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2019 Installation and Awards Dinner

The Los Angeles County Bar Association Celebrates the Installation of Ronald F. Brot as its 2019-20 President


The Los Angeles County Bar Association welcomed more than 560 state and local officials, judicial officers, LACBA members and other special guests to the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the installation of Ronald F. Brot as LACBA’s 2019-20 president.

Mr. Brot, along with incoming officers - President-Elect Tamila Jensen, Senior Vice President Bradley Pauley, Vice President Jo-Ann Grace and Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach Philip Lam, and the entire board of trustees, as well as Barristers/Young Attorneys incoming president Diana Sanders, were administered the Oath of Office by Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon.

Among the many guests who joined in on the celebration were Hon. Kevin Brazile, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court; Hon. Eric Taylor, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court; Hon. Paul Bacigalup, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and President of California Judges Association; Hon. Heather A. Welch, Chair-Elect of the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Court Trial Judges; Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney; Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller; Hilary Potashner, Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California; Ricardo García, Los Angeles County Public Defender; Elisa Arcidiacono, Justice Deputy for Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Claudia Gutierrez, Senior Deputy for Legal Affairs, and Ibert G. Schultz, Senior Deputy for Agency Review and Support, representing Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Hon. Margaret Morrow, President and Chief Executive Office of Public Counsel; Nicole Bautista, Executive Director and CEO at California Judges Association; Jennifer Blevins, Executive Director of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; and Marc Staenberg, CEO of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

The first award of the evening was LACBA’s inaugural Pro Bono Legal Services Award. The award was presented to the team of Doug Axel, Anand Singh, Nisha Chandran, and Sean Collins from Sidley Austin for their representation of LACBA’s Independent Juvenile Defenders program, in which a Los Angeles judicial officer refused to appoint attorneys to represent juvenile defenders, despite the program being recognized by the American Bar Association for its novel approach to providing legal services.

Ultimately, a writ of mandate from the Court of Appeal ordered the judicial officer to begin appointing attorneys from the program to these cases. This effort required thousands of pages of motions and writs and the equivalent of more $800,000 in legal services.

LACBA’s next award, the Diversity Impact Award, was presented to the Hon. Brazile for his distinguished record of effectuating diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Long before becoming the first African American Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, one of the largest trial court systems in the nation, Judge Brazile served as a mentor to countless judges, commissioners and attorneys from diverse backgrounds. His inclusiveness is seen as an important and vital step to advancing and achieving diversity in the Court, as he encouraged and assisted many as they successfully sought leadership positions on the Judicial Council, California Judges Association, the Court’s Executive Committee and Supervisor positions within the Court.

In addition, Judge Brazile opened doors and broadened various minority bars’ access to court leadership by inviting representatives of various minority bar associations to join the Court’s coveted Central Civil Bench Bar Committee meeting.

LACBA was honored to have Justice Arthur Gilbert, Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Second District Division 6, present its Outstanding Jurist Award to Justice Elwood G. Lui, Administrative Presiding Justice of the Second Appellate District, in recognition of his contributions from the bench through judicial ability and experience, temperament and demeanor, knowledge of the law, improvement and education of the legal community and the practice of law.

Justice Lui has a long history of public service while engaged in the private practice of law. He is the Prison Compliance Officer in federal litigation concerning the overcrowded conditions in California state prisons; served as the Special Master of the State Bar Disciplinary System on two occasions; and as Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He has also served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Advancing Justice, Los Angeles; Public Counsel; and Children Now. He has been active in the selection process for federal and state judicial positions at the request of the White House, California Senator Dianne Feinstein and several Governors.

Justice Lui has served on LACBA’s Appellate Courts Committee/Section for over 30 years, was a founding member of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and received the Judge Delbert E. Wong Distinguished Service Award.

The final award of the evening was the presentation of one of LACBA’s highest honors the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, which was presented to Patrick M. Kelly in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to the high principles of the legal profession and to improving the administration of justice.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr.Kelly served as LACBA President, a Trustee on two separate occasions, past President of Dispute Resolution Services, Chair of the Delegation to the Conference of Delegates, Chair of the Litigation Section and as past President of the State Bar of California. He also led the effort to urge the Supreme Court to add the now familiar civility commitment to the Attorney Oath, and as a member of the Open Courts Coalition, urged better access to justice through improved court funding.

