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.
 

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Ep. 5: Leveraging Possibilities : The Law Student Summer Experience Part Two - The Recent Grad Perspective

 

 

In part two of our multi-part series on the law student summer experience, we’re exploring the perspectives of recent grads and how their summer experiences taught them practical legal skills gained by working with real clients, helped them grow their networks and shaped their future professional careers.

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 and Melissa Algaze, with assistance from 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):


Benjamin S. Reccius, Esq, RECCIUS LAW - www.recciuslaw.com

Benjamin-Reccius

Reccius 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 specialities 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.

 

Curtis Roberts, Esq, The Founder’s Attorney -  www.foundersattorney.com

Curtis-RobertsCurtis Roberts helps founders of early-stage companies to grow into their potential. His firm, the Founder's Attorney, specializes in assisting entrepreneurs navigate various sources of early-stage funding and drafting all the essential start-up documentation. He is dedicated to making sure his clients and their businesses succeed. His previous business experience includes work with Goldman Sachs, the SEC, VentureCapital.org, and numerous early-stage companies both in and around Los Angeles.

 

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

Nisha-ParekhNisha 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.

 



Ep. 4: Race Against Time: The Law Student Summer Experience – Part One: The Career Development Perspective

 

 

Law School is so much more than what you learn inside the classroom and experiencing the legal industry from the inside can mean everything to your career. In Part One of our multi-part series, we’ll explore the timelines and best practices for pursuing summer internships and associateships. This episode kicks off the examination through interviews with two veterans of the Career Development/Services field from USC Gould School of Law and Loyola Law School.

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 and Melissa Algaze, with assistance from 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):


Rachel Kronick Rothbart, Director of Career Services, USC Gould School of Law

Rachel Kronick Rothbart

Rachel Kronick Rothbart joined the Career Services Office at the end of 2009. She is responsible for counseling students, administers the office's rich array of educational programming, and is the USC Gould's public sector careers specialist. Admitted to the state bars of Florida and California, she practiced family law at the Legal Aid Society in Miami and the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles. While at the Harriett Buhai Center, she served as an attorney and director of Legal Services, supervised volunteers and staff, revised the center's handbook on domestic violence, gave presentations and conducted trainings, worked with public interest groups, and participated in the planning of local and statewide legal trainings. She served on the executive committee for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Although a military brat during the early part of her life, she calls Charleston, South Carolina, her hometown because of her family's strong roots to the community. She earned a BA in politics and history from Brandeis University and her JD from University of Miami School of Law.
https://gould.usc.edu/careers

 

Katrina Denny, Esq., Assistant Director, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Career Development Office

Katrina Denny, Esq., Assistant Director, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Career Development Office Katrina Denny joined the Career Development Office in April 2018.She is responsible for reviewing and revising student application materials, conducting mock interviews, developing individualized career plans, and organizing career-related programming. Prior to coming to Loyola, Katrina was the Director of Career Services at Southwestern Law School where she spent over a decade advising students and graduates regarding career planning, job search strategies, interview preparation, and judicial clerkship applications. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2003 and earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2000. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles students participate in a wide range of summer jobs with the help of the school’s Career Development Office.

https://www.lls.edu/careerdevelopmentoffice/



Additional information on topics mentioned in this episode:

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 175 public interest employers conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities. Over 1,400 students from over 150 law schools attend for interviews, workshops on public interest careers, networking, resume review, mock interviews, and more.
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair

UCLA School of Law hosts the Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day each February. Career Day is one of the largest career fairs of its kind in the country, bringing more than 130 nonprofit organizations, private public interest firms, and government agencies to the campus to conduct on-site interviews, staff information tables, participate in informal lunchtime discussions, and speak on a criminal law panel. While annually hosted by UCLA Law, Career Day is cosponsored by 12 other Southern California law schools – California Western, Chapman, La Verne, Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, Thomas Jefferson, UCI, University of San Diego, USC, Western State, and Whittier.

https://law.ucla.edu/careers/office-of-public-interest-programs/annual-career-day/

 



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-thomas-75wAttorney 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-RecciusReccius 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-thomas-75wAttorney 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-RecciusReccius 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.