The LACBA Installation and Awards Reception Recap
The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) welcomed more than 430 dignitaries, judges, members, and other guests to the beautiful InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel for the installation of Brian S. Kabateck as its 2018-19 president, with proceeds from the event supporting Counsel for Justice and LACBA’s legal services projects.
The Installation and Awards Reception raised more than $140,000 in support of free and low cost legal services for those in need through LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project, Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, Immigration Legal Assistance Project, and Veterans Legal Services Project. Last year alone, the Projects helped more than 18,000 people thanks to the generous support of LACBA volunteers.
Incoming president Kabateck served as the emcee for the program, keeping the mood festive and the program moving along quickly. One of the many highlights of the evening was the presentation of a special thank you gift to outgoing President Michael E. Meyer, one of the city’s biggest Cubs fan, with a special baseball bat signed by each of the Trustees for all of his hard work and leadership over the past year.
California Senator Kamala Harris also made an appearance at the reception, sending along a very special message from Washington, congratulating Kabateck on his installation as LACBA president and thanking Meyer for all of his work this past year. The message can be seen HERE.
As part of the evening’s celebration, Kabateck invited past LACBA presidents, including Hon. Richard Burdge, John Carson, Richard Chernick, Hon. Lee Edmon, Rex Heinke, Pat Kelly, Edith Matthai, David Pasternak, Tricia Daehnke, Charley Michaels, Hon. Margaret Morrow, Hon. Patricia Schnegg, Linda Curtis, Harry Hathaway, and Richard Coleman to the stage for a special champagne toast.
Kabateck also thanked those who made a $1,000 donation to the President’s 140th Anniversary Gift Fund—Harry Hathaway, Patti Phillips, John Carson, Linda Curtis, Charles Michaels, Dave Pasternak, Rex Heinke, and Ken Corhan—as LACBA prepares to celebrate its 140-year legacy of leadership in the Los Angeles legal community.
The first awards of the evening were the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards in recognition of LACBA members for their extraordinary contributions to the Association’s legal services projects. The Aranda awards went to:
- David E. Stanley, AIDS Legal Services Project
- Derek Owen Wallen, Domestic Violence Legal Services Project
- Lynne Affleck, Immigration Legal Assistance Project, and
- James A. Santiago, Veterans Legal Services Project
Kabateck also presented the Outstanding Service in LACBA Leadership Awards to:
- John F. Hartigan, Samuel L. Williams: Outstanding Trustee Award
- Benjamin G. Shatz, Patricia Phillips: Outstanding Committee Service Award, and
- Charles E. Michaels and Nowland C. Hong, Matthew S. Rae, Jr.: Outstanding Section Leader Award
The final two awards of the evening went to Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, who received the Senior Lawyers Section Trailblazer of the Bar Award, and to Wes Kennedy who received the Counsel for Justice President’s Award.
The evening came to a close with the installation of LACBA, Barristers, and Counsel for Justice incoming presidents, officers, and boards.
Kabateck, along with incoming Officers – President-elect Ronald F. Brot, Senior Vice President Tamila Jensen, and Vice President Bradley Pauley – and the incoming Trustees were sworn into office by past LACBA president, Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon of the California Court of Appeal.
Incoming Barristers President Jessica Gordon and Officers were administered the oath of office by past LACBA president Hon. Richard Burdge, while incoming Counsel for Justice President Brian Condon, Officers, and Board were sworn in by Hon. Daniel Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Among the many special guests in attendance were: Hon. Virginia A. Phillips, Chief District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California; Hon. Sheri Bluebond, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California; Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court; Hon. Stuart Rice, President of the California Judges Association; Mike Feuer, City Attorney; Ron Galperin, City Controller; Sara Tse Soo Hoo, Chief Deputy of Operations for the Central District of California; Hon. Margaret Morrow, President and CEO of Public Counsel; Claudia Gutierrez, Senior Deputy for Legal Affairs from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Sandra Levin, Executive Director of the LA Law Library; and Marc R. Staenberg, CEO of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
The evening’s success as a fundraiser to support Counsel for Justice and LACBA’s legal services projects would not have been possible without the generous support of the following Installation and Awards Reception sponsors:
- Ahern Insurance Brokerage
- Arent Fox
- Arnold & Porter
- Baker, Keener & Nahra, LLP
- Baradat & Paboojian, Inc.