Mr. Kelly served on the Commission on Judicial Performance, which disciplines California state judges and has the power to remove them from the bench, and for his leadership in the courts, was elected to the California Judicial Council, the board chaired by the Chief Justice that oversees the California Judicial Branch.

LACBA would also like to thank it sponsors for their support of the 2019-20 Installation and Awards Dinner:

Diamond Sponsor:
Brot•Gross•Fishbein•LLP

Gold Sponsors:   
Ahern Insurance Brokerage; Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein; Gursey Schneider LLP; Harris•Ginsberg LLP; Horvitz & Levy LLP; JAMS; Kolodny Law Group; Law Offices of Terry Levich Ross; Luttrell Wegis LLP; Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, LLP; Russ August & Kabat; Signature Resolution; Hon. Suzanne G. Bruguera, Retired; Walzer & Melcher LLP; and Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles, P.C.

We would also to thank those who purchased a table to the Installation and Awards Dinner: American Realty Advisors; Beverly Hills Bar Association; CBIZ; CourtCall; Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP; Italian American Lawyers Association; John M. Langston Bar Association; Jones Day; Kabateck LLP; Kellner Law Group; Kutak Rock LLP; LACBA Appellate Courts Section; LACBA Family Law Section; LACBA Senior Lawyers Section; LACBA Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section; Law Offices of Tamila C. Jensen P.C.; Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo; Lewis Brisbois; Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP; Metropolitan News Company; Norton Rose Fulbright; Parker Milliken; San Fernando Valley Bar Association; Stubbs Alderton & Markiles; Summers Levine & Kretzmer, LLP; The Reape-Rickett Law Firm; Thomas Law Offices; Wilson Elser; and Bill Winslow.

And finally, we would like to acknowledge this year’s Installation and Awards Dinner committee members who made the evening one of the most successful to date: Chair Brad Pauley, Kristin Adrian, John Carson, Jesse Cripps, Brant Dveirin, Jo-Ann Grace, Tamie Jensen, Phil Lam, Steve Mindel, Ann Park, Ben Shatz, Michael Sherman and Bill Winslow.


Brian S. Kabateck and Ronald F. Brot
In one of his last official acts as President, Brian S. Kabateck accepts the Outgoing President's Award from incoming LACBA President Ronald F. Brot during LABCA's Installation and Awards Reception.


Diana A. Sanders and Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon
Division Three, Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon administers the Oath of Office to Barristers/Young Attorneys incoming President Diana A. Sanders.


Nisha Chandran and Ronald Brot Pro Bono Award
Sidley Austin’s Nisha Chandran accept LACBA’s inaugural Pro Bono Legal Services Award from LACBA President-elect Ronald Brot on behalf of the firm for its pro bono representation of the Association’s Independent Juvenile Defender Program.


Hon. Kevin C. Brazile Diversity Impact Awardee and Ronald Brot

President-elect Ronald F. Brot presents the Hon. Kevin C. Brazile, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, with LACBA’s inaugural Diversity Impact Award for his lengthy record of effectuating diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.


Honorable Aurhur Gilbert and Honorable Elwood G. Lui

Hon. Arthur Gilbert, Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Second District Division 6, presents the Hon. Elwood G. Lui, Administrative Presiding Justice of the Second Appellate District, with LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award in recognition of his contributions from the bench through judicial ability and experience, temperament and demeanor, and knowledge of the law.


Patrick M. Kelly and Ronald F. Brot - Shattuck-Price Award

LACBA’s incoming President, Ronald F. Brot, presents Patrick M. Kelly with one of LACBA’s highest honors – the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award – in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to the high principles of the legal profession and to improving the administration of justice.


Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon administering oath to Ronald F. Brot

Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon administers the Oath of Office to incoming President Ronald F. Brot during LACBA’s Installation and Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.