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.