- Benchmark Resolution Group
- Brown White & Osborn LLP
- Browne George Ross LLP
- California Bank & Trust
- California Advocates
- California Defense Counsel
- Consumer Attorneys Association of
- Cornerstone Research
- Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP
- Cozen O'Connor
- Di Marco|Araujo|Montevideo
- DLA Piper
- Ernst Law Group
- Girardi | Keese
- Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP
- Goren Marcus Masino & Marsh
- Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
- Horvitz & Levy LLP
- Judicate West
- Juris Productions
- Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP
- Lewis Brisbois
- Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
- Locke Lord LLP
- Loyola Law School
- Marlin & Saltzman
- Martinian & Associates Inc.
- McKool Smith
- McNicholas & McNicholas LLP
- Milstein, Jackson, Fairchild & Wade, LLP
- Morgan Lewis
- Nelson & Fraenkel LLP
- Rizio Law Firm
- Susan E. Wiesner, A Law Corporation
- Thompson Coburn LLP
- Wilson Elser
- Winston & Strawn LLP
- Worldwide Facilities, LLC
We would also like to recognize those individuals and firms who also purchased a block of tickets:
- Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
- Brot & Gross LLP
- D.A. Davidson
- Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP
- Felix Woo
- First Legal
- Gibson Dunn
- Gifford, Dearing & Abernathy, LLP
- Kolodny Law Group
- Law Office of Tamila C. Jensen
- Liang Ly LLP
- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
- McKool Smith
- Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers LLP
- O'Melveny & Myers LLP
- Reed Smith
- Salisian Lee LLP
- Thomas Law Offices
LACBA would also like to thank the Installation and Awards Reception Committee for their exceptional work in helping to make the program a success:
- Chair Bradley Pauley
- Vice Chair Charles E. Michaels
- Brian Kabateck
- Tamila Jensen
- Philip Lam
- Kristin Adrian
- Linda Barker
- Susan Booth
- Ronald Brot
- John Carson
- Brian Condon
- Jesse Cripps
- Mark Garscia
- Jo-Ann Grace
- Ann Park
- William Winslow
- Felix Woo
LACBA President Michael E. Meyer is presented with a Board of Trustees autographed baseball bat by incoming President Brian S. Kabateck
Brian presents the Samuel L. Williams: Outstanding Trustee Award to John F. Hartigan.
Brian S. Kabateck presents the Matthew S. Rae, Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award to Nowland C. Hong and Charles E. Michaels.
Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon congratulates Brian S. Kabateck moments after swearing him in as LACBA’s President.
LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project Director Andrew Culberson (left) and Brian S. Kabateck (right) pause to congratulate James A. Santiago (center) who was selected as a Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award recipient in recognition of his contributions to the 2018 Veterans Legal Services Project.
LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Incoming President Brian K. Condon, LACBA Trustee Kendra Thomas, Domestic Violence Legal Services (DVP) Project Director and outgoing CFJ President Mark Garscia recognize Derek Owen Wallen (centered) as DVP’s 2018 Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award recipient.
Past Presidents raise a toast in celebration of LACBA’s Installation and Awards Reception.
David E. Stanley receives the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards for his work on behalf of the AIDS Legal Services Project.
Immigration Legal Assistance Project volunteer Lynne Affleck is presented the Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award for her work with the Project.
Hon. Carlos R. Moreno accepts the Senior Lawyers Section Trailblazer of the Bar Award.
Benjamin G. Shatz receives the Patricia Phillips Outstanding Committee Service Award.
Outgoing Counsel for Justice (CFJ) President Mark Garscia, Wes Kennedy, recipient of the CFJ President’s Award, and incoming CFJ President Brian K. Condon.
Former LACBA President and Hon. Richard Burdge administers the oath of office to incoming Barristers President Jessica Gordon and Officers during the Installation and Awards Reception.
Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon administers the oath of office to incoming Officers—President-elect Ronald Brot, Senior Vice President Tamila Jensen, and Vice President Bradley Pauley—and the incoming Trustees in the audience.
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Daniel Buckley swears in incoming Counsel for Justice President Brian K. Condon, Vice President Rebecca Torrey, Senior Vice President John Clark, Vice President Jill Cossman, and immediate past President Mark Garscia.