LACBA Update Back Issues - July 2015

Paul R. Kiesel Installed as 2015-16 LACBA President

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) installed Paul R. Kiesel as its President before more than 500 state and local officials, judicial officers, LACBA members, and guests at its Installation and Awards Dinner on June 25 at the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

The Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, swore in President Kiesel along with LACBA’s incoming officers including President-Elect Margaret P. Stevens; Senior Vice President and Treasurer Michael K. Lindsey; Vice President David K. Reinert; the Board of Trustees; and the Barristers President Robert Glassman and Barristers Officers.

Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of two of LACBA’s most prestigious awards—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to Ronald L. Olson and the Outstanding Jurist Award to Justice Joan Dempsey Klein.

Mr. Olson received the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award for an extraordinary career of serving clients of national and global importance, while improving and developing alternative methods to achieve resolutions in our justice system and increasing access to justice.

A name partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, Mr. Olsen is one of the country’s leading corporate litigators and counselors, and has helped change the way in which cases are resolved by helping to define and promote the use of alternative dispute resolution.

Most recently, he helped settle a landmark case against U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in which the VA agreed to develop a comprehensive plan for the West Los Angeles (WLA) VA campus to serve female, severely disabled, aging and homeless veterans, and accelerate the creation of a new long-term master plan outlining the future use of the WLA VA campus.

LACBA also presented its Outstanding Jurist Award to Justice Klein for her significant contributions from the bench through judicial ability and experience, temperament and demeanor, and knowledge of the law, as well as improvement or education of the legal community, the practice of law, and the community at large. 

A pioneer in the legal profession, Justice Klein is the former Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three, and was one of its longest-tenured justices, having served on the bench for more than 51 years before retiring late last year.

She was the first UCLA Law School graduate to be appointed to the bench, and as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court, she initiated citywide Bail by Mail and inaugurated the Los Angeles County Planning and Research Unit for the courts.

In 1974, Justice Klein was elected to the Superior Court before being appointed to the California Court of Appeal in 1978, becoming the first female Presiding Justice in California.  She was the co-founder and first president of the National Association of Women Judges and the founding president of California Women Lawyers. She also helped found the International Association of Women Judges.

A number of civic and judicial dignitaries joined the celebration including California State Treasurer John Chiang; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Judge Margaret M. Morrow; California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 3 Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon; Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl; Los Angeles County Public Defender Ronald L. Brown; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. 

The evening was made possible in part through the generous support of After-Party Sponsor Preferred Bank and Diamond Sponsors Narver Insurance and Munger, Tolles & Olson.


LACBA Leadership: LACBA Vice President David K. Reinert; Barristers Immediate Past President Devon Myers; Barristers President Robert Glassman; LACBA President Paul R. Kiesel; LACBA Immediate Past President Linda L. Curtis; LACBA President-Elect Margaret P. Stevens; and LACBA Senior Vice President Michael K. Lindsey (from left)