June/July 2008 • Vol. 28 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Installation of Association President Danette Meyers Set for June 26

Evening includes presentation of Shattuck-Price Award to Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke

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Danette E. Meyers will be installed as the Association’s 2008-09 president on June 26 during a dinner program to be held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing both the outgoing and incoming Association officers and trustees, the event also marks the installation of Alexander S. Gareeb as Barristers 2008-09 president, along with Barristers officers, executive committee, and committee chairs and co-chairs. 

The installation ceremony will be officiated by Hon. Audrey Collins, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

In addition to the installation activities, the presentation of the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, the Association’s highest honor, will be made to Hon. Yvonne B. Burke, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District. (See related announcement.) 

The following LACBA awards also will be presented: Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award to John D. Vandevelde; Patricia D. Phillips Outstanding Committee Service Award to Edith R. Matthai and Julie K. Xanders; Matthew S. Rae Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award to Patricia Egan Daehnke.

The Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards will be presented that evening to outstanding volunteers representing the Barristers AIDS Legal Services Project/HALSA—Greenberg Glusker Howrey LLP, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, and Morrison & Foerster LLP; the Barristers Domestic Violence Project—Jessica A. Uzcategui; and the Immigration Legal Assistance Project—Joann Yeh Litt.

President Danette E. Meyers. Danette E. Meyers began her legal career as a senior law clerk in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office in 1983 after receiving her bachelor of science degree from the University of California, San Diego (Revelle College) in 1980 and juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1983. 

Her first assignments were to the Inglewood and Beverly Hills Area Offices where she prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor jury trial and felony preliminary hearings. Later, she practiced in the Torrance Branch and Downtown Central Trials Offices where she tried, to verdict, more than 50 felony trials with some of the county's most experienced litigators. In 1990, she joined the Career Criminal Unit and tried more than 60 felony jury trials involving murder, attempted murder, residential burglary, kidnapping for robbery, bank robbery, and several of the high-profile "Rolex" and "Follow-Home" robbery cases. 

In 1996, Meyers became a member of the Special Trials Division in the Van Nuys Branch Office, and then in 1997, joined the elite Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit, where she successfully prosecuted the most serious crimes committed against sheriff's deputies and police officers. 

Recognizing her leadership qualities, legal acumen, and commitment to justice, in April 1999, then-District Attorney Gil Garcetti appointed Meyers to be deputy-in-charge of the Bellflower Area Office. In addition to supervisory duties, Meyers continued to prosecute high-profile death penalty cases. In June 2001, while supervising the Florence/Firestone Area Office, Meyers successfully prosecuted her fourth death penalty case. In June 2002, Meyers was assigned to the Compton Branch Office where she worked as a calendar deputy and successfully prosecuted a number of homicide cases. Presently, Meyers serves as a trial deputy in the Airport Branch Office.

In 2000, Meyers was named the Century City Bar Association's Prosecutor of the Year, and in 2002, the LACBA Criminal Justice Section named Meyers its Prosecutor of the Year. 

In addition to prosecuting close to 200 jury trials, Meyers has been an active member of the Conference of Delegates for more than 20 years and served as vice chair of both its Resolutions Committee and Executive Committee. In 1997, Meyers became the first African American chair of LACBA’s Delegation to the State Bar Annual Meeting. In 2000, she was elected chair of LACBA’s Criminal Justice Section and went on to join the LACBA Board of Trustees, ultimately serving as assistant vice president, vice president, senior vice president, and president-elect.

Meyers also has served on the California State Bar Complaints, Audit and Review Board, the Webster Commission, the Board of Directors for the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and various committees for Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. 

Widely respected throughout the legal community, her phenomenal and tireless leadership continues to influence those who work for and with her.

Dinner information. Proceeds from the June 26 fundraiser will benefit the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. and LACBA Projects, Inc., which comprises the Immigration Legal Assistance Project, the Domestic Violence Project, and the Barristers AIDS Legal Services Project. (See related story.)

The dinner takes place at the Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Prices are $125/person ($80/judges) and $1,250/table of 10. (For tax purposes, the value of the dinner is $75. The portion of the contribution above this amount for each individual ticket purchased is tax-deductible.) DRS, Inc., and LACBA Projects, Inc. are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organizations. 

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