April 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

LACBA Domestic Violence Project Commemorates 25 Years of Helping Victims and Their Families

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More than 200 civic leaders, judges, and attorneys came together on March 3, 2011, to celebrate the LACBA Domestic Violence Project’s 25 years of helping victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system at a critical point in their lives.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration—emceed by former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl—honored Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, District Judge Margaret Morrow, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky for their ongoing leadership to address the needs of victims of domestic violence.

During the program, Verizon Wireless made a $30,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Project to support the project’s free court program for victims of abuse and their children.

Buchalter Nemer also provided a $25,000 grant to establish the Buchalter Nemer Victim Compensation Claim & Application Assistance Fund. The grant will enable the project’s staff to develop the materials and infrastructure for a new program to help victims apply for financial assistance from the California Victim Compensation Program.

More than $100,000 was raised during the event with net proceeds going to support the ongoing mission of the Domestic Violence Project.

Also honored at the reception was the founder of the project, Judge Morrow, and those who have continued to support the project, including Dr. Margaret Little, Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Administrator; Anthony S. Jones, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner; and Bob Solton, a 25-year continuous attorney volunteer.

Last year alone, a staff of three—Directing Attorney Debbie Kelly, Project Coordinator Sara Rondon, and Paralegal Jessica Lopez—and hundreds of volunteer attorneys helped more than 10,000 women, children, and men obtain a temporary testraining order, receive counsel and advice, or prepare for their judicial hearings at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles and the Pasadena Courthouse. Most victims are referred to the project by law enforcement, shelters, and social workers, while others are driven by their personal desire for help.

Since its founding in 1986, the Domestic Violence Project has helped more than 100,000 victims.

To learn more about the Domestic Violence Project and hear past victim’s stories first hand, please visit www.lacba.org/DVP25Info. (See photos below.)


  Special guests included Andrea Sheridan Ordin, County Counsel; Sheriff Lee Baca; former State Senator Sheila Kuehl; LACBA President Alan Steinbrecher; LACBA Executive Director Sally Suchil; Steve Zipperstein, Vice President-Legal & External Affairs, Verizon Wireless; Presiding Judge Lee Edmon, Los Angeles Superior Court; and Bill D'Agostino, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless (from left).

  Steve Zipperstein of Verizon Wireless presents a $30,000 check to Sally Suchil and Alan Steinbrecher, accepting on behalf of the Domestic Violence Project.

  Buchalter Nemer provided a $25,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Project. In recognition of the firm's support, Rick Cohen, CEO, Buchalter Nemer, accepts the Commitment Award for Innovative Partnership.

  Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky accepted an Award for Innovative Leadership.

  Bernard LeSage of Buchalter Nemer congratulates Judge Margaret Morrow on receiving the Founders Award for her leadership in establishing the Domestic Violence Project 25 years ago during her term as LACBA Barristers President.

  Commitment Award recipients Anthony Jones, Superior Court Commissioner; Dr. Margaret Little, Superior Court Family Law Administrator; and Bob Solton, Esq., longtime project volunteer, are joined by the project's Directing Attorney Debbie Kelly (from left).    

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian is flanked by Sally Suchil and Alan Steinbrecher.   

Sally Suchil and Ellen Isaacs, Westside Field Deputy, Office of Assemblymember Mike Feuer, hold a proclamation from the California State Assembly.   

  Brian Currey, Counsel to the Mayor, Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and Debbie Kelly share a few words.

The recognition program   

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