2012 Year in Review

LACBA's 2012 Year in Review is a snapshot of the highlights of the year, significant programs and events that have led to our growing success, and remembering friends lost.




Rally Government Officials, LACBA and Bar Leaders, Judges, Court Workers, and Others Rally in Support of Increased Court Funding

An unprecedented alliance of all facets of the legal system, including judges, plaintiff and defense attorneys, victims' advocates, LACBA and bar leaders, labor representatives, and government leaders, rallied in support of adequate court funding on January 18 in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall near the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The crowd of more than 300 people heard speakers, including Former Gov. Gray Davis, Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.) and LACBA President Eric Webber, who shared their insights into the impact budget cuts have had on the courts. Those cuts caused staff layoffs and furloughs, shuttered courtrooms, overloaded calendars and the public's diminishing access to the courts.


Bench Meets the Bar

LACBA's Litigation Section holds its 2012 Bench Meets the Bar luncheon that brings together many of the most prominent and active judges and lawyers in the Los Angeles legal community. Chief Judge Audrey Collins and Presiding Judge Lee Edmon shared their insight into the issues and challenges of current concern to the federal and state courts. The Litigation Section also presents Don Mike Anthony with its first annual "Jim Robie Professionalism Award," as a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm and collegiality as the award's namesake Jim Robie, a beloved member of the legal community and member of LACBA's Board of Trustees.

Trailblazers of the Bar Honors Pioneers in the Legal Community

LACBA's Senior Lawyers Section hosts its 2012 Trailblazers of the Bar honoring three outstanding pioneers in the legal profession for their extraordinary contributions to the legal community: Second District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, who has served on the bench for 15 years; and father and son lawyers Y. C. Hong (posthumously), the first Chinese American to pass the California Bar exam, and his son, Nowland C. Hong, a founder and early leader of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.


Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Dinner

LACBA's Corporate Law Departments Section presented its 28th Annual Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award to Dian Ogilvie, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., and Christopher Reynolds, Group Vice President and General Counsel of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., for exceptional performance and career achievement.

Labor and Employment Law Symposium

LACBA's Labor and Employment Section hosts its 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium to provide updates of significant legal developments, as well as legal experts sharing their insight into labor issues including leave laws, discovery disputes, trial practice, and more.


CCM and NFL LACBA's Center for Civic Mediation Honors the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell

The National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell received the Center for Civic Mediation's Corporate ADR Award for utilizing alternative dispute resolution to resolve personnel and non-player-related disputes in a timely manner without the need to go through a lengthy and costly process of litigation.

Other honorees at the dinner include Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, who received the Emil Gumpert Judicial Services Award for her longstanding support of ADR within the legal and judicial systems; and the California Western Law School Advanced Mediation Program in Juvenile Hall, which received the Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award for its innovative method of training lawyers and working with incarcerated youth.

26th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium

LACBA's Environmental Law Section hosts its 26th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium featuring a keynote address by EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, as well as panels of attorneys, judges, government officials, and industry representatives tackling a variety of topics of crucial importance to the environmental community.


Audrey B. Collins Judge Audrey B. Collins Receives LACBA's Outstanding Jurist Award

Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Audrey B. Collins receives LACBA's 2012 Outstanding Jurist Award. She is recognized for her exemplary service as chief judge of the largest federal trial court in the nation; her commitment to the Los Angeles community; her advocacy for victims' rights; and her role as a pioneer in the legal profession and on the bench by being the first woman of color appointed to several prominent positions.

Judge Schnegg

Criminal Justice Awards Dinner

LACBA's Criminal Justice Section honors Judge of the Year--Hon. Patricia M. Schnegg; Prosecutors of the Year--Deborah S. Brazil and David B. Walgren; Defense Attorney of the Year--Robert A. Schwartz; Career Achievement--Mark E. Overland and Edward A. Rucker; and Special Recognition (Posthumous)--Gigi Gordon, at its annual Criminal Justice Awards Dinner for their exceptional dedication and contributions to the practice of criminal law.


Richard J. Burdge Richard J. Burdge Jr. Installed as LACBA President

Nearly 500 people celebrate the installation of Richard J. Burdge Jr. as the 118th president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The event also recognizes outgoing President Eric A. Webber, President-elect Patricia E. Daehnke, incoming LACBA Officers and Trustees and new Barristers President Andrew S. Dhadwal.

Richard A. Rothschild Richard A. Rothschild Receives LACBA's Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award

Richard A. Rothschild, director of litigation for the Western Center on Law & Poverty, receives LACBA's highest honor—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award—during the 2012 Installation and Awards Dinner. He is recognized for his extraordinary contributions to improving the administration of justice and outstanding dedication to the high principles of the legal profession through his lifelong work in public interest law on behalf of California's underserved.


Pat Kelly Past LACBA Presidents Elected to the State Bar of California Board of Trustees

Former LACBA President Pat Kelly is elected as the 88th President of the State Bar of California for 2012-2013.  Also, past LACBA President Gretchen Nelson is elected as Treasurer and LACBA member Luis Rodriguez as Vice President.


LACBA Past President David Pasternak Appointed to State Bar Board of Trustees

Past LACBA President David Pasternak is appointed by the California Supreme Court to the State Bar Board of Trustees, and is the Court's first appointment made pursuant to Legislation effective January 1, 2012.  The new Board of Trustees will include a total of five appointments by the Supreme Court.


Casino Night Casino Night: An Elegant Evening of Gaming, Cocktails, and Sumptuous Gourmet Offerings

Actor John C. Reilly, whose credits include “Step Brothers” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” is among those who enjoyed the
Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's 2nd Annual Casino Night, an exciting evening of casino gaming, drinks, and signature foods held on September 20, 2012, at the L.A. Athletic Club. The Athletic Club was transformed into a Monte Carlo-style casino featuring a VIP Area, poker room, and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables. Throughout the night, cheers could be heard from every corner of the “casino” as players made their winning hands or hit their points with the roll of the dice.

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project Helps Clients Access California Victim Compensation Program

LACBA Domestic Violence Project establishes the Buchalter Nemer “Victims Compensation Claim & Assistance Fund” to help victims of domestic violence apply for financial assistance from the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP).  Thanks to a generous $25,000 grant by Buchalter Nemer, along with providing pro bono attorneys who regularly volunteer at the Domestic Violence Project, victims of domestic violence now receive help completing and filing the CalVCP application with the appropriate state agency.  Buchalter Nemer’s pro bono attorneys and volunteers then follow up with state officials to provide their clients with the best opportunity to access state funds to gain financial independence to break away from their abuser.


Dialogues on Freedom Dialogues on Freedom: Judges, Lawyers Engage Students in Discussions about Freedom and Its Responsibilities

The Los Angeles County Bar Association partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles Superior Court to send teams of judges and lawyers into high school classrooms throughout Southern California classrooms for its 11th Annual Dialogues on Freedom.   More than 100 judges and attorneys participated in this year's program, which was started in 2002 by United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Dialogues provide students with an opportunity to discuss the concepts of freedom, law and justice with judges and attorneys.


45th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar

Securities and Exchange Commission’s Commissioner Troy A. Paredes and General Counsel Mark D. Cahn are among the SEC officials, along with representatives of other regulatory agencies and leading private practitioners to participate in LACBA’s 45th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar.  The Seminar provided attendees with a comprehensive review of current events and developments in the securities field; judicial, regulatory, and enforcement developments; as well as recent trends in the public and private offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions.

Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium Explores “Hidden Treasures” in Today’s Real Estate Market

LACBA’s Real Property Section, along with the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate (Ziman Center) at UCLA, host the 41st Annual Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business, examining economic indicators from business, legal, and practical standpoints to identify potential areas of growth in the evolving real estate environment. The participants include: Stuart A. Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center; David Shulman, senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast; Frank Mottek, Business News Anchor, CBS KNX 1070 Newsradio; William McMorrow, chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson; and Wayne Ratkovich, founder of The Ratkovich Company; among others.


Armed Forces Ball LACBA's First Annual Armed Forces Ball Supports Pro Bono Legal Services for Veterans

Nearly 250 military personnel, Veterans, federal and state judiciary, civic and community leaders, and attorneys came together for an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the Los Angeles County Bar Association's First Annual Armed Forces Ball. The Ball, entitled "Honoring America's Veterans," supports LACBA's Veteran-specific legal initiatives. The full military dress ball began with a reception where guests greeted colleagues and friends and had an opportunity to meet and thank active duty personnel and Veterans for their service to our country. Each of the services was represented by personnel on active duty and Veterans, many of whom served overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, or World War II.

As part of the evening's festivities, LACBA's Armed Forces Committee recognized Veterans and attorneys who have made significant contributions to Veterans services, including United States Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson; Public Counsel's Director of the Center for Veterans Advancement, Rick Little; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Cristin Zeisler, Partner & Director of Pro Bono Services at Manatt.


LACBA and Public Counsel Announce New Joint Veterans Pro Bono Project to Provide Free Legal Assistance to Veterans

LACBA and Public Counsel, LACBA's public interest law firm, announce a new joint Veterans Pro Bono Project to provide pro bono legal assistance and representation to Veterans on a range of legal matters, including family law and ticket and warrant resolution, issues which can grow to become major obstacles to employment or stability. The Veterans assisted through this joint partnership will come from throughout Los Angeles County, including those served by Public Counsel at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus.


LACBA's Domestic Violence Project Establishes Referral Agreement with the Shriver Project

The Los Angeles County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project (DVP) and the Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice's Shriver Family Law Project (the Shriver Project) establish a new referral program at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to provide low income victims of domestic violence with access to pro bono attorneys. More than 200 victims per year who come to the DVP for temporary restraining orders will be referred to the Shriver Project for pro bono assistance to help them obtain permanent restraining orders and resolve their child custody matters.


LACBA Hires Development Director and Names New Director of the Center for Civic Mediation

Joanne David joins LACBA as its Development Director. She will work closely with the Projects, LACBA Foundation, Center for Civic Mediation, Veterans Pro Bono Project, and other high-profile programs to expand LACBA's fundraising efforts and obtain corporate and firm funding to support LACBA's public service programs.

It was also announced that Jacklin Mizrahi, Esq., was named Director of the Center for Civic Mediation (Center), following the retirement of Tobi Inlender.  Jacklin has been with the Center since October 2009 serving in a number of different positions, most recently as Assistant Director.

In Memoriam

Don Mike Anthony

Former LACBA President Don Mike Anthony Passes Away

Don Mike Anthony, a cherished and beloved member of the Southern California legal community and former president of LACBA, passes away at 73 years of age on June 1st after a long illness. Don Mike loved the law, and was a highly respected lawyer. After graduating with the Order of the Coif in 1964 from the UCLA School of Law, he began his career at Hahn & Hahn, in Pasadena, specializing in family law and civil litigation. He was the first recipient of "The Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award," which is given to a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm and collegiality as the award's namesake.

Hugh Biele

Long time LACBA Member and Section Leader Hugh Biele Passes Away

Hugh L. Biele, a member of LACBA's Armed Forces Committee, immediate past chair of our Senior Lawyers Section and past chair of our Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, passes away on October 15th at the age of 70. Hugh was an active volunteer with LACBA for many years, along with other professional organizations. Hugh was a graduate of the University of Utah's law school and practiced primarily in the field of commercial law. In addition to LACBA leadership positions, he was a past president of the Financial Lawyers Conference, and a past co-president of the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association. He was also a decorated Vietnam-era veteran of the Army.

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