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january
Kevin S. Rosenberg Photo Kevin S. Rosenberg Appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court
LACBA congratulates Kevin S. Rosenberg on his appointment as a judge to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Mr. Rosenberg is co-chair of LACBA’s Dialogues on Freedom Committee, which brings judges and attorneys into classrooms throughout Los Angeles to lead students in debates examining the balance of personal freedom and security, and is a member of the Armed Forces Committee. 

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Domestic Violence Legal Services Project logo Thank You for Your Support of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project in 2016
The Domestic Violence Legal Services Project thanks each and every one of the 161 lawyers, paralegals, and law school students who provided 5,532 volunteer hours at the clinic during 2016. They gave of their time and they gave of their hearts, providing pro bono legal services to more than 4,236 victims. The volunteers care, they act, and they provide safety for victims and their children…protecting the innocent of our community. We thank them for their generous spirit.

february
LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Thumbnail LACBA Immigration Attorneys Mobilize at LAX Following Trump's Travel Ban
LACBA Immigration attorneys mobilized at LAX to offer pro bono legal representation to travelers who were detained and not allowed to enter the United States following President Trump’s Executive Order travel ban. Today, these immigration attorneys continue to provide free legal counsel to those affected by the ban, and file federal lawsuits on behalf of some green card holders and immigrant visa clients who were illegally detained by U.S. authorities.
march
HonMargaretMorrow Honorable Margaret Morrow to Receive the Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award
LACBA’s Litigation Section selected the Honorable Margaret Morrow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Counsel, and a former Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, as the recipient of its 2017 Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award. She was chosen for demonstrating the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the award’s namesake, Jim Robie. The Robie Award was presented to Judge Morrow during the section’s Bench Meets the Bar program, which brings together prominent judges and lawyers from the Los Angeles legal community in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the court. The award was created in memory of past LACBA Trustee and Litigation Section Chair Jim Robie, an accomplished trial lawyer and consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system.
LAW Rocks 2017 Down by Law Rocks the Whisky A Go Go for a more Just LA
On March 24-25, 2017, the Sixth Annual Law Rocks Los Angeles battle of the bands fundraiser was held at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset strip. The concert was a success with over $155,000 raised by the bands formed by lawyers at various law firms throughout Southern Californi. In addition their was an opening act from Little Kids Rock. The event was emceed by Ted Stryker (KROQ DJ) who had the audience on their feet ready for a great event. 
april
Dialogues on Freedom Thumb Students Debate the Balance of Personal Freedom and Security with Judges and Lawyers 
On April 26 & 27, 2017, more than 85 judges and attorneys led over 1,000 high school students in debates about freedom, civil liberties, and the American system of government as part of the Dialogues on Freedom, a collaboration of LACBA, the Los Angeles Superior Court and Los Angeles Unified School District. Founded in 2002 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dialogues on Freedom was created to provide students with an opportunity to explore the concepts of freedom, law, and justice by putting them into scenarios that students might experience at school, at home, or in their neighborhoods.  For many of these students, it was the first time they were able to interact with judges and attorneys in a casual atmosphere.

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may
Veterans Project logo LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project Receives $654,000 Cy Pres Award
LACBA thanked its Armed Forces Committee, in particular attorney Ronald Bae, for securing a $654,000 Cy Pres Award to support LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project (Veterans Project). The award resulted from the settlement in a recent class action case and will allow the Veterans Project to expand its current services and offer new legal services for veterans. 

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Counsel for Justice Logo Swinging for a Cause

LACBA Counsel for Justice Raises More Than $85,000 for LACBA’s Legal Services Projects

On May 22, at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Valencia, golfers took to the greens in support of the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, where more than $85,000 was raised to support the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s legal services projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services, Immigration Legal Assistance and AIDS Legal Services.

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Laurie-Aronoff-Photo LACBA Congratulates Laurie Aronoff
LACBA congratulates Laurie Aronoff, director of its AIDS legal Services Project and pro bono coordinator, who was presented with Southwestern Law School’s Public Service Award at its 8th Annual Public Service Luncheon. She received the award for her work in developing and coordinating the Small Claims workshop and clinic.

The workshop and clinic, which is held monthly at Southwestern Law School, prepares both plaintiffs and defendants for their day in Small Claims Court (IJDP). Volunteer attorneys explain Small Claims Court policies and procedures, and are then available, along with volunteer law students from Southwestern’s SCALE program, to meet with litigants to consult about their individual matter. Since its founding in 2009, the Small Claims Workshop and Clinic has helped close to 2,500 litigants, and was the recipient of a California State Bar award in 2012 for Distinguished Pro Bono Services for creating this innovative program. 

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june
Juvenile Defender Program Thumb LACBA Establishes Independent Juvenile Defender Program
LACBA established the Independent Juvenile Defender Program, the first appointed counsel program in California to provide a full range of social welfare and legal services to support juvenile defendants and their attorneys. The program was established in partnership with Los Angeles County to provide legal services to youth charged with crimes in the juvenile delinquency system. 

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Linda Barker Photo Linda D. Barker Receives LACBA's Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award 
LACBA congratulates Linda D. Barker, general counsel of Los Angeles Capital, who was selected as the recipient of the Corporate Law Departments Section’s 2017 Annual Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award. Linda was chosen for her exceptional performance and career achievement as an in-house corporate counsel. 

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july
 
outstanding service awards recap thumb LACBA Honors Volunteers at the Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception—Also Recognizes Newest 50-Year Club Members 
Nearly 100 LACBA volunteers and supporters came together at the 2017 LACBA Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception on May 24, to celebrate and honor volunteers who have donated their time and talents to LACBA and its legal services projects. 

Former LACBA and State Bar of California President Patrick M. Kelly, who served as emcee for the reception, commended the volunteers for their impact on the practice of law and in delivering critical pro bono services for those who cannot afford an attorney or understand how to access the justice system.  

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august
Gretchen Nelson Photo Past President Gretchen M. Nelson Appointed to Judicial Council
LACBA congratulates former president Gretchen M. Nelson on her appointment as a member of the Judicial Council, effective September 15, 2017. Ms. Nelson is a past Chair of LACBA’s Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee and Litigation Section.

september
Senate Bill 276 Thumb LACBA Opposes Senate Bill 276 which Seeks to Split the Ninth Circuit Court
The Los Angeles County Bar sent a letter to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein from California in opposition of Senate Bill 276 to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The letter, which was drafted by LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section, can be read in its entirety HERE.

Monica-Bustos-Photo DVP Welcomes New Project Attorney Monica Bustos
The Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) announced Monica Bustos as its new Project Attorney. Monica will be tasked with providing legal services to the thousands of domestic violence victims that DVP sees each year. Prior to attending Lewis & Clark Law School, Monica was a Victims Advocate with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, before going on to become a law clerk in their Victim Impact Program and Hardcore Gang Unit.  She also interned at the National Crime Victims Law Institute while in law school. Monica brings a vast knowledge of problems that affect victims of violence and the services they may require. Her experience working with victims makes her a valued member of DVP.
Juvenile-Defender-Thumb Independent Juvenile Defender Program Progress Report
LACBA’s Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJDP) has taken great strides in serving juvenile defenders since it was founded in November. Since then, IJDP panel members have been appointed to more than 900 cases across its four quadrants. The East Panel alone is responsible for close to 300 cases, with the South Panel close behind with a caseload of over 250. In addition to providing high-quality defense, IJDP is also in the process of assembling juvenile specific Social Worker and Investigator panels in order to support our attorneys in providing the best possible defense for their juvenile clients.
october
CFJ Thumb Orrick Supports LACBA's Legal Services Projects with Volunteers and $30,000 Donation
LACBA Counsel for Justice thanks Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for their generous $30,000 contribution to support LACBA's legal services projects. Through Orrick’s Pro Bono Counsel, Rene Kathawala, Orrick attorneys have been logging pro bono hours for the past six years. In 2016, 35 Orrick attorneys and support staff volunteered with LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, AIDS Legal Services Project, and Veterans Legal Services Project, donating more than 1,000 pro bono hours.
Top 100 Lawyers Thumb LACBA Members Named to LADJ's Top 100 Lawyers 
LACBA congratulates President-Elect Brian S. Kabateck and past President Paul R. Kiesel for being named to the Los Angeles Daily Journals’ Top 100 Lawyers in California. We would also like to recognize the other LACBA members who also made the list. CLICK HERE to view their names.

november
CFJ Thumb Video: Colleen Hart Explains her Motivation for Helping Veterans 
Recent Century City Chamber of Commerce 2017 Women of Achievement Award recipient and LACBA Counsel for Justice Board Member, Colleen Hart, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, and dedicated Veterans Legal Services Project volunteer, shares a video testimony about a about a veteran she recently helped.

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Veterans Project Logo Attorneys and Staff from Reed Smith LLP Help Veterans
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank attorneys
and staff from Reed Smith LLP for donating their time and talents at the Veterans Project’s October 18th legal clinic. This marked the first time that LACBA Counsel for Justice Board Member Mildred Segura, and her colleagues from Reed Smith, volunteered with the Veterans Project. Their assistance was crucial in our continuing efforts to help veterans overcome legal barriers to employment, such as outstanding tickets and warrants, and criminal convictions. With confidence and improved employability, our clients are able to rejoin the workforce and move on with their lives.


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december
Stanley Bissley Photo Stanley S. Bissey Named LACBA's Executive Director
The Los Angeles County Bar Association announced that its Board of Trustees selected Stanley S. Bissey to serve as LACBA’s next Executive Director, effective January 16, 2018. Bissey joins LACBA having served as the Executive Director and CEO of the California Judges Association (CJA), the largest private association of active and retired judicial officers in the country, since 2003.

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Member Private Policy Update Thumbnail LACBA Updates its Privacy Policy

LACBA’s Board of Trustees has adopted an updated privacy policy for its members which will go into effect on January 8, 2018. The privacy policy describes how LACBA collects, uses, and shares your information.  

Read the update privacy policy HERE.
CFJ Thumb CFJ Welcomes Exciting New Additions to its Board

Joining the CFJ Board of Directors are Natasha R. Chesler, Derek R. Flores and James (Jimmy) A. Santiago. "All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community service and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to serve our community by providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, provide immigrants with accurate information about their legal rights, help veterans clear tickets and warrants so they can find employment, and stand up to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS,” Brian Condon, CFJ President-Elect said.  

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in-memoriam
Van de Kamp Photo LACBA Mourns the Passing of Former State Bar President John Van de Kamp
The Los Angeles County Bar Association is extremely saddened by the sudden passing of former California Attorney General and State Bar President John Van de Kamp. LACBA President Margaret P. Stevens said of Mr. Van de Kamp, “John Van de Kamp was my mentor when we were both on the State Bar Board. His gracious and gentle approach to leadership, and even some much-needed humor, made thoughtful discourse possible on difficult subjects. The LACBA family will miss him very much, particularly by our Conference of Delegates delegation, on which he served tirelessly for many years.”

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Jack Quinn Photo Former LACBA President John J. Quinn, Jr. Passes Away
It is with great sadness the Los Angeles County Bar Association shares the news that past President John J. Quinn, Jr. passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the age of 84. Mr. Quinn was a highly respected litigator for his demeanor and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession inside and outside of the courtroom. He was also the recipient of LACBA’s highest honor, the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, in 1992.

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Linda D. Barker Receives LACBA's Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award 

Attorneys and Staff from Reed Smith LLP Help Veterans