4/30/14 Sights and Sounds from the Courtroom


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. 


Tips for Negotiating Anything! – December 17 MCLE

Top 12 Tips for Negotiating Anything: How to Win Your Case Without Going to Court
Join our distinguished speaker
  • Jan Frankel Schau, Neutral, ADR Services
Daily Journal Top 50 Neutral in California, Jan Frankel Schau of ADR Services will present her top 12 tips for becoming a smooth negotiator. The discussion will include tips and pointers on using your mediator to achieve  optimal outcomes in litigated cases as well as communication techniques for achieving the best results in every negotiation.



WHEN - Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 6 pm to 7:30 pm 
WHERE -  Beverly Hills Bar Association Center (Directions


1.0 Hours of General MCLE Credit 
Barristers Program Chair: Lawrence W. Freiman, Esq.

Special CLE on 12/16 at 6:00 p.m. Bet Tzedek Training Session: Representing Clients in Pro Bono Probate Guardianship Matters

This CLE will cover the basic aspects of a guardianship case providing the requisite training to participate in Bet Tzedek's Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program. Training includes completing the court forms, filing the forms with the Los Angeles Superior, providing notice to relevant parties, and what to expect at the court hearing.

WHEN - Monday, December 16, 2013, 6 p.m to 8 p.m.

WHERE - Beverly Hills Bar Association Center (Directions)

As a special training opportunity bonus, the program will be complimentary for attorneys who are willing

to commit to a Bet Tzedek pro bono matter. Volunteers will be contacted within the year following the date of the CLE to honor their commitment with Bet Tzedek.

In order to receive your complimentary MCLE credit, please call (310) 601-2422 or email events@bhba.org Be sure to indicate in your R.S.V.P. your willingness to sign up for a Bet Tzedek pro bono case.

1.5 Hours of General MCLE Credit 

For more information, and to register please click this link: http://www.bhba.org/intus/event3/signup.asp?event_id=3404

Barristers November Pro Bono Newsletter

Dear Barristers,

In an effort to keep you informed of all the wonderful pro bono legal services opportunities available for your participation, this is the second installment my new monthly series of newsletters highlighting some of the many volunteer options available at various legal aid organizations in Los Angeleas County. 

In addition to the organizations highlighted below, we encourage you to volunteer at our very own BHBA Barristers Monthly Free Legal Clinic at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (and every first Saturday of the month thereafter)! If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please feel free to contact co-chairs Brian Smith, Anton Labrentz or Wil Wenzel

Bet Tzedek

Bet Tzedek provides assistance to all eligible needy residents throughout Los Angeles County, regardless of racial, religious, or ethnic background. Bet Tzedek’s pioneering projects combine direct legal representation with outreach, education and legislative advocacy, resulting in equal access to justice for over 15,000 low-income Angelenos last year alone.  Barrister Rachel Balchum is our Liaison to Bet Tzedek and she can help you navigate your way through the various opportunities.

I would like to specifically highlight the following opportunities with Bet Tzedek:

Barrister co-hosted Training Session on Representing Clients in Probate Guardianship Matters: 

On December 16th at 6:00 p.m., at the BHBA offices, the Barristers will co-host a CLE providing the training necessary to participate in Bet Tzedek's Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program. This training will cover the basic aspects of a guardianship case, including completing the court forms, filing the forms with the Los Angeles Superior, providing notice to relevant parties, and what to expect at the court hearing. The CLE is free and open to those attorneys who commit to take on a pro bono guardianship case through the Probate Guardianship Kinship Care program.  Matters are heard in the Los Angeles Superior Court, are uncontested, and typically require between 25 and 35 hours to complete, over the course of approximately 2 to 3 months.  For more information and to sign up for the program please contact Pamela Weston.

Individual Pro Bono Estate Planning Cases

The following are two clients that are in need of pro bono representation for estate planning matters. If you are interested in assisting in either matter, please contact Bet Tzedek’s Pro bono Director, Diego Cartagena.

1.       Two developmentally disabled brothers currently live in a home left to them by their deceased parents.   The home was originally left to the two brothers and their older brother.  Older brother has since passed away.  Although high functioning, the two surviving brothers are not capable of managing the estate and would like a family friend to be appointed as successor trustee.  Deceased brother left debts and an account which may have trust assets co-mingled.  Bet Tzedek would like Pro bono assistance to review the trust, have a family friend appointed as the new trustee, and set up an estate plan (possibly a Special Needs Trust) to maintain the developmentally delayed brothers in the home with all possible services and support. 

2.       Dorothy is a lovely, low-income, disabled elderly widower, aged 79, whose Certified Public Accountant drafted a will, revocable living trust, power of attorney for health care, and general power of attorney for her several years ago. She would like to have these documents reviewed by an attorney in order to make sure they are appropriate.  In particular, Dorothy is a homeowner and wants to ensure her home passes to her 7 adult children with minimal taxes.

