LACBA Update Back Issues - December 2014


Los Angeles County Bar Foundation Celebrates 
More Than 50 Years of Community Service

Foundation announces merger and becomes Counsel for Justice

The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation welcomed nearly 300 people to its Gala celebrating over 50 years of supporting legal public service in the community at the beautiful Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and helped raise funds to support the Foundation and Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) public service projects: Domestic Violence, Veterans, Immigration Legal Assistance and AIDS Legal Services, as well as LACBA’s Center for Civic Mediation. Last year alone, the projects helped more than 23,000 people and provided over $4.4 million in pro bono legal services throughout Los Angeles County.

Among the guests who showed their support for the Foundation and LACBA’s public service projects were California State Controller John Chiang; Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian; Los Angeles Superior Court incoming Assistant Presiding Judge Daniel Buckley; and President and CEO of Public Counsel and member of the State Bar Board of Trustees Hernán Vera.

Manny Medrano, an award-winning reporter and anchor for KTLA News and KNBC News as well as a successful trial lawyer, served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

As part of the evening festivities, he presented the Foundation’s Vanguard of Justice award to Shirley and Seth Hufstedler for their life-long commitment to public service in our community; and the Corporate Community Service Award to Mattel, Inc. for its focus on giving back to Los Angeles.

In addition, all of the past presidents of the Foundation and LACBA in attendance were asked to join Medrano on stage and be recognized for their role in helping the Foundation raise more than $8 million to support pro bono and low cost legal services throughout Los Angeles County since it was founded in 1963.

While guests celebrated the history of the Foundation, they were also treated to some exciting news about the future of the Foundation by its President Andres Hurwitz who announced that the Foundation, the fundraising arm of LACBA, and Projects Inc., the public service arm of LACBA, had merged into a new organization - LACBA Counsel for Justice.

"The objective of this rebrand and reorganization is to create a clearer relationship between the Foundation and LACBA's pro bono and public service projects which can be recognized and celebrated by all who support LACBA," Hurwitz said. "Counsel for Justice will be a true staple of our community in providing direct and collaborative public service in the areas of domestic violence, veterans, immigration, AIDS legal services and community mediation."

He went on to explain that Counsel for Justice would bring together law firms, foundations, corporations, donors and volunteers in support of public service in Angeles. The organization’s new tagline was also unveiled which clearly identifies its purpose... Working together for a more just LA.

The Foundation would also like to thank our sponsors: Investors in Hope - Gibson Dunn, with a special thanks to three of its Partners, LACBA President Linda Curtis, Foundation Board member Jesse Cripps and LACBA Trustee Marcellus McRae; Morrison and Foerster and the Morrison Foerster Foundation, with a special thank you to Peter Hsiao, Foundation president-elect. We would also like to thank our Partner sponsors - Jackson Lewis P.C., Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.