June/July 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Richard Walch Will Receive LACBA’s Highest Honor

Make reservations for the June 24 dinner now.

Richard Walch, former executive director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, will receive the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award during the 2010 LACBA Installation Dinner on June 24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. LACBA presents the award—its highest honor—to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and the administration of justice, has exhibited professional or personal courage, and has maintained high ethical, moral, and professional standards.

For nearly 27 years, Richard Walch provided extraordinary service to the Los Angeles legal community with his exceptional stewardship as the executive director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. His longstanding commitment to LACBA—coupled with his consistent sound judgment and steady hand during turbulent times—established it as the leading metropolitan bar association in the nation. Under Walch’s stewardship, the bar association focused its top priority on promoting service with relevance to the practice of law in Los Angeles County and California. Among his many accomplishments as executive director, Walch more recently led LACBA’s development of the Searchable Civil Registry, its implementation of the Judicial Profile Web site, the formation of the Judge Your Judge Web site, and the Daily EBriefs.

Walch received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, followed by his juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center. He practiced law with the firm of Dern, Mason, Swerdlow and Floum, with an emphasis on business litigation, real property transactions, and estate planning. After leaving the private sector, Walch joined the Los Angeles County Bar Association as the directing attorney for its Lawyer Referral and Information Service. He later became LACBA’s general counsel and associate executive director before serving as its executive director from 1984 to January 2005. Walch also served on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission from 1996 to 2002, including terms as its president and vice president. Prior to that, Walch was active as a mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Court and with Dispute Resolution Services, and edited several written materials for Matthew Bender.

Since leaving LACBA, Walch has used his talent and skills to provide a full range of consulting services for nonprofit organizations, corporate giving programs, foundations, and their leaders, particularly in the areas of governance, leadership development, strategic planning, personnel issues, and building relationships with the business community.

Dinner information. The dinner takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Make your reservations now. 

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