Public Counsel

As many of you know, the Beverly Hills Bar Association was a founder of Public Counsel. Public Counsel is now the largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Public Counsel’s staff of 61 attorneys and 52 support staff – including five social workers – along with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assists over 30,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year.  Public Counsel has endless opportunities available for you to get involved and help those who are in need.  Former Barrister President, Jaison Benjamin is our Liaison to Public Counsel and she can help you navigate your way through the various opportunities.

I would like to specifically highlight the following opportunity with Public Counsel:

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

Please join us at a Foreclosure Prevention Clinic presented by the California Consumer Justice Coalition (CCJC) on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the downtown offices of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), located at 3655 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90007, to help provide pro bono assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. This event is a collaboration by the following nonprofit legal service organizations: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Bet Tzedek, Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation (LAFLA), and Public Counsel.

Pro bono volunteers will participate in a short training (don't worry, we will provide you all the information you will need) and then meet with homeowners to conduct an intake interview, provide legal advice and counsel as well as targeted referrals. Staff attorneys will be available at all times to provide assistance.

You don’t have to have expertise in this area of practice, and you don’t need to bring anything with you to the clinic –just your great legal mind and your enthusiasm for pro bonoSign up here!  

If you participate, please let Public Counsel know that you heard about this opportunity via the BHBA Barristers!

American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project

Los Angeles Lunch & Learn

Please join your colleagues in the Los Angeles legal community on December 4th or 5th for a lunchtime discussion about current pro bono opportunities that will assist prisoners on death row.  If you've never thought about working on a death penalty matter—or if you've rejected the idea in the past as either too expensive or too time-consuming—our conversation will surprise and inspire you.

There are now many different opportunities for law firms to make significant pro bono contributions, including challenging prison conditions, administrative regulations, and methods of execution; drafting amicus briefs and clemency petitions; and systemic litigation that will improve due process protections for vulnerable groups. Hundreds of mentally ill and intellectually disabled prisoners without counsel are also looking for volunteer lawyers to become their champions. Our new pro bono model means that firms working in some states will have expert assistance that will significantly reduce out-of-pocket costs and travel.

On December 4th, join us at 12:00 p.m. at Morris Polich & Purdy, 1055 West Seventh Street, Suite 2400, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

On December 5th, join us at 12:00 p.m. at Greenburg Traurig, 1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Please RSVP here or email Kaitlin Sandin by Monday, December 2nd.

I hope this post helps you make a difference!

All the best,

Autumn Ronda

Barristers President

Beverly Hills Bar Association


BHBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD goes to Barristers Board of Governors Member, Doron Eghbali, Esq.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers are proud to announce that Doron Eghbali was honored with the BHBA's President’s Award for his active participation since he first joined the BHBA.  In addition to Co-Chairing the Real Estate Section for the past two years, Doron has graciously volunteered on many other projects to expand his involvement with the BHBA. He is always willing to take a leadership role and follows through to do an excellent job.  He developed a very popular Tenants’ Rights program for the public, and also presents MCLE programs on Unlawful Detainer. He is a member of both the Barristers and the BHBA Boards of Governors. He also has played an active role leading our volunteers at the USC BHBA IELB Symposium and other events.  Congratulations Doron!

Doron is a principal at Law Advocate Group LLP in Beverly Hills where he practices business, real estate and entertainment law. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and California Western School of Law.

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.

February 21, 2012 MCLE: What’s New in Employment Law?

A review of the new 2012 discrimination and wage/hour laws.

The seminar will encompass a review and analysis of new 2012 FEHA and California labor code laws, and how these new laws may impact Plaintiffs and Defendants in future litigation. This seminar is for attorneys who represent Plaintiffs and Defendants in individual or class action matters.

Speaker: Ryan D. Saba, Esq., Partner of Rosen Saba LLP

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Registration/Dinner: 6:00 p.m.; Program: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Beverly Hills Bar Association, Conference Center

300 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 210, Beverly Hills

(Free 2-hour parking at 216 S. Beverly Drive)

Price: $55.00 for BHBA Barrister/Labor Section Members who pay in advance*

$65.00 for BHBA Members who pay in advance*

$35.00 for BHBA Law Students ($10 more for Non-BHBA Law Students)

$80.00 for Non BHBA members in advance* ($10.00 more for each at the door)

*MINIMUM 24 HOURS – Refund with 48 hours notice – Raincheck with 24 hours notice

This event is FREE for members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys

Program Chair: Jonathan S. Dennis, Esq.

MCLE CREDIT: This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar California in the amount of 1.5 hours and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State of California governing minimum continuing legal education.