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The Senior Lawyers Section held its 3rd annual Trailblazers of the Bar awards and reception on January 31, 2013 in celebration of John Marshall Day. Two outstanding pioneers in the legal profession were honored: California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard and attorney Patricia Phillips.

Justice Kennard has overcome numerous daunting hurdles to rise through our local bar and all levels of our courts to reach her present position as a highly-respected Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Patricia Phillips was the first female President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has held many other positions in the Los Angeles legal community, and with the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and numerous other local and national legal organizations. Pat is a leading member of the family law bar.

Speaking on behalf of Justice Joyce Kennard was the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, Associate Justice of the State Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, and Rita Gunasekaran, partner of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP, specializing in appellate law. Speaking on behalf of Patricia Phillips was Seth M. Hufstedler, Senior Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, and the Honorable Samantha Phillips Jessner, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, one of Ms. Phillips' five children. Justice Arthur Gilbert of the Second District Court of Appeal acted as emcee for the event.

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