ADMITTED: A Podcast for Law Students
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Hello, Law Students.

 

Here at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, we know that being an attorney is a whole lot more than practicing law. Lawyers encounter unique stressors and situations that often arise out of nowhere. We’ve put together this podcast so that you can begin to get a handle on the legal profession before you’re out on your own.

Our Barrister’s Section, comprised of attorneys 35 and younger or with no more than 5 years in practice, was the perfect place to start as we began interviewing a selection of our active members.

We’ve collaged the interviews together in order to give you topic-based episodes that share stories and experiences of attorneys that will be a benefit to you. 

Subscribe to ADMITTED to get all our episodes.

 


 

 

Ep. 3: Managing Stress in a Legal Career

Having a legal career is going to include plenty of stressful situations. Whether it is impending court deadlines, emergency client calls, or demanding bosses, you'll need to find a way to manage the stress so you don't burn out. We spoke to several attorneys about how they manage stress. We also feature a Los Angeles Lawyer article that is relevant to the issue.  

As a law student, you are entitled to a free LACBA membership. Call LACBA Member Services to sign up for your free membership now! (213) 896-6560 or visit  www.lacba.org/Law-Student-Registration.

Please consider subscribing, giving us a 5-Star rating, and writing a glowing review on iTunes so that more law students find the podcast on their way to rewarding careers in the legal field.

Produced by: Lynz Floren, with assistance from Melissa Algaze, Shawn Talley, Aaron Estrada, and Vanessa Villagomez.


 

This episode of ADMITTED is sponsored by SmartLaw! SmartLaw is the Lawyer Referral Service of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. SmartLaw is the best way for newly admitted lawyers in Southern California to build a practice with referrals to paying clients. With very limited experience, newly licensed lawyers can get referrals to paying clients in a variety of practice areas, including DMV matters, collections, breach of contract, misdemeanor, traffic offenses, letter response, uncontested divorce, eviction defense, and small claims court coaching. For a limited time, SmartLaw is now offering a free test drive of the service to newly licensed lawyers in Southern California, 0-5 years in practice. Get more details by calling (213) 896-6571 today.

 



Guests (in order of appearance):


Gregory A. Girvan, Partner, Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP  www.fmbklaw.com

Greg Girvan

Mr. Girvan is a Certified Family Law Specialist at FMBK whose practice exclusively focuses on family law including divorces, contested child custody proceedings, drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements and litigating domestic violence cases. Prior to joining FMBK, Mr. Girvan served as a Family Law judicial extern for the Honorable Harvey Silberman of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He joined the firm in 2009 through FMBK’s Summer Associate Program.

 

Kendra Thomas, Esq., LACBA Board of Trustees

Kendra ThomasAttorney Kendra Thomas is a Certified Family Law Specialist serving clients in the Southern California area at Thomas Law Offices, in Woodland Hills and in Newport Beach, CA. Thomas Law Offices is a values-driven law firm, guided by principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.

 

Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

 

Nisha Parekh, Trial Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor

Nisha Parekh

Nisha Parekh is a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in the Los Angeles office.  She completed a dual law and master’s in public policy (JD/MPP) degree program at UCLA in May 2017. She also completed specializations in Critical Race Studies and in public interest law through the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program.  She took several years to work on other projects prior to attending law school. These include teaching, documentary film production, urban agriculture policy work, policy work for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and completion of a Fulbright Scholarship.

 

Laurie Aronoff - Director of LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project

Laurie Aronoff, AIDS Project Director LACBAContact:laronoff@lacba.org

 

Benjamin S. Reccius, www.recciuslaw.com

Benjamin Reccius HeadshotReccius Law was founded on the simple idea of bringing the practice of law back to its basics--rigorous investigation, preparation and dedication to being a true counselor at law. Aside from his core specialties of cannabis business law and criminal defense, Benjamin has a broad legal skill-set that includes housing litigation (eviction, relocation, habitability, ADA litigation), business law, contracts, asset forfeiture, criminal restitution, and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.



Amy Kapner, Attorney, Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP - www.fmbklaw.com

Amy Kapner

Amy Stallard Kapner joined FMBK as a summer associate in 2011.  She is now one of the heads of the FMBK Summer Law Clerk Program, and enjoys selecting and mentoring law students and younger FMBK associates. Amy has represented both male and female clients in complex cases involving contested custody, including long distance move-aways, and sophisticated financial issues such as unconventional spousal support awards, business valuations and enforcement of financial orders.  While she is at ease in the courtroom, Amy has successfully settled the vast majority of her cases.


 Source article:

The Importance of Self-Care in Balancing Life and Work by Saba Zafar.
Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, June 2018.

 



 

Ep. 2: Finding Your Practice Area 

Some people are lucky enough to know exactly what they want to do and they are able to just go do it. Almost everyone else has to try some things out and based on that experience they hope to find their way to a rewarding career. We spoke to some LACBA members from the Barristers Section and beyond to get their stories and insights about finding their own way to a practice area that suits their temperament, needs and interests.

Please consider subscribing, giving us a 5-Star rating, and writing a glowing review on iTunes so that more law students find the podcast on their way to rewarding careers in the legal field.

Produced by: Lynz Floren, with assistance from Shawn Talley, Melissa Algaze, and Aaron Estrada.

 


This episode of ADMITTED is sponsored by SmartLaw! SmartLaw is the Lawyer Referral Service of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. SmartLaw is the best way for newly admitted lawyers in Southern California to build a practice with referrals to paying clients. With very limited experience, newly licensed lawyers can get referrals to paying clients in a variety of practice areas, including DMV matters, collections, breach of contract, misdemeanor, traffic offenses, letter response, uncontested divorce, eviction defense, and small claims court coaching. For a limited time, SmartLaw is now offering a free test drive of the service to newly licensed lawyers in Southern California, 0-5 years in practice. Get more details by calling (213) 896-6571 today.



Guests:

Kendra Thomas, Esq., LACBA Board of Trustees

Kendra ThomasAttorney Kendra Thomas is a Certified Family Law Specialist serving clients in the Southern California area at Thomas Law Offices, in Woodland Hills and in Newport Beach, CA. Thomas Law Offices is a values-driven law firm, guided by principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.

 

Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

 

Diana Sanders - 2017-18 Barrister’s Executive Committee Member

Diana-A-SandersDiana A. Sanders is an associate at Liner LLP, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including production companies, writers, producers, and musical artists, in litigations and other disputes. Ms. Sanders began her legal career in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications with minors in Music and Business from St. John's University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

 

Jessica Gordon - 2017-18 Barrister’s President Elect

Jessica-Gordon-Headshot-BarristersJessica G. Gordon is a Private Client associate at Thompson Coburn LLP where she represents clients in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. In addition to her involvement in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Jessica also serves on the board of the Century City Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Laurie Aronoff - Director of LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project

 Laurie Aronoff, AIDS Project Director LACBAContact: laronoff@lacba.org

 

Mary Mucha - Director of LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Mary Mucha HeadshotContact: mmucha@lacba.org

 

Benjamin S. Reccius, www.recciuslaw.com

 Benjamin Reccius HeadshotReccius Law was founded on the simple idea of bringing the practice of law back to its basics--rigorous investigation, preparation and dedication to being a true counselor at law. Aside from his core specialties of cannabis business law and criminal defense, Benjamin has a broad legal skill-set that includes housing litigation (eviction, relocation, habitability, ADA litigation), business law, contracts, asset forfeiture, criminal restitution, and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

 

 

 


 

Ep. 1: Networking and Getting Involved 

For our pilot episode, we dug into a topic that can be overwhelming to anyone: Networking and Getting Involved. Even in a less competitive field, having connections and being seen can make all the difference in the world when it comes to building or advancing your career. In the field of law, it is doubly important. We interviewed leaders of our Barrister’s Section as well as directors of some of LACBA’s Pro Bono projects.

Produced by: Lynz Floren, with assistance from Shawn Talley, Melissa Algaze, and Aaron Estrada.


This episode of ADMITTED is sponsored by SmartLaw! SmartLaw is the Lawyer Referral Service of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. SmartLaw is the best way for newly admitted lawyers in Southern California to build a practice with referrals to paying clients. With very limited experience, newly licensed lawyers can get referrals to paying clients in a variety of practice areas, including DMV matters, collections, breach of contract, misdemeanor, traffic offenses, letter response, uncontested divorce, eviction defense, and small claims court coaching. For a limited time, SmartLaw is now offering a free test drive of the service to newly licensed lawyers in Southern California, 0-5 years in practice. Get more details by calling (213) 896-6571 today.



Guests:

Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

 

Diana Sanders - 2017-18 Barrister’s Executive Committee Member

Diana-A-SandersDiana A. Sanders is an associate at Liner LLP, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including production companies, writers, producers, and musical artists, in litigations and other disputes. Ms. Sanders began her legal career in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications with minors in Music and Business from St. John's University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

 

Jessica Gordon - 2017-18 Barrister’s President Elect

Jessica-Gordon-Headshot-BarristersJessica G. Gordon is a Private Client associate at Thompson Coburn LLP where she represents clients in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. In addition to her involvement in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Jessica also serves on the board of the Century City Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Andrew Culberson - Director of LACBA Veterans Project

A Culberson HeadshotContact: aculberson@lacba.org

 

Mary Mucha - Director of LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Mary Mucha HeadshotContact: mmucha@lacba.org

 

Source article:

Making Contact: The Benefits of Building a Strong Network by Yujin Chun, Los Angeles Lawyer, March 2018. Link: https://www.lacba.org/docs/default-source/lal-back-issues/2018-issues/may-2018.pdf

 

As a law student, you are entitled to a free LACBA membership. Call LACBA Member Services to sign up for your free membership now! 213-896-6560 www.lacba.org/Law-Student-Registration

 

 

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If you have questions, suggestions, or feedback pertaining to the podcast, please send an email to our Producer, Lynz Floren: lfloren@lacba.org

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Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

 

Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

 

Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.