dinner to nearly 60 homeless residents of the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter (aka Samoshel). Donations for the program come from the Barristers themselves or their fundraising activities. Most recently, they held a special benefit event at The House of Blues, Hollywood, on April 12th, from which they raised nearly $2000, enough to provide meals at Samoshel for an entire year! Volunteers say it is a great way to give back to the community, gain a little perspective and network with other young like-minded professionals. The Barristers make a real difference!

Samoshel – Barristers Community Outreach Event this Saturday, April 14th from 3:00-5:00pm

Barristers,

We're headed back to Samoshel Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica this Saturday to help prepare food and serve a meal to about 60 of the City's homeless! If you've never been before, come join us! If you have, you know it's fun, easy and very rewarding!

Barristers Jeanine Percival Wright, Anton Labrentz and Nick Blesich will plan the meal and buy the food – you just have to show up at 3:00 to help us cook and serve.

What: BHBA Barristers Community Outreach Event - Give back to your community and network with other young like-minded professionals!

When: This Saturday, April 14th from 3:00-5:00pm (you still get your Saturday night!). We start cooking at 3:00 pm and start serving dinner at 4:30 or so.

Where: Samoshel Homeless Shelter - 505 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Why: It's a great opportunity to get a little perspective, develop a connection with the community and make a real difference!

Parking: Pull into the lot out front (we squeeze in as many as possible) or take metered parking on the street (but read the signs!).

Our group usually feeds 50-60 people for about $150. If you can throw in a couple of bucks to help offset the cost of the food, that would be fantastic. But even if you can't, still come and help out. You’ll be really glad you did! And so will we! 

For questions or more info, contact the Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Jeanine Percival Wright (jpwright@rkmc.com) or Anton Labrentz (labrentz@me.com).

P.S. If you can't come out to the shelter on Saturday, join us this Thursday, April 12th at the House of Blues for an awesome Samoshel Fundraiser! More info below:

The Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers invite you to a special event on Thursday, April 12th @ 8pm at The House of Blues (8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood) with DJ Paul Infrared. "SOS Party for a Cause" benefits Samoshel Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica where we prepare and serve meals to the residents every month. Our goal is to raise $2000 – enough for a year's worth of food! Suggested donation is $15 and all proceeds help the shelter.

Come join us and support this awesome cause! Thanks and hope to see you there!

Sunset House of Blues DJ Benefit for Samoshel Homeless Shelter – April 12, 2012

 

BHBA Litigation Awards Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire

Honoring Presiding Justice Norman L. Espstein, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four, and renowned trial lawyer, Thomas V. Girardi.  The Beverly Hills Bar Assocation has served the Los Angeles region since 1931 and is the fifth largest bar association in California, with over 4,900 members.  Its mission is to serve its members, to lead the legal profession and to advocate for justice in the community. 

BHBA Installation Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel

 LA Superior Court Judge Louis M. Meisinger, BHBA Barristers President Jaison T. Benjamin, BHBA President Lawrence H. Jacobson, BHBA Foundation President Uzzi Raanan, and BHBA Executive Director Marc R. Staenberg

LA Superior Court Judge Louis M. Meisinger, BHBA Barristers President Jaison T. Benjamin, BHBA President Lawrence H. Jacobson, BHBA Foundation President Uzzi Raanan, and BHBA Executive Director Marc R. Staenberg

Jaison T. Benjamin, Lawrence H. Jacobson, and Uzzi Raanan, were installed as Presidents of their respective Boards and will be serving during the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 80th Anniversary year.  The Installation Dinner was held at the Four Seasons Hotel and featured a special video presentation of "Moving Forward," reflecting upon the storied history of the prestigious organization.

 

Barristers Holiday Board of Governors Meeting at the Hammer Museum, UCLA

The Barristers Board of Governors enjoyed their December meeting at the Hammer Museum, UCLA.  The Hammer Museum is a unique, cutting-edge arts institution that connects the classics and the contemporary through its varied collections, wide-ranging exhibitions, and provocative programs. The Barristers are grateful to the Hammer's Chief Curator and Senior Manager of Events, for their generosity in helping us make this evening a possibility! 

Tolerance Through Education, Presented by the Barristers

Based on the American Bar Association’s Tolerance Through Education program, on November 4, 2011, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Board of Governors was pleased to again offer, to a local elementary school, our new public service program entitled, Imagine.

Chairperson, Doron Eghbali, along with invaluable assistance of Committee Members, Anton Labrentz, Meghan Pietzke, and Yan Goldstein, has put together a program which focuses on belonging, cultural diversity, and respect and serves to shares ideas of consideration and kindness to help students negotiate the social challenges faced daily, as well as those that lay ahead in the final years of childhood and the early years of adolescence

The Barristers lesson begins with a fun ice breaker, a game entitled “Cross the Line,” which will get dialogue flowing with regard to diversity and the prejudices and biases children might face in their every day life.  We will then have the children participate in skits where they will act out different scenarios and discuss how conflicts may be resolved.  Finally, we conclude with the appropriately adapted song, “Imagine,” by John Lennon. 

Needless to say, the kids, and teachers, loved